Monday, January 10th 2011

Bulldozer-Ready AMD 990FX Based MSI Big Bang Conqueror Motherboard Pictured

MSI let its latest motherboard for the AMD Zambezi platform face the lens. The Big Bang Conqueror is based on the AMD 990FX chipset, and features the latest AM3+ socket to connect to processors based on AMD's Bulldozer architecture. The first set of processors will feature 8 cores, 16 MB cache, and dual-channel DDR3 memory with default DRAM speeds to match bandwidth provided by slower triple-channel DDR3 memory on current Intel Core i7 LGA1366 processors.

The Big Bang Conqueror uses a 10-phase VRM to power the CPU. The CPU is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots for dual-channel memory. Expansion slots include three PCI-E 2.0 x16 (electrical x16/16/NC or x16/x8/x8), one PCI-E x16 (electrical x4), two PCI-E x1, and a PCI. Storage includes six internal SATA 6 Gb/s, two eSATA. Other connectivity includes USB 3.0, gigabit Ethernet, 8-channel audio with optical and coaxial SPDIF, and FireWire. Various overclocker-friendly features are also present.

Source: Tweaktown
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90 Comments on Bulldozer-Ready AMD 990FX Based MSI Big Bang Conqueror Motherboard Pictured

#1
blu3flannel
1) Cool black socket.
2) The heatsink config would look much better if the blue was the same color as the RAM slots and the PCI-E slots.
3) Hopefully Bulldozer will kick ass and be affordable.
4) I love CES, it brings out all the new stuff. :)
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#2
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Wow, now thats a Name, Bulldozer, Big Bang, Conqueror. Is there any more dominant names they could toss in there?
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#3
legends84
can this support both 3way SLI n CFX just like the intel boards??
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#4
HXL492
woot woot :rockout:
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#5
blu3flannel
by: legends84
can this support both 3way SLI n CFX just like the intel boards??
I'm guessing it only does CFX unless you use modded drivers or something.
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#6
legends84
nice.. can AM3 cpu be place on this board? cant wait to see bulldozer release:rockout:
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#7
pantherx12
by: legends84
nice.. can AM3 cpu be place on this board? cant wait to see bulldozer release:rockout:
Yup, that's how AMD are doing the backwards compatibility this time round, old cpus can be put into new boards, but new cpus can't go in old boards.

( where as before you could normally stick a new cpu in an older board I'm sure you know, but others could be reading : ] )

Also woot! although not a fan of msi boards, think I'll be buying a am3+ board asap as whilst running this cheap n cheerful board is nice, even though it doesn't burn up when I do it, I don't trust running my cpu with extra voltage through it :laugh:

Also! Can't wait for AMD to drop their stupid damn mounting system for one that has equal spacing mounting holes so cooler compatibility is greater.
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#8
caleb
Does it have a Bus that is a Big Bang ? :P
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#9
FlanK3r
I am ready for Zambezi chip :)
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#10
HossHuge
It says AM3b. I wonder if this means anything in regards to the future.

Also, notice it says Foxconn on the cpu bracket. That company is huge.
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#11
mastrdrver
Bios core unlocking technology?! :confused:

I'm guessing for all the AM3 non plus cpus?
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#12
Zubasa
by: HossHuge
Also, notice it says Foxconn on the cpu bracket. That company is huge.
Foxconn is a major manufacturer of motherboard components.
You see Foxconn sockets on Intel boards all the time.
Along with things like lan sockets, sound jacks etc.
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#13
H82LUZ73
:toast: thanks for the pics and info.Nice board MSI really are getting better at color schemes,Remember those old all red one with yellow memory slots lol ....


Oh just noticed the USB3 connector beside the white SATA ports.Nice touch having it there.
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#14
buggalugs
Ya i wish they would upgrade thier cooling. Its so old school and hasnt changed for years
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#15
Over_Lord
News Editor
by: blu3flannel
1) Cool black socket.
2) The heatsink config would look much better if the blue was the same color as the RAM slots and the PCI-E slots.
3) Hopefully Bulldozer will kick ass and be affordable.
4) I love CES, it brings out all the new stuff. :)
by Kickass you mean

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April 2011

AMd Bulldozer 8 core launched at 299$, destroys INTEL's 999$ 6 core
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#17
cavemanthreeonesix
by: blu3flannel
I'm guessing it only does CFX unless you use modded drivers or something.
You never know it might be hiding a fuzion chip under that enormous sb heatsink
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#18
Mike0409
by: 1Kurgan1
Wow, now thats a Name, Bulldozer, Big Bang, Conqueror. Is there any more dominant names they could toss in there?
Conan!


OT: Looks like a nice board. Now we just need some testing..
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#19
bear jesus
I want some bulldozer reviews not mother board pictures as board pictures are like a :nutkick: as i want to upgrade so bad even if i have no real need to :laugh:
I guess it's not so bad with Intel's new i7's not coming out for a while yet as luckily the i5's don't offer what i want so with either side i have to wait.

The board looks great although if i owned one the first thing i would do is try and remove the blue things from the heat sinks, i would hope they are just the really thick plastic sticker things that are sometimes used.
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#20
nINJAkECIL
by: thunderising
by Kickass you mean

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April 2011

AMd Bulldozer 8 core launched at 299$, destroys INTEL's 999$ 6 core
I hope AMD doesn't targeted LGA1366 with buldozer. Intel already have sandy bridge, and LGA 2011 soon.

AMD, plz make a competitive cpus, and we'll be glad to buy it whatever price you thrown into. Just like the old A64 days :o
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#21
mxjcmxjc
Dozer of Bulls!

Spring forth pictures of Bulldozer so that I may gaze upon thee and wonder with amazement and reverencer. A new time for system building is upon us once again.
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#22
bear jesus
by: nINJAkECIL
I hope AMD doesn't targeted LGA1366 with buldozer. Intel already have sandy bridge, and LGA 2011 soon.

AMD, plz make a competitive cpus, and we'll be glad to buy it whatever price you thrown into. Just like the old A64 days :o

I can't be sure but it seams like there is three sockets for sandy bridge 1155, 1356 and 2011, if that is right i would expect 2011 CPU's to be out of most people price range as I'm sure 1356 will be expensive enough.

As long as bulldozer is competitive with LGA1356 CPU's while being cheaper then i will be happy to chose AMD over Intel as i doubt i could bring myself to spend enough for a 2011 chip and board with 4 channels of ram.
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#23
DanTheMan
I've never been a MSI MB fan (ASUS or GB for me) but it's nice to see some progress on Bulldozer. Hopefully we will see some leaked "honest" reviews so folks can make a decision to go current AM3 or Bulldozer. I will be redoing two current systems with AM3 quad core systems now for my son and wife (they don't need that much power but for the price I can't go wrong) and I will build my machine later this year once I see performance reviews of Bulldozer. I would love to see a 30-50% increase of raw power from BD from the current CPUs. I will be waiting for OMEGA's review on this one. It will be great to see the ASUS Crosshair version of this MB.
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#24
wahdangun
by: legends84
can this support both 3way SLI n CFX just like the intel boards??
yup, it will even support quadfire configuration





btw i can't wait for bulldozer to arive,
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#25
JrRacinFan
Served 5k and counting ...
by: legends84
can this support both 3way SLI n CFX just like the intel boards??
This particular board can do a "mix n match" scheme. Basically you can fill the 3 PCI-e 16x slots and run ANY cards together with a matching shader model/directx. 1x gtx460+hd6850? It's possible.
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