The official launch of the Intel Sandy Bridge E platforms means that all the major motherborad manufacturers are busy at work releasing their latest boards for the platform. MSI, too has launched a bunch of X79-based boards. Four new boards were launched – the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D), X79A-GD65, X79A-GD45, and X79MA-GD45. The new line of boards are based on the LGA2011 socket, that’s being used for the new line of Core i7 Sandy Bridge E processors. The boards have 8 DIMM slots, which support upto 16GB of DDR3 memory per DIMM. A total of 128GB of memory can be installed on the boards. The boards use the new PCI Express 3 standard slots.
Arrival of X79 boards in India
The boards thanks to the X79 chipset also supports for 3-way SLI (NVIDIA) and 4-way CrossFireX (AMD). The new motherboards also use the graphical UEFI BIOS, MSI calls Click BIOS II, which lets users access the interface using a mouse. MSI has integrated THX TrueStudio PRO sound technology into their boards, as well. The multi-BIOS design means there’s a secondary BIOS to fall on, in case the first one fails. The SuperCharger allows users to charge devices without turning on the PC using existing USB 2.0 ports. MSI is selling the X79A-GD65 (8D) for Rs.22,500 and the X79A-GD45 for Rs.18,900 in India.
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