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MSI Talks More About Big Bang Marshal

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MSI unveiled to a filled banquette hall sized room this evening information on its Big Bang Marshal series of motherboards. Based on Intel's new "Sandy Bridge" P67 chipset, the massive board supports a total of eight PCI-e slots, four of which can operate at x16 at the same time, or all eight at x8.

Reps from MSI told us that the Big Bang Marhsal is designed with the serious overclocker in mind. After receiving feedback from overclockers, MSI integrated several dip switches that actually disable individual PCI-e x16 slots. MSI claims that this is a feature in heavy demand by overclockers. The board has one dip switch for each slot and calls the feature PCI-e CeaseFire.

Also designed onto the board is a set of more switches that help with voltage control.

Interestingly, MSI boasts heavily about having three BIOS chips on the board -- just in case, a total of two blows. We can soon expect other motherboards with four or more BIOSes at this point. But, you do get peace-of-mind.

More details to follow as they come. We'll have a bigger feature about Big Bang Marshal soon from Thomas.

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    Tamz_msc , January 5, 2011 6:57 AM
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    The board has one dip switch for each slot and calls the feature PCI-e CeaseFire.

    lol nice name.
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    LordConrad , January 5, 2011 7:07 AM
    Can you say "Overkill"? This is like going rabbit hunting with a howitzer.
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    Altheran , January 5, 2011 7:08 AM
    would like to see four 6970 on that babe XD ''Droll'' O.O '' twitch'' 0.o '' seisure'' x.x
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    joytech22 , January 5, 2011 7:15 AM
    That board looks massive, but i don't know who would use 8 PCI-E slots.
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    dEAne , January 5, 2011 7:30 AM
    wow this is a monster - I don't know anyone will ever buy this one, it's too big.
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    bluekoala , January 5, 2011 7:56 AM
    Reminds me of experimental weapons in supreme commander...
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    nevertell , January 5, 2011 9:04 AM
    joytech22That board looks massive, but i don't know who would use 8 PCI-E slots.


    4-way sli watercooled 580's, a ssd, a soundcard, a RAID card and one for a misc. card, maybe a DVB-c/t/s or a physX card.
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    stingstang , January 5, 2011 9:09 AM
    Good GOD that card is huge! Good thing that motherboard has +10 vs. Massive.
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    fwupow , January 5, 2011 9:17 AM
    HaHaHa "Big Bang Marshall" It probably makes much more sense in the original Chinese and looks something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bm0QbqSywU
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    apache_lives , January 5, 2011 9:27 AM
    MSI sucks, the extra slots are spares when the others fail, 3 bios's are for this also.
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    alyoshka , January 5, 2011 10:37 AM
    I can imagine it with 4 Ares cards and 2 RevoDrives... :)  That'd make me drool all over the board......
    Adding a 580 for physics and cuda.... will give the utlimate swimming pool kind of drool i think.....
    Lets just hope the SB processor is capable of handling the stuff onboard....lol....
    Yeah, Rabbit..... with a Howitzer.... I agree... totally.....
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    elcentral , January 5, 2011 10:40 AM
    breaking news, finding your cuntry to could? cant get abowe 40c? then get your wherry own MSI motherboard smash in 8 nvidia 580cards and you to can own your wherry own dessert city.
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    ltbob , January 5, 2011 11:54 AM
    I love those dark mobos

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    catswold , January 5, 2011 12:13 PM
    Surprised their going with BIOS rather than UEFI on this new board, or maybe they are just calling their UEFI a "BIOS."
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    christop , January 5, 2011 1:32 PM
    I bet it has a huge price tag.
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    vvhocare5 , January 5, 2011 1:44 PM
    This is ridiculous. The P67 - like the P55 - has 16 PCI lanes total. You could probably do 2x top tier video cards before more than a couple of percentage points of loss sets in. But my question would be why buy this mb instead of an X58 IF you want very high end graphics? Slapping 4 GPUs (or more) in this is pretty lame...
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    accolite , January 5, 2011 2:10 PM
    Talk about a powerful folding pc with eight gpu in there folding away.
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    falchard , January 5, 2011 4:43 PM
    Does this mean I can Octafire 8 video cards?
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    ares1214 , January 5, 2011 6:09 PM
    vvhocare5This is ridiculous. The P67 - like the P55 - has 16 PCI lanes total. You could probably do 2x top tier video cards before more than a couple of percentage points of loss sets in. But my question would be why buy this mb instead of an X58 IF you want very high end graphics? Slapping 4 GPUs (or more) in this is pretty lame...


    Did you not read the article? Its likely using Fuzion Hydra or NF200 or something to that effect, considering it says,

    "Based on Intel's new "Sandy Bridge" P67 chipset, the massive board supports a total of eight PCI-e slots, four of which can operate at x16 at the same time, or all eight at x8."

    8 is not too much in my opinion. Its pretty much impossible for more than 4 cards. So you are at 4 slots right there. If they are double slot cards, or have cooling that just wont fit, your already beyond 4. Then add in any other cards, as in SSD, sound cards...8 sounds just right for the maxed out enthusiast. Its important to remember, this IS for the maxed out enthusiast. As always, im sure MSI will make a board with just 2 PCI slots and that doesnt cost $500.
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    noxxynova , January 5, 2011 9:10 PM
    The Motherboard looks gigantic. I appreciate that they are actually listening to users, however I wish it wasn't the top .5% of users.
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