MSI Sneak Peak
Published: 19th March 2010 | Source: MSI |
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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