MSI Big Bang Marshal review

Everything you could ever want in a P67 motherboard?

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Our Verdict

A great multi-GPU board, though despite incredible OC scores can't best the competing Asus mobo in straight performance terms.

For

  • Feature-packed
  • Multi-GPU friendly
  • Great overclocker

Against

  • Can't beat the Asus RoG board

Overview

MSI has thrown absolutely everything at its latest Big Bang Marshal P67 motherboard, and it all seems to have stuck. This is quite simply the most fully featured Sandy Bridge P67 motherboard around.

The stand-out feature, at first glance anyway, is the frankly ridiculous eight full-size PCIe lanes striping the expanded board.

Well, it was going to have to be bigger to house all them slots.

But the ability to drop in up to four graphics cards isn't the only thing the Big Bang Marshal has got going for it. As an MSI Big Bang class board it's the Taiwanese company's flagship Intel mobo and as such only the best components go into its make up.

And that means it's also got some serious overclocking chops to it as well.

But you may be wondering at the wisdom of going for a P67 motherboard in the light of Intel's Cougar Point debacle. Fear not, Intel had already rectified the silicon design before it told the world of its error, and as such, when this board goes on sale at the end of April it will be error free.

So no falling over SATA 3Gbps ports a couple of years down the line.

There's a lot going for the MSI Big Bang Marshal then, so just how good is it?

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelP67 Express
Multi GPU SupportedSLI, CrossFireX, HydraLogix
Onboard VideoCPU Dependent Video
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots8
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameMSI
Form FactorXL-ATX
Processor SupportedCore i5, Core i7, Core i3, Pentium, Celeron
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory32 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces8
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots8
eSATAYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports2
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports10
Number of USB 3.0 Ports8
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports5
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports3
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots8
Memory Form FactorDIMM
Number of eSATA Ports2
Processor TechnologyEnhanced SpeedStep Technology, Hyper-Threading Technology, Turbo Boost Technology
Width345 mm
Depth264 mm
ManufacturerMicro-Star International Co., Ltd
Product ModelBig Bang-Marshal (B3)
Product NameBig Bang-Marshal (B3) Desktop Motherboard
Product LineBig Bang
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300, Serial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part NumberBIG-BANG-MARSHALL-B3
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.msicomputer.com
Marketing Information

Thank you for choosing the BIG BANG - MARSHAL (B3) Series (MS-7670) ATX main board. The BIG BANG-MARSHAL (B3) series main boards are based on Intel P67 chipsets for optimal system efficiency. Designed to fit the advanced Intel LGA1155 processor, the series deliver a high performance and professional desktop platform solution.