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Pros: -Loads of features
-Easy to use UEFI BIOS
-Runs well (now, see cons)
Cons: -Driver DVD was incorrectly made so it was unreadable by my machine (and all other machines I tried to use it in) Traditionally this wouldnt be much of an issue for me, however there were troubles locating certain drivers even from manufacturer's websites (such as the NFC card reader driver).
----This was made worse by the fact that the drivers that were posted on the Asus website were incorrect and I had to go to many different manufacturer's websites to get the correct drivers for multiple aspects of the motherboard
-Asus utilities caused BSODs when I was attempting to install Bitdefender 2013 Internet Security. Without the Asus utilities installed the Bitdefender install went without issue
Other Thoughts: I suppose many of my issues would have been negated if I had originally received a working copy of the drivers DVD, but since I did not, it made the install of many of the aspects of this board somewhat of a pain. Furthermore, even without a functioning copy of the DVD, it shouldnt have been as difficult as they made it to get correct drivers from the Asus website. For certain motherboard features (IE: bluetooth and wireless) they have multiple indistinguishable drivers listed but only some work with this board.
Overall I like the board and intend on continuing to use it, but the setup was far more annoying than it should have been.
Pros: Very quick graphics card at an excellent price
Cons: I was slightly disappointed at how loud the fan is. My older 5870 (based on a similar GPU) also made by XFX does not get anywhere near as loud as this 6870 does.
I could easily hear the fan over all of the other fans (5 other fans) in my system which is built into an NZXT Phantom case
Pros: Board booted successfully the first time and was easy to configure
Updating the BIOS was simple with the utility from MSI
Cons: After updating the bios I attempted to switch the RAID oprom to UEFI but strangely, the board bios appeared to crash to a shell. When booting to the standard RAID oprom it was fine. I left it that way but was disappointed that while the option in the bios was available, it didnt work.
In addition, the POST information is less informative than I'm used to
Other Thoughts: Be sure you have the RAID drivers loaded onto a USB key even if you're installing Windows 7. It could not see the DVDROM drive or the hard drive after getting into the Windows installation until manually installing the drivers. This is the first time I've run into this with Windows 7. I figured it had to happen eventually, that boards would be newer than what Windows offered with drivers, just a heads up however.READ FULL REVIEW