MSI deploys an active fan on the Northbridge, the rotation speed of which can be adjusted in the BIOS. While we tend to prefer passively cooled solutions, this one was designed properly - and with the overclocker in mind.
MSI adds a PCI SATA RAID controller by JMicron that offers two ports.
We had to break the lock of the ATX power connector before we could install it.
MSI deploys a 4-phase voltage regulator; the retail version of the motherboard comes with MOSFET heat sinks.
VIA's VT6308P controller offers three IEEE-1394a Firewire ports.