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Why do people not recommend MSI Motherboards

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I am going to be purchasing a new PC tomorrow and I am going to go with an MSI Gaming motherboard, I read that some people say they are great boards and some say MSI can be a problem.


Are these motherboards that bad or are they actually reliable?


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Many MSI motherboard reviews here on OCC and they more often than not earn a gold award.

 

Which motherboard are you considering?

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Going back about 20 years or so, MSI had a long run of bad motherboards.The area I live in has several large electronics, etc, warehouses in which you could buy many brands of computer components. I was building a lots of computers at the time so became friends with many of the staff and techs. My understanding was that about half of all the MSI MBs sold were returned within 90 days as they stopped working. Bad quality control? Inferior components? Who knows.... The thing is that once a brand gets a bad rep, it carries forward a generation until the newbies, who never heard of the brand, take their turn in the fishbowl. Has MSI improved? If you listen to the reviewers, yes. All desktop people have their favorite brand that they stick by whether it is MSI, Asus, Gigabyte (my favorite), Asrock or some other manufacturer. The competition in today's market is so heavy that a MB manufacturer can not afford to put out a truly bad product or they will not last. MSI is less expensive because they do not always have the same features as the "big boys". So, go with your gut. Go with what you can afford and trust the luck of the MB lottery because no matter which brand you choose, there might be a bad apple.

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Yeah I've had good luck with MSI for the last 10+ years. The only thing I don't like about some of them, is the Killer NIC needs its own special drivers. So without them you cannot use your the Ethernet port. Therefore you cannot download the drivers to use the Ethernet, catch 22. This isn't limited to just MSI, any company that uses a Killer NIC needs drivers before using the Ethernet port.

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Yeah I've had good luck with MSI for the last 10+ years. The only thing I don't like about some of them, is the Killer NIC needs its own special drivers. So without them you cannot use your the Ethernet port. Therefore you cannot download the drivers to use the Ethernet, catch 22. This isn't limited to just MSI, any company that uses a Killer NIC needs drivers before using the Ethernet port.

 

Thats why you use whats on the driver disk to start and upload after that! :)

 

I can only speak of my experiences and the little I read about.  They're mostly fine until you have an issue and then the support sucks.

I hear the same about all motherboard manufacturers. 

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Buy the motherboard that has the form factor you require, the features that you desire at a price point that you're willing to pay.  Any of the long term players in the mainstream or enthusiast motherboard retail market are going to lay an egg every once in a while.  I've had a bad motherboard at least once from every name brand you can think of.  At the same time I've had some flawless motherboards from every name brand that you can think of.

 

We are all guilty of having favorites.  For a long time mine was DFI, then when they bit the bullet I used Asus, MSI, ASRock and Gigabyte.  A lot of people rant on Gigabyte, but they are my go to option now.

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Every system I have ever built I've used Gigabyte or Asus, 80% of them Gigabyte, I've had one flakey Gigabyte board out of about 40 (I use them for customer builds) and the problem with the one was it would only use 2 of the memory slots out of 4 so the customer didn't even want to return it as it was just a surfing rig.However lately like someone already said I think it's just luck of the draw for any brand. Go with what you need and hope for the best !

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Now-a-days I just buy whichever motherboard doesn't have a patronisingly childish UEFI 'EZ' BIOS. 

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