Do not buy an MSI board, they seemingly all have Nahimic. If you must buy X570, look at the fan placement on Gigabyte''s offerings, find the closest match to your budget that doesn''t have the fan directly under where your graphics card will be radiating heat, and buy...
Do not buy an MSI board, they seemingly all have Nahimic. If you must buy X570, look at the fan placement on Gigabyte''s offerings, find the closest match to your budget that doesn''t have the fan directly under where your graphics card will be radiating heat, and buy it.
Seriously, if you''re just skimming reviews, do not buy this board, or any board which "features" Nahimic.
Excellent chipset fan placement. Asrock and Asus, in their infinite wisdom, decided to put the chipset fan seemingly as close to the graphics card (the primary heat source in most gaming computers) as they could. Gigabyte paid no attention, their placement is trash on some boards and good on some others. Price point seemingly didn''t factor into the sanity of Gigabyte''s fan placement either. MSI actually did it right on all their boards. It''s why I went MSI in the first place.
You don''t have to choose between your M2 ports and your SATA ports.
No RGB nonsense.
Good build quality, or at least no obvious indicators to the contrary.
Reasonably good BIOS, information is somewhere that makes sense, with a label that more or less makes sense, somewhere that you can get to easily.
You can not use the boards audio unless you download Nahimic 3 from the Microsoft Store.
The pre-installed I/O shielding that MSI touts as a feature... was either bent ever so slightly in shipping, or more likely just a questionable design, and had to be removed prior to mounting the board in the case. If the factory hadn''t overtightened one of the screws, it would''ve been painless to uninstall their helpfully pre-installed I/O shielding so I could then reinstall it. But they did, so it was even more annoying.
You absolutely can not use the boards audio on a Windows operating system unless you download Nahimic 3 from the Microsoft Store. No, downloading the realtek drivers from MSI''s support site is not sufficient. You get audio output, with what I assume is broken Nahimic positional nonsense, resulting in full volume out of one speaker/headphone and 10% if that out of the other. No, trying to use generic Realtek drivers didn''t do anything useful either.
Nahimic provides "Nahimic 2" on their website, and a link to the Microsoft Store for "Nahimic 3", nothing else. MSI''s website just has a link to the Microsoft Store as well. No, the Microsoft Store does not allow direct downloads through Chrome/Firefox/etc, if you don''t want it installed on your computer, you just don''t get working audio. No, you can''t install Nahimic 2 just for the control panel to try and fix the balance/positional nonsense. No, the "Realtek Audio Console" that gets installed with MSI''s drivers won''t let you fix it either.
tldr: First and last time MSI buyer. I don''t want to scrape thermal paste with a razor blade. That''s it. That''s the only reason I don''t RMA this board and get one of the Gigabyte offerings with sane chipset fan placement. If I''d paid $80 for this board, I''d be thrilled with it. 3 PCIe slots and 3 NVME slots that don''t conflict with the SATA ports in exchange for no onboard audio and a commensurate price point. There''s absolutely no excuse for them not providing either Nahimic as a stand-alone download or at least providing a way to excise it and still use the onboard DAC.