Summary: The first thing I noticed when I pulled this thing out of the box is that it felt cheap. The lack of weight from having virtually nothing on the PCB surface is likely the cause of that feeling. Still there are few power phases, and few enthusiast features either. You have no cooling hardware to speak of and the UEFI lacks the necessary options for solid overclocking and even if they were there, the board just isn't built for it.
Summary: While it's usually the high end boards that get the most attention, it's often the lower end and mid-range boards that many people purchase. With this in mind we get back to basics with the Z77A-G41 which is an entry level offering from MSI that boasts many enthusiast features.
Conclusion: MSI's Z77A-G41, which is their budget version of their Z77 motherboards, is undoubtedly a good motherboard. Although it is the cheapest version of their Z77 motherboard, then there is no compromise on quality.