Summary: I've always used MSI boards in my builds and have never had a problem. This board however was the first. The performance is great and I like the new bios menu. The problem with this board is the onboard sound. Very crackly, volume always going up and down and balance back and forth. I've always used the onboard sound on past boards without issue. In this case I had to buy a PCI sound card which fixed the problem, but added an unnecessary $35 to the build.
Summary: Great board, very stable, wouldn't boot from CD or recognize my usb keyboard until I updated the BIOS. The BIOS was several revisions out of date, but no problems flashing new ones from a flash drive. Not related to the performance of the motherboard, but this order was eligible for a $10 rebate, and MSI is denying it stating that they did not receive an invoice. They helpfully provide a scanned image of everything they received, including the envelope.
MSI FAN since 1986 <--- NOT A TYPO! Micro-Star International / American Mega-Trends
Professor Geek "Insanity Not Required Will Train", Amazon
14 November 2013
Summary: MSI (Micro-Star International) is what the US Gov., Feds and Brass (Military) uses ... back then (and today too, but you're not supposed to know that - LOL) besides IBM, Sperry - Rand, and yadda, yadda, yadda ... Why did I post this; it's ROCK SOLID; it was there for years and decades - while Commodore (eek!
Board is good, but Amazon sold an open item as new
Ronald M Renwick, Amazon
11 November 2013
Summary: My issue with this item is that it was an open box or returned item. There was no shrink wrap on the box, and the inside was a mess. The board was hanging out of the static wrap and the manuals weren't in their slots and were folded up. I've never had a problem with an item shipped from amazon before, but this is unacceptable to me.
Summary: Good (not great) overclocker, fast, stable, sexy! BIOS GUI is a tad confusing. Software suite is above average compared to other boards I've owned. For the price it's hard to find much fault with this board.
Summary: I order this a little over a month ago, on the 30th day, I found the board to be defective. But I understand that things happen, and sometimes with any type of technology, sometimes things do not work right. It does not matter what you buy when it comes to technology, not all are going to be perfect, even cars are like that(Lemons). I was lucky and Amazon refunded me the money and I ordered another one.
Summary: 1st go around with this new build...after frustrating 1.5 hours to trace a NOGO boot (shorted power supply to check electrical, checked connections, etc.) determined the MOBO was bad. Asked for RMA and Amazon did a 1 day turnaround with replacement. Now, great BIOS interface, a weird bulge on the back connectors (not a problem, just strange)...all good.