- By Shi Xiao Min @Aug 05, 2013
Military Class III
MSI mainboards maintains the commitment to product stability and reliability by introducing Military Class III components including SFC and Solid CAP which have passed MIL-STD-810G certification, making MSI's Military Class III components synonymous with premium quality and ultimate stability.
World’s 1st PCI Express Gen 3 mainboard brand
With ultra-high 32GB/s transfer bandwidth, PCI Express Gen 3 provides a 2X faster transfer rate than the previous generation, this delivers amazing capabilities for true next generation extreme gaming.
Benefits: - 2X bandwidth - Increased efficiency and compatibility - Extreme performance for current and next gen PCI Express cards
World’s 1st UEFI and software graphical user interface
MSI ClickBIOS II provides a consistent user interface both in the UEFI BIOS and in Windows, it provides the most convenient way for users to control system settings and supports touchscreen control.
Benefits: - Graphical User Interface, with touchscreen support - Simply click or touch and move to change settings - Full system control, including overclocking, security and information
OC Genie II
OC Genie II provides an instant performance boost, optimizing CPU, memory, integrated graphics, and storage device performance with the function enabled.
- Overclock in one second - At least 36% boost in 3D gaming performance - Simple and easy – No need for complex BIOS setting and extra equipment *Features may vary according to your platform and model.
THX TruStudio PRO
THX is a trade mark of a high-end audio/visual reproduction standard for movies, home theaters, computer speakers and other audio devices. THX Certified Audio products are designed to let users experience movies & videos as live show. The true sound effect can make high definition video more powerful.
Features - A high-fidelity sound reproduction standard - Accurately reproduce the fullest audio experience of movie, music and game soundtracks
Gaming Device Port
Increasing the thickness of the gold-plated layer in the 2-in-1 PS/2 and optimized USB ports to 30um to meet the demand of professional gamers. Besides enhancing mouse sensitivity in games, these improved interfaces deliver a longer lifespan and better stability of connectors and total solution for e-sports mouse control in UEFI BIOS.
AMD CrossFire™ is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. Enabling game-dominatig power, AMD CrossFire technology enables two or more discrete graphics processors to work together to improve graphics performance. AMD CrossFire technology allows you to expand your system's graphics capabilities. It allows you the ability to scale your system's graphics horsepower as you need it, supporting up to four AMD Radeon™ HD graphics cards, making it the most scalable gaming platform ever. With an AMD CrossFire gaming technology, the traditional graphics limitation exists no more, allowing you to enjoy higher performance as well as visual experience.
SATA 6Gb/s provides double the bandwidth of traditional SATA 3Gb/s, and increases the data transfer rate between your mainboard and internal storage devices, such as 7200RPM HDDs, 10000RPM HDDs and SSDs. It’s also the current trend for upcoming high-speed internal storage devices to to break the existing bottleneck of a PC’s performance.
Features - 2X Faster Than SATA 3Gb/s - Up to 6Gb/s Data Transfer Bandwidth - Unleash True Performance of New HDDs/SSDs
Compared to common mainboard which need extra BIOS chips, MSI’s M-Flash has a double advantage which doesn’t need extra components and secondly, all your BIOS data will be saved in the USB drive. The stored data does not only have backup and upgrade function, moreover it can also be seen as a portable BIOS chip which is actually able to boot up your PC.
Features - Backup/Restore Your BIOS to/from Any USB Flash Disk - Avoid Unnecessary Repair Due to Accident Failures During The Upgrading Process - Earn more BIOS Lifespan by Reducing Unnecessary Rewriting Process
APS (Active Phase Switching)
Active Phase Switching, APS, technology is an intelligent design that helps to save energy on MSI’s mainboards. The underlying idea is to switch off the power supply as soon as no electricity is needed, and when the system needs more resources again, APS will automatically adjust electricity supply accordingly. APS will automatically detect your processor’s loading at any given time and save energy accordingly. This is only possible by means of a very advanced power controlling technology. Other than software-based solutions, APS technology stands out from MSI's own research. The specially developed IC chip can operate automatically depending on the demands of the power supply, which is to reduce the total power usage.
Compared to the 480Mbps provided by traditional USB 2.0, the all-new USB 3.0's 5Gb/s offers 10 times the transfer bandwidth, so transferring a Blu-ray movie takes less than one minute.
Features - 10X Faster Than USB 2.0 - Up to 5Gb/s Data Transfer Bandwidth - Boost Transfer Rate Between Your PC and External Storage Devices
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is new generation fully digital video/audio interface which can transfer 1080p High-Definition video and Audio output in single compact connector. Supporting HDCP copy protection such as Blu-ray Discs, HDMI provides you with the highest-quality home theater experience.
Features - Next-Gen Multimedia Interface - Deliver Full HD Video & Audio output In Only One Cable (HDMI 1.4 is only supported with 2nd Intel®Generation CoreTM Processors. Pentium and Celeron Processors support HDMI 1.3)
Winki 3 is a free Linux-based O/S which is based on the Linux core. With an ultra-fast booting speed and a multi-language interface, the built-in Winki 3 provides an easy-to-use internet environment that includes the most popular functions such as internet surfing, web mail, instant messaging, picture browsing, and more. It's the most practical way to be online in the shortest time.
Features - User friendly & totally free applications - Power on to run applications in 25 seconds - Multi-language interface support
USB Safeguard can prevent mainboards and USB devices from being damaged by short-circuit and ESD (Electro-Static Discharge) with Anti-ESD chips built-into the mainboards. Additionally, the safeguard can protect against such dangers multiple times, and greatly improves product lifespan.
Features - All MSI mainboards use USB Safeguard’s anti-ESD chip for thorough protection against ESD damage - USB Safeguard is protected against a short circuit and/or ESD without the need for a fuse. It also supports stand-by power supply
Live update 5
MSI Live update 5 is a powerful and useful application for updating the latest BIOS and Drivers, saving you time and lowers the risk of updating. End-users can install and run the Live update 5 software on their computers with the companion CD or downloading the app from the MSI website.
Features - Automatically Detect the BIOS/Driver/VGA/Utility update - Support Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 32/64bit
• Instant MB info monitor • Intelligently auto set clock/voltage of CPU and memory • Smart Mode: 4 instant OC modes
3TB+ Infinity is not only breaking through the limit of traditional BIOS, but also enhancing the utilization of hard drives efficiently. In addition to supporting the latest 3TB hard drives, MSI 3TB+ Infinity technology can use the 3TB hard drive as boot disk when installing a 64-bit operating system. Compared to competitors, MSI 3TB+ Infinity is an industry-leading technology which substantially presents an advantage of development and application in the future.
Features - All the latest 3TB hard drivers on the market can be supported - Make the 3TB hard drive as boot disk when installing a 64-bit operating system
- by Shi Xiao Min @Aug 05, 2013
CPU (Max Support)
FSB/BCLK/Hyper Transport Bus
2200*/2400*/2600*/2667*/2800*(OC, 22nm CPU required)
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Got this with my new 3570k build. The board gave me no problems so far. I don't really like the new bios UI, and OCing blind didn't really work. So I just set the mode to OC genie since 4.2GHZ is fine for me.
This was my first MSI MB, and my last. The board was DOA on arrival. NCIX verified this when the board was returned. This indicates poor quality control on MSI's part. And due to the shipping costs both ways, this experience completely negates any savings associated with internet orders. Would have been better off buying this board at a local computer shop.
I have setup this motherboard with a Xeon E3-1230v2 and I had no issue. So it looks like the BIOS support Ivybridge processor out of the box. I have also installed 32gb of ram and it was detected without any issue.
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