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Pros: This seems to be a very nice board and quite small. Great specs for a HTPC.
Cons: I received, from Newegg, a motherboard with bent pins. Over the past 2 months (12/2012 through 2/2013) I have been in contact with Intel's support and they have sent me two more defective boards. The first crashed after being on for a few hours. At this point Intel requested to see both the board and the Core i3 processor I was using. I shipped both back to them, however they only were able to confirm receiving the board. I was sent back a replacement board with another bent pin and without a processor to go with it. I am now working on getting a refund, instead of replacement, for these parts through Intel.
Other Thoughts: If you have this board, and it works, then it is probably great as some of the other reviews indicate. Unfortunately, I have received 3 bad boards in a row, and that is a big concern for me with regard to Intel's QC. Especially, since the last 2 were received directly from Intel support (so wouldn't they check them?). Bottom line: this board looks good, but based on 3 bad ones in a row, I'd say it is a risky purchase.
While the boards themselves have been disappointing, Intel's customer support has been very quick to reply and courteous.
This review is from: MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Seems to have nice features. Easy to install, worked on first try.
Cons: Worked great for about 2 days. In the middle of playing BF2 it shutdown. When I tried to turn it back on the fans would kick on for a second and stop. LEDs on the MB would stay on though. Tried swapping power supplies- still nothing. RMA'd the motherboard, newegg refunded, and I am trying it again.
Also, I should note that from the beginning the software for controlling/monitoring the motherboard and video card did not work (even when downloaded from MSI's website for the latest versions). Documentation is poorly written. Though I don't really care about that, it might be important for some.
Other Thoughts: System: MSI P6N-SLI-Plat MB, MSI Turbostream600W PS, EVGA320 GF8800GTS VC, WD 500GB HDD, C2D E6600 (@2.4), 2GB (2x1GB) G.Skill DDR2-800 RAM, OS: XP64 and Ubuntu64READ FULL REVIEW