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MSI X79A-GD45 Any Good???

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I'm needing to switch from my current M-ATX Asus Rampage IV Gene to ATX board, problem is I don't really like all the expensive boards at the moment and kinda want to wait till the new board come out with ivy-e before spending $400-$500 on a RIVE and RIVF. I'm hoping to get $220-$250 for my RIVG and pick up a $250ish range board and was looking at the MSI X79A-GD45 it looks like decent board but problem is I haven't ever used anything other then Asus boards and wanted to know if the MSI board is any good/reliable and is MSI good when it comes to warranty and RMA?
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I have the 8 Dimm version of that board and I would like to report that it has been a dream to work with.

I have dealt with MSI RMA's before and they are relatively painless. If you ever have a problem call Jane @ 1-626-913-0828

I have dealt with her as far back as the MSI sli bridge issues from a few years back.

The only issue I have with the board is that the VRM heat sink is too tall for my case and blocks any way to rad on the top of my case.
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In my opinion ASUS quality isnt as good as it used to be, just like MSI didnt used to be good but now is good. smile.gif

So yeah I'd choose MSI over ASUS any day wink.gif
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I just bought this board about a month ago. The main gripes I have has been Memory compatibility, also no Vcore offset control.

After trying several different sets of memory I finally settled on 32gb kit of Crucial Ballistix Elite.
Overclocking wise I am currently at 4.5ghz vcore on auto and vdroop control @ 100% on my 3930k.

Anything past 4.5 on auto vcore is a no go. It will do 4.7 with a fixed vcore of 1.41 but I don't like the fact the vcore is always at his voltage.
So even at idle it;s still 1.41. I wish MSI would impliment offset vcore but doesn't look like that's going to happen.

If your wanting offset vcore stay away from any MSI X79 boards. I know for me I am actively looking for a replacement board.
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