MSI X79A-GD65 8D Motherboard Exposes Itself in Public

Paul Lilly

If the sight of Gigabyte's G1.Assassin 2 motherboard left you jonesing for more bare naked shots of upcoming LGA 2011 (Sandy Bridge-E) motherboards, you're in luck. MSI's X79A-GD65 8D appeared bareback in front the camera and it's glamor shots are now all over the Web where you can check out its 8D frame (8 DIMM slots).

The quad-channel DIMM slots are arranged on both sides of the CPU socket, which is a design you're going to see on all LGA 2011 boards, at least for the time being. From what we gather, this arrangement allows for tighter latencies by keeping the memory close to the socket rather than stretching it out in either direction.

Courtesy of ChipHell via TCMagazine (ChipHell's link seems to be down) you can also spy five PCI Express x6 slots (two are PCi Express 3.0 x16 and four 3.0 x8), a PCi Express 2.0 x1 slot, four SATA 6Gpbs ports, four SATA 3Gbps ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, GbE LAN, Firewire, audio connectors, and a PS/2 port.

Image Credit: ChipHell via TCMagazine

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