Friday, February 22nd 2013

MSI G-Series Motherboard Teased

A little earlier today, MSI announced it would be integrating the Bigfoot Killer NIC, a latency optimized network controller that is designed to help online gaming, into some of its gaming notebooks and motherboards. We're hearing that MSI plans to carve out an entirely new gamer-centric motherboard brand extension, along the lines of ASUS Republic of Gamers, Gigabyte G1.Killer, and ASRock Fatal1ty series. MSI transferred branding over from its G-Series gaming notebooks over to create the new motherboard series, one of which was teased to the press earlier today.

Pictured below is a section of a new socket LGA1155 G-Series motherboard. According to sources, the board pictured below looks essentially identical to the Z77A-GD65, with a few obvious changes: color scheme changed to black and red with swanky VRM and chipset heatsinks; and Bigfoot Killer E2200 network controller by Qualcomm-Atheros. The NIC works to minimize latency to game servers, and lets you prioritize available bandwidth to specific apps. One could expect MSI's G-Series motherboard line to be out by Cebit (March, 2013), with a lot more of such teasers along the way.

Source: Overclockers Ukraine
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19 Comments on MSI G-Series Motherboard Teased

#1
D4S4
a cooler that looks cool but isn't actually cool
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#2
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
Too bad that your LAN is usually the very last thing to slow you down in any network. Always a waste. Getting a packet out half a millisecond faster isn't going to make a difference if the latency over the internet is anything more than 4ms, which will always be.
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cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: Aquinus
Too bad that your LAN is usually the very last thing to slow you down in any network. Always a waste. Getting a packet out half a millisecond faster isn't going to make a difference if the latency over the internet is anything more than 4ms, which will always be.
I actually liked the KillerNIC cards on the G1.Sniper boards, gave me faster internet than anything before, and gaming was great. I have a 25 Mb connection, and could tell the difference.
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#4
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: cadaveca
I actually liked the KillerNIC cards on the G1.Sniper boards, gave me faster internet than anything before, and gaming was great. I have a 25 Mb connection, and could tell the difference.
Have benchmarks and tests to prove that it is faster because everything I saw says that it's performance is just as good as any PCI-E based NIC.
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#5
cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: Aquinus
Have benchmarks and tests to prove that it is faster because everything I said says that it's performance is just as good as any PCI-E based NIC.
I got an extra 0.4 MB/s in downloads. Not official benchmarked, but with it I went from 1.4 MB/s to 1.8 MB/s. The CFOS software is similar, but only get 1.7 MB/s.

This is on my home connection, and it has since been upgraded( I now get 2.0 MB/s). But at the time, I tried Intel-based NICs, Realtek, Broadcomm, and KIllerNIC. KillerNIC won overall.
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#6
nickbaldwin86
so Gigabyte has guns on their boards... and it got slammed for it

MSI has dragons... just as gross as the guns thing. I just like plan simple heatsinks
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#7
progste
this actually looks pretty cool :cool: let's hope it's not too overpriced
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#8
Animalpak
Love it skyrim insipred motherboard.
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#9
theubersmurf
by: progste
this actually looks pretty cool :cool: let's hope it's not too overpriced
It may look cool, but as someone mentioned earlier, it won't actually be any cooler. That block of metal without fins for air cooling, or being a waterblock, looks like it's not going to cool that southbridge chip well at all.
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#10
progste
by: theubersmurf
It may look cool, but as someone mentioned earlier, it won't actually be any cooler. That block of metal without fins for air cooling, or being a waterblock, looks like it's not going to cool that southbridge chip well at all.
it's not much different from what asus or the others use on their boards, anything taller could interfere with the graphics cards
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#11
Delta6326
I can already see the Skyrim modders getting together hoping the rest of the board looks good and not cheesy.
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#12
james888
It probably uses msi's military class 3 components or whatever they are called. Before I got my msi p67 gd53 I was debating between it and the asus p8p67. I ended up going with the msi after a review comparing the two said they needed a fan pointed and the southbridge heatsink for the asus when overclocked and not for the msi.
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#13
NeoXF
LOL, the more red-themed motherboards, the better... I can never get enough of red-themed builds.

But why bother with Z77, shouldn't they be showing off their Z87s?
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#14
Dj-ElectriC
DID MSI JUST BECAME SEXIER? come to papa!
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#15
SonDa5
Cool.

I hope they make a powerful mini-ITX model.
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#16
terrastrife
So their EFI is still shit?

But I do like that monolith of a chipset cooler, more metal = more heat it can remove.These are usually stuck under video cards with no air flow so having fins on them don't really work too well.

The KillerNiIC isn't too bad in some areas, mainly WoW with its auful coding is pretty much it. Just use an Intel PT/CT otherwise :D

But seriously, MSI's EFI is painful to work with.
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#17
D4S4
by: terrastrife
more metal = more heat it can remove.
no, more heat it can absorb. once it's saturated the temp keeps going up, there's not enough surface area to dump it to air.

i'm sure it's sufficient but that's shitty cooler design right there.
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#18
terrastrife
i meant more heat it can remove... from what's obviously generating the heat :P
intels own chipset coolers are tiny so the ioh (or whatever it's called now) doesn't really make much heat anyway, and the KillerNIC doesn't need cooling either if it's under there.
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#19
xsc66
how does this compare to the Z77X-UP7? I'm curious to see the feature set.
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