MSI boards are a crap shoot and I will show you why on a technical level of design...
MSI board are usually 4 phases witch isn't inherently that great or that bad how ever they use cheap components and are only good to a certain CPU wattage, which would be okay but, they usually claim full cpu support and that just isn't case.
I had an intel MSI board fried 3 boards sending them back getting a new one and repeat i even installed VRM cooling and sure if enough it was dead with in minutes of stressing it on a core 2 quad. to make matters worse this board was advertised as an overclocker i could it even raise it a 9 full megahertz before it would refuse to post. when i did get it to OC it would fry.
lets take the. 890FXA-GD70 for example it says it can run the x6 but, there have been many reports of it indeed frying with 6 cores even at stock clocks and it suggested to run a 6 core as it can barley run 125watts with measly 4+1 phase when know well in fact for performance board it should have an 8+2 phase.
Almost every MSI board is like this, they are okay if stay in the suggested TDP rang on the OCN VRM list and don't OC and if you do OC you better be under the OCN suggested TDP.
Originally Posted by obsidian86
the tend to be good value in many cases but dont expect much if you looking under their mid level offerings
To sum it up, what this guy just said. ^