Summary: This motherboard is a great budget board..... You have the highest end chipset of the 4th generation and a good amount of bells and whistles. CLICK BIOS 4 was a little hard to nav through, but very nice bios. The integrated sound card will do you well, as you can hook up a 7.1 system which is awesome! MSI Live Update 6 definitely helps you install ALL of the drivers you need, so download that first thing.
Good, just make sure you know what you are getting
Robert L Ellis, Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: This Motherboard is perfectly acceptable. I haven't had any major issues with it. The only things that irked me are things that I either didn't check on, or didn't initially think would be an issue. In case it helps some other people, the three things that irked me were the number of USB ports, the sound output, and the lack of SLI support. USB- This was just a laxity of research on my part.
Two failed motherboards or just poorly informed employees.
John Mautino, Amazon
21 July 2014
Summary: I bought this motherboard with an Intel G3420 for a family member's work machine after seeing that it was compatible with the listed processor. Upon first build the computer would boot for about 3 seconds and then restart. I tried using known good RAM, a new PSU, a new processor, and even took the motherboard out of the box to make sure there wasn't a short, yet nothing worked. I figure I just had a bad luck-of-the-draw board; so I ordered another one.
NO SLI, NO BLUETOOTH, NO WIFI but a great motherboard
2 July 2014
Summary: The only thing i dont like about this motherboard is the lack of wifi (which can be fixed by a pci card) lack of bluetooth (which can be fixed by a usb adapter) and mostly the lack of SLI but honestly i doubt ill every use SLI, but it does support AMD CROSSFIRE so if your an AMD fan this is the perfect motherboard. You can use just about any name brand components, but i highly recommed g skill ripjaws ram because its designed specifically for this motherboards chipset.
Summary: Between this motherboard and the i3-4130 CPU the whole system draws less than 50 watts at idle, which is nice when the computer isn't busy. It would draw even less if I didn't have a big power supply on it. BIOS features are pretty standard and it's very stable running both Windows and Linux. If you don't need more than two 16x PCI-e slots this is a good choice.
Liveupdate software is not very good and Driver DVD doesn't work over network.
J.M. "Goldeneye", Amazon
6 June 2014
Summary: Chose this MB because of the TWO PCI slots for a laboratory computer that needs tons of flexibility. Since the computer didn't have a DVD drive, not being able to run the Driver DVD over the network was not very convenient. Also, the LiveUpdate software is not very good or intuitive (also tries to sneak in Norton).
Summary: I started building as soon as this arrived and everything went very smoothly. The UEFI/bios was nice to go through. I'll probably upgrade to a dedicated sound card. The integrated sound isn't bad, but lacks features. I don't mind the lack of SLI. One card is enough. I installed it in the Cooler Master HAF X with an i5-4670K, GeForce GTX 660 Ti, 8GB Corsair Vengeance LP 1866 and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo in push/pull configuration. There was plenty of fan headers.
Summary: I've had it running for about two months now, so that's a plus. The major downside I see is the OC genie. Running a 4670k, the ONLY overclock I'm allowed to select is 4.00GHz with a FIXED CPU ratio. It also bumped my RAM up to 1600 which was honestly a relief because the whitelisted "blu" ram was out of stock and originally the black variant ran slower, i think at 1300. Fixed CPU ratio threw out all the power saving features but I deal with it.