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.
It's part of a gnarly design that includes lots of dark colors, Military Class II components, and other bits of artillery accents all around. In terms of the actual motherboard specs, this is another socket LGA 2011 board for Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge-E launch. The socket is powered by a 24-phase VRM with driver MOSFETs, solid chokes, and High-C POSCAP capacitors.
There are four DDR3 memory slots on each side of the CPU socket for total of eight DIMM slots, a boatload of PCI Express slots, six SATA 6Gbps ports, eight USB 3.0 ports, HD audio powered by Creative's X-Fi MB2 software, and other goodies you can spy in our photo gallery below.
No word on price or availability.
Image Credit: MSI