Remember MSI's Big Bang Fuzion the company announced a couple of weeks ago during CES? If you've been holding out for this board, the wait is over, because it's now available for purchase. The caveat? Newegg's selling it for about $380 shipped, or about half a tank gas short of four C-notes.
Part of the reason for the high price probably has to do with the Lucid Hydra 200 chip. Unlike the regularly used NF200 bridge chip, this one allows users to mix and match different brands of videocards for a multi-GPU gaming boost, as well as cards from different generations. For example, you could combine a GTX 285 with a GTX 250, or run an ATI HD 4890 with Nvidia's GTX 260+ (both of these scenarios were benchmarked at PCPerspective ).
Aside from the multi-GPU goodness, the P55-based Fuzion brings to the table Core i7/i5/i3 support, four DDR3-2133(OC) memory slots for up to 16GB of RAM, three PCI-E x16 slots, 8 USB 2.0 ports, Firewire, a pair of eSATA ports, and the usual assortment of goodies (RAID 0/1/5/10, dual LAN ports, etc).
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