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Pros: See Other Thoughts
Cons: See Other Thoughts
Other Thoughts: First, I really wish that Newegg would allow the editing of reviews so that users can update them at a later point instead of having to write multiple ones.
That being said, I was able to resolve one issue I mentioned in an earlier post: I mentioned that numerous websites wouldn't work properly and I discovered the culprit- IE11 in Windows 8.1 and 8.1 Update 1. After swapping-out nearly every single piece of hardware, reinstalling the OS and not running any A/V, I finally installed a 3rd party browser and that seemed to do the trick.
I also don't know how this happened, but my GPU (6770HD), got fried or is somehow otherwise damaged. So now I am running this MB with the integrated audio and IGU and it seems really empty in the case. :( That's OK because this machine is going to become my FlightSim rig once the Surface Pro 3 ships.
MSI sent an email via Newegg to me about the BT module. Very helpful (not). It was an article from Windows 7 for Dummies! (And I am using Windows 8.1U1, BTW)
Still no documentation from MSI about how to use the BT module. I mean, it seems the PC and the devices connect, but then nothing happens, nothing can be done. Wonderful.
Finally, I really want to diss on the LU5 software. When scanning, it will say that certain drivers or apps aren't installed (when they clearly are), or that the installed version is higher than the online version (nig say whaaat?)! I also am not sure on why the Creative drivers won't recognize the onboard Creative device?
Pros: pretty colors
Other Thoughts: This board is a complete waste of time. First, the built-in NIC is from Killer, which means Windows doesn't recognize it until you download the drivers for it (you can't use the disk because the geniuses at MSI put incompatible drivers on it). Problem is, you won't be able to download anything because the NIC is inoperable!
Next, the Bluetooth adapter is worthless...there is ZERO documentation on what it's supposed to be used for or how to use it. The WiFi part works well enough, but do you really want to use that to download huge driver packages?
I know the issue is from the MB because other than the CPU, RAM, and it, everything else in the system is the same from my previous build (i920->i4770K, X58-Z87). Since this new system has come online, there are several websites that no longer work (can't figure that out). I've tried switching from the IGU to a discrete unit with little to no luck.
This is bad because I have built a system for my wife with a MSI MB and it seems to work just fine. We basically have the exact same setups.
Pros: It works.
Cons: Lots. See Other Thoughts.
Other Thoughts: Where to start? First, the locking mechanism is very flimsy and I swear that every time I operate it I think I'm going to break it.
Next, it will not recognize a drive until you lock the door with the key. While it is nice to be able to enable/disable a drive just by using the key (as opposed to having to open the door or remove the drive), your drive will not be recognized until the door is key-locked. Lose a key and you're material-exiting-from-your-backside out of luck.
Finally, this thing is LOUD! I have an i7 4770, a Corsair H100i, an 6970 with an Artic Accelero Xtreme III VGA Cooler, a Blu-ray drive, an SSD, and two HDDs in two of these hot-swap bays. While I do not have a decibel meter with me, I can tell you that my system would be otherwise silent without either of these things turned-on.
The sound the internal fan makes is also annoying as heck. The front panel is worthless...I cannot read any of the info unless I am directly in front of it. But what's worse is that you cannot change anything (like fan speed), except for the threshold the alarm will sound at.
I am already looking for a replacement product, Mind you, these things work, but not suitable for a quieter environment.