MSI is banking on you needing a new CPU cooler when you upgrade your platform to Intel's LGA 2011-based Sandy Bridge-E platform, and Thermaltake knows you'll need a new motherboard. With that in mind, these two new BFFs hooked up to bundle MSI's X79A-GD65 (8D) motherboard with Thermaltake's Frio Advanced CPU cooler in a single package.
Starting with the motherboard, MSI's X79A-GD65 supports up to 128GB of quad-channel DDR3-2400 (OC) memory via eight DIMMs slots. It has five PCI Express x16 slots, a single PCI-E x1 slot, four SATA 6Gbps ports, four SATA 3Gbps ports, GbE LAN, Military Class III components, THX TruStudio Pro sound, support for USB 3.0, and a fancy UEFI BIOS.
"MSI is delighted to partner with well-known cooling solutions maker Thermaltake to bundle MSI's X79A-GD65 (8D) mainboard with Thermaltake's top-of-the-line Frio Advanced CPU cooler. The combination of the two products will provide the consumers with powerful performance," said Scott Yang, Vice President of Mainboard Sales at MSI.
Switching over to the bundled cooler, Thermaltake says its Frio Advanced was built for overclocking. It supports up to 230W of cooling performance, has five .6mm heatpipes that come in direct contact with the CPU surface, high-density aluminum fins, and dual 130mm fans.
"Both brands will benefit from this development," said Louis Huang, Thermaltake Executive Vice President of Business Operation. "Thermaltake is a leading provider of computer cooling solutions and we began offering the Frio CPU cooler series 2010. The Frio is designed to effectively reduce the temperature of CPUs, even when overclocked."
Absent from all the mutual gushing is any mention of price or availability. That's okay because we spotted the bundle online for about $340 street (after shipping), which is about $30 more than the motherboard alone.