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went to comp shop today suddenly got my eyes on this massive board...its written B3 on the pack..so hope dats a revised P67 chipset right?

but the prob is i have no friggin idead about MSI's quality of motherboards and the MOST important thing its selling here in UAE for 1200DHS(325$) ONLYYYY!!!...i mean such a massive board but this stealing price...i mean is there something wrong with this board?

if its good* i will not miss this chance of grabbing it tomorrow for this price...
     
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Well, the Big Bang Marshal is pretty interesting.

It's running on an NF200 chip and a Lucid Hydra chip to provide the bandwidth for all those PCI-E lanes (at least I'm pretty sure this is what it's using). This will allow you to mix and match GPUs or run SLI possibly on some of the funky new video cards out there, like EVGA's 2Win double GPU 460.

Whether you actually need or will be able to supply the components for all of those lanes is entirely different question in itself. It does, however, allow massive headroom for upgrading.

For most people, that's likely to be some massive overkill, but MSI priced the board extremely reasonably IMO. I think it's using a 20 or 24 phases? You should expect some decent overclocking, and the PCI-E lines will accomodate any type of need you could later desire in the future.

Aesthetically speaking, I also happen to think it's one of the better looking P67 boards currently available. Other runner ups would probably be Gigabytes P67A-UD7 and Asrock's Extreme6.

If those meet your criteria then by all means, go for it. The price also blew me away, especially when I saw Asus's Maximus IV Extreme for like 380 bucks.

Just make sure you have room to fit it into your case as it takes up like 8 or 9 expansion slots worth of length.
Edited by jivenjune - 3/12/11 at 10:51am
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it has no pci or pci-e x1 lanes so make sure you don't need any of those.
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it has no pci or pci-e x1 lanes so make sure you don't need any of those.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but can't you use a PCI-E x1 card in any x16?
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but can't you use a PCI-E x1 card in any x16?
Yes you can. Sorta spaced that but yeah all pci-e are upwards compatible.
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The lack of PCI slots is kind of a negative, but that is a sexy board. I like my PCI sound-card (HT Stryker), but with an onboard Creative X-fi, I can't see the point.
Now if only they'd release the same thing in a 3-card sized board, ie. a regular ATX format ...
I really want to get my hands on a hydra-equipped board !!

I don't see the board on the US website yet, but it's up on the global site.
http://event.msi.com/mb/bigbang/003_2.html
     
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Does it fit in a ss ft02?
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plz tell me where did you find it?
iam looking to find the one?
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...BANG%20MARSHAL

Looks like Hydra ain't very good (it lacks the NF200 chip).
 
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If you try not to use the lucid chip all is good. On the other hand the Sapphire Pure Black P67 does lucid with 16x,8x,8x for much cheaper.
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