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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.
We know, we know -- Intel's Sandy Bridge-E processors are just now rolling off the assembly line and chipzilla's 22nm Ivy Bridge refresh is still several months away, so what the frak are we talking about about Ivy Bridge-E for? Hey, so goes the march of technology. But don't worry, not only is your brand new LGA 2011 build still relevant, but it's also going to support Ivy Bridge-E processors.
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.
We're not entirely sure what it is with the sudden propensity towards artillery themed heatsinks with respect to Intel's X79 chipset, only that it seems to be a popular motif. We saw it first with Gigabyte's G1.Assassin 2 X79 motherboard in the form of a pistol-shaped heatsink, and here again as a fake ammo belt on MSI's upcoming Big Bang XPower II X79 motherboard.
Say what you want about Biostar, just don't accuse the company of lacking excitement over Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge-E launch. In fact, we'd wager Biostar's just as excited as we are, hence the giddy tagline pimping its TPower X79 motherboard as "The most powerful motherboard on the planet." Benchmarks will bear out whether or not that's true, but in the meantime, here's what we know about Biostar's newest slice of silicon.
Looking for a big, badass motherboard that can handle almost anything you throw at it? Intel’s been teasing us with glimpses of the Sandy Bridge-E-compatible DX79SI Extreme Series Motherboard ever since the Intel Developers Forum a little while back. We’ve been drooling and waiting for more info ever since. Now, with little fanfare and no formal announcement, the company’s released a product brief that gets into details and outlines the DX79SI’s capabilities in full.
Many of you are waiting with bated breath for Intel to release its upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors and can't wait to build an LGA 2011 system. If you choose not to, however, it won't be for lack of motherboard options, especially if you're a fan of Gigabyte. After posting spy shots of its G1.Assassin 2 motherboard, Gigabyte just sent us an email loaded with images of each and every X79 motherboard it currently has on tap. Photo gallery after the break.
We've seen a whole lot of teaser shots of soon-to-be-released motherboards built around Intel's X79 (Sandy Bridge-E) platform this week, culminating earlier today in EVGA's dual-socket Super Record 3 (SR3) mainboard. How do you follow something like that? You don't, really -- it's kind of like that scene in Great Balls of Fire! where Jerry Lee Lewis (played by Dennis Quaid) finished his crowd pleasing set by lighting his piano on fire and quipping to Chuck Berry, "Follow that, killer!" But just as Chuck Berry is a legend in his own right, ECS wants to remind everyone that it too knows a thing or two about motherboards.
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).