We first saw the use of the Lucid Hybrid chip on MSI's new Big Bang P55 based motherboard which is a ground breaking bit of tech that gives the ability to mix up your graphics cards from different makers (NvIDIA + ATI) and still be able to harness the power of them both in a bastardized SLI/Crossfire type fashion.
MSI once again decide to implement it on a board, this time one based on the AMD 870 + SB850 chipset for AM3 processors. MSI calls this board the MSI 870A-GD60 Hydra. While AMD 870 has no PCI-E external switching and only one PCI-E 2.0 x16 link, MSI connected this link to the Hydra chip which in turn gives two full-bandwidth 2.0 x16 links for some mix and matching goodness.
Other specs of the board include a 10-phase DrMOS VRM, four DDR3 slots for dual-channel operation, SATA 6Gbps support thanks to SB850 as well as NEC controlled USB 3.0 ports, FireWire, eSATA and 8 channel HD audio w/ S/PDIF connections.
The board is expected to launch just before AMD rolls out its upcoming Phenom X6 (six-core) processors.
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