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MSI Big Bang Marshal Motherboard Review

By on February 3, 2011
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The finest Sandy Bridge motherboard yet.

Good: Steady overclocking performance, 4-Way SLI/CrossFire, Nvidia & AMD hybrid performance, X-Fi MB2 audio
Bad: XL-ATX size doesn't fit all cases, Lucid Hydra chip doesn't deliver performance in all games
Price: AED 1,200
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.


During our initial Sandy Bridge motherboard roundup, the MSI P67A-GD65 (as well as the P67A-GD55) motherboards stood out as great performers, especially considering their price. While they may not have been as fully featured as the other high-end Gigabyte or ASUS motherboard, the MSI boards still held their ground for providing great performance. Now though, it’s time to see MSI’s flagship LGA1155 motherboard on which they have lavished pretty much every imaginable feature in the form of the Big Bang Marshal.

Let’s go down the features list right from the top. First of all the Big Bang Marshal has a 24 power phases all of which are DrMOS VRMs. This coupled with their Military Class II Hi-C caps and SFCs will ensure ample power delivery during extreme overclocking sessions. The OC Genie II helps those who don’t want to venture in too deep, with an ample 4.2GHz overclock on our Core i7-2600K CPU.

Before I move onto anything else, the first thing everybody must have noticed from the pictures are the 8x PCIe x16 slots. Of course, since there are 8 PCIe slots, each of these will get 4 lanes, thanks to the Lucid Hydra 200 chip. Keep in mind that since most modern day cards (mid-range onwards) are dual slot solutions, so realistically nobody will have more than 4 cards at one time, thus giving 8 lanes for each of the 4 utilized slots.

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  • mohammed

    DAMN this is MONSTER!!

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  • Leocaldas

    Can you put 8 Ati for 8x Crossfire?

    • http://twitter.com/taimoorh Taimoor Hafeez

      As I said in the review, most cards nowadays are dual-slot based, so you cannot physically install 8 cards as there won’t be space for that many. Also, neither ATI nor Nvidia supports 8x CrossFire or SLI, they are limited to 4x.

  • Super XP

    Yes I believe you can so long as it supports Crossfire “X” which means multi-card Crossfire. But you will either have to go water cooling for go for the less powerfull single cooler cards to have them fit. Though you can always get 4 x Dual-Slot cooling cards for 4 way Crossfire X…

  • Super XP

    Yes I believe you can so long as it supports Crossfire “X” which means multi-card Crossfire. But you will either have to go water cooling for go for the less powerfull single cooler cards to have them fit. Though you can always get 4 x Dual-Slot cooling cards for 4 way Crossfire X…

  • Super XP

    Yes I believe you can so long as it supports Crossfire “X” which means multi-card Crossfire. But you will either have to go water cooling for go for the less powerfull single cooler cards to have them fit. Though you can always get 4 x Dual-Slot cooling cards for 4 way Crossfire X…

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