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MSI Media Live DIVA 5.1 AM2+/AM2 AMD 780M HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

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  • AMD 780M
  • Phenom / Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 / Sempron
  • DDR2 800

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Take control of your digital entertainment media and present it with cinema-quality sound and picture on a media PC built around Micro-Star's Media Live DIVA 5.1 motherboard. Based on AMD's 780M and SB700 chipsets, this Micro-ATX board is designed to support single- and multi-core socket AM2+ and AM2 processors including Phenom, Athlon 64 X2 and Sempron CPUs.

Bulk up on memory with up to 8GB of DDR2 fitting into four 240-pin slots with dual channel support and 2600 Mhz Hyper Transport technology for increased performance. Connect to other computers networked storage at broadband speeds with the Gigabit Ethernet LAN, or store your files locally with four 3Gb/s SATA controllers which offer multiple possible RAID configurations for extra security and high-speed performance.

A dedicated PCI-Express x16 slot lets you boost graphics performance and support for Blu-Ray playback is built in. A PCI-Express x4 slot is set aside for extra audio capabilities. The onboard MS-4140 sound card features a five-channel Power Amplifier for high-powered audio without the need for other components or you can pump out eight channels of audio from the Realtek ALC888 chipset. Intelligent Digital Amplifier Technology uses DSP audio processing to protect your system from being overwhelmed by loud noises and sounds while meeting THX Ultra2 performance requirements. Display your video on analog or digital screens with HDMI, component and coaxial outputs. Four USB 2.0 and a FireWire port give you additional options in connecting and expanding your system.

  • newegg AMD K10 Processor Support The MSI Media Live DIVA 5.1 supports AM2 AMD processors including the Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64, Athlon FX and Sempron series as well as the latest AM2+ K10 AMD processors.
  • newegg ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology Support Based on ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU technology, ATI Hybrid Graphics allows you to combine the performance of the HD3200 integrated GPU with an applicable ATI Radeon graphics card to bring enhanced gaming performance, productivity and power efficiency.
  • newegg HDMI Output The MSI Media Live DIVA 5.1 features an HDMI output for connection to your high-definition video equipment. With the HDMI interface ensuring lossless transmission of high-quality HD video signals, play back HD contents on your computer and view them on your large HDTV set for more comfort.
  • newegg PCI Express x16 Graphics Interface The PCI Express x16 graphics interface delivers over 3.5 times the bandwidth of AGP 8X to support the latest high-performance graphics cards.
  • newegg Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity The MSI Media Live DIVA 5.1 features a fast Gigabit network interface for high-speed LAN connections at up to 1000Mbps data transfer rates with advanced security features to ward off malicious attacks. Gigabit LAN is ideal for supercharged seamless streaming of Internet audio and video content.
  • newegg SATA II with RAID Support The second generation SATA interface delivers up to 300MB/sec transfer speed, doubling that of the first generation Serial ATA. The on-board four SATA II ports support RAID 0, 1 and 10 for better performance and enhanced data security.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Anonymous
  • 8/19/2011 4:18:12 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsConcept Deserves Much Development

Pros: I build HTPCs, so I bought this as a solution to the problems that arise when you want your HTPC to be an all-in-one media centerpiece in your living room, den, man-cave, etc. Because I'm so gushy about the concept, I want to make it clear that I'm talking about the pre-amp card, which to me anyway, was the answer to the question of 'how to make an HTPC build that sounds great without having to work-around echoing and other audio issues arising from overly-sophisticated synthetic AV and TV signal processing chipsets'.
So, yes, I love mine, and don't hate me because I apparently have one of the what--40% that don't have major bugs and manufactured defects that render them totally and completely useless (I've never won even $2 on a lottery ticket, nor a single drawing of any kind, so give me that break at least).
My specs are below, including a guess as to my 'luck' with mine.
I love the amplitude (Windows audio @20% is ear-shattering using smallish Infinity bookshelf yardsale spkrs!

Cons: OK, what I've read online--and it looks substantial--is very bad.
Lengthy testimonials about multiple bad boards, difficult builds, faulty or nonexistent BIOS updates, audio driver issues--I believe them, every one. I'm using mine until it finds out I wrote anything positive about it, and finally kicks off (which apparently could be any nanosecond).
I bought mine on schmeeBay, as usual, without any drivers disc or documentation, and had to learn myself to uninstall some of the motherboard drivers in order to let the 5.1 soundcard chipset take over...but when it did, WOW! Just what I'd wanted--but >ahem<, this section is for 'Cons', so...
really, just the waiting for it to die its slated untimely, unwarranted death...
Like Tom Petty said, "The Waiting is the Har...dest..."
>click< ... >whiiiiiirrrr< ...
it's like that...until then...

Other Thoughts: My build specs:
Zalman HD135 (black) case (w/ *multiple internal fans)
MSI Media Live w/ 5.1 Soundcard
AMD 6000 CPU (w/ *Thermaltake Ruby Orb CPU Cooler)
4GB Wintec PC2-6400 RAM

*Either I'm 'lucky' (which I don't believe in), or the Zalman case provided me with enough fans to keep the system running cool enough to 'preserve' this wonderful but faulty, buggy, and crazily erratic board.
Love the concept--truly! Why aren't more manufacturers jumping on'board' with at least one flagship board with a preamp card option like this--or even, using the 'umbilical' piece as in this soundcard, built right on the mobo. What a positive concept...and LOUD, too!
When I rebooted my system after correcting the audio driver, I'd left sys volume @ around 3AM, in a townhouse, with neighbors on both sides, and surround spkrs already connected. Upon reboot, the volume was enough to shake the entire four-plex.
So, final report--AWESOME CONCEPT--flawed execution.

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  • Alexander A.
  • 5/26/2011 7:53:50 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMSI Good, DIVA Bad

Pros: MSI products are generally good. The integrated amplifier is nice, and the reviews I'd read of the sound were very good. The onboard graphics should have no trouble playing back HD video. To me, it looked like the perfect HTPC motherboard.

Cons: Disaster. No Linux support at all. Every time I was about to RMA it because it wasn't working right, it would start to sort of work and I would lose steam on the RMA.

Graphics: The Video BIOS is royally botched up, so only ATI proprietary drivers work on this card. Getting them installed with a recent X was extremely difficult. When they did work, there was no video decode acceleration at all. Once they were working, any 3D would crash the computer, but a new Heatsink on the NB fixed that. Unfortunately that heatsink had to be modded to fit behind the tuner card and glued on.

Sound: The DAE-3 (amplifier card) is the second codec on the HDA bus, and since it's not recognized by ALSA, it gets the Generic codec driver which only allows stereo. Secondly, the first codec must be disabled in order to see the second one.

I've had it fail to boot multiple times, and never found any decent fix for that.

Other Thoughts: Awesome idea. I just wish it had better quality control and more engineering time spent on it. AMD Maui is a great platform, but the software and hardware issues outlined both by me, and by other reviewers, really need to be worked out better.

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  • Robert S.
  • 3/22/2011 7:54:42 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible Build Quality

Pros: Great specs at the time this came out. Nothing else like it.

Cons: Terrible reliability! Components like to fry.

Design layout problems. Backplate issues, Capacitor layout problems, Amp card bracket size issue.

MSI keeps sending the same malfunctioning boards.

Other Thoughts: I just had my fourth board die on me with the same problems that everyone else has. I think everyone left this board a long time ago for a more reliable board. I just hate spending good money on a board and not getting what I paid for.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued MSI Customer,
“Please contact MSI customer service representative Tom at, or call Tom at 626-913-0828 ext 216 with your case details. Thank you.”
Best Regards,
Customer Service Team

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  • mario s.
  • 10/29/2009 10:36:26 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good specs for a HTPC motherboard. i like the 5.1 amplifier card and HDMI output.

Cons: Dead board. sent back for new one and same issue. motherboard is now at MSI for bios update and port checkput. suspect BIOS doesn't support Phenom II until bios update.

Other Thoughts: if you don't need the amplifier card, buy another board for HTPC setup

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  • Kristian A.
  • 9/25/2009 7:23:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBurnt out

Pros: Awesome feature set for an HTPC.

Cons: It worked for ~3wks, and then it died. It looks like one of the MOSFETs (marked nikos p70n02ldg gn19k**** (with **** being unreadable) burnt.
Don't know if something else shortcircuited before tha happened.

Other Thoughts: I'm just about to figure out how to RMA this to MSI (since the 30 day return period for newegg just expired). Guess I'll learn more about it once I get a replacement.

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  • Robert C.
  • 9/2/2009 4:49:40 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWorking great for me

Pros: Impressive audio, onboard HD decoding makes for smooth Blu-ray playback, MSI's latest bios makes this board compatible with AM3 CPUs

Cons: Amp card requires some finesse to fit it into a microATX case. No PCI slots (only PCIe). Board only came with one SATA cable.

Other Thoughts: I bought the open box model and paired it with a Sempron 140. The BIOS will recognize this particular AM3 CPU and Windows 7 had all the appropriate drivers. With the 45W CPU this thing runs exceptionally cool, even when playing Blu-ray disc.

The 5.1 audio quality is exceptional and I've eliminated my old amp from under the television. This is a unique board which requires a bit of patience in the set-up but which is well worth the effort. So far no reliability issues either with drivers, BIOS or excess heat.

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  • Bob Z.
  • 8/27/2009 5:19:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsInnovative but not perfect

Pros: Very innovative HTPC mobo with regards to the audio codec and amp card. sound is amazingly good and warm, extremely effieceint, low power requirements. MATX format makes case selection flexible. 780g with 128mb side port is perfect fit for blu ray HD playback.

Cons: MSI BIOS update tools do not support x64, found USB Flasher tool in the MSI fourms but its a extremely crude tool given the competition out there. Build quality is a generation behind ASUS and Gigabyte in terms of using quality heat sinks and solid state capacitors. eSATA and DVI would have been nice for more storage and video options. IO Panel was not designed properly, like other users I had to remove the foam to fit the mobo in the case.
Speaker wire connection is a pain to connect - a flexible dongol design that attaches to the amp card would be a better idea since space for the card was the concern.

Other Thoughts: The amp card runs fairly hot, so you need to be creative with case ventation and air flow. built this with a thermaltake dh101 case, PII X4 905e, western digital green 1tb, 8gb kingston hyper x 1066 RAM, Pioneer DVDR

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  • Jeff K.
  • 8/26/2009 12:34:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOne box in the place of many

Pros: The D2Audio chip simply has to be heard to be believed. Because of it, I've put my old receiver in storage and haven't so much as dusted it off since. It's that good. It's also a breeze to set up, since it uses Windows' audio drivers in Windows 7 and Vista. Integrated graphics remove the need for purchasing a video card.

Cons: My board came with foam padding on the inside of the backplate that needed to be removed in order to fit the board into my HTPC case. My board also shipped with the first version of BIOS, which had some limitations on CPU recognition. The amp card bracket on my board is also too high: I made washers out of pieces of the mentioned foam padding to give the screw something to tighten against. All of these problems, to my understanding, have been corrected in later shipments--but understand that you may run into them. Also, no Windows XP support... so if you have an old copy of Windows MCE laying around, you might not be able to use it without jumping through a lot of hoops.

Other Thoughts: I'm trying not to grade the board down on problems that are software-related, since I'm using Windows 7 RC. Rather, I'm reviewing the concept, and how well it's been implemented. For audio, I'd give it ten eggs if I were able to. For video, I've found Blu-ray playback to be problematic--but, again, software related (and you'll likely want to look at a Quad Core instead of the 5050e Dual Core I'm using for the faster Hypertransport speeds). DVD plays flawlessly.

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  • Jonas N.
  • 8/11/2009 9:19:59 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsA Wonderful Decor Now

Pros: Excellent feature set

Cons: Bum piece of hardware; fans turn on and nothing else. I tried it at the barest configuration and tried different processors and memories (using the QVL). A waste of my hard-earned $ and a waste of space.

Other Thoughts: Returned to newegg and replaced right away. Replacement mobo also not working and contacted MSI right away. Board got sent to MSI and returned in approximately after 3 weeks. Still not working... Got an Asus board and THAT worked flawlessly. Had the same experience with another MSI board about 3 years ago but problem was fixed. I gotta stay away from MSI at this time.

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  • Brian L.
  • 8/11/2009 6:50:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsI wish it lasted

Pros: When it works, it's wonderful.
1) The Amp card works great, sound is amazing. Awesome option for a HTPC.
2) Onboard video is plenty for a HTPC, handles HD without issue.
3) Overall performance is good.

Cons: I've had two of them die on me. Each lasted for a few weeks and then suddenly stopped (while I was in the middle of a show on Hulu.. both times!).

The issue is with the northbridge overheating. The heatsink is completely inadequate.

The second time around, I added another fan to the case, and increased the speed on the existing fans, disabled PWM and ran everything on full blast constantly, but it still didn't last. Everything else in the machine runs cool.

Other Thoughts: The CPU is an Athlon 5050e, which is low power and runs very cool.

I'm using a SFF HTPC case, but it's still well ventilated and there's absolutely no excuse for the northbridge to burn up like it does.

Some people on the MSI Diva thread on AVS forums have reported receiving boards with a more substantial northbridge cooler, but both of mine had the puny little one.

I'm a little frustrated: I've gotta deal with MSI's RMA dept, which was fine the first time around, it just took a while and I have to pay shipping to return the dead one. At this point, I'd rather just get a refund as I don't want to have to deal with this board anymore.

I'm pretty disappointed because this board has so much potential for a HTPC.

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