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MSI lets slip X38 board specifications

Not quite there yet
By: Lars Göran Nilsson | Video Cards News | Posted: Aug 21, 2007 4:56 am

Both Fudzilla and Bit-tech has managed to score some information and some pictures of MSI's upcoming X38 board. We're expecting to be a part of MSI's Diamond series and it might end up as the X38 Diamond, but then again it might not. Although we already saw this board back at Computex, we didn't have much information about it at the time.


The design has also changed a fair bit since Computex, even though it's only two months ago. You can check out an older version of the board here which as a different slot configuration and other layout differences.


If you head over to Fudzilla or Bit-tech you'll notice that there are quite a few changes. MSI hasn't quite finished tinkering with the board though, as it's still lacking the final cooling solution which is rumored to be a Circu-Pipe similar to that on MSI's P35 boards.


Other fixes includes some missing SATA connectors and possibly some other tweaks to the design. This is the only X38 board that we're aware of that features six memory slots, two for DDR2 and four for DDR3 memory. Other features include a PCI Express x1 X-Fi sound card, a debug LED display and dual channel four phase power regulation.


It looks like MSI is taking on the competition heads on this time and although it looks like a slightly odd design, MSI has crammed this board full of features. The strangest inclusion in our view is the two bottom mounted x16 PCI Express slots, as both of these have x4 bandwidth, but neither can support a dual width cooler graphics card. Maybe MSI knows something we don't, let's hope it's something exciting. All of the PCI Express slots are version 2.0 of course.


Hopefully MSI will have this board ready for the chipset launch next month and we'll try to get some more info on what's going on in general with the X38 chipset and the partners boards.


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