( 4.4 Average / 9 Ratings )
Amazing Z97 board, really sad that they stopped making it. I managed to get this when they were trying to get rid of them, so I got it for under $130 which is a steal. It lacks some of the more modern features, so no USB 3.1, no M.2 slots (it does have MSATA), no NVME booting, but looking past that it's an amazing board. This is one of the last MSI "gaming" motherboards where MSI used a brown PCB. I'm not going to lie, it would definitely look better with black, but as long as you're not using white LEDs, you won't even see the brown. I really like the aesthetic of this board with the red accents, and the Black and Red I/O shield+I/O looks great with a black or red case. This board is packed with great enthusiast features that tend to get left out of boards under $175 or $200 these days. It has voltage checkpoints, dual bios, Debug readout, dedicated go to bios button (you have no idea how nice this is when you have fast boot enabled), buttons to start the computer from the motherboard, and voltage checkpoints with extenders that make it really easy to use. Maybe best of all is the 12 phase power design that's practically unheard of for a cheaper Z97 board like this one was. If you can find one of these, I would highly recommend it, as it's an amazing all around enthusiast board.
No problems other than a bright blue LED on the motherboard that can't be turned off and is distracting in a dark room.
Beefy Construction, has alot of settings to fiddle with for overclocking. Even has m.2 but I don't think it supports booting from m.2, I haven't tried it