Summary: *** I don't want to take away any eggs because the reason I cant overclock could very well be because of my lack of experience. Therefore I must give it 5 eggs though it would have been great if I could have given it 4.5 eggs.
Pros: Is well built, has a nice look to it, many overclocking features and it comes with a nice suite of tools, software, and utilities.
Cons: I cant overclock my CPU to save my life, I am not a skilled over clocker and I am new to it but my last board was a Gigabyte Z77 UD4H mobo and I had zero problems overclocking my i7 3770k to 4.6GHz on air with no over heating issues and it was completely stable but with this board I have tried many different variations of CPU ratio and base clock and of course I know enough to know that you should try to make small upward increments in voltage if you cant find stabili...
Summary: I did a little research on what limits of overclocking that my processor could reach. Unlike its “k” cousins, this processor not being fully unlocked makes for somewhat weird overclocking. Instead of just changing the multiplier, I actually had to fool with the base clock speed (BCLK) if I wanted to manually overclock.
Pros: First things first, I’m not the world’s best overclocker. I enjoy building PCs for my own use, and as much as I might enjoy seeing a 3.6GHz processor get to 5.1GHz or something, I’m usually just happy when the computer runs well as a whole without digging far into the nitty gritty. However, this motherboard gave me a chance to compare my limited OC-ing ability against an automated process. Neat!
Cons: If you happen to read the manual, you’ll find that some of the material does not make sense or is outdated. I didn’t have to refer to it much (other than connectors for the power switch and whatnot), but be warned.
Pros: I've used MSI boards for over 100 system builds and rarely had any kind of problem with this. This board is no exception. The power button right on the board let me put away the paperclip to hotwire the switch and bench test it more properly.
Cons: I found it very annoying that this particular board (other ones like ASUS don't require this) had to reboot every time I changed the FSB. It's safer and less likely to break your OS by repeatedly crashing it with over-aggressive FSB settings but it's definitely slower. The included documentation referenced a + and - button-based control system for the FSB on the board that works on the fly within Windows yet this particular board doesn't actually have it. If you have ...
All in all a pretty good mid-range X79 motherboard
Chao L., Newegg
21 May 2013
Summary: The lack of voltage offset as others mentioned does waste a little more energy but you should have adequate cooling anyway, and the on the fly undervolting that's been on every Intel and AMD processor for years makes it so it's not a big deal anyway.
Pros: Solid midrange X79 board. All around all the features you really expect on a good motherboard are there. Also, keep in mind that X79 is really a high-end platform (i mean, the motherboard itself goes for 250 bucks) so even though it's mid range all the basic bases are covered. You have the following things you'd expect to find:
Cons: Not too many showstoppers here. This is a solid motherboard. The only real things that I expected more out of a 250$ motherboard were the lack of ports, namely, there are only 2 USB 3.0 ports and 2 SATA 3 ports. So make sure you put your SSDs on the two SATA 3 ports and not the other ones. Hard drives are fine- they won't get bottlenecked by SATA 2 vs 3 anyway.
Summary: I do not like the emphasis MSI has put on accessing the BIOS from Windows and on OC Genie. In my opinion, and maybe it’s just an old fashioned opinion, if you can’t handle overclocking manually in the BIOS, you should not be overclocking. Period.
Pros: Aesthetics are quite nice on this board; I really like the black and grey look – it’s sleek and understated. I personally prefer this to the gaudy color schemes of many other boards, because it means that you can do whatever you want aesthetically with your build and the mobo won’t clash with it.
Cons: The big con for this board is that there are only 2 SATA 6 GB/s ports. Now for some people that will not matter, but anyone looking to ever use multiple SSDs really should look elsewhere. This board is NOT for someone needing all the bells and whistles in terms of connectivity options. With the lack of SATA 6, I would have liked to see more connectivity options elsewhere – maybe a whole bunch more USB 3.0 ports or something. It loses an egg for this at the $250 price ...
Pros: Solid basic LGA 2011 board, overclocks well and stable after BIOs update. Been running almost 24/7 for more then a month as a gaming/ folding rig with no problems. For a lower priced 2011 board its hard to go wrong. I also own a Asus Rampage 4 Formula, and performance wise, its about the same, the Rampage benefits from having more options for expansion, 4 sata 6 Gig vs 2 ect. but is $100 or so more.
Cons: The "click" bios is the only con I have. I've had no problem with it, but can be limiting as others have stated. More of a novelty then anything, but then again not really a problem.
Pros: Feature complete with no cheap extras that just fill feature checkboxes and don't perform well. The LAN is thankfully an Intel 82579V, not a Realtek as stated in the Newegg listing. Also, you can use all six SATA ports with Intel's RSTe (Enterprise) or iRST (Consumer) BIOS options. The manual has it wrong, RAID5 is also supported on SATA1/2 (6Gbps) ports in addition to the SATA3/4/5/6 (3Gbps) ports. It's a recent motherboard design (as of this writing) which hopefully...
Cons: The BIOS is marginal. "ClickBIOS" offers more BIOS features under Windows than from within the BIOS itself. Argh. More BIOS oriented control over fan speeds, UEFI vs legacy mode would have been appreciated. RAID5 performance is terrible, but that's Intel's fault, not MSI's. For some reason it takes forever to power down.