x79a gd458d 2 MSI releases second X79 motherboard with 8 DIMMs

We're not sure if Intel's X79 motherboards and accompanying processors have taken the high-end PC world by storm, but apparently there's still room for more motherboard models, at least MSI seems to think so. The company has announced a new eight DIMM model called the X79A-GD45 and you'd be forgiven for thinking it's simply a slightly changed version of the four DIMM version, but that isn't the case.

We're not sure if Intel's X79 motherboards and accompanying processors have taken the high-end PC world by storm, but apparently there's still room for more motherboard models, at least MSI seems to think so. The company has announced a new eight DIMM model called the X79A-GD45 and you'd be forgiven for thinking it's simply a slightly changed version of the four DIMM version, but that isn't the case.

 The X79A-GD45 8D as the board is officially known is MSI's fifth X79 motherboard to launch and it actually seems to have more in common with the higher-end X79A-GD65 8D than the X79A-GD45. For starters, the two eight DIMM boards share the same slot layout with a total of five x16 PCI Express slots and a single x1 PCI Express slot. It should be noted that two of the x16 slots only have one lane worth of bandwidth each which doesn't really impress. Both of the eight DIMM boards also have an additional power connector for extra power for the PCI Express slots, something the four DIMM version lacks.

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The GD45 models lack tantalum capacitors and features like debug LEDs and FireWire are missing alongside with the bus speed adjustment buttons, although the power button and OC Genie buttons are present alongside a pair of front USB 3.0 ports. For what is a fairly high-end board it's a poor show from MSI side to only include the standard six SATA ports provided by the chipset, as most competing products have at least a pair of extra ports. Around the back things are fairly spartan with two PS/2 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port (Intel chip), 7.1-channel audio with optical and coaxial S/PDIF and a clear CMOS button.

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MSI is making a big deal about the fact that the X79A-GD45 8D supports up to 128GB of DDR3 memory, but that is only when 16GB DIMMs become readily available. As such you're “limited” to a mere 64GB for the time being if you fill all the DIMM slots, although keep in mind that you'll limit the speed of the memory to 1333MHz with all eight slots populated due to the way Intel has designed its memory controller. That is of course without overclocking the memory, but it's also the reason why most X79 motherboards only have four DIMMS. No word on pricing as yet, but we'd expect it to retail close to the same as the two DIMM version, as the two GD65 models retail for close to the same price and the overall difference between the two boards aren't that big, especially considering that the four DIMM version has some additional features that the eight DIMM version lacks.

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MSI has also keeps teasing its upcoming Big Bang XPower II on its Facebook page and this will be MSI's third model with eight DIMMs. The only additional piece of information provided by the new picture is that MSI is going for a pair of Intel Gigabit Ethernet controllers. However, we did find some pricing for the Big Bang XPower II and if it proves to be correct then we're looking at the most expensive X79 motherboard to date as a pair of European online stores are asking for about €450 (S$775/US$595) for it, which is a horrendous amount of money to spend on a motherboard and only just cheaper than a Core i7-3930K processor in Europe.

Source: MSI, Facebook