When I began this article I pointed out the fact things should be seen in their own light. This motherboard does well enough in its designated role. It is stable and will comfortably take its place in a office work hog machine or media machine. There is no USB 3.0 or SATA 6Gbps. The former is available in the E33 variant of the board. The latter is a chipset limitation. Adding an aftermarket controller would add to the cost and MSI already has boards with both (though in a higher price bracket). Couple this with the fact that MSI is actively pursuing ironing out the minor quibbles makes this a nearly perfect product.
If you are in the market to replace your productivity PC or want to setup up a HTPC this motherboard might be right for you!

MSI H61M-E23 Motherboard Review