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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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  • 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 usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Paul G.
  • 5/10/2014 12:43:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Mobo on the cheap

Pros: This is a great board on the cheap as long as you are aware of the differences (and sometimes limitations) of the H81 chipset vs. the H87 or Z87 chipsets.

Absolutely no problems with the board. It was my first mITX build, so the orientation threw me off at first, but found where everything should go in the end.

Has USB 3.0 header, unlike Asrock H81M.

UEFI Bios is great.

Cons: None really.

Only nuisance is there's just one 4-pin case fan, that's true with every mITX board I looked at.

Other Thoughts: Other things I would tweak, not really complaints:

Ram slot only clicks on one side

PCIe slot locking mechanism was different than I've seen before and took a good couple minutes to figure it out. I prefer the press and release kind.

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  • Gail E.
  • 5/2/2014 9:56:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboards!

Pros: • Inexpensive
• 3-year warranty
• Solid capacitors
• ESD Protection
• Reliability (only one issue in 40+ purchased, see other thoughts)

Cons: • Only one clip on the DIMM slots

Other Thoughts: I have used these motherboards in over 40 systems, and I haven't encountered a single DOA.

I had one issue with HDD enumeration, but the issue went away after I replaced the CR2032. I didn't find it necessary to RMA the motherboard over a $0.50 battery.

I haven't had any issues with the USB 3.0 headers either. It measures ~0.8mm thick. There is no special ingredient when it comes to this part, or similar parts. If you apply too much pressure to the PCB headers/receptacles they will become loose, crack, or even break off.

While I'm not a fan of having one clip for the DIMM slots, I didn't have any trouble with inserting or removing memory. All in all, not a big deal.

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  • Ken H.
  • 4/15/2014 3:07:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs2nd Review From My Previous DOA

Pros: Great low price and it packs good features for an itx board. 4 sata ports and is good for a low budget build.

Cons: The first board I received was DOA, but after receiving the 2nd one it has worked great for 2 months now. The only thing that I would improve on this board is the internal USB 3.0 connector. It falls off easily as other has mentionn.

Other Thoughts: I had rate it again as I only gave 1 star the first time and now the 2nd one is working perfect.

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  • Ricardo N.
  • 3/21/2014 9:15:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Basic Motherboard

Pros: It has all the basics: USB 3.0/2.0 Video Ports and PCIE. It has support for 4 SATA drives. I use it in a home server, I've had no issues so far. I like the BIOS interface, and the built in OC feature.

Cons: I wish it supported more SATA drives, built in WIFI would be nice.

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  • Ronald G.
  • 3/16/2014 6:53:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: None

Cons: Mine was doa - inadvertantly gave 4 eggs on prior review, this is a revision.

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 usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Ken H.
  • 3/5/2014 11:06:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA Waiting For Replacement

Pros: None so far as it did not boot up.

Cons: I had this MB laying around for a month before I finally got a G3220 to pair with it. Sadly it did not post and was dead on arrival.

Other Thoughts: Waiting for the replacement from MSI as I was outside the Newegg 30 day exchange. Having second thoughts about buying MSI low end mobos after this experience.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
Hopefully your replacement will work as it's supposed to.

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 usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Ronald G.
  • 3/3/2014 8:46:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMSI H81I

Pros: Fast Shipping from Newegg

Cons: Mine was DOA - replaced with a different board that booted without problems.

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