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MSI MSI Gaming H97 GAMING 3 LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel H97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 1600/1333/1066

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Makana L.
  • 10/12/2015 12:07:03 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome motherboard

Pros: -looks awesome
-great bios
-has everything I need and more
-great I/o panel
-great bang for buck
-easy to install and great manual made for a great first time build experience

Cons: -driver and utility cd that comes with it doesn't support windows 10 so I was unable to install anything when I first built pc. without the network driver I couldn't use internet. easy fix though, just needed to use a different computer to download the newest drivers from and transfer them on a usb to new pc. after that all good

Other Thoughts: would recommend

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  • David Y.
  • 8/27/2015 8:48:54 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHigh Quality Product!

Pros: Quality PCB, Excellent layout, excellent VRM heatsinks.

I'm impressed with not only the board but the audio and Killer Lan as well. This is a quality product that works well and has excellent drivers.

It stays cool while in operation, and I love that it still has at least one PCI slot.

Cons: Only 6 SATA plugs? That's about all I can ding it for, which isn't enough for an egg!

Other Thoughts: I thoroughly recommend this board for any of the Haswell CPU's of the non-k variety. It's perfect in that arena and seems to be of a quality you usually find on $180 motherboards.

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  • brian h.
  • 8/27/2015 1:21:29 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice board

Pros: Lots of room to configure your setup how you like. Nice bios interface. Looks cool.

Cons: none at this time.

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  • Gilles R.
  • 9/20/2014 11:51:54 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSettled

Pros: I am the friend HawkFest was referring to in his message. As he said, this mother board is simply superb! Which is why we're giving 5 eggs (writing this together, after we've settled an arrangement with Newegg). Just don't make any BIOS update with it... In our case it was like a catch-22 : we had problems reading DVDs, a message stating incompatibilities between the graphics and the DVD reader (we've tried 3 different brands that are working without issues on other builds), hence we checked for a BIOS update on MSI's website and installed it, ending with a "brick" instead of a mobo. Quite unfortunate actually, since others here don't seem to have that problem....

Cons: Apart from incompatibilities with DVD readers while using the internal CPU graphics (which seems to pertain to a defective board that we've received) , and a BIOS update bricking the mobo, no cons, great board, I would recommend it.

Other Thoughts: Even though we could not resolve the issue, MSI customer support was very patient and helpful into trying to "repair" without being obliged to RMA, kudos to them..... And hyper-duper kudos to Newegg's customer/RMA service as well, who were more enclined to have a satisfied customer than a short-term vision trying to "protect" some residual revenue from this : they've just won a new client! :-)

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/10/2014 10:09:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsGREAT, until BIOS update...

Pros: 1- Looks nice.
2- Works flawlessly out of the box.
3- H97 Intel chipset with enhanced features (it has M.2 unlike most other branded H97 motherboards).

Cons: 1-BIOS update to 1.0 from 1.4 breaks the motherboard (using the BIOS M-Flash function, and making sure the system was on during the process showing a red stripe which stated to not remove the flash memory or power off the computer)!! I can't see anything on-screen anymore, although the motherboard seems to work (fans are turning, no blinking error led, I can see the LED of the Audio EMI isolation on the mobo). Everything was working smoothly until I decided to make that BIOS update, now the PC is blind and unusable. I called MSI, they only told me to try again (while directing me to the BIOS download page which I've alredy done), but it doesn't work . Tracking number TS091014022419.

2- Impossible to read DVD/BD movies, either from PowerDVD Ultra 11 (bought and legit) or from Shark007's codecs, while using the i5-4690 CPU with its integrated Intel HD4600 GPU (no discrete graphics card). It says that there's some kind of incompatibility between the graphics drivers and the DVD reader, however the Intel drivers are up to date. After reading many forums this doesn't seem to be related to the Intel i5-4690 CPU/GPU-HD4600, as all those reports don't mention any problem with playing DVD movies.

Other Thoughts: I made a friend buy this motherboard (from his Newegg account of which I don't have the credentials of course) for building his new PC.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you provided since many reasons can cause the situation like this, we will review the case you open with MSI directly and contact you back for more troubleshooting.
If you require further instructions, feel free to contact our support team back directly at 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time). Thank you

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/7/2014 8:53:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis was absolutely almost perfect. No big Cons.

Pros: One of the best motherboards I have ever had. I have even had an Asus. This MSI mobo has outperformed the Asus by a long shot. the Audio Boost is absolutely wonderful. This was paired with an Intel Core i5 4590 clocked at 3.3 GHz as well as an MSI N660 GTX 660 2gb OC in an NZXT Phantom 410 and runs absolutely cool even under full load even with the stock heatsink fan. And by the way, the line for the audio boost lights up red as well as the logo.

Cons: May this not pertain to everyone, but the Audio Boost logo with a fairly large video card in does get blocked by the video card. I am unable to see the logo, but no biggie. The USB 3.0 pins are a bit flimsy. One of the pins, mobo standing upright with I/O at the left, the pin to the bottom left got bent with medium pressure. I shrugged it off and went on with the build and thanks that the ports still work. Also, in the mobo box, the manual describes that in the front panel connector installation, it shows a brick that the fp connectors plug into. I looked high and low for it in the box and outside and even in the trash for it and it was not included. I just used the QR code in the manual that leads me to a youtube video that shows me how to install the connectors without the brick. This isn't really a con, but when I installed the 1600 speed RAM, the BIOS was set at 1333 default. No biggie, but would be nice if it recognized it as 1600 and changed it. So no big cons here. Just almost perfect.

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  • Todd H.
  • 8/2/2014 11:38:00 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MOBO!!!!!!!!!

Pros: One of the best motherboards i ever order. It does everthing i need it to do and well the mobo speak for it self.

Cons: None at all.

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