Summary: I used the MSI board based on several internet recomendations and I haven't been disappointed. This was the first computer I had ever built so it was a bit nerve wracking making sure I had the compatible parts and understood where everything was supposed to be connected. The MSI board has been going strong for the last few years now and doesn't show signs of slowing down yet.
Summary: I bought this to replace a failed Gateway motherboard because I wanted something that would support my existing CPU, memory, and other components, including upgrades I purchased separately from the Gateway. It worked perfectly. Everything boots, loaded the drivers, zero problems. The only reason I am giving four stars is because of the BIOS. It's a very colorful BIOS that lacks options.
DOA - Powers up for 2 seconds, shuts down, repeats
Randall E. Geiger, Amazon
7 July 2012
Summary: Mine was pretty much DOA. After connecting everything up, carefully and following the manual, I encountered a weird power-up, power-down cycle. The board would power up, last for somewhere between 2-5 seconds, shut down, and then repeat. Left unattended, this would just go one endlessly. I searched on a few forums, and found this to be a seemingly common problem on MSI boards (although my search was fairly constrained, so it could be MOBOs in general, too).
Summary: I had this motherboard for not even a month and the usb controller shorted out! I could hear a loud pop and the smell of burnt electronics. I am really sad since this is the second MSI product I have purchased. I won't go back to MSI just for awhile because of this. I ended up losing my Cyborg R.A.T. 5 gaming mouse, Logitech G110 gaming keyboard, and a Seagate Expansion hard drive. It was a great motherboard while it lasted.
This one is one of my many MSI Mainboard and this going to be my Son and DIL's new OS that I will build for them
Professor Geek "Insanity Not Required Will Train", Amazon
7 June 2012
Summary: I have it put away so I can build my married son and daughter in law an OS System since they have USB 3.0 port. Solid, Sturdy, and Stable! While I used the AMD x4 with Intel processor - this mainboard was rocking! Remember, this board only has 2 slots (not 4 or 6) but handles Quad 4 and O/C's (overclocking) very well with NVIDIA graphics.
Summary: I used this motherboard to upgrade my current system. I upgraded to a i7-2700K with 16GB corsair 1600mhz ram. The installation went together without a hitch. The instructions are clear and the overclocking and bios are very clearly explained. One of the easiest installations I've done. If your upgrading, then note one thing, this board does not have an IDE header, so that older DVD player/burner (and really old HDD) won't work with this board.
Summary: I have an MSI motherboard that recently stopped working for no reason. It is still under manufacturer warrenty and the repair shop told me to call MSI to get a replacement. I called them...waited on hold forever. Finally got someone on the phone, and gave him all the information (receipts, proof of purchase, yada yada). Then he gives me an RMA number and tells me they will email me instructions as to what to do. "What?" I say. "I want to handle this now on the phone.
Summary: 1. DOA board Because I didn't buy it on Amazon. I sent it back to MSI, paid the shipping, and got a heavily used board(2 weeks for back and forth shipping, 10 days for repair) 2. buggy UEFI prevent Windows from shutting down (hang on "Shutting down") 3.
Summary: I've used two of these motherboards in home-built systems, both with Intel Core i7-2600K Processor 3.4GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1155 CPUs and Corsair Memory 8 Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 memory. These systems have been nothing short of great so far. The only issue I had was trying an ATI video card the first time around. I was leery, having had some issues with ATI on Intel systems in the past but I went for a price deal.