The Maximum PC ethos can be summed up in two words: MORE POWER! (Harder, better, faster, stronger would work, too, but that’s twice as many words – not exactly better.) MSI, it seems, heard our Tim Taylor-like grunting from afar. The company just released a modified version of its X79A-GD45 motherboard (which was only released a month ago, mind you) that includes twice the DIMM slots of the original. That means the X79A-GD45 (8D) includes a total of 8 DDR3 DIMM slots and can support up to a whopping 128GB of quad-channel RAM – because 64GB just isn’t enough.
Otherwise, the board is pretty much the same as the base X79A-GD45, which means it’s made from military grade components, can accommodate LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-E chips, and has three PCI-E 3.0 and two PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots, a PCI-E x1 slot, a pair of 6 Gbps SATA slots, four 3 Gbps SATA slots, and four USB 3.0 ports, amongst other things. CrossfireX and SLI are both supported, too. You can
check out the full list of specs on the X79A-GD45 (8D)’s product page
While MSI may have pulled the veil off of this mobo, it didn’t disclose any pricing or availability details. The standard X79A-45GD costs $235 at Newegg, so don’t expect the upgraded version to come cheap.