Summary: I've owned two MSI motherboards: this and a Pentium 4 era board. Both were absolute nightmares. In between the two MSI purchases, I had ASUS, AsRock, and EVGA boards with zero issues. I will no longer be purchasing any MSI motherboards (their GPUs have never given me any problems, however)
Pros: Excellent features for the price.
Cons: DOA & cooked my brand new 2500k. Newegg was awesome and replaced both quickly. The second board worked correctly for about a year, then the SATA controller began failing. I finally RMA'd it when only 2 of the ports remained functional. The replacement lasted <2 months before it also failed. Then ...
Summary: When I bought this board it was highly rated. I think on re-evaluation a lot of people will have intermittent hardware problems with the integrated circuits.
Pros: 1 button overclock; 4 RAM slots; USB 3
Cons: After only 1 year SATA ports 3 and 4 are dead/dying. They recognize my drives about 50% of the time, and they often cut out in Windows - requiring a power-off, wait, reboot, check if drives are in BIOS. On-board USB 2 dying, I've lost 2 ports so far.
Summary: I bought this board for my first build in September. Worked great, but when I got a new keyboard(Corsair K90) it would not let me go into the Bios. I read online the updating the BIOS may help. So I proceeded to update the bios using the way stated on the MSI website.
Pros: Awesome color scheme. USB 3 support Was able to overclock my i7 2700K to 4.7Ghz OC Genie feature is great for beginners Reasonably priced USB 2 power port
Cons: Heatsinks might interfere with CPU cooler Only 1 front USB 2 header Bad fan header positioning USB port is pretty loose. Bios update failed HORRIBLE customer serive
Summary: After purchasing, I found out that the bios would not support the new intel cpu's. So I sent my new board to MSI to have the bios flashed. Almost 3 weeks later I get a board back (not my new board). Got it installed and could not get it to post with 16gb of ram, 4x2gb.
Pros: I like pushing one button on the motherboard to overclock the CPU.
Cons: This board is discontinued. Didn't realize this when I purchased it. It will not use the new intel cpu's.
Summary: Had same experience with a Gigabyte board back in 2011 and it turn out to be a barely bend CPU Pin.. I think this is the problem on this one, will try to get it replaced
Pros: Nice mainboard easy to setup and enough nice features.. Great for an average user built' my Mother in this case I am a Computer programmer and engineer since the computer infancy working for a major PC Company for the last 24 yrs.
Cons: From the fifth day the board started acting weird.. It will power on and then power off intermittently without actual provocation. User was using it sparingly approximately 30' per day
This board is not for the newer 3rd generation Ivy Bridge processor, only Sandy Bridge!
Jamie K., Newegg
18 October 2012
Summary: Got a great price since it was an older board. I thought I knew it all but realized too late that this board WILL NOT work with the newer i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge processors, it will ONLY WORK with the older 2nd generation Sandy Bridge processors! That's why everyone is slamming this board.
Pros: Great price. Lots of features, like easy overclocking. Full-sized. Four RAM slots. Six SATA ports. Eight rear USB 2.0 ports. USB 3.0 ports in back and a separate cable for two more in the back of your desktop. Came with several SATA cables. Lots of instructions.
Cons: Six of the SATA ports are close together and face the back, which makes it difficulty to loop the excess cable. Only one internal USB 2.0 connector. No other complaints.
Summary: I should have left technical comment to help others in their conquest for a good board, instead been wasted for some neglect from Manufacture to pin point at their support page, that this MB needs a bios update before running 22nm CPU.
Pros: Works after updating Bios, Newegg shipping
Cons: MSI needs some workout, possible new CEO. Whoever allowed them to list the newer CPU with 22nm build under this motherboard supported processors page was technically ret* and needs evaluation. My Board purchased 10/12/2012 got an older bios with ver. 1.B dated 2011-04-20. If you don't have anothe...