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ShellShocker - Msi mobo any good?

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September 22, 2010 3:42:33 PM

So theres a shellshocker on newegg.ca :

http://www.newegg.ca/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=Sh...

seems like a pretty solid deal... any1 know if the mobo is any good?
MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

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September 22, 2010 3:46:22 PM

It's not a bad mobo, though most people here would prefer to use Asus of gigabyte. Just beware that mobo can't actually xfire. It's second PCIe slot is only x4.
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September 22, 2010 3:59:41 PM

Thanks for the quick reply. I don't plan on xfireing, and what significance does the second PCIe slot only have x4 have? First time builder here :) 
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September 22, 2010 6:36:16 PM

An x4 slot is normally for a dedicated PhysX GPU or any other PCIEx16 card you may want to add.
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September 22, 2010 9:39:39 PM

ugh... significance lol? does it mean my gpu goes here? Is x4 not good enough?
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September 22, 2010 9:43:14 PM

It has two PCIEx16 slots. One runs at x16 and is for your GPU. The other is x4 and can be used for a secondary PhysX GPU or some other expansion card (Ramdisk maybe) that you might add in the future. Its not very good for crossfiring two GPUS.
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September 22, 2010 9:53:16 PM

So if i don't plan on cross firing is the motherboard still good?
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September 22, 2010 10:06:42 PM

Yes.
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September 22, 2010 10:12:54 PM

Best answer selected by Beeboy18.
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September 23, 2010 8:18:53 AM

I have an MSI board- P45 Platinum. It's great, but I had to hunt down a beta bios v.1.7 for that to be true. Also, they are a chinese company and the support is only so/so and the manuals are pisspoor and barely readable.

hardwarewise, it's a good board. Update the bios, mine shipped with 1.4....
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