In the midst of the all the spy shots of upcoming X79 motherboards that surfaced this past week, MSI today announced a board you can use right now. It's the Z68MA-G43 for socket LGA1155 processor owners, which rules out support for Sandy Bridge-E, though it does adopt the latest PCI Express Gen 3 high-speed data transfer standard, MSI says.
The board has four DIMM slots with support for up to 32GB of DDR3-2133 (OC) memory. It has two PCI-E x16 ports with CrossFireX support, a pair of PCI-E x2 ports, two SATA 6Gbps ports, four SATA 3Gbps ports, RAID 0/1/5/10 support, GbE LAN, two USB 2.0 ports on the rear, six USB 2.0 ports, VGA, HDMI, and DVI connectivity.
On the software side, the Z68MA-G43 sports a proprietary dual interface integrated UEFI BIOS, OC Genie II overclocking utility, Winki 3 pre-boot Linux environment, and a few other bells and whistles.