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This review is from: MSI X79A-GD45 Plus LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Good layout I have used MSI in my last 5 builds and they make a solid product. Plenty of space on the board for what I use it for.
Cons: Not ready for Ivy Bridge-E out of the box. You will need a Sandy Bridge CPU for this thing to POST so you can update the BIOS.
Other Thoughts: I knew that the CPU thing was a possible issue going in, so I can't take be too upset. I did order a Sandy Bridge-E as well so I can flash the thing and I don't anticipate any issues with this board and the Ivy Bridge after I do so.
I know it would be a pain but it would be nice if these OEM's would allow the retailers to send back their stock for a flash update when new CPU's are released. Costs $$$ I know, just would be nice is all. :)