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Pros: Once you get the quirks out of the way it's a solid monitor.
It's August 17, 2016 and I'm still on it.
Almost 9 years and it's still going.
Cons: Required 1 RMA for R82-R83 capacitor replacement (Well known issue after a few years)
Required 1 out of warranty repair I did myself (Replaced 6 dry capacitors on power board)
Other Thoughts: As I just built a new system recently I was looking to upgrade to a new modern monitor and was looking at when I purchased this one. It was in November of 2008 so this thing has been solid for over 8 years. Because of the heat generated from this monitor those capacitors dry out and cause most of the issues people were having. If you replace them as you can see it can extend the life of the monitor. I'm using it to write this now but it's getting long in the tooth for gaming is why I'm looking now but since this has been a solid unit I will be looking at other Hanns-G in the future.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Worked great when it did and looked good
Love the Logo lights
Cons: Display issues on day 36
Locked into 800X600 mode (not driver related)
Power issue on powering up
Graphic Glitch's on power on
Other Thoughts: The GPU lasted a total of 36 days before the issues started. It was out by 6 days of neweggs return policy so it had to be RMA'ed to MSI. MSI has had it for 13 days and still not shipped the replacement so MSI's RMA service is flawed as it should not take this long to ship back a defective card. It's likely I'll get a refurbished card (someone else's problem card) to replace a new card that's 36 days old.
I'll have to consider this defective product if I ever purchase from MSI again but I do have other MSI products but will change brands in a heartbeat if this becomes a pattern. I've had issues before in other PC builds where I had to RMA an item but NEVER in under a year or so and 36 days is not normal for a failure. Not a happy Camper!
Pros: Board is packed with some good features and fills my needs as a non over-clocker. Windows 7 install went smoothly and did NOT require the MSI Windows 7 tool as long as you set up the bios correctly. I did install Windows 7 via a DVD drive so you may need the tool if your installing via USB as those ports will need drivers for the install.
Cons: The last two reviews under mine. I was unaware of the CPU throttling issue and did not see this discussed much on the MSI forums so I can only hope I won't see this issue down the road in six months. I did however pay attention to the last review about disabling it and downloaded that tool for future use if need be.
I also deducted 1 egg for bent CPU fan pins and time wasted going over motherboard with a magnifying glass to look for other problems with parts and solder points.
Other Thoughts: CPU fan pins were bent back about 25-30 degrees. It looks like someone on the manufacturing line put a test meter or something on it to check if it was working but yanked it off at an angle. I CAREFULLY bent the pins back and checked the traces on the underside of the board to make sure no solder points broke contact. Everything works great at the moment but I have not installed any games yet to check them out but it passed several benchmark tests and a burn in test with no issues.
I also tried the on-board sound option and while it's ok, if your a true gamer you want an independent sound card to get the best sound. I reverted back and installed my X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro and it really blows the on-board sound away in clarity, highs, low and mid-range as it's DAC is independent of the boards.
MSI Gaming Z170A GAMING M3, 16GB G-Skill memory, MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 100ME 2GB , Intel I3 6100, Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro, SAMSUNG 850 EVO, Rosewill 850watt PSU (8 years old but fine specs from Johnny Guru at the time and was cleaned out and voltages checked and it's still rock solid)