Hardware Early Look: MSI's P45 & nForce 780a mobos

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  1. Tim S

    Tim S Well-Known Member

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  2. [USRF]Obiwan

    [USRF]Obiwan New Member

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    Stll waiting for a working 'intel' SLI based motherboard. I like the layouts of both the boards but i am a little scared about the picture below:

    [​IMG]

    isn't the top heat pipe getting in the way of the PCI-E card?
     
  3. naokaji

    naokaji whatever

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    The Thermalright Ultima 90 (which is by far not the biggest cooler avalaible) just barely fits on my p35 platinum due to the heatpipe "mess"... I hope there will be less cleareance problems with the p45 version.
     
  4. Jar of Almonds

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    While I appreciate the nostalgia, jumpers have had their place in time. Let them sleep quietly in the past.... such fun memories on my k6-2 motherboard. Although it is nice to see that they at least admit their BIOS is lacking against their competitors.

    *I wish ASUS would put better descriptions on what their BIOS options do.....*
     
  5. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    Heatpipes a-go-go! No wonder some motherboards are so dear, the amount of copper included on them these days.
     
  6. TomH

    TomH Bwahahahahaha

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    Any mention of whether or not the 10GigE port was included on the ICH10R bridge? There's about 0.0001% chance that anyone will be able to use it right now, but it'd be the first example of an affordable 10GigE NIC if it's there! I've been looking into 10GigE/Infiniband hardware lately, so it's currently 'relevent to my interests'. :D

    (I very much doubt it'll be able to provide [anything near] the full ~1.1GB/sec transfer rate but.. Be nice to see some benchmarks against the existing Gigabit-based ICH9.)
     
  7. Almightyrastus

    Almightyrastus Rule #9

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    that chipset cooler is a thing of beauty although my opinions may change if it makes things evil to work on
     
  8. Squadexodus

    Squadexodus I got my cookie. What about you?

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    Isnt that a bad thing, you want to dissipate less heat, correct?
     
  9. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    They mean the chips produce less heat.
     
  10. Tim S

    Tim S Well-Known Member

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    yes, sorry - bad choice of word. They produce less heat than traditional designs.
     
  11. Tyinsar

    Tyinsar 6 screens 1 card since Nov 17 2007

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    <- NOT an MSI fan but this: [​IMG] looks great. :clap:

    (not sure how well it functions but I doubt I'll ever own one anyway so...)
     
  12. wuyanxu

    wuyanxu still wants Homeworld 3

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    i am pretty sure those heatpipes are just for show.
     
  13. Jik

    Jik A Dremel, what is it?

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    Maybe its just me, but on the K9A2, putting the pci-e 1x in the middle of the pci-e x16 seems like a bad idea. It would be nice if it had an extra pci-e 1x since they know what you will use that one for... Hopefully they make the SLI connector long enough to make it over their sound card.
     
  14. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    The heatpipes look pretty good :thumb: but they're too big
     
  15. MilkMan5

    MilkMan5 Yeah man...

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    The way things seem to be going between nVidia and Intel – reminds me when Intel and AMD ‘loved’ each other.
    Unfortunately Intel currently does not support nVidia’s SLI technology and to be honest, don’t see anything on the way.
    :waah:
     
  16. [USRF]Obiwan

    [USRF]Obiwan New Member

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    Actually, i have found one! And its a winner
     
  17. wuyanxu

    wuyanxu still wants Homeworld 3

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    that's an nVidia chipset.

    may be Intel wants AMD to be forced into graphics only, and at the same time squeeze nVidia out.
     
  18. Splynncryth

    Splynncryth 0x665E3FF6,0x46CC,...

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    Might anyone know the specifics on the BIOS for this board? I'm wondering if the lack of features might be due to MSI focusing on something else, or maybe the BIOS is something different than their BIOS in the past and they don't have all the bells and whistles done yet.

    Concerning those cryptic options, maybe someone should start a thread on them. They may have to deal with specific hardware functionality and the descriptions make sense, but only if you know the hardware.
     
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