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MSI X38 mobo to have many new features

MSI X38 mobo to have many new features

The MSI X38 Diamond will use the X38 chipset seen above.

Sources close to MSI have told bit-tech that those waiting for the next generation Intel X38 chipset can expect a whole host of new features on the company's flagship motherboard.

The sources said that MSI will use a brand new "Circu-Pipe Liquid" technology, which is an upgraded version of what we saw on the MSI P35 Platinum. Whether it will be just liquid inside the heatpipes that you'll never see, or some form of user watercooling has yet to be seen though.

The board includes support for both DDR2 and DDR3 memory, allowing the end user who is desperate to finally have an alternative to the RD600 DFI ICFX3200 T2R/G for ATI CrossFire, that uses an Intel chipset and has a decent upgrade path. Having both DDR2 and DDR3 support on the board means that you won't need to fork out for both a (potentially expensive) motherboard and expensive DDR3 when DDR3 becomes more widely accepted.

There is a single power regulation phase for both DDR2 and DDR3, as well as separate power phases for both PCI-Express x16 slots which will deliver a full x16 bandwidth on top of support for PCI-Express 2.0 too.

The CPU now also gets a four-way dual-channel PWM design. How this is different from a simple eight-phase design, we aren't quite sure, maybe it's similar to the Abit IP35 Pro's 4x3 arrangement?

The X38 Diamond also comes with the X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI-Express x1 card, like the P35 Diamond, and it also has two extra PCI-Express x16 slots from an extra chipset - these both support up to x4 bandwidth. However, this is at the expense of including an extra PCI slot (of which there is only one) and to be honest why include two PCI-Express x4 slots instead of a single PCI-Express x8 which is more suitable for high end RAID setups and GPU-Physics (if it ever arrives).

On the stacked rear I/O there are now eight USB ports, Firewire, PS/2, S/PDIF, a couple of Gigabit Ethernet and eSATAs as well as six 3.5mm audio jacks.

Finally MSI has dropped the quite frankly crap D-LED readout in favour of a new POST LED readout! Huzzah!

We'll leave you with what we believe is the first image of MSI's X38 Diamond motherboard to hit the 'net, but please bear in mind that this obviously isn't the final cooling solution. Instead, it'll have the aforementioned Circu-Pipe Liquid cooler which will cover the PWMs too. The board is also missing the four extra SATA ports down on the bottom right where you can see the solder points ready for them.

Excited about X38 or are you just waiting for the next Nvidia chipset in November? Let us know your desires in the forums.

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Mister_Tad 17th August 2007, 16:22 Quote
leet cooling is always nice, as is the inclusion of both DDR2 and DDR3 slots, but that layout is a bit pointless :/
DXR_13KE 17th August 2007, 16:55 Quote
this kind of remembers me of those awful memory transition mobos, they were crap with both memories........
Mister_Tad 17th August 2007, 16:56 Quote
Being an MSI Diamond series board I would expect that it should be a pretty decent board

Usually the "transition" boards are made by relatively off-brands
WildTangent 17th August 2007, 17:17 Quote
What's the point of all the PCI-E x16 ports, and only one PCI port?! :\ Wouldn't be so bad if device manufacturers would finally move on to PCI-E. And also, are there any pics of the I/O panel at the back?
Tulatin 17th August 2007, 17:34 Quote
So uhm... why only two SATA?
Johnny Bravo 17th August 2007, 17:39 Quote
as stated there are four missing SATA ports on the board
Bindibadgi 17th August 2007, 18:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by WildTangent
And also, are there any pics of the I/O panel at the back?

Nope, none that we can publish, but I've told you what's on the rear I/O :)
WildTangent 17th August 2007, 18:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Nope, none that we can publish, but I've told you what's on the rear I/O :)

Yes, but I'm interested in how they're laying it out. Oh well, guess I'll have to be patient and wait for more pics :)
Bindibadgi 17th August 2007, 18:44 Quote
Ah, PS2, Firewire, two eSATA and S/PDIF with four USB above like the P35 Platinum we reviewed, then four more USB each with two RJ45 above and finally 6 3.5mm audio jacks.
zr_ox 17th August 2007, 20:11 Quote
I dont mind the layout at all, it's pretty clean although I see issues with the IDE port and my reservoir.

Having an Nvidia GPU with the intension of going SLi I will be waiting for Nvidia's response.
DarkLord7854 17th August 2007, 21:24 Quote
2 SATAs and 1 PCI? O.o
cosmic 17th August 2007, 21:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
2 SATAs and 1 PCI? O.o

Yes - its the new standard, your now only allowed a single hard drive and burner for environmental reasons. :D
DougEdey 17th August 2007, 21:46 Quote
That's just silly, why has there been an increase upto now with the SATA ports, and now it drops?
Tim S 17th August 2007, 21:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by TFA
We'll leave you with what we believe is the first image of MSI's X38 Diamond motherboard to hit the 'net, but please bear in mind that this obviously isn't the final cooling solution. Instead, it'll have the aforementioned Circu-Pipe Liquid cooler which will cover the PWMs too. The board is also missing the four extra SATA ports down on the bottom right where you can see the solder points ready for them.

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Woodstock 17th August 2007, 22:19 Quote
do i count 6 dimm slots? 4 DDR2 and 2 DDR3 or other way round?
Bindibadgi 18th August 2007, 01:17 Quote
4 DDR3. 2 DDR2
dyzophoria 20th August 2007, 04:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tim S
Quote:
Originally Posted by TFA
We'll leave you with what we believe is the first image of MSI's X38 Diamond motherboard to hit the 'net, but please bear in mind that this obviously isn't the final cooling solution. Instead, it'll have the aforementioned Circu-Pipe Liquid cooler which will cover the PWMs too. The board is also missing the four extra SATA ports down on the bottom right where you can see the solder points ready for them.

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people should start reading articles first before judging the pictures :D
iwog 28th August 2007, 17:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by dyzophoria
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim S
Quote:
Originally Posted by TFA
We'll leave you with what we believe is the first image of MSI's X38 Diamond motherboard to hit the 'net, but please bear in mind that this obviously isn't the final cooling solution. Instead, it'll have the aforementioned Circu-Pipe Liquid cooler which will cover the PWMs too. The board is also missing the four extra SATA ports down on the bottom right where you can see the solder points ready for them.

:|


people should start reading articles first before judging the pictures :D

but they're just so pretifuls we can help but marvel at them and ignore the words. Plus a picture says a 1000 words so there's actually more info in the picture than the article :P
Tim S 28th August 2007, 17:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by iwog
but they're just so pretifuls we can help but marvel at them and ignore the words. Plus a picture says a 1000 words so there's actually more info in the picture than the article :P

We chose to make the words that are there very important though. Think of the extra 1000 words in the picture as supplementary. ;)
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