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MSI's Motherboards, Video Cards, and More at Computex

By , Andrea Ferrario - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 14 comments

MSI gave us a rundown of all its offerings at Computex 2012. Check them all out in our coverage below:

Motherboards for AMD Trinity (socket FM2):

A85-XA-G65: 4 slot DDR-1866 (max 32 GB), 2 slot PCIe x16 2.0 (SLI and CrossFire compatibility), 4 USB 3.0 connectors, 8 SATA 6 Gbps connectors. Military Class III, OC Genie III, ClickBIOS II.

 

A85IA-E53: Motherboard for HTPC (it's a mini-ITX) with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, chipset A75, 2 slot DDR3-1866 (max 16 GB), 1 slot PCIe 2.0 x16, 4 USB 3.0, 4 SATA 6 Gbps.

 

A55M-P33 (F2): chipset A55

 

A85MA-E35: chipset A75

Motherboard for Intel processors:

Z77 MPower: socket LGA 1155, 16 PWM phases, 4 slot DDR3 (2800 Mhz max in OC, 32 GB). The mainboard have a 8 pin connectors for CPU and 6 pin connectors for VGA. There are 3 slot PCI Express 3.0 x16. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Military Class III components. Availability: July.

X79 MPower: socket LGA 2011, 8 slot DDR3 max 2400 MHz  and 128 GB, 3 slot PCIe 3.0, 2 slot PCIe 2.0 x16. Six USB 3.0, Six SATA 6 Gbps. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Military Class III components. Availability: July.

Z77IA-E53: mini-ITX, LGA 1155, 2 slot DDR3, 1 slot PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 USB 3.0, 2 SATA 6 Gbps. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ClickBIOS II, OC Genie II. Availability: August

Graphics Cards

GTX 680 Lightning: $549 dollars. There's a button to disable all the protections (OCP, APS, etc) to improve overclock. GPU Reactor, an add-on to improve the capacity of manage currents. It is essentially an add-on PCB that holds a battery of tantalum capacitors, which further conditions power for the GPU.

 

MSI create a fan-module that you can apply on R7770 or R7750 Power Edition to improve cooling. If you stack two fan you’ll improve GPU cooling; if you slide the whole heatsink you will have a solution with 2 fans to improve the air flow on VRM and other components.

 

GTX 670 Power Edition with Twin Frozr IV, 2 PWM fans (8 cm), nickel-plated copper base. Core: 1019 MHz; GPU Boost: 1079MHz, Memory: 6008 MHz

GUS:

The external graphics card that you connect to a laptop through Thunderbolt connection.

 

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    enewmen , June 10, 2012 2:59 PM
    FINALLY a Thunderbolt external graphics card solution.
    I hope to read more about this later.
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    alidan , June 10, 2012 1:50 PM
    greghomeI remember joking about the A75 chipset and SLI but seriously?SLI on an AMD APU system ?What's the point of buying a CPU with Radeon Graphics just to pair it up with 2* Geforce in SLI ?

    dont have all the money right now, but still want to play SOME games, than once you get the money, upgrade the gpu... serously, even the bad amd cpus can play anything at decent frame rates, and with the whole taking things away from the cpu to run on the gpu, many never need a high power cpu again soon.
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    notlim981 , June 10, 2012 2:00 PM
    The Z77 MPower is evil!!!
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    A Bad Day , June 10, 2012 2:09 PM
    Quote:
    There's a button to disable all the protections (OCP, APS, etc)


    That's going to end well, especially for newbies.
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    Cy-Kill , June 10, 2012 2:19 PM
    X79 MPower: socket LGA 2011, 8 slot DDR3 max 2400 MHz and 128 GB

    Do they even make 16GB sticks of RAM, because you'd need 8?
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    enewmen , June 10, 2012 2:59 PM
    FINALLY a Thunderbolt external graphics card solution.
    I hope to read more about this later.
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    togan , June 10, 2012 4:28 PM
    soldier37Disappointing the GTX 680 lightning is still only 2GB. I need a 4GB version for my 2560 x 1600 display. Replacing my 3GB 580 Lightning whats up MSI??


    Ya gots ta be waiting 4 da Xtreme Edition!!!!
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    TheBigTroll , June 10, 2012 5:58 PM
    wow the mpower z77 board and the power edition 670 looks sick
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    papablista , June 10, 2012 10:10 PM
    I'm running a 4 year old system(albeit a good one) This stuff just makes me drool and slobber all over the place, I'm gonna build a new one soon.Tech jus keeps getting sweeter.... (º¿º )

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    apache_lives , June 11, 2012 12:27 AM
    msi no thankyou
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    Pyree , June 11, 2012 5:01 AM
    enewmenFINALLY a Thunderbolt external graphics card solution. I hope to read more about this later.

    It was in CES in Jan. I heard rumor it will be available in April for around $200-300. April come and gone and I still see no GUS II. I just hope they won't kill the project and their delay is just to do with the lack of thunderbolt equipped laptop on the market now. Otherwise, there will only be the Sonnet expansion chassis which is about 3x as much.
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    memadmax , June 11, 2012 6:40 AM
    MSI builds decent boards, albeit they have their quirks....

    I'm still rocking a MSI P45 NEO2, a almost 4 year old board I think.
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    jchambers2586 , June 17, 2012 3:12 AM
    Last year AMD launched FM1 CPU's with no working GPU.
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    army_ant7 , August 30, 2012 6:23 AM
    Nice! That external GPU for Thuderbolt laptops is particularly interesting, putting that Thuderbolt port to good use, if your laptop has one. I'd think it would probably have support for Mac, considering how the recent MacBooks have Thuderbolt ports.
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    billcat479 , August 30, 2012 10:42 PM
    I finally gave MSI a try with their 7950 card. It overclocks like crazy and has very good cooling so I can keep it up with the 7970's. Like the overclocking software and the fan control graph setup so I can fine tune the sucker to keep it at a very dull whisper or a bit of a roar (really not that bad) if the temp gets up to where it needs the extra airflow. This is a good video card.