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MSI H81I LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel H81
  • 4th Generation Intel Corei7/Corei5/Corei3/Pentium/Celeron (LGA 1150)
  • DDR3 1600/1333/1066
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • Brad G.
  • 1/16/2015 9:52:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat little Motherboard when it worked

Pros: Nice small board that ran real well from April 2014 until this week. USB ports started to act up. KB and Mouse were not being recognized any longer. Thought it was a Win7 driver corrupt issue. Now it will not even post or boot up now and is dead

Cons: Not impressed with the quality as this board only worked for 8 months and is now dead and will no post or boot up.
Not going to RMA as ship to Canada and back would cost me $50 and new board is 9$ more.

Other Thoughts: I would not buy MSI again. Thought I would try them but not real happy with the quality after this.

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  • Jordan C.
  • 1/9/2015 10:59:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Little Board

Pros: I bought this board as well as an Intel Pentium dual core processor in order to upgrade our media center PC-- we were having trouble with some of the online video streams we watched being slow and glitchy. This board combined with that CPU resolved that. We also watch movies ripped to our NAS on this thing-- Blu Ray, DVD, and everything. I've also installed a USB slim DVD player, and it plays movies from that very well, too. Runs smoothly.

Our TV runs off of HDMI. Haven't had any problems

Also, this board combined with the CPU, an SSD, and eight gigs of DDR3 RAM makes the startup time for Windows 7 extremely fast.

What's more impressive to me is that I've been able to run all our emulators on this thing. I know it has more to do with the CPU than the board itself, but we're able to run graphics as high as GameCube (Twilight Princess and such). I haven't tested Wii games yet. But this little thing's integrated graphics do pretty well-- no glitches or slowdowns at all.

This board has been solid for about a year, and it's one of the best purchases I've ever made.

Cons: Um... I don't know. Maybe built-in bluetooth. I guess it'd be nice to have more USB ports, but really we've enough for the USB DVD drive, bluetooth dongle, and four USB game controllers.

Other Thoughts: I have two MSI boards-- this one and another one about seven years old by now, and both have been really great boards. So far, I rate MSI and ASUS among the best system board manufacturers.

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  • Stephen B.
  • 12/31/2014 9:10:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsYou get what you pay for

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Cheap
Essentially arrived broken, but not enough to easily notice.

Other Thoughts: I can say with comfort and confidence that this motherboard is a piece of junk.

When I was first testing it (with GPU and two sticks of RAM installed) it wouldn't POST so I removed everything except one stick and tested it again, it worked fine.

I put everything back in. It worked fine. Then I put it in my case. It didn't work.

I figured there was some metal in the case shorting out the board so I took it out, still didn't work. I reset the CMOS jumper and it worked again but now the DIMM slot nearest the processor was not working so I can only use one stick of RAM.

This has been a headache since the beginning, I got a nice GPU, RAM, PSU, SSD and CPU but I cheaped out on the motherboard. Lesson learned, don't buy this garbage.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/26/2014 1:44:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAwesome When It Worked

Pros: Cheap and simple to use. Manual is easy to read and understand.

Cons: After three months it wouldn't turn on so I did an RMA. It was my first ever RMA so I took it to FedEx because it was down the road. It cost me almost $50 to send it to MSI. I should have spent a little extra on a better mobo. That's not it, when I got the mobo back it was DOA due to bent pins in the CPU socket. I will need to do another RMA.

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  • Ciprian A.
  • 9/10/2014 12:14:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJunk ?

Pros: Easy to install, even in a tiny case.
Lots of SATA slots.

Cons: The first one I got only has one RAM slot working and not on the freq. of my RAM stick. Hoping the 2nd one I get is going to be ok.

Other Thoughts: I know I never should have trusted MSI and should have went with ASUS...

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you provided since many reasons can cause the situation like this, we suggest you verify the follow troubleshooting tips out first;
1. Have you verify both your rams modules to ensure they are both working correctly?
2. Update BIOS and firmware to latest version provided from MSI website?
3. Please kindly contact our support team for further instructions/troubleshooting at 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time).

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • 8/8/2014 9:41:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing board for the price

Pros: >small form factor
>low price for a mini-ITX board
>supports the latest Intel CPUs
>military class components
>3 yr. warranty
>all the standard slots, plugs and ports
>supports full size PCIe x16 GPU
>very easy to use, one-click driver install software

Cons: >none

Other Thoughts: I had to build two small for factor desktops with the i5 Haswell CPU in it at a reasonable price for a dentist office. This motherboard allowed me to choose a very small case which was needed since it had to fit on top of a cabinet with little head room. It also came with a rebate which made it possibly the cheapest decent quality mini-ITX motherboard I have ever seen that supports i5 and i7 desktop CPUs. Most mini-ITX boards, even the non-Z-series boards, cost over $100. Installing the drivers was very simple. MSI's driver disk has a "one-click" feature which allows you to install all the necessary chipset drivers all at once. I usually use Asus boards but this one was hard to pass up and was well worth it. If you need a SFF home or office PC then this is a great board to start with as your foundation. It would even make a great budget gaming rig paired with a decent PCIe video card and an i5 CPU. I am even considering one of these for myself.

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  • Daniel B.
  • 8/6/2014 12:45:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoes not reboot, usb ports not functional

Pros: Easy to install and POST quickly.

Cons: When you restart the system either through the reset button or the restart button from windows menu it doesn't reboot. It shuts down and just hangs on the black screen and does nothing.

Also the USB 3.0 ports do not work with 3.0 or 2.0 devices even though it shows in device manager as having USB 3.0 drivers properly installed and no issues. Have contacted MSI tech support but no response yet. I received the regular auto reply email saying they will be contacting me then I received another email right after with a survey regarding the customer service. Naturally this is making me sour...being surveyed for service I have not yet received.

I have

Other Thoughts: Without the usb 3.0 ports I only have 2 usable back panel ports which makes this system not very usable for me. Also having to shut down your computer rather than restarting it to avoid a hangup is a pain as well.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Whitney M.
  • 7/2/2014 6:35:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSame old same old msi

Pros: It worked after i got the bios for my 4790k the little board does good well worth the money but still i wish they didnt send me a 2013 board...Please buy boards that have the update for the new chips it was a complete headache..

Cons: It didnt have the bios for the haswell which i never bought a msi board that had the right bios so lol

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  • Chad M.
  • 6/26/2014 4:08:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSeem like a decent entry level board

Pros: It works

Has more than 2 sata ports

System boots fast (Xubuntu 14.04, on a cheap SSD)

Post fast (1 or 2 seconds)
I had a board that took about 5 to 10 seconds to display the splash screen before *note to self check that board for a bios update*

Can boot using a USB wireless keyboard as a power switch, unfortunately you can't disable mouse input wakeup at the same time
The wake by PS/2 keyboard option does not have this draw back and offers a choice of any key or a key combo (there are 2 both use control in the 2 key combo)

Has 3 video outputs

Affordable, got it in a $20 combo discount with my case

Cons: Only 4 rear USB ports (knew that when I ordered it)

When I updated the BIOS from 10.2 to 10.4 the system shut off at 67% by it self, apparently it was supposed to do that but that had the scared for a moment. It also reset all the BIOS settings

Chassis fan plug can't control 3-pin fans, only 4-pin ones (-1 Egg)
* 3-pin fans will run at 100%
Fan control does not offer temperatures below 40C in the target range, be nice if it went down to 30C

Could not find option to change how long the post screen last

Scary crunching sound when clamping the CPU down, this is my 1st Intel build since it boots i assume this is normal
* I have built 5 AMD based systems (3 AM3, a FM1 and a FM2 socket)

If you need 3 monitors you have to use VGA on one of them

MSI does not label (or color code) there audio, serial, case pins, and case speakers plugs in a easy way to read manner and requires the manual to some time to get any idea of which set of pins is which

Other Thoughts: Did not ship with a haswell refresh ready BIOS
*The CPU I used is not a haswell refresh chip, i don't know if you can get into the BIOS to update it with a unsupported CPU (if MSI replies to this please mention if this board supports that)

Part List for this build:
DVD: LITE-ON DVD Burner SATA Model iHAS124-14
RAM: Team Elite Plus 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
SSD: ADATA Premier Pro SP600 ASP600S3-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB
CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 Haswell Dual-Core 3.0GHz
PSU: SeaSonic SS-300ES Bronze 300W ATX12V
MOBO: MSI H81I LGA 1150 Intel H81
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced
OS: Xubuntu 14.04 64bit

If you are wondering the boot time is between 2 and 2.5 seconds after post, by the time the CPU fan spins down from the power up the system is at the login screen

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  • John P.
  • 5/13/2014 5:46:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWorked great for 3 months

Pros: This board worked great for the price. I was using it with an Antec HTPC case.

Cons: Suddenly one day the HDMI no longer worked. DVI and VGA still worked. I tried to use digital audio to bypass the HDMI issue but that was dead as well.
I dont know what is wrong but this is a total writeoff now because i dont want to not have a HTPC for the time it takes to RMA this thing

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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