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MSI introduced the Big Bang-Marshal (B3) motherboard. Highlights of the new motherboard include eight sets of PCI-E 2.0 x 16 slots, Creative's X-Fi MB2 sound technology, and a 24-phase DrMOS power design. The all new Big Bang-Marshal (B3) supports AMD's Crossfire X and NVIDIA's SLI multi-GPU operations. To help you achieve maximum cooling, the motherboard uses the fighter air intake cutaway design, along with 8mm SuperPipe heat pipes.

Gamers and extreme users have been waiting for a mainboard that can provide them all the tools they need to get the most out of their new Sandy Bridge CPUs it's finally arrived. World-renowned mainboard manufacturer Micro-Star Int'l Co., Ltd. (MSI) has unleashed the Big Bang-Marshal (B3). Defining total quality standards, the Big Bang Marshal (B3) wields the second generation Military Class components for the best build quality. Highlights of the board are an industry leading eight (8) sets of PCI-E 2.0 x 16 slots for a staggering combination of GPUs. Combined with Creative's top-class X-Fi MB2 sound technology, it can simultaneously take care of the three major elements that gamers care about the most: stability, performance and sound effects.

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When it comes to components, MSI takes very seriously that old axiom, "Go big or go home." It's proving it yet again with the latest in its line of Big Bang motherboards, this time aimed at Intel's next-generation Core ("Sandy Bridge") CPUs and the P67 chipset: the Big Bang Marshal.

The Big Bang Marshal's most notable features are its eight PCI Express (PCIe) x16 slots, which provide enthusiasts with an astonishing range of possibilities when it comes to adding video cards (and, occasionally, other cards of expansion cards) to their PCs. The motherboard supports AMD's CrossFireX and Nvidia's Scalable Link Interface (SLI) technologies for multicard sets with chipsets from one manufacturer, and Fuzion technology if you're more interested in mixing and matching your GPUs. A six-pin VGA power supply can provide more juice for setups with large numbers of cards, and DIP switches let the user toggle on or off PCIe lanes.

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Also found a couple other articles that haven't been posted:

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2010/12/31/msi-big-bang-marshal-preview/1

http://www.pcper.com/comments.php?nid=9677
Edited by 2010rig - 2/24/11 at 9:04pm
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I just saw this.

Kind of extreme, don't you think?
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I just saw this.

Kind of extreme, don't you think?

Yea man - This is the very definition of "overkill"

But if this will support 6 - 8 core processors, this is a killer enthusiast board for people running TriSli 580's. My theory is that only the Quad IB processors will be available on 1155, but of course, that's just a theory, we'll see. Intel will still want the high end processors on the 1366 successor socket.
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When I new boards like this released all I have to say is why. Unless its for folding then i understand why. In most situations its just overkill and impractical ;due to the length of the board.
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8 Folding cards drool.gif I want it!
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8 Folding cards drool.gif I want it!

Yeah but single slot cards . . . . . Maybe these?????? biggrin.gif
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Yeah but single slot cards . . . . . Maybe these?????? biggrin.gif

Nah, get some GTX580s with single slot waterblocks and call it good tongue.gif (even tho the board cant support 8x or 16x across all express slots. Too my knowledge)
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Sorry guys, there will never be 6 cores or 8 cores on LGA1155.
On the other hand, this looks good for Folding....
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Sorry guys, there will never be 6 cores or 8 cores on LGA1155.
On the other hand, this looks good for Folding....

I'm surprised that you have nothing to say about the 24+3+3 power phases. tongue.gif

EDIT: It won't help the Phenom II X6's because it's SB, but still that pretty crazy...
 
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Sorry guys, there will never be 6 cores or 8 cores on LGA1155.
On the other hand, this looks good for Folding....

Why wont there be 6-8cores on LGA1155?

OT: I wonder what this will be priced at.
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