( 3.5 Average / 2 Ratings )
A very good motherboard, with a nice set of features, Killer Doubleshot Pro X3, Wifi+bluetooth, USB 3.1, M.2 Storage, 5 PCI-E Slot, 4-SLI compatible, ect. but some drawback are some issue with RAM, verify compatibility list before buying, a the beginning the bios were clunky and not so intuitive, now since 1.5 bios upgrade, things are lot better, the bclk strap compatibility with my board is not so great too, depending on the bios upgrade, the 125mhz strap would work 1/8 of the time, and the XMP profile for my RAM is set on the 125mhz strap, so i needed to downclock my RAM to 2666, witch is the last supported 100mhz strap RAM clock. its also a shame that the very motherboard they sell as the first RGB Lighted motherboard to be so restricted with its LED control software, the 16.8 million color advertised on the box, ive yet to seen them, when i open the control panel, i see barely 12 color choices, + the effects.
I'll get it right out of the way right now, until further notice this motherboard gets 3 stars.
Buying a 40 lane processor and assuming you'll just get to go on your merry way plugging items into the motherboard and having those 40 lanes properly assigned. You'll be in for an expensively bad time.
I literally could've purchased a 5820k and achieved a similar speed setup. Also the motherboard depending on PCi device configuration can take a really long time to post because it's trying to figure out how to assign lanes to devices.
For the price point of this motherboard and all of the features it advertises, it falls seriously short in bios update support and pci lane assignments. I've extensively troubleshot this device to finally get it up and operational. I would think something so expensive and feature rich wouldn't need as much babying.
My main gripes aside the network features of the motherboard are great, the msi live update tool is cool minus it installing google toolbar and norton security without me catching it.
heads up, do not install the killer network suite and head over to the msi support forums and follow the instructions on how to install your network drivers for the motherboard. I'll save you a few hours of your life.
Otherwise the wireless is awesome I managed to game and stream rainbow 6 siege at 720p on a horrible internet connection while maintaining a 60ping throughout the session . Even my ethernet will bog me up to 70-80 compared to how efficient it ran on wi-fi, so color me impressed.
The onboard leds are cool but they can only be controlled if the msi gaming app is running at start up of windows, otherwise the board will default to a solid red color scheme. At this time the msi gaming app does not start itself minimized in the system tray. It will always pop up in the lower right hand corner of the monitor. It's fairly annoying and hopefully the next update for it allows it to start minimized.