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Pros: If it ever arrives here, I suspect I'll be happy with it.
Cons: I wonder why is makes sense to ship a product via courier about three quarters of the way here and then pull the product away from that carrier and had the package over to the post office. I'm wishing that there was a huge online competitor who sold not only computer equipment but also apparel, food, shoes, and toys. I wish I could locate such a competitor and possibly direct my business there.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: In my initial review I made an error. I said my Phenom II 965 was running at its stock speed of 4.2GHz. That chip's stock speed is, in fact, 3.4GHz. I don't know why I made that mistake. I'm sorry if my stupidity affected anybody's decision making. I think I wrote that review in the middle of the night.
I have found another reason to like this board. New chipset driver and a new Killer Network Driver-only version have made unnecessary the large Killer Network App software that had originally been needed for this board. In my case, the machine was taking day naps and would lock up for 20-30 seconds for no reason. I loaded in these new drivers, and the machine works perfectly again. Happy. It makes me glad that MSI bothered to do some follow up on this product and release some additional Windows 764 drivers.
This machine is still a work machine with respectable cpu, value video card, Intel SSD storage, 16GB RAM, USB3, and great sound running Windows 7 Pro 64.
Cons: Killer Network App seems dubious. What was it supposed to accomplish?
Other Thoughts: I will likely buy another one.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Okay, I have only been running this board for a few hours, but it feels pretty awesome to me. I'm running Phenom II 965 at 4.2GHz. No overclocking. Got an SSD, modest video card, and 16GB Hyper X Ram. This board replaces a year old board from another manufacturer whose sound card was terrible. This board's sound card is really impressive. I plugged the fiber optic output to my Yamaha surround receiver, and WOW does it sound awesome.
This board also uses something called a KILLER Network Card Driver. And, in fact, it works great, too. I would say that the physical installation was pretty straight forward, and the driver installations were pretty automatic and flawless. Here's an interesting fact, this board seems to have four separate fan connections. I would think that's gotta be attractive to over clockers and big time gamers. It also came with the connector for attaching a second video card. I won't do that, but again that's gotta be attractive to gamers. This machine is mostly just a work computer - I went for the gamer board because it promised a noticeable performance jump. I am happy with it. I work, watch videos, and listen to loud music. It works great.
Cons: During the initial boot, I noticed my CPU was running at like 65 degrees Celsius. That seems high. I think I might need a newer, better cooling solution than the factory solution that came with my cpu.
Other Thoughts: This is the second MSI board I've ever owned, and I am pretty happy with it. For years I've been a GB dude, but that may be changing.READ FULL REVIEW