MSI mainboards maintains the commitment to product stability and reliability by introducing Military Class III components! In addition to the use of Hi-c CAP, SFC, and Solid CAP, MSI now incorporates DrMOS II, the next-generation DrMOS that provides an integrated Double Thermal Protection to maximize the lifespan of components. All Military Class III components 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.
SLI technology allows using multiple Nvidia graphics cards in a single computer system with a mainboard equipped with an nForce SLI MCP. Users need an a mainboard with two PCI-Express 16x graphics slots and two matching GeForce graphics cards which are "SLI Ready". Most NVIDIA's PCI-Express graphics cards starting from the 6600 GPU can enjoy the benefits of SLI.
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.
Uncompromised Game Response Performance Boosts gaming responsiveness performance by intelligently reducing redundant rendering tasks in the flow between the CPU, GPU and the display.
Benefits - Boosts responsiveness to the game at any frame rate - Improves gaming frame rates - Increases Vsync frame rates - Sharpens visual quality without tearing - Works seamlessly with hundreds of game stations
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.
Mobile consumer appliances are getting more and more attention in current day fast moving life style, with smart phones and tablets almost becoming a fashion accessory. However, many ordinary personal computers cannot charge some of these devices, making it difficult to stay connected. The MSI Super Charger is a Windows resident program capable of revising the power supply mode of your USB port to become more powerful. Once your phone or tablet is connected to your USB port, the Super Charger sends a signal to initiate its charging circuit, making it a really smart and convenient charging solution for mobile computing needs.
Note: Only front red USB ports support charger function after system off
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
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
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.
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
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 David_W @Apr 09, 2012
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This is by far the best motherboard I have ever owned (my seventeenth). I LOVE the UEFI interface and the one-button overclocking function is to die for. I popped a 3570K in here and within seconds, I am at 4.2GHz with absolutely no mucking about with voltage and RAM timings, etc.
Great motherboard for the price. Got it in a bundle with an i5 3570K, and overclocked to 4 GHz without problem. Could easily push further but that was a good number for me (Hyper 212 Plus cooler)
OC is easy, setup was easy, although the NIC card didn't install with Window7, i had to use the DVD (which took a while to load) and grab the Intel NIC Drivers. That took a while to figure out, but this board is worth the 159 i paid.
This was the only board that looked decent enough for a blue & black theme (this & the g45). The asus boards thou more feature packed, just had a weak theme over all. Aesthetics is a major deciding factor for some individuals
Build: Amazing, everything is solid in place, solder points are clean and regular. The board has great caps and voltage is very stable even at high overclocks. I believe this board will either make your overclock work and stable or live at stock speeds for a very very long time.
Features: Great set of features for overclockers and regular users alike, I especially like the LED boot up indicator for troubleshooting overclocks, the LEDs for power phases are very useful too and the voltage meter sockets were very useful to me.
Bought this with the intent of doing HDMI capture and Gaming. Has no issue with either. Disappointing that half of the SATA ports are SATA 2 but glad to see the PCI slots were dropped completely from this board.
Good Mobo, sturdy and seems well build, would like it if more boards would put at least one of the old style pci slots, as this one only has the newer pci-e, but a lot of us have older cards that are still good like the older version of the asus xonar st sound card
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