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  • physical - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    I really don't like firearm themed heatsinks... I don't really like any sort of novelty heatsink. It makes my expensive components look cheap. Reply
  • CloudFire - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    Completely agree with you. It annoys me when companies put on gimmicky designs such as bullets/firearms as heatsinks. I've seen plenty of creative/awesome heatsink designs that uses unique angular designs and looks amazing, instead of this crappy feel of "firearms". It's a computer motherboard for crying out loud, not a damn rifle. One thing's for sure, I will never buy any product that has heatsinks looking like that. Reply
  • essemzed - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    +1!

    I would also add that being totally at ease with my penis and its performance, I do not feel compelled to find comfort in the purchase of this childish motherboard.

    (apologies for my broken english!)

    smz
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  • Bownce - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - link

    Freud wrote, "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity". Time to give the firearm bashing a rest and get back to tech. Reply
  • g00ey - Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - link

    Sorry, but Freud never wrote that. The statement is a misconception and a paraphrase of Freud's work from "Guns, Murders, and the Constitution" (February 1990) by Don B. Kates, Jr. Reply
  • bigboxes - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    Anyways.... if you're through with your childish rant... who cares what it looks like? Look at the benchmarks, the feature set and the supplied software. If you don't have a window in your case why on Earth would you care what it looks like? Function over form is what I always say. Reply
  • CloudFire - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    Anyways, if you're through with your narrow point of view, what if someone has a window on their case and care what the mobo looks likes? I never knew that having an opinion that differs from yours, hail the almighty, makes that person childish. Get off your high horse. Reply
  • Sabresiberian - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    It's interesting that you claim bigboxes has a "narrow point of view", when you say you would never use a mainboard that uses firearm themed heatsinks.

    While I'm not thrilled with the heatsink looks in the pictures, if this board fit my needs the best, I'm not going to shoot myself in the foot by not using it because I think the heatsinks are ugly.

    Appearance is largely a matter of personal taste in these things anyway. I rarely find fault in another person's desire for different esthetics than me, just in them finding fault in mine.

    ;)
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  • CloudFire - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    I agree with you, everyone has their own personal opinion and it is about personal taste in esthetics. I merely voiced my own opinion but when someone else comes in and starts an ad hominem attack about how someone else opinion's is "childish" because it differs from theirs, then I would say that is a narrow point of view. Any person could have simply disagreed respectfully like how adults do and it would have been perfectly fine.

    Just like for you, if you used this board for it's features, I would have no problem and would not find any fault in your decision because it is your own opinion which I respect.

    ;)
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  • Ben90 - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    The motherboard would look cool as hell if it wasn't for the Gatling gun and stupid heatsink. While I agree looks aren't everything, this mobo just screams "I'm a giant fag". Reply
  • Operandi - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    "Giant fag" might be going a bit far but unless MSI is aiming for the immature 14 year old who lives their life through MW or BF I think they missed the mark big time with the design. Which is too bad because I otherwise I like the murdered out all black aesthetic.

    As it is Asus, Gigabyte are both making great boards that don't look stupid so I can easily skip this and look elsewhere.
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  • leignheart - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - link

    nah it would only scream that if you owned it Ben90 Reply
  • bobeedee - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    got to agree with physical-leave the stupid toys off of the motherboard. Reply
  • Bownce - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - link

    I think they're great. They should also include bandoleers for overclocking, a tiny lever action for resetting, and a D.B. icon for when it crashes. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    Isn't that exciting! Wow!

    Guys! Maybe think about cooling it with the exclamation point! Most of the review blurbs on the main page have them!
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  • Oxford Guy - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    Probably the best PSU ever! Like O-My-Gosh!

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5464/seasonic-platin...
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  • coolhardware - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    I like all the exclamation points!

    PS Thanks for all the reviews and content lately, it is nice to see AnandTech updated so often...
    Reply
  • Iketh - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    This particle article I didn't care to read in its entirety, so I glanced through hoping to find the few pieces of information I wanted. One was the MSRP... it's always listed at the bottom of the spec list in every other review on this site. Why omit it here? Please adhere to some of these simple standards so that your articles are less taxing on the reader. Reply
  • IanCutress - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    There are no official standards in motherboard reviewing, so unless you provide a list of official 'simple standards' then there is nothing to do apart from consider your request/command to have it exactly where you specifically want information XYZ. The MSRP is listed in a number of places throughout the review (and is consistent with previous reviews) - a link through on the product to a retailer on the test bed, and the last page in particular. It wouldn't be a proper review if we didn't talk about the price! For the record, it is currently $390.

    All the best,
    Ian
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  • Iketh - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    Sure there is. The articles on this site follow a similar pattern regardless of what they're about. After not finding the price in the introduction, I knew to jump to the page that introduces the board to find the spec sheet. Unfortunately, the price was not listed at the bottom as it normally is.

    Of course you talked about the price, I just didn't want to read the full article to find it as I alluded to in my first post. It's a request based on what I'm used to at this site, not a command.

    And by the way, there are very few articles I rarely read from beginning to end here. It's just the theme of this board is childish, like a cheap toy when it's anything but.
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  • Sabresiberian - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    Are you kidding me?

    If you don't want to read a real review, I suggest you stop reading at Anandtech.com. There are plenty of sites that offer popcorn reviews for people like you.

    Not everything can be said in a sound bite.

    Keep up the good work, Ian!

    ;)
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  • Iketh - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    What are you talking about? You're way off subject. Reply
  • mschira - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    So what is the maximum amount of working memory this supports?
    64 Gb? (8x8) or "only 32 (8x4)
    Cheers
    M.
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  • earthrace57 - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    Most likely 64 GB unless they limited it somehow.

    I'm pretty sure its just how many GB or ram you can put in 1 stick at the time of making x number of slots...I don't think there really is a limitation.

    Someone got 48 GB stable on a X58 motherboard, which is bound to 24 GB supposedly...
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  • Zolcos - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    Odd that on such an expensive mobo with dual LAN and both kinds of spdif, they included firewire of all things but left out eSATA from the main cluster? It seems like a 'core' enough feature that it shouldn't require an expansion plate like this one does imo. Reply
  • bigboxes - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    This mobo has USB 3.0 so the need for eSATA will be minimal. However, if you still want it they provide a powered dual-eSATA bracket for the back. What more do you want? Reply
  • DanNeely - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    In addition because XL-ATX cases have room for 10 expansion slots you could mount the bracket between the main cluster and top GPU; so you it won't cut into your expansion like it would on a standard ATX system. Reply
  • iamkyle - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    Surprised the Marvell or Realtek mafia didn't come after MSI. FINALLY a reputable networking solution. Why can't every mainboard manufacturer do this? Reply
  • Iketh - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    Asus ROG motherboards have Intel also, along with X-Fi sound. The GENE-Z/GEN3 is only $180. I hope this is selling like hotcakes for them so it sends a message through the industry. Reply
  • Sabresiberian - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    The sound solution on Asus' otherwise excellent boards is really not significantly better than what other manufacturers offer without requiring a daughter card to take up the space of another slot.

    If you want more than what mainboards offer, then a discreet sound solution is still the only way to go. (I might suggest Asus' own products there.)

    For my purposes onboard sound is a waste of money in the kind of build I want, I would rather there be no sound components at all built in the MB and the price be a little lower.

    ;)
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  • Iketh - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    I disagree. Onboard X-Fi is far better than the regular ALC codecs, and I'm saying that with my living room computer using a $160 shielded X-Fi PCIe card and my personal desktop using the Asus ROG. I can't tell the difference between the 2 using the same 5.1 setup.

    I'm also not touching Asus' sound solutions just based on reviews of their products at retailers. Granted, I haven't looked at every model from them.

    I agree that I'd rather not have any sound solution on the motherboard, unless of course it's a full discreet solution integrated in the board. But like I said, I'm very happy with the X-Fi chip in the ROGs.
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  • Iketh - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    Also, what daughter card are you speaking of? Asus has the X-Fi on the board, and that's on a micro-atx form factor. Reply
  • DanNeely - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    Intel NICs are more expensive than Marvell/Realtek NICs and very few people actually know enough to care. Reply
  • TerdFerguson - Saturday, February 25, 2012 - link

    That the reviewer very mistakenly thinks that BIOS flashback, SSD caching, better fan controls, and an auto-overclock system are worth $70 alone illustrates how worthless his opinions and reviews are to me and to most users. Reply
  • OwnedKThxBye - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    You illustrate how worthless your opinion is by not being able to read the review correctly.

    The board looks great apart from the heatsinks. Love the review Ian.
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  • Sabresiberian - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    The MSI mainboard is also capable of quad SLI, whereas the Asus board is not.

    As far as someone who likes to call himself "TerdFerguson" speaking for most other Anandtech users - I suggest your opinion of yourself is grossly over-inflated. The only fault that I find hear is that some Anandtech moderator hasn't required you to change your name to something less tasteless.

    ;)
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  • IceDread - Monday, February 27, 2012 - link

    You do not care about micro stuttering do you? Using three graphic cards... no thanks. Reply
  • pandemonium - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    Umm, what?

    "Amazingly, the three-way setup has a tremendous advantage over two cards in CrossFire."

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce...
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  • Sabresiberian - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    It's good to see MSI producing top-level boards again. Most of my builds pre-Nehalem were based on MSI products, but my last 2 builds were not in part because MSI had nothing competitive to offer at the time (for my particular purposes). Good job MSI!

    ;)
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  • thetuna - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    "This is in comparison to the audio, which is only the ALC898"

    What's that X-Fi I see?
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  • cjs150 - Monday, February 27, 2012 - link

    What Market were MSI thinking of?

    If extreme overclockers then first thing they will do is rip the silly themed heatsinks off board and stick something that delivers better cooling (probably water cooling blocks).

    If not extreme overclockers then why have so many PCI slots - what are people going to fill them with. Can understand 2x GPU, maybe a sound card and a RAID Card, then what?
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  • vectorm12 - Monday, February 27, 2012 - link

    Going by probability I'd rather have 7x PCIe slots than 4x PCIe + 2/3 PCI.

    Your point is partly valid though as the slots aren't properly multiplexed for scenarios where all seven slots would be occupied(GPGPU, storage, etc).

    In any case I'd be the last person to mourn the death of PCI, but Intel needs to get more lanes into the CPUs to reduce the amount of multiplexing in order for this amount of slots to make real sense.
    Reply
  • pramodhdrift - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - link

    Hi friends i am from bangalore

    i need a asus motherboard under 7k for my i5 2500K Processor
    and also the motherboard should support in HD Graphics 3000.
    I5 Comes with an 1.5 intell GPU, i am going to buy Graphic card in next 4 moths.

    SO PLEASE SUGGEST ME AN BUDGET AND GOOD MOTHERBOARD WITH SUPPORTING
    INTELL HD GRAPHICS.
    Reply
  • JohnyGhzs - Thursday, April 19, 2012 - link

    this board is the best out thier and this is from an loyal evga owner their power for cpu is unmatched on this board with Great psu for ocing and sli/crossfire
    set ups is world class her

    do not like gat gun and ammo remove them i will to be putting on water blocks anyways!

    love the black and layout is as close to perfect !
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  • JohnyGhzs - Thursday, April 19, 2012 - link

    ps from someone that is buying one becacuase your not going to be in my house so who really cares how it looks in anyways ! Reply

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