Released December, 2010
The Pros:Overclocking is easy to toggle on and off when needed. Good layout, easy to get everything set up. Runs very stable with a basic setup, able to push the system hard.
The Cons:Some memory configurations cause instability for no clear reason. Motherboard uses a fair amount of power at peak, need to account for it when choosing a power supply.
The MSI X58A-GD45 is a full-sized ATX motherboard built to handle gaming duties with multiple video cards. Dual second-generation PCI-E x16 slots are available with an additional PCI-E x16 first-generation slot, enabling the use of ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI technology for faster video processing.
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This is augmented by 6 DIMM slots that accept up to a total of 24 Gigabytes of DDR3 memory. Military Class components are used on the motherboard in order to keep the system running cool and stable, and the DrMOS system is used to ensure stable and steady power supply to the various components while saving power whenever possible.
- Supports Intel i7 based processors in LGA1366 package
- Supports six unbuffered DIMM of 1.5 Volt DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600*/1800*/2133* (OC) DRAM, 24GB Max
- DrMOS, the highest performance with best power-saving
- BIOS-level power-saving design
- Blu-ray audio support
- Military Class Components
- Supports NVIDIA 3-way SLI & ATI Crossfire
- 2 x PCI-E x16 (gen2), 1 x PCI-E x16 (gen 1), 3 x PCI-E x1, 1 PCI slots
- SATAII / III controller integrated in ICH10R, Marvell SE9128, JMicron JMB362 chipset
- 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet
- Up to 2 FireWire 1396 ports
- 30.5cm(L) x 24.4cm(W) ATX Form Factor
User Reviews (2)
overclocking is easy to toggle on and off when needed
good layout, easy to get everything set up
runs very stable with a basic setup, able to push the system hard
good energy savings overall, average consumption is reasonable
BIOS updates automatically, very little effort involved
some memory configurations cause instability for no clear reason
motherboard uses a fair amount of power at peak, need to account for it when choosing a power supply
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