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This review is from: MSI H97I AC LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Features and Linux compatibility are clear strengths of this board. All the included hardware works out-of-the-box under Linux including wifi, bluetooth, onboard LAN (gigalan speeds and connection), sound (both analog out and over HDMI), and video (via the CPU, outputting over HDMI).
Adaptive BIOS controlled fan speed is also a very nice feature. One additional benefit of this board is MSI's implementation of UEFI which is very good. I did not have to drop down to the UEFI shell to setup my bootloader. It was managed by grub's installation script and worked flawlessly. This is in stark contrast to my previous motherboard's (Asus H87I-Plus) annoying behavior of refusing to boot and requiring manual rewrite of the UEFI boot menu via bcfg from the UEFI shell every time I updated the BIOS or upon the initial installation.
Cons: The connector for one of the two wifi antennas is loose and I cannot get it to tighten up. Not really a functional problem, but kind of annoying.
Other Thoughts: At the time I wrote this review:
Linux kernel version 3.16.1.
MSI BIOS version 5.3.
Other hardware details:
2x4 Gb Mushkin SDRAM DDR3
Samsung 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW
Purchased to replace an Asus H87I-Plus which suffered from a very annoying problem turning back on by itself after I shut it down if WOL was enabled. This MSI board has shown this bug on several shutdowns (2 out of 30ish) but that ratio is much improved over the Asus board which, in recent months, prevented me for enabling WOL at all since I could not shutdown the box.
For my experiences with the Asus H87I-Plus and with Asus's tech support, browse to that product>reviews and look for the one entitled, "Problems staying shutdown with WOL enabled (part 2)" and, "Problems staying shutdown with WOL enabled."
Pros: See my previous review for the pros of this MB. It is entitled,"Problems staying shutdown with WOL enabled" published on 11/30/2013 2:30:04 PM.
Cons: Users of Linux/Unix cannot enable WOL and shutdown the system; it will turn itself back on after 5 sec or so.
Other Thoughts: I wanted to follow up with the group after contacting Mark at Asus who read my review and posted the manufacture's response.
We exchanged 20 some odd emails over the course of 4 weeks. At the end of the exchange, he offered to test my board at Asus but would not provide me with an option to drop-ship a replacement. I told him this was not feasible for me since the machine has a role to play and I do not want weeks of downtime.
The salient piece of info I distilled out of our conversations was that Asus does not officially support Linux so if you are planning to use a non-windows OS on the board, and if you require WOL, my advice is for you to look at other vendors.
I actually spent a pretty good chunk of time searching on this specific model and this particular issue; I found a dozen or so reports of other users running both Linux and Unix (freeNAS and some other distro I haven't heard of before) also experiencing this problem. I also found several users running windows 7 and 8 that also experienced the very same issue. To me that's enough evidence of something systemic causing the problem as I assured in my original review, i.e. it is not the fault of my particular MB, but rather something in the UEFI firmware or the like.
Summary: Asus does not support non-windows operating systems. Look at other vendors if you plan to run Linux/Unix and want WOL to function properly.
Pros: Price, size, performance.
Other Thoughts: It should be noted that the firmware incorrectly identifies this HDD as model "ST3000DM001-1CH166" when in fact, it is model "STBD30001000" which has implications when users attempt to query drive in the seagate firmware finder website. The incorrect model is not in their database and will error out when users attempt to query it + their serial number. Using the "STBD..." model number does work. For those interested, mine has firmware version CC29 and according to the seagate database, this is current.READ FULL REVIEW
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