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Old January 16, 2011, 08:17 AM
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Hi everybody,

I'm planning a SB build in 6 weeks.

I've used ABIT (long time ago), 2 ASUS (K8V SE DLX) and (P5QPRO), and one Gigabyte (legendary GA-P965-DS3 REV 3.3)...

They all served me well...

Now that SB is out, I'm eyeing MSI P67a-GD65...how do they compare to ASUS and GIGA? MSI is the underdog...

NCIX is pushing more and more MSI products, Linus shows-off with MSI Products quite a bit on his videos...I know it's marketing...

The P67a-GD65 has less power phases than it's competitors...

MSI has an RMA center in Ontario, which is awesome for us Canucks...

What are your experiences with MSI, are they to be trusted?
I mean ASUS is good brand, but right now, la lot of SB early adopters are being dinged by ASUS boards...

So please discuss MSI reliability, pros and cons...build quality, OC ability, board layout..they are priced the same as ASUS and Giga..weird...they should aim lower to gather more customers....

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Old January 16, 2011, 08:34 AM
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I admit I never even looked at the MSI offerings, I pretty much focused on Gigabyte and got a UD7. Everything I've heard of them has been positive as of late however, and I wasn't aware they had an RMA depot in Ontario, that's pretty damn good.

Most people are getting screwed by Asus boards because it seems the overwhelming majority have gone with Asus over anything else so far. Likely due to the combo deals and just the fact that for their lower offerings, they tend to offer more of what people want over competitors and the EFI/UEFI has tempted a lot of people.

My understanding is MSI already has an EFI of their own out which is nice. The power phases seems to at times be just a gimmick so be careful about that. Less doesn't always REALLY mean less, or worse. It might be in this case, but I'm not certain without checking it out myself.

With SB, I really don't think anyone can go wrong with their choice of mobo. It's all up to features, aesthetics, and just what someone desires in general.
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Old January 16, 2011, 08:58 AM
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pretty good boards, tons better than before, up there with the big boys.

anything gd65 and up means serious clocking..err with sb that wont matter lol but still, kick arse boards.

usually a tad more expensive than the comparable giga, but not always :)
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Old January 16, 2011, 09:04 AM
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MSI was always good, for at least the last half decade, afaik. I still have a heavily overclocked 775 board from 2006 running perfectly fine!

Underdog? I dunno.. just not marketed as much,indeed.
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Old January 16, 2011, 09:42 AM
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I remember ordering an MSI board in 2004, for my Clawhammer 3400+...I cancelled the order on time after reading a few bad reviews...

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Underdog? I dunno.. just not marketed as much,indeed.
Well, you're right, and NOW, they are making a big push...the whole "RMA in Canada" is really a plus.

The reviews on the GD65 board are good, the only person who got issues is Kyle B. from [H]ard forums..
He honestly said that he fiddled with a bunch of settings and the mobo took the Intel 80GB SSD with her...

It's a little weird, seems like a cover up maybe, an experienced reviewer admitting he started input-ing all kinds of values at once in BIOS to reach a better, more stable OC????

Anyway, it's just one case...probably "self-inflicted"...

The power phases offerings on the MSI boards are not as "fleshed-out" as ASUS or Giga in the same price range..it's a little weird...maybe it doesn't matter much, but I'm looking for a 4.8GHz clock on a 2600K, so the more stable the voltage regulation the better I assume...
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Just get an 890FXA-GD70 2 weeks ago, very impress with the quality of this board. The components are top quality, especially the caps, MSI throw some nice product on the market recently, and their froz GPU are impressive.
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Old January 16, 2011, 10:08 AM
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Just get an 890FXA-GD70 2 weeks ago, very impress with the quality of this board.
So are you OCing? And if so, did you get a good result, compared to other offerings in the same category?

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Yes they are, but a few cases of coil-whine and some Frozr fans grinding on the HSF's cover...
Also, the "troubled" episode of Linus-flashed FROZR II GTX465 into GTX470's that were falling in combat quickly...that was an MSI-sponsored move...
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My current P55 GD80 is the first msi board I have ever tried or bought. Absolutely no complaints here. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it's the best board I've owned.
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Old January 16, 2011, 10:38 AM
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The P67 MSI boards look fantastic. They would be at the top of my list I've I ever go w/ a Sandy Bridge system.
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790FX-GD70 owner here. I RMA'd my first GD70, but it later turned out to be a CPU problem. However, MSI's process was very quick. I didn't even call, I just filled out the online form. I had the new board less than two days after they received the old one.
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