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

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[USRF]Obiwan 18th April 2008, 13:27 Quote
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:

http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2008/04/early_look_msi_p45_and_nforce_780a_mobos/780a2.jpg

isn't the top heat pipe getting in the way of the PCI-E card?
naokaji 18th April 2008, 13:27 Quote
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.
Jar of Almonds 18th April 2008, 13:32 Quote
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.....*
kenco_uk 18th April 2008, 13:39 Quote
Heatpipes a-go-go! No wonder some motherboards are so dear, the amount of copper included on them these days.
TomH 18th April 2008, 13:44 Quote
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.)
Almightyrastus 18th April 2008, 13:45 Quote
that chipset cooler is a thing of beauty although my opinions may change if it makes things evil to work on
Squadexodus 18th April 2008, 14:04 Quote
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MSI claims that they dissipate less heat than a traditional design
Isnt that a bad thing, you want to dissipate less heat, correct?
The boy 4rm oz 18th April 2008, 14:07 Quote
They mean the chips produce less heat.
Tim S 18th April 2008, 15:43 Quote
yes, sorry - bad choice of word. They produce less heat than traditional designs.
Tyinsar 18th April 2008, 18:49 Quote
<- NOT an MSI fan but this: http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2008/04/early_look_msi_p45_and_nforce_780a_mobos/fp_img.jpg looks great.

(not sure how well it functions but I doubt I'll ever own one anyway so...)
wuyanxu 18th April 2008, 19:07 Quote
i am pretty sure those heatpipes are just for show.
Jik 18th April 2008, 19:21 Quote
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.
The_Beast 20th April 2008, 02:11 Quote
The heatpipes look pretty good ;) but they're too big
MilkMan5 21st April 2008, 12:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
Stll waiting for a working 'intel' SLI based motherboard.

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.
:'(
[USRF]Obiwan 21st April 2008, 15:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by MilkMan5
Quote:
Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
Stll waiting for a working 'intel' SLI based motherboard.

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.
:'(


Actually, i have found one! And its a winner
wuyanxu 21st April 2008, 16:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
Actually, i have found one! And its a winner
that's an nVidia chipset.

may be Intel wants AMD to be forced into graphics only, and at the same time squeeze nVidia out.
Splynncryth 25th April 2008, 03:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jar of Almonds
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.....*

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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