the only reason i chose MSI over Asus for my last board was for the SATA ][ connection. Asus uses a gimped vs on all of the z77 boards with the 1155 chipset (Intel) while MSI uses the full blown Intel vs for their boards. What this means is your faster SATA 3 drives will run at full speed.
for performance reasons that is why i went with the
at the time it was their top of the line board. it is running great. my issue is not with the MB, but with my video cards. I run SLI Nvidia and have yet to get that to fully function in Fedora, this is not a Linux issue, but an Nvidia issue.