She is my best motherboard i ever buy for a low price
Considering the price, it's a nice no-frills board.
Set up was quick and easy, but beware that you may need to update the BIOS before you can boot. It shipped with A.60 (2015-12-21) version, detected my disks, right boot order, everything looked great (didn't change any default settings as I just wanted to get it to boot first) but every time I booted it went into the BIOS no matter what. I didn't press DEL or F11 or anything, it just always took me into the BIOS. update d to A.90 (2016-05-24) version, rebooted and it took me straight into Windows. So make sure you have a USB key handy with the latest BIOS on it so you can update it right away before doing anything else.
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Cons Would not boot past the BIOS until updated to latest firmware.
Summary Set up was quick and easy, but beware that you may need to update the BIOS before you can boot. It shipped with A.60 (2015-12-21) version, detected my disks, right boot order, everything looked great (didn't change any default settings as I just wanted to get it to boot first) but every time I booted it went into the BIOS no matter what. I didn't press DEL or F11 or anything, it just always took me into the BIOS. update d to A.90 (2016-05-24) version, rebooted and it took me straight into Windows. So make sure you have a USB key handy with the latest BIOS on it so you can update it right away before doing anything else.
Pros Easy build. Plugged everything together and it all worked.
Cons No serial port driver for Win7. MSI support finally admitted they didn't have a driver after a couple rounds of questions. I tried to find a driver that would work but gave up. Ended up purchasing a separate serial interface card. Not really suprised as OS support is towards Win 8 & 10. 4 stars not 5 because of this.
Summary Good price for latest Intel chipset. Solid performing motherboard. Not a gamer so I haven't pushed the board hard or tried any gaming related features. If you want a full featured board that has the latest technology at an economical price then this is a good option.
Pros Easy installation, drivers & utilities are awesome, it actually is pretty aesthetically pleasing in person, cheap for a ddr4 supported board/new Skylake processors, the bios is OUTSTANDING and super easy to use
Cons None thus far...
Summary I replaced a 1999 board with this, upgrading to ddr4 and Skylake and am super impressed with the utilities provided/the cleanest BIOS ever, can use mouse in it, just overall great board. I'm not too sure if it's because it's new and needs to be worked in; or if it's a small defect, but the metal rim and handle for the processor is pretty squeaky, I thought it was going to break while installing my processor but everything is fine and works well. Giving 4 stars solely based on aesthetics, it still looks great but a lot of other motherboards look way better, I just went for the cheapest board I needed for DDR4 and Skylake.
Pros Good spacing, great BIOS, nothing is too hard to plug in. It is also quite strong. It has USB 3.1, DDR4 support, and m.2 (PCIe) for future devices.
Cons Still has PS2 ports for old keyboards and mice. Seems like a waste.
Summary This board is a very simple board for the new Skylake generation CPUs. It will be ready for future plug and play devices. The BIOS is very nice and can set up easier ways to do things like overclock, change your boot order, or change your fan speed.
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