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Looks nice.
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Define "perfectly spaced"? The board looks great but the baby PCIe slots... I mean, keep one or two (one for a sound card and one for a fiber optic nic card would be ideal for me), but four? Really?

Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, what would the ideal PCIe slot layout for OCNers look like?
    
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post #23 of 155
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Define "perfectly spaced"? The board looks great but the baby PCIe slots... I mean, keep one or two (one for a sound card and one for a fiber optic nic card would be ideal for me), but four? Really?

Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, what would the ideal PCIe slot layout for OCNers look like?

Compared to my motherboard it looks like the MSI gaming boards do indeed have more space for SLI/CF. My asus P8Z77 deluxe has a half space between the pci express x16 slots, while the board pictured has a 1 full space.

Basically it helps with temps which can be a problem with SLI configurations, especially if using open air coolers.
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Releasing a Z77 board this close to Haswell seems like a really strange business decision.

Sure does. I assumed these would be for Haswell. Odd. That said, the boards look great.
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post #25 of 155
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Compared to my motherboard it looks like the MSI gaming boards do indeed have more space for SLI/CF. My asus P8Z77 deluxe has a half space between the pci express x16 slots, while the board pictured has a 1 full space.

Basically it helps with temps which can be a problem with SLI configurations, especially if using open air coolers.

Don't get me wrong, I like the full space between dual-slot coolers. I'm more miffed about all of the little PCI slots versus another x8 or something. Sound cards can fit in larger slots just fine and you'd still have the option of tucking another GPU in for watercoolers. And that's really the crux of it: there's not much watercooling support.

I wonder who the first will be to offer GPU support brackets (like those on the DCII coolers) with their motherboards. An elegant, thoughtful solution like that would let gamers know that they're actually paying attention to us with those giant GPUs we use.
    
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post #26 of 155
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Only 6 USB ports... and only two of them are 3.0s. :/

MSI's not a big fan of 3rd-party add-in chips. They usually stick to whatever the Intel chipset/PCH gives them.
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The fan control looks interesting. Also yeah, it is definitely pretty, imo.
    
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post #29 of 155
Nice thumb.gif

Black mate/slight glossy PCB with black&red details. A perfect fit for my HAF 932. If it's stable, well priced and OC's well, I might consider purchasing it or the Z87 variant. Although I'm more inclined to buy an Asus Z87 Pro or an Asrock Z87 and change some leds to blue, Asus and Asrock have been releasing some amazing boards, specially Asus with their pro/deluxe series biggrin.gif

OT:Guys, I'm pretty torn between waiting for Haswell release and go Z87/4770k, waiting for Haswell release to go with an Asus P8Z77 Pro/3770k if price drops, or just pull the trigger right now and get the Asus P8Z77 Pro/3770k. What would you do? I'm currently 24/7 stable with a Phenom IIx4 955BE@4.0Ghz/FSB 230x17.5 multiplier/CPU-NB 2530mhz/Memory 1530mhz 7-7-7-20-1T C'n'Q and C1E enabled,so OC doesn't scare me. Would I find a noticeable difference if going now to z77/3770k? What would you do? biggrin.gif
    
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post #30 of 155
Ughhh, when will someone put out a specialty board with just pure USB 2/3 on the I/O backplate?

Cut the PS/2, the RJ45, the onboard video and sound and just slap a load of USB on there.
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