This 26.4cm x 34.5cm eATX sized motherboard is to be called the Big Bang Marshal and comes with a 24 phase VRM design, MSI's power phases each provide 35 Amp per phase if memory serves me right. The chipset and VRM/MOS area have been covered by passive cooling heatinsk. What immediately draws attention is the sheer amount of PCIe x16 slots, but also the lack of say a traditional PCI slot. The PCB is large in size and you'll notice that every little space has been utilized to get the maximum in features out of it.
Featuring what MSI calls a Military Class II design, and we'll show you this later on, we spot a phase power design based on SFC choke setup. According to MSI it should provide up to 30% better efficiency over standard chokes, as well as quality Hi-c CAP's and Japanese made solid capacitors increasing lifespan of such components.
The motherboard has a lot connectivity on the rear IO panel, interesting are eight (!) NEC based USB 3.0 connectors, colored blue. In addition to these, you'll receive two USB 3.0 brackets which you can connect to the motherboard, adding another 4 USB 3.0 post, so that's twelve of these puppies. To do so MSI utilizes three NEC USB 3.0 controllers, ties them to a VIA VL810 IC HUB and distributes them from there.
Another two "regular" USB 2.0 have been added as well, likely for native keyboard/mouse support during first installation of the OS. We see Optical and Coaxial TOSLINK S/PDIF audio for eight-channel audio (Realtek LAC892), PS2 mouse/keyboard connector, two eSATA (SATA2) connectors. We see two RJ-45 Ethernet jack supporting Gigabit LAN/WAN through Realteks RTL8111E ICs and the tiny transparent button is a clear CMOS switch.
When we flip the board around 90 degrees we stumble into the processor socket area, LGA1155 we'll take a closer look in a minute. Above you can also see a not one but two 8-pin CPU power headers conveniently placed at the far side of the edge. You can use one of course, but for the enthusiast and pro-overclockers that need a little more amps.