MSI Sneak Peak

MSI X58 Big Bang

MSI Big Bang

MSI X58 Big Bang

Unlike the 890FXA on the previous page, much less is concrete on the X58 as it's very much an early beta and subject to change.

Similarly to the 890FXA, this keeps to the gorgeous gun-metal/blue/black scheme. We really can't praise this highly enough. The decision to use more muted shiny stuff really helps make the current MSI range look purposeful.

Again we see 16 Phase power and as you look around the photos you'll see 2 8-pin CPU power connectors, and a further 6-pin power for the PCI-E sockets, in case you decide to fill them all up.

MSI X58 Sneak Peak     MSI Big Bang  

One of the problems we found with the P55-GD85 was the positioning of the voltage probes right next to the 24-pin ATX power, and it's good to see this relocated to below the SATA ports. Speaking of SATA we understand the 6 black ports to be SATA 3Gbps and the two vertical white ones to be SATA6.

MSI X58 Big Bang     MSI Latest motherboard  

If there is one thing you can't escape noticing it's that finally MSI have ditched the IDE connector. And the legacy PCI, and the PCI-E x1. This is nothing but SATA and full size PCI-E. We all know that the X58 isn't brilliant at providing huge bandwidth for many PCI-E lanes, so we don't think it would be unreasonable to expect a n200 chip under that big old heatsink.

MSI Newest motherboard     MSI OC Genie  

Two very cool little features to finish off with. First is the truly brilliant OC Genie finding its way to the X58 platform. Having recently won an OC3D Innovation award for being comprehensively the best automated overclocking technology on the planet we can't wait to see what it can do with an LGA1366 i7.

The other neat trick are the two dip switch banks in the bottom right corner. Dip switches on motherboards haven't been seen in years, since we used to manually set our FSB using them. These are, as far as we could ascertain, used to manually regulate the power phase to provide possibly the most stable overclocking voltage yet seen.

LGA1366

Again we need to stress that these are both beta boards and the features are subject to change. But if they prove to be half as good as they are looking right now, we can't wait.

Speaking of things we can't wait for. Everyone is highly anticipating the MSI 5870 Lightning, and thanks to a combination of a some wool, a teapot, a unicycle, a pair of braces, a photograph of the Queen Mother and a stringless banjo we've obtained rumours that there will be a Lightning version of the upcoming nVidia Fermi cards. Watch this space.

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19-03-2010, 12:01:06

tinytomlogan
I was lucky enough to meet MSI on Thursday, and while they were busy ordering coffee I got you all some shots of their up coming AM3 and 1366 motherboards.

Continue ReadingQuote

19-03-2010, 13:59:52

Ghosthud1
that GD70 is on my list for a purchase in the near future, just an absoulutly stunning motherboard!Quote

19-03-2010, 14:55:10

VonBlade



thanks to a combination of a some wool, a teapot, a unicycle, a pair of braces, a photograph of the Queen Mother and a stringless banjo we've obtained rumours that there will be a Lightning version of the upcoming nVidia Fermi





The mind boggles!!

Great preview Tom. Really like the new look MSI stuff. Definitely a force to be reckoned with if they all perform like the GD85 did.Quote

19-03-2010, 15:18:46

tinytomlogan
Indeed matey, they do look the nads. A rising force maybe the others should start worrying.

Fermi Lightning will be epic aswell

Did I forget to say Ive got the 5870 lightning here now !Quote

19-03-2010, 16:13:08

ppuff
Thanks for the preview Tom. Glad to see you were sent away with a parting gift too, can't wait for the review.Quote

20-03-2010, 12:50:46

WelshD1K
hmmm msi have they made a board thats screamed amazing for a long time? i honestly cant think of a msi board without thinking? about time they make an impression ?Quote

20-03-2010, 13:02:18

AMD_PBz
Looks Like The GD70 will be something to mull over vs the Asus ROG 890fx ExtremeQuote

20-03-2010, 15:33:17

VonBlade
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='WelshD1K'
hmmm msi have they made a board thats screamed amazing for a long time? i honestly cant think of a msi board without thinking? about time they make an impression ?
May I point you to the recent P55-GD85 review?

As I said in the review, dispense your preconceptions.Quote

20-03-2010, 15:43:33

lasher
Hasn't the big bang been out for a while and doing quite well?

Saw it on offer with a so called free hawk gpu on scan the other weekQuote

20-03-2010, 19:46:10

tinytomlogan
Big Bang is just like 'Republic of Gamers' its like a sub brand within msi now, afaik its just a top of the line badge that may have extra pcie lanes thanks to an Nf200 Nvidia chip, unless its the trinergy cos thats got a Lucid chip aswell.Quote
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