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MSI Z97 Guard-Pro LGA 1150 Intel Z97 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • 7/13/2014 3:51:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsConfusing

Pros: Not sure yet. Like a lot of others I went with the G3258 and 212EVO.

Cons: M-BIOS!!!!! DO NOT FLASH with the M-BIOS. It bricked mine and it will brick yours too! I plan on delidding after the replacement comes in and I see what is what for my own two eyes.

Other Thoughts: How come the first times I hear or see a warning for bios updating comes when it is too late? Looking to race this against my X4 750K and Biostar X88M.

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  • Edward R.
  • 7/11/2014 10:25:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsReliable design

Pros: Reliably designed.. as a military hardware engineer I'd point out that military testing is where most the reliability comes from. However, designing and qualifying compliance to the standard is a good start. Obviously a $100 board isn't going through that testing to eliminate infantile failures.

BIOS updates are flowing in, but not dated as I'd expect. From 7/3 to 7/7 the 6/30 BIOS was not on the website.

For with Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and the new unlocked Pentium G3258 I have a perfectly stable 47% overclock.

Cons: Seems to have a timing issue with older SSD's. This cost me 5 days and 3 windows reinstalls to find. My OCZ Vertex2 did not detect, regardless of firmware, more than 40% of the time. UEFI then triggered a boot failure and set off windows repair loops. My newer Kingston V300 worked fine (I thought mine was broken but full erase had an issue in XP that was not present in Windows 8).

Other Thoughts: Overclock was a little confusing. The BIOS "OC Genie" color changes slightly, which then allows you to change settings via the Intel software tool within O/S.

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