Is MSI a reliable brand?

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  1. weaveR

    weaveR MDL Member

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  2. pierrejaquet

    pierrejaquet MDL Member

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    #2 pierrejaquet, May 4, 2012
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    I buyed a msi gt780r and I must say it handle gaming 100% at max graphics but I would not buy a msi again...but instead an alienware. Why ?

    1) After 1 month the touchpad stopped working but strangely it fixed itself 24 hours later lol so i'm lucky I guess because I found a thread that all msi gt780r have a retarded touchpad that doesn't work.
    but still I payed 2000 so this is unacceptable...:death:

    2) linux support sucks ! no drivers working at all....I have to use special boot options to launch a live cd :mad:

    3) wtf no physical eject button for cd :bashtroll:

    so i guess sticking with a popular brand is better because you always have better support for your model and if something doesn't work everyone knows about it and you can read about it online before buying it.

    Me I was lucky for now my msi works mostly well.
     
  3. Yen

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    Every brand has good products and bad ones. Also they make different products. (Mainboards, gaphics cards, notebooks and so on...)

    I assume you want to know if MSI is a reliable brand for motherboards. Mostly yes. MSI is IMHO a decent brand.
    I myself prefer Asus mainboards when building a PC though....a friend uses MSI mainboards and is very happy with them, I myself had a MSI graphic card, which was a good one as well...
     
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  4. half Man Half Biscuit

    half Man Half Biscuit MDL Addicted

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    I´m using a MSI motherboard currently for 1 year and all i can say,i never had any problems at all.

    I think it depends on what you need it for,as Yen said.
    Every Brand has good and bad things so all in all i would say it´s good (MSI). :)
     
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  5. zen45

    zen45 MDL Senior Member

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    I build my own puters and ive used asus, msi and others. on my last build i used MSI 890gxm-g65 with 8gb of corsair vengeance with an amd 965 black edition with an ati hd 6950 graphics card. and like YEN said you have good and bad this last one i put together "MSI" works great easy to OC
    its stable at 3.85 plays skyrim-rage and anything i throw at it with out stuttering :jockey: . so i would look at reviews on the mobos your looking to buy on google the manufactures will all ways tell you their board is best :) so good hunting ;)
     
  6. JQP

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    Haha, I just came into the thread to say that I started buying only Gigabyte boards since I got tired of buying dead boards, boards that wouldn't POST, etc., and cite MSI as the most recent example of DOA board. It was more than a year ago, though. I guess what they say is true: YMMV.

    I'm going to keep buying Gigabyte boards until they bite me on the ass. After that my money's up for grabs.

    I don't think there is such a thing as a reliable brand. Maybe just reliable price points? I tend to go as cheap as I can for my minimum feature set.
     
  7. shepscrook

    shepscrook MDL Novice

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    MSI is a very reliable brand. They use some very quality parts as well as they design boards for INTEL. Many enthusiast and media boards that INTEL has, were actually designed by MSI. You can also compare some of the boards side by side and they are virtually identical, save that for some changes in capacitors.

    Top brands that I've seen:
    Intel, MSI, Gigabyte, Asus (ASRock is gaining momentum) Foxconn is a budget intel/msi build.
     
  8. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    ive had mixed experiences with MSI . older was sorta bad .. no posts a lot had to reset cmos a lot.

    friend had an issue with one recently and turned out it was either win7 x64 or the 870 amd chipset or the source iso he used.. so not sure on that issue.. hardware > nah software apparently.

    so i dont totally trust MSI but wont pass it off as total crap either.. its doable if reviews show no issues.
     
  9. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

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    Of course it is reliable as per my experience (MSI x58, 2009-11), and MSI GTX560 GPU (2011-...). So are ASUS (my present MB) and Gigabyte (never owned one since perhaps 2004-05).
     
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  10. goldfinger

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    I've been using MSI since the P45 chipsets. So far two dozen Intel motherboards and zero problems. They have been good to me.

    Before that I used ASUS but a board developed a problem and their customer service gave me hell. Never again. ASUS is overrated and overpriced. Then I tried Gigabyte. What a piece of junk that GA-965P-DS3 board. The only thing durable about it was its ability to boot loop.

    MSI's video cards are pretty good. I have a 660ti 2GB/OC PE Twin Frozer. It's built like a tank.
     
  11. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    try a kt133 board from msi.. total junk (2001)
    but i think it was partially due to the Via chipset
     
  12. trodas

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    Actually, the KT133 board (MSI 6340) I just recapped now is working wery stable and reliable... but it is changed board, all new caps, true.
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/49030-MSI-6340-recap

    Still, there are interesting issues like set overclocking in the bios and get downclocking :)
    So I thought - I could make it working better by bios update (v4.0 bios is the oldest, there is v4.7 on MSI page) - but following the flashing guide "How to flash the BIOS.doc" guide exactly, so: MS dos boot floppy, then:
    AWFL789.EXE W6340VMS.470
    ...and screen of the program appeared, asking if I want to save the bios, but no matter what I press (y, n - anything... Ctrl C... Ctrl Alt Del...), nothing is happening. When this goes for 5 min, I power the machine off.

    Powering it on result in frequent (like 1 sec) beeps and no go.

    Flash clearing for 5 min no help. For 35min it helped, machne post, but end lines are distorted and lock up again. Quick bios clear - again beeps. Now trying the long crear and cursing MSI for providing the "bricking tool"...

    Next time - Uniflash :mad:

    (if there is even next time... because after longer wait with the bios clearing, the mobo just did not post at all, not even beep... gosh, this is a hell)


    So, MSI and bios flasing = dangerous. Never trust and use their weird names and guides. Never even read them. It can brick your machine :(
     
  13. Tito

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    @trodas

    You just draw the conclusion from a board which is almost 12 years old!! I have successfully updated bioses of numerous socket 775, 1155, 1150 MSI boards without any hitch.

    :popcorn:
     
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  14. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    ive had to use the dos from hirensbootcd.. custom size, no ramdrive to flash before
    freedos didnt work right on it.
    also that awdflash is very old. i think 8.x has better luck

    u can try hotswap bios to flash original back.
     
  15. Emy12

    Emy12 MDL Novice

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    I have MSI 7790OC, it is working fine, but the MSI-exclusive Propeller Blade technology is a big fail, 20% more airflow and 20% more noise. At 1600 rot/min the noise is like being in a plane...I compared it with Gigapyte GTX 650 fan at the same speed, the GTX is far more quiet.
    The positive side of MSI is the with MSI Afterburner I can set the speed to 1000 rot/min, and yes, I can say that at that speed is just fine for my needs. GTX is set from factory to lowest speed of 1500 rot/min.
     
  16. goldfinger

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    Sounds like you need a vBIOS mod. I can't stand the "Dust Removal Technology" on my MSI. I plan to mod its BIOS to reduce the startup fan speed.