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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2013
I bought this board for a brand new budget gaming rig. Having 4 RAM slots, a Sata 6Gb/s port and USB 3.0 were key in my decision to buy this. Having the Sata 6GB/s port will be great for an SSD upgrade in the future. The board itself is great and it makes cable management easy with the layout of the connectors on it.

However, I have ran into one minor/major complaint.

There are 6 mounting holes on the board to attach it to your case. These 6 holes are all located middle to left side of the board. Meaning there are absolutely ZERO mounting holes on the right side of the board. I checked the manual that came with the board, and this is in fact true. I'm not missing anything, I double and triple checked. Here's why it is a problem. You need to insert the RAM into the mobo before putting it into the case. If you try and do this after the fact, the force from inserting the RAM will bend the board on the far right RAM slot. It doesn't bend much, but it still causes the board to bend.

The bigger problem, is trying to hook up the 24 pin ATX power supply plug. Like a previous reviewer, I could not get mine to 'click' into place and had to push quite hard on the board to get it to go fully into the slot. This caused a great bend in the board, and put a ton of stress on the board as a whole. Eventually I used the paper manual that came with the board, and folded it up to place under the board to provide some stability while I inserted the plug. This allowed me to actually get the plug to go into the connector fully. It still didn't snap into place, but it did get a secure connection and was not able to be removed without releasing the clip. While this may seem like a minor complaint, it was stressful on myself to see how much force and bend was being applied to the board itself. I know this is a one time thing, unless I upgrade the power supply, but it was worrisome.

I would recommend this board and I stated it does have the features of a lot of higher end boards for 1/3 of the cost. However, maybe insert the 24 pin ATX power connector before putting the board into the case. It will be cumbersome, but will make it easier on the board and yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2013
This motherboard has everything I needed for my first build. the UEFI BIOS was very easy to use and setup. The only problem I had was connecting the 24 Pin power connector. I had to apply a lot of pressure to make sure it was on right. It never clicked either. The pressure I used caused the board to bend quite a bit. since it was my first build I was pretty paranoid that I might have messed it up. Another purchaser suggested connecting the 24pin before mounting the board to the case. Other than that this board does everything I need it to do. Great for 1st timers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2013
Great motherboard but mine the pins on the 24 pin atx connector i think are bent. The cable won't click but it still works for everything fine. I really don't want to return it though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This board will get you up and running with no frills, for the best price out there, and with 4 DRAM slots. This board is what you want if you are on a budget with any case.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2013
I purchased this motherboard for my first build with installation help from a friend and he was impressed by its features for the price I paid.

It has an intuitive UEFI BIOS that let's you boost performance with one click but its not what an experienced tech person would call overclocking (look up on google to see what I mean).

With direction from a friend on first installation, it was straight forward with some help from the manual. This is important because I switched to another mid-tower case and was by my self and the manual helped A LOT. Another plus.

Has lots of USB ports four of which are 3.0.

Has plenty of SATA ports but BEWARE OF BIGGER GPUs, TWO SATA PORTS ARE ALMOST IN LINE WITH THE PCI EXPRESS 3.0 SLOT AND CAN COVER THESE PORTS SUCH AS MY GALAXY GTX 660 that covers those ports~ this is a micro atx board after all but ill be using another motherboard before I use all ports and isn't an issue for me.

All games I play from Bioshock Infinite to Metro: Last Light play at their highest settings so I'm very satisfied with this purchase with exception to the two blocked SATA ports I mentioned but it isn't enough to rate it less than 5 STARS.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2013
This board is the best for price, it is very stable, and has an excellent bios.. "But" There is only one PCI-E port, that means you can only have one GPU, so there will be no SLI or Crossfire.

Pros:
Super fast board
In depth instructions
EXTREMELY helpful BIOS

Cons:
Garbage antivirus that comes with software
Single PCI-E
Limited upgrade ability
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on April 25, 2015
Extremely durable board. You don't get all the bells and whistles like you do with a really top tier expencive board, but if your building your first computer this is a EXCELLENT grab for 50 dollars in my opinion. It does what it's made out to do. One con, one of the sata ports kind of riped off, but I'm pretty sure that was my own incompetence. None the less, it has a slightly crippled look, but still works great even with heavy load. The bios interface is pretty simple as well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon February 18, 2013
I purchased this board as a backup for my MSI Z77MA-G45 that I had to RMA, but also to serve as the motherboard in my test rig. This board has many things going for it, several of which I will list:

1) It is well made, and despite being MSI's budget motherboard, it compares nicely to boards in the $100+ category.
2) It has four memory slots for a maximum of 32GB of RAM, not bad for a low-end board at all!
3) It has USB 3.0 ports, something missing from many of its competitors, and even has headers for two more!
4) It has a SATA3 port for getting the most of an OS SSD.
5) It has one each of PCIEx16, PCIEx1 and PCI, meaning you won't have to upgrade an old PCI card if you don't want to.
6) It is compatible with OSX with little to no modification.

I was first drawn to MSI's motherboards after reading an article about hackintosh-compatible mATX motherboards. MSI boards, it seems, are just as easy to use as Gigabyte, and in my opinion are MUCH better looking. MSI has done a great job with the color scheme, which is understated without being too muted. With several power saving options, this is a great HTPC/general home use motherboard but don't let that put you off! It supports RAM up to 2400mhz and will play nicely with even the Core i7 processors!

Now, I really want to take a second and mention MSI's UEFI BIOS. This thing is amazing, and if you haven'te experienced UEFI BIOS's yet, you're in for a treat. The thing looks great, has intuitive controls, and heck, you can even use your mouse! The BIOS has three settings: power saving, normal and overclocked. It has automatic overclocking (apparently going off of your components automagically) or you can overclock manually. I'm not an overclocker so I can't really comment, but I saw controls for changing clock speeds and voltages for both the CPU and the RAM, as well as various other settings which I'm sure others will find much more useful than I did!

I tried to think of some drawbacks to this motherboard, but with USB 3.0 support and four slots of DDR3, the only minor complaint I have is that there is only one SATA3 port. Still, you can have your OS drive on the one avaialble, and the only reason I would want a second is for my test rig. Barr any possible issues like I had with my Z77MA (power cycle loop) I highly recommend this as a VERY attractive 1155 mATX board. I don't think you'll regret choosing this budget board!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2013
I ordered this part for my new personal computer build. I liked its looks and everything in overall. The instruction manual helps really alot and understand what it tells you to do to put all parts together in mobo. MSI does really good job on this. I would definitely forward to buy more MSI mobo in future new computer build.
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on July 3, 2014
Great.
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