( 4.7 Average / 9 Ratings )
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Beautiful looking board. Has everything I need. Like I mentioned in my main text, POST time is a little longer than I expect it to be which kind sucks, but I hope that gets better in an update!
UPDATE: Mystic Light is pretty frustrating. It doesn't coordinate with the RGB Wraith spire well and the G.Skill RAM at all, so I have to use G.Skill's own configurator for that, which is also pretty terrible. I'm lightly considering selling this and buying the Crosshair VI Hero.
Really nice looking board with just the right features and more, kind of lacking in terms of sata ports and included accessories but overall fantastic. And has RGB.
As this was my first motherboard I ever used in a build, I was impressed by this one. The LED effects are fantastic, the build quality is nice, and the armor + matte black finish really gives this motherboard a nice appearance.
For a beginner, I was glad to see an EZ Debug LED system implemented in this board. Sometimes a continuous beep happened when the computer didn't POST among the debug LEDS, and sometimes only the debug LEDs lit up. Odd. The software is pretty good and does what it's supposed to do, and I love the LED effects it has. Overclocking is great with this motherboard as well; I was able to overclock my RAM (rated at 2800 MHz) to 2933 MHz at 1.32 volts (still tweaking with it though) and my Ryzen 7 1700 to 3.9 GHz @ 1.3875 volts with no issues.
However, when turning the system on, I notice that the debug LEDs will light up in the processor & RAM area before finally booting up the system and passing the POST. On top of that, POST times are honestly horrible; it takes a good 15-20 seconds before the PC passes the POST. With all of that being said, I had to take off a star.
If you want fast boot times, this is not the motherboard for you. If you want a decently priced X370 motherboard with a great overclocking support, user friendly POST debug & UEFI/BIOS, then this is the motherboard for you.
Well, I love the LEDs on this thing and that's why I chose this one over some of the others, I also really like the M2 Shield and how sturdy the RAM and GPU slots are with the Steel Shield. This board has had problems with my RAM though, but this is a known problem and they have been fixing this.
The Leds will occasionally turn off on random parts of the mobo though, which is why I gave it 4 stars.
Finally decided to splurge on what I would consider a premium motherboard, I know MSI technically has better models, but this was enough for me. I honestly haven't adjusted any of the lighting, it's never been my primary concern. The BIOS and settings have all been great and easy to use. BIOS updates have been pretty regular as well which has improved memory support.
A solid motherboard, AM4, and X370. My only issue still is an annoying red LED signaling an integrated GPU issue according to the manual. However, Ryzen 5 (or 7/3) does not have integrated graphics... No option to disable this check in the BIOS yet. I contacted MSI support who were just becoming aware of this. Hopefully a BIOS update will be out soon. In the mean time... Electrical tape?
Solid quality. Lighting is superb. Auto overclocking and manual overclocking is easy. 5/5
For the price, this motherboard offers way more than any other in its price range, plus it offers some nice aesthetics to the build. With the amount of ports that it has, it gives me a large range of possibilities when it comes to the use of this computer.