I just did a build with this board.
it does everything the more expensive ASRock board does with the same VRM strength 8+4 or possibly a 12+4, not certain which one.
also runs x8/x8 dual GPU's.
I love the military class components and sleek professional but savage look.
clocked a 3570K @ 4.4GHz with an Antec 620 H2O cooler.
BIOS easy and I didn't need to update it.
just my opinion but I like it and would run one for myself.
While it's true that they both have similar features and the MSI board has Military class components, they have to skimp someplace in order to still make a profit on the board. The actual board itself is very thin and will bend easy , I had the MSI X-Power board which is one of their highend boards and when I was putting a cpu water block on it outside the case the thing was bending enough to make me stop and try to put it on inside the case.
Once attached to the case MB plate inside the case it should be ok but it's just something you should be aware of when deciding.
yes please because I think that you are very mis-informed about your hardware @ undercovernerd6..
not sure what MSi board you say you had in the past but it might have been a bad board or even MSi AMD board
and most of those are crappy anyways.
but MSi Intel medium to high end boards are pretty solid from what I have seen and read about.
The MSI board that I spoke of earlier as being too thin eventually started smoking and almost caught fire if I haddent pulled the plug. The cpu socket area was smoking and making sparks and the cpu was barely overclocked.
Thats personal experience
The board is being RMS'd tomorrow and I have moved back to Asus so when it comes back I don't plan on using it. If it hadden't started smoking I would still be using it because I liked the board and despite the stories I had heard about MSI boards catching fire I went ahead and bought it anyway , I'm just glad I don't leave my computer on all the time.