MSI Big Bang Marshal P67 Review

MSI P67rB3 Big Bang Marshal Review


At the New Year we were all delighted to see the performance that came from the latest LGA1155 socket. Intel definitely had refined the LGA1156 into a fine art throughout its short life and those improvements were carried over into the P67 chipset. So impressive was it we couldn’t wait for the second wave of motherboards to arrive which would have all the major features we love to see.

Then just as we were girding out loins for the influx it all stopped.

It was discovered that the P67 Chipset had a problem with it’s 5 and 6 SATA ports that would cause data loss, and so everything was halted whilst Intel beavered away to fix the problem. After our months hiatus the B3 revision boards are upon us with that problem fixed and a few nips and tucks here and there, so it’s time for us to get back in front of the bench rig and see what the long-awaited second wave brings us.

Today it’s courtesy of MSI with their P67 Rev B3 Big Bang Marshal motherboard. Big in more than name only, it’s got enough slots for QUAD SLI, comes equipped with Lucid Hydra and all the usual MSI accessories. How does it perform?

Technical Specifications

Generally the Marshal is exactly what you’d expect a modern MSI motherboard to be. It’s got the classic blue and gun-metal heatsinks, OC Genie, and everything is well designed and in the right place. It sounds simple, but it’s often over-looked.

The major feature it has over its contemporaries are more PCIe slots than you can shake a stick at.

CPU(MaxSupport) i3/i5/i7
FSB / Hyper Transport Bus 100MHz
Chipset Intel® P67 (B3)
DDR3 Memory DDR3 1066/1333/1600*/1866*/2133*(OC)
Memory Channel Dual
DIMM Slots 4
Max Memory (GB) 32
PCI-Ex16 8
PCI-E Gen Gen2 (2×16, 2×8, 4×1)
RAID 0/1/5/10
LAN 10/100/1000*2
USB 3.0 ports (Rear) 8
USB 2.0 ports (Rear) 2
Audio ports (Rear) 6+Coaxial/Optical SPDIF
Serial ports (Rear) N/A
1394 ports (Rear) 1
Form Factor XL-ATX
3-way SLI N/A
Hybrid SLI N/A
CrossFire Y


Let’s grab a look then.