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Old 01-10-12, 10:40 PM   #21
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Old 01-10-12, 11:10 PM   #22
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It looks like a good board, although I am not too impressed with the heat sink design. I would be embarrassed for someone to see that in my possession. Those "bullets" really do look like metal crayons. I would probably just remove them and water cool the chipset and mosfets. Still, I'm waiting for a dual-CPU board...
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And I thought the gigabyte "sniper" series motherboards had tacky heatsinks...

It makes the board look like a gimmick.

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Old 01-12-12, 12:48 PM   #24
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Still, I'm waiting for a dual-CPU board...
You'll need an SR3 and Xeon CPU's for that little venture.

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You'll need an SR3 and Xeon CPU's for that little venture.
I believe the x79 one is going to be called SRX not SR3

they posted an article about some stuff EVGA has at CES and they have a picture of the SRX in it. it looks sexy

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Old 01-12-12, 03:36 PM   #26
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Ah. I am not going to spend the money on two Xeon CPUs.
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Old 01-13-12, 07:07 AM   #27
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Ah. I am not going to spend the money on two Xeon CPUs.
Unfortunately only Xeon CPU's have the ability to communicate with eachother in a Dual CPU setup, and not all Xeon CPU's are even capable of it.

Starting with Nehalem you had Gainestown and Beckton; then you had the Westmere line with Westmere-EP and Westmere-EX, that were capable. Xeon grade: Clarkdale, Lynnfield, Bloomfield, Jasper Forest, Gulftown... all incapable.

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I was unaware of that. The performance of a dual-CPU setup just doesn't justify the price of Xeon CPUs. At least not in my case.
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Old 01-17-12, 05:29 PM   #29
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Does anyone know the wattage and voltage of each 4-pin PWM output on this mobo?

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Its usually not much... I cant imagine more than 1A(12W) would be safe to put on a mobo fan header... but I could be wrong on this robust board.

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Old 01-18-12, 08:30 AM   #31
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Its usually not much... I cant imagine more than 1A(12W) would be safe to put on a mobo fan header... but I could be wrong on this robust board.
The reason why I asked is because I wanted to connect some MCP35X pumps via PMW.

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Not sure I would do that.. those are over 1A. I will email the MSI rep and ask as I dont see it listed anywhere. I will report back for you.

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The pumps only use the PWM and sense wires to connect to the motherboard, they use a 4pin Molex for power. So, you should be good.

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Old 01-18-12, 08:58 AM   #34
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The pumps will be connected to 4-pin molex for power and the pwm will be used for monitoring the pump speed.

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Oh... heh... well, now that is clear (sorry dont own that pump, though you were powering it over a PWM). Like MattNo said, shouldnt be an issue as that is just an RPM signal essentially.

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Old 01-18-12, 09:03 AM   #36
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Im just being cautious, just making sure I dont up my mobo once I get it.

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Will this mobo ever come to the US?

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Old 02-11-12, 05:39 AM   #39
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those heatsinks.. i never thought the old msi big bang design was bad, i like the switch to black but the thing about bullets and ammo cartridges like on the assassin boards from gigabyte need to go.

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Old 02-13-12, 09:46 AM   #40
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Will this mobo ever come to the US?
Good question, will ask the MSI rep


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