There’s little doubt that Intel’s Core i7 is the processor of the moment, but the cost of new DDR3 memory, not to mention a £200 motherboard, isn’t particularly appealing in the current economic climate, let alone the cost of a new CPU. However, MSI appears to have taken note of the cost issue and announced its first ‘affordable’ X58 Pro motherboard, which costs well under £200 without sacrificing any major features.
The board still comes with three PCI-E 2.0 graphics slots (two with 16 lanes and one with four lanes), which will support CrossFire X graphics configurations, although MSI hasn't announced official support for 3-way SLI. It also comes with a full set of six DIMM slots, allowing you to install two sets of triple-channel memory.
This already marks the board in front of other affordable Core i7 motherboards, such as Gigabyte’s X58 Express-based GA-EX58-UD3R, which comes with four DIMM slots and two PCI-E graphics slots. MSI claims that the X58 Pro will have a retail price of £175 inc VAT, which would also put it in the same price bracket as the aforementioned Gigabyte motherboard, which costs £176.40 inc VAT from Scan.
The X58 Pro will also feature passively-cooled heatsinks for the X58 chip and ICH10R Southbridge, which are connected by a heatpipe. Meanwhile, a separate, smaller heatsink sits on top of the VRMs. MSI is confident that the power-efficiency of its five-phase DrMOS power system will enable the VRMs to keep cool without the need to be connected to the board’s main heatpipe system. The board will also feature MSI’s M-Flash technology, which allows you to test-drive a new BIOS via a USB key without flashing the BIOS.
source : www.custompc.co.uk
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