I was a MSI fanboy for a long time ,but in the last 2-3 years the quality of their hardware dropped or i ve started having bad luck.
The bioses are crappyer ,compatibility issues ,lack of proper official update BIOS tools.
I have to use things made by some guy from the forum .
I m not referring to overcloking options (as i usually not buy MSI mobos for overclocking ,but for avoiding RMA-ing often as it was happening with other brands)
Quality of essential active components seems to have dropped .Nikos semikonductors all over the board.
The PCB for my HAWK is elastic like rubber, it has no enforcements what so ever and this is stupid.
The board works but some costs have been reduced.
In the areas under the HAWK cooling system ,well hidden, you can spot capacitors that have some deformations as well.They are not visible uneless you change thermal so what the ... let s use them if they work.
I consider this inapropriate for such a brand.
The workmenship and quality control has dropped seeing the huge numbers of unsatisfied people on newegg.
They are struggeling to make more boards and more cheaper .
Some boards seem to lack VRM protections ,most probable to save engineering and fabrication costs.MOSFETS blowing show that definetelly something is wrong ,no CPU should draw more than a limited ammount of current ,if calculated by some engineer.Lack of the OCP means risk of fire hazard ,simple.
I m started to think they ve started production in Foxconn factories ,the ones with the guys that suicide.Or maybe they are making there only the gumoelastic PCB-s
2-3 years ago cheapest board you could ifnd around in my country stores were ECS or Asrock ,now is MSI.
As usually MSI was having bigger prices than most of the vendors , makes me wonder where and how do they cut the costs ?!
Since they ve changed the MSI to msi they have better looking motherboards but less quality ,more hype for promotion and less substance.
Too bad ,i ll miss them !