MSI X58 Pro Motherboard
Making the leap to Intel latest chipset meant that you either had the GDP of a small country or were involved in some very suspect criminal activity. How else could you afford a new Motherboard, new RAM, new CPU, all at 'new tech' prices not to mention the inflated costs because of the economic downturn? The MSI X58 Pro has now made entry into the latest and greatest socket set that little bit less painful thanks to undercutting most of it's competition by over £40. With DDR3 prices tumbling and CPU prices surely to follow suit, you no longer have to wear a pinstripe suit and carry around your 'tommy gun' in a Violin case.
So where's the catch? Truth is this motherboard does not have the ludicrous amount of features the high end boards have, nor does it (officially) support SLI, only cCossfire (more on this later). It does however, have everything you need to get you going, 6 RAM slots, 6 SATA ports, 3 PCIe slots etc that you would find on most X58 boards. It is, from the outset at least , a no frills budget board. All to often now we are seeing the word 'pro' which is misleading as pro should mean feature packed, high end but in reality it is now associated with basic/budget rather than the term 'professional'. For the top of the line boards, it seems a derivative of a precious metal or Solar event is more appropriate.
Here's what MSI have to say about their latest addition to their X58 range of motherboards:
The following specification was taken directly from MSI's website:
|CPU Support||Intel i7|
|Memory||DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600* (OC)|
|Maximum Supported Memory||24GB|
|PCIe x16||x 3|
|PCIe Gen 2.0||2x 16, 1x 4|
|USB||6(Rear) Expandable to 12|
|Audio Ports||6x3.5mm analogue + SPDIF|
|Multi GPU Support||Crossfire (yes), SLI (no)|