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MSI show Ivy Bridge Motherboards at CES

With Intel starting to show what it's Ivy Bridge processors can do, MSI are the latest manufacturer to show some of their new motherboards.

MSI had 2 boards on display at CES, the Z77A-GD80 and Z77-GD65.  By all accounts the GD80 will have a Thunderbolt port, but it wasn't on the boards on display.  However, MSI have said that this is close to being complete, in time for release.

MSI show Ivy Bridge mobos at CES

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While some features seem to be still under wraps, what we do know is that all the boards will have native USB3.0 support, as the Z77 chipset directly supports this.  They also have THX certified audio, PCI-Express x16 Gen 3.0 slots, as well and both 6Gbps/3Gbps SATA ports.  Memory support up to DDR3-2667(OC) rounds up the impressive list of features.

There are no release dates, although early Q2 seems likely and no pricing details for the MSI boards.

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10-01-2012, 11:09:05

thestepster


Which just reinforces your Intel Fanboy status, regardless of the fact that you now lowered your standards by owning an AMD chip.
It isn't as bad as you and the rest of the Intel brigade keep making it out to be! It is a new design, it is inovative, it does have its plus points. If it does what i expect of it then there really is no problem is there :)




:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: all it is is a server cpu mate nothing more nothing less and ppl have bought faildozer on them sayin its consumer mate and the time the 990FX boards released it was 50% faster than an i7 950 yet its slower so thats a horrific practise ripping ppl off like that, i own an i7 aswell and many other pc's from athlon x4's to phenom x4's

actually ill give u some innovation, in n-threaded performance per core compared to magny cours (the predecessor) its going to prob double the cores while working in the same socket so its just a strait drop in and thats always good news for server engineers!

10-01-2012, 11:22:25

WiganflightsimSteve
If i had bought it to run a main rig, then maybe yes it might have been a huge failing, but i didn't so that softens the blow. At the end of the day, maybe the chip you just aquired would have suited better, who knows, i have this one now. Laminar research are updating the software all the time and they are free to download, so you never know, after the windows patch and another bios update coupled with updates from X-plane, it might just optimise the Bulldozer's power.

10-01-2012, 11:47:19

dugdiamond
good luck with FX. you may find that you will later upgrade your mobo too... to a FM chipset ;)

10-01-2012, 12:16:18

WiganflightsimSteve


good luck with FX. you may find that you will later upgrade your mobo too... to a FM chipset ;)



lol@FM :lol:
I think, when it is running at its best, unless a newer version of X-plane is released with even more drain on resources, i shall not be looking for any other upgrades other than maybe GPU and memory.

12-01-2012, 23:34:03

Wiseguy


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: all it is is a server cpu mate nothing more nothing less and ppl have bought faildozer on them sayin its consumer mate and the time the 990FX boards released it was 50% faster than an i7 950 yet its slower so thats a horrific practise ripping ppl off like that, i own an i7 aswell and many other pc's from athlon x4's to phenom x4's

actually ill give u some innovation, in n-threaded performance per core compared to magny cours (the predecessor) its going to prob double the cores while working in the same socket so its just a strait drop in and thats always good news for server engineers!




I do not know why you are so down on bulldozer, It has its potential uses. In highly threaded applications it can perform quite well, and the windows scheduler update is supposed to increase performance by up to ten percent. Not to mention im not sure why you think AMD is not going to be releasing anymore AM3+ chips, their road map clearly shows that in 2012 they will be releasing a piledriver CPU without a GPU, meaning you should not need a FM2 Mobo. (could be wrong, but i was pretty sure their will be one a high end AM3+ Piledriver)

For people who do not want to pay 320 bucks for an i7 but want more highly threaded performance than a phenom 2 hexacore the 8150 is a respectable choice, especially considering it can achieve some pretty good OC on air.

No one doubts sandy bridge is faster on a core for core basis, and that it does so with better power efficiency, and no one claims that the FX chips lived up to their reputation or hype, but that does not mean its stupid to buy one, which is what you are making it sound like. As long as you know what its weaknesses and strengths are it can be a useful chip.

13-01-2012, 04:51:15

shyguy094


I do not know why you are so down on bulldozer, It has its potential uses. In highly threaded applications it can perform quite well, and the windows scheduler update is supposed to increase performance by up to ten percent. Not to mention im not sure why you think AMD is not going to be releasing anymore AM3+ chips, their road map clearly shows that in 2012 they will be releasing a piledriver CPU without a GPU, meaning you should not need a FM2 Mobo. (could be wrong, but i was pretty sure their will be one a high end AM3+ Piledriver)

For people who do not want to pay 320 bucks for an i7 but want more highly threaded performance than a phenom 2 hexacore the 8150 is a respectable choice, especially considering it can achieve some pretty good OC on air.

No one doubts sandy bridge is faster on a core for core basis, and that it does so with better power efficiency, and no one claims that the FX chips lived up to their reputation or hype, but that does not mean its stupid to buy one, which is what you are making it sound like. As long as you know what its weaknesses and strengths are it can be a useful chip.




I'd only say it's dumb for someone to buy a non 8xxx BD chip for a new build, when an i5 2500K is $40 less in Canada. There is still a place for BD though. I do hope that the patch is completed and shipped soon. I do see the huge cache issue (cache thrashing) being difficult to solve. I'm not entirely sure that the cache issue can be programmed around (at least not easily).


13-01-2012, 04:55:52

ruthless
amd are releasing pile-driver and steam roller etc so they still have time to get their crap together

13-01-2012, 18:03:34

ionicle
i bought the quad core bulldozer chip, and its faster than my i3 imac :)

13-01-2012, 19:04:48

WiganflightsimSteve
Wiseguy, you are indeed, 'Wise' :) I don't regret at all buying my 8150, it is a good chip with lots of potential and ideal for the application i have bought it for. I have it clocked up to a very cool, very stable 5 Ghz on water.

15-01-2012, 17:11:19

crimson2404
I heard amd I bringing out a phenom ii x8 cpu. If i were you I would wait for that and how it performs because the phenom ii x6 does beat bulldozer in a few tests.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/AMD-May-Prepare-8-Core-Phenom-II-X8-Processors-242838.shtml
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