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MSI Micro-ATX LGA2011 X79MA-GD45 Motherboard Pictured

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Here are the first pictures of MSI's socket LGA2011 motherboard in the micro-ATX form-factor. Earlier this week, we got to see through ASRock's X79 Extreme4-M that LGA2011 micro-ATX boards were indeed possible. Called the MSI X79MA-GD45 (MS-7738 V1.1), this board offers all the connectivity possible on a board with such a tight footprint. The LGA2011 socket is powered by a 9-phase VRM. It is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, two on either sides of the socket, powered by 2-phase VRM. Expansion slots include two each of PCI-Express 3.0 x16 and PCI-Express 2.0 x1. 2-way SLI and CrossFire are supported.

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The layout is beautiful and wow there is no little annoying fan on the chipset heatsink :rockout:
fantastic!!
 
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Boy, where getting absolutely spoiled for choice, looks good.
 
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I wish they'd stop sticking flat surfaces over heatsinks...
 

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I still like ASRocks version better. :(
 

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I wish they'd stop sticking flat surfaces over heatsinks...
Yep. It just reduces the effective exposed surface area.
 
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Screwdriver, pop it off, no more problem :)


Nice looking board. Though head to head, I'd probably end up with the ASRock posted earlier.
 

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Screwdriver, pop it off, no more problem :)


Nice looking board. Though head to head, I'd probably end up with the ASRock posted earlier.
A good way to kill a board :p
 
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Can't be a good way as I haven't yet killed one ;)
 
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LGA 2011 looks so freakin massive and complex with 2 levers and reinforced fan mounting holes. I'd hate to get socket burn on one of those.
 
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nice board and looks simple
 
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MSI somehow knows how i have grown to detest full atx boards

i wish they somehow knew that i dont enjoy burning my hand on the microscopic chipset heatsinks they have grown fond of...
 
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Yep. It just reduces the effective exposed surface area.
Yes I pointed that out in a couple of reviews I have done. especially on ones where I had I had overheating problems while clocking. you cant just rip them off either they are really on there, and trying to pry them off with a screwdriver might dmage something if not void your warranty.
 

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Nice indeed, good layout and looks good.
 

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I wish they'd stop sticking flat surfaces over heatsinks...
I just take them off and store the piece if needed for warranty reasons

At least with MSI i noticed they just clip or slide on.