I got this for one of my older systems which had a Core 2 Quad which is still a nice quad core CPU. And 775 Motherboards are not something that are huge in today's market. But the good thing about this is the Dual memory support DDR2 as well DDR3 now you can only use 2 slots. So if you have DDR2 it uses 2 and if you have DDR3 it uses the other 2. Pretty simple just be careful not to force your memory into the wrong slot. But for an older setup I can't complain. Handles a PCI express graphics card and handles games just fine. So if your in need for a 775 board go with this little guy it will not let you down.
I bought this to use with my Q9650, which is still a good CPU and the board functions perfectly. I've never had any issues with MSI boards and this one is no exception. I don't know about overclocking with this board as that's something I never care to do but I'm sure if that's your thing this probably wouldn't do so well as it's a budget board.
I bought this to replace a shorted Intel board (my fault) cant find the older Intel boards so got this not bad option it boots up vary fast and had no problem's with clean install no problem's and it let me use the ddr2 memory I had
My Old Trusty Systemax Gaming PC Died. Searched for my MSI MS-7528 only to learn it was discontinued. After careful review, it appeared that this MOBO would drop right in with nearly total compatability, and it did.
Instructions were easy to follow and PC is up and running again.
Pro's: Easy to follow instructions, Drivers that required updating loaded from supplied DVD easily.
Con's: Only reason it did not get 5 stars is because 99% of all the connections from my old MOBO were in a completely different area on the new board. Had to cut wire ties on all wire harnesses and there was no way to route them to make it even halfway look decent. One connection cable coming from the top of the front panel barely was long enough to reach where it now needed to go.
Bonus: Nice feature is ability to use my old DDR2 Memory Sticks but also has slots to upgrade to DDR3 if I want to change in the future.
Remember the expensive Intel Quad Core that you spent real bucks on 4 or 5 years ago that is now a bit slow with its DDR2 RAM? You can take this older, but quality, CPU and let it really show life once more. You can plunk old faithful in a modern motherboard that features DDR3, 6 channel audio and SATA 3.0 GB. Add a decent video card and you have a excellent machine for just about anything you want to do (Remember to get a 64 bit OS, Win 7 or 8).
Works great at a legacy board with an old LGA 775 Xeon. Unfortunate that with this board you have 2x DDR2 slots OR! 2xDDR3 slots. Keep this in mind as you won't be able to utilize all 4 slots at the same time.
Experiencing some strange stutter during videogames which after research online i've blamed on the southbridge which apparently gets really hot on this board.
I'll be replacing it with one of the new pentiums and a new board.
Assuming that you won't be using it for anything graphically intesive, this board seems to work fine.
I already have one of these boards and been very pleased with it. I had a spare LGA 775 processor and this was a good logical choice for a backup new build. MSI motherboards have performed very well for me.
Easy to install, easy to setup, boots right up. Overclocking is a snap in the bios. Runs DDR3 - 1333 simply by changing the multiplier in the bios. If you have, or pickup a socket 775 CPU, this board is a great choice out of the remaining brands making new motherboards for the socket 775 CPU.
Trying to find a socket 775 motherboard is a tall order these days. My previous board expired after many years of service and my Core 2 Quad 3GHz processor and 4GB of DDR2 RAM was still perfectly serviceable. A friend recommended Microcenter after my local motherboard searches came up dry. I couldn't have been happier with the results and the cost. I initially failed to read that it was a micro-ATX board but it still mounted perfectly in my ATX case. I'm typing with it now so, obviously, it was the right choice. Very stable board and solid BIOS interface. Runs like a champ. FYI, if you have a double wide graphics card, you won't have room to add an additional sound card, but the on-board sound processor and drivers are doing just as good a job as the previous high-end card that I was using. Still completely worth the purchase.
This board would would be perfect except for one thing. It can't handle any overclocking whatsoever. It has options for it but just isn't stable under any settings. As long as your not going to o.c. it's a great board.
This is a decent and versatile board for replacement in a PC with an older CPU and RAM. While it has limited expansion slots for which I've docked it by one star, it performs well, and certainly much better than the Gigabyte board I was previously using.
After 3 happy years with an ASUS m/b, I finally had to replace it, but didn't want to give up my fast CPU with it. The MSI was the only compatible board I found online, so I was leery, not being familiar with the brand. However, it came right up working when I dropped it into my case (even with my dual graphics card), it boots up quickly (Win-7 Pro-64), runs fast and, so far, the only hitch is that it won't stay asleep when I put it down for a nap (but that may be due to how I connected the wires). The only (slight) negative is that the labels are tiny and difficult to read, with no +/- indications. BTW, the serial# is on the BOTTOM, so you'd better write it down in the manual before screwing the board down.
this mother board is very good. i wood buy another one. i have done business with micro center a long time and every thing i have bought there have been great...thank you for your concern and quality of service.
I bought this to replace my wife's old motherboard. It was also an MSI, and it kicked the bucket rather suddenly after a little over a year. So I was a little uneasy about going with MSI again, but, 775 motherboards are getting harder to come by. The board seems fine so far, but one thing I don't like is that the front panel jumpers are in the middle of the bottom of the board, so the cables are stretched to their absolute maximum just to reach. Hopefully this will spare someone else some frustration, but , when this thing gets turned on for the first time, there's a good 20 second wait before it POSTs. Had it taken any longer I would have been convinced I had a bad board or incompatible parts. But once it gets going it's fast. It's running a Pentium D 950 (3.40 GHz) with 2 GB of OCZ 667 DDR2 dual-channel RAM.