MSI Announces King of P67 Boards, The “Big Bang Marshal” Motherboard.
MSI has announced its upcoming High End Motherboard which is based on Intel's P67 Chipset, The "Big Bang Marshal Motherboard. Featuring a 24 phase DrMOS PWM design and in its case some of the components had to be moved to the rear of the PCB which might seem unusual for a large board this size. The board comes with dual 8-pin 12V connector and a single 6-pin 12V connector near the PCI-e slots. Something weird about the board is that its filled with power regulation components and also some even a few potentiometers spread around the board indicating some kind of manual control over the power regulation circuitry.
Other features include four SATA 3Gbps ports, four SATA 6Gbps ports (two via a Marvell 9128 controller), Three BIOS chips (which can be controlled by a manual switch), two USB 3.0 pin headers for four ports, three USB 2.0 pin headers for six ports, a POST80 debug LED display, a FireWire header, a serial port header and a few pin headers and the usual power, reset and OC Genie buttons and a multimeter measurement point.
The back of the motherboard include lots of connectivity features such as PS/2 port, two USB 2.0 ports, eight USB 3.0 ports (using a single host controller and two hubs), two USB 2.0/eSATA combo ports, a FireWire port, a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports and 7.1-channel audio with optical and coaxial S/PDIF out. The Heatsink design and layout is pretty fine which includes the VRM area covered with 3 different heatsinks in a silver blue theme carrying the Military Class II and OC Genie II logos equipped with a single heatpipe and also a heatsink covering the P67 chip. I expected a better hetsink design and layout for this board and i hope the final design is something different.
Other MSI exclusive features to be added are the MSI's ClickBIOS which is MSI speak for UEFI and MSI will also provide software X-Fi audio and a range of other software features. Pricing and avilibility are not yet revealed but it'll be one of the most expensive P67 board.
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