I was afraid that might be the case. I have heard the same on other tech forums as well. I was hoping someone here might know of an instance where it was not required, but I guess I will just have to RMA my board and have MSI flash the BIOS for me.
This situation has definitely taught me the wisdom of waiting a bit longer to buy new tech.
Yeah, I thought of that but after some research I came to the conclusion that they charge a bit to much for my taste. MSI will do it for free, I just have to pay shipping (which I get a steep discount on through work) and they will also test to make sure the board is good as well.