For me, I had to find a work around for the issue I had with mine. I have to say they make nice stuff but it's maybe not amazing stuff. On that note I have seen more people have to return ASUS boards over any other manufacturer. To me ASUS is in a constant state of pumping out as many boards at just over the "pass" mark as possible. Ever notice how many people RMA their Asus boards? Gigabyte boards are alright but their low-midrange boards they seem to do a good job with their electrical but cheap out on their sound and lan chips. I have never owned a Gigabyte board I have been meaning to try one for a few years. I keep saying my next board will be one but nothing of their's has really jumped out at me in my price range.
I am guessing my issue may have been because of MSI's VRMs? Maybe I dunno I'm not a real electrical guy and no idea when it comes to pwns and all that. All I know when Power Technology is enabled the board emits a horrible whine noise.
When the board came out it was part of a i3 2100 special that was going on at Microcenter and a ton of people ended up having this issue. You can do a search for it. I ended up finding a workaround and posted it on numerous forums. This was after MSI tech support first almost bricked my board by telling me improper way of resetting my BIOS. When I called back they did not believe me I spoke to someone there, then they went on to tell me it was from my other components that had never had an issue.
Here is the thread I made on their own forums regarding the issue: http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=147426.0
Are all of MSI's products 100%? No. Has this board performed well with the workaround? Yes. Is MSI top of my list to buy again? No, especially after their tech support had their heads up their asses when numerous people are having the same issue. It didn't seem to take very long for them to discontinue the product.
- Headache, long run has been good experience except. I don't like being reluctant about updating my BIOS and having to disable the horrible whine again.
- Amazing loved it just like Epox I would buy another if I could
- First board to completely die, customer support was good, board quality very skeptical. Sold its replacement
- Iffy suport, AMAZING board but they are no more
- Amazing Amazing Amazing like 10 years old still works awesome. I would still buy Epox if I could
- No issues no problems
- Again no issues
- Wonderful, and great support
- Nightmare Never ending issues
My list of experiences with mobo's. As you can see just because a board is in the big 3 does not mean it will return a gold experience. Make a poll and see which manufacturer's people had to RMA the most. I bet ECS and Asus will be in the top 3. Would I give ASUS or MSI another chance? I would love them to provide me with a new board for a 2nd chance. But I am not going to pay full price for their second chance. They owe me in terms of headaches. I am actually looking for a new Z77 board so right now my choices are still up in the air.
Biostar really needs to put out an enthusiast M-ATX board just saying their is room to go up against the Asus's ASUS Maximus V Gene, and especially include a normal pci slot. Asrock did it with their ASRock X79 EXTREME4-M. Genius! Props to Asrock on that.
MSI may not be my top choice for mobo's however it is my top choice for video cards, Go figure.Edited by Peanuts4 - 11/5/12 at 7:16pm