Holy Overkill, MSI's X79A-GD45 Motherboard Supports 128GB of RAM! - HotHardware
Holy Overkill, MSI's X79A-GD45 Motherboard Supports 128GB of RAM!

Holy Overkill, MSI's X79A-GD45 Motherboard Supports 128GB of RAM!

Feel like getting drunk with DRAM? Want to have the ultimate memory bragging rights? If you look up the definition of "overkill" in the dictionary, do you want to see a picture of your motherboard in there? Answer 'yes' to all three questions and you're a prime candidate for MSI's X79A-GD45 (8D) motherboard, a slice of silicon with support for an insane amount of quad-channel memory, or more specifically, up to 128GB.

No, that's not a typo, at least not on our part. According to MSI, this board's eight DIMM slots support up to 128GB of RAM, likely far more than you'll ever need for the life of your system. It's an absolutely crazy proposition for the average user, but for power users who do more than dabble in photography, CAD design, and other types of memory-heavy content creation, this is a consumer-level board with a professional-level work ethic.



The rest of the feature-set is almost standard fare by comparison, and only by comparison. It has five PCI Express x16 slots, a single PCI-E x1 slot, a par of SATA 6Gbps ports, four SATA 3Gbps ports, RAID 0/1/5/10 support, a GbE LAN port, two rear-mounted USB 3.0 ports, six rear-mounted USB 2.0 ports, audio inputs, and other odds and ends, including MSI's Military Class III components, UEFI BIOS, THX TruStudio PRO sound, and an assortment of proprietary utilities.

No word on price or availability, though it's selling in Europe for around $260 (after the exchange rate).
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Who needs 128gb of memory with an x79 set-up????? Anyone with those needs will most likely go the xeon/opteron route! I have to say that is pretty awesome though, definitely leaves room for future expansion haha. Go msi!

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ERM, i do? :D lol... But ya, heck of a room to upgrade :D

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So, where do you get 16GB RAM sticks? 8GB sticks are just starting to trickle out from suppliers. This 128GB max won't be feasible, even if you had the money, for quite some time.

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128GB what! That is way overkill plus the cost. This is just so they can say it can support up to 128GB when in fack it may not me available.

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Corsair do the 16gig memory, however, they only sell them in blocks of four dedicated and approved matching memory sticks.  That means a max of 64gig of available memory.  When I contacted them, they explicitely said, DO NOT combine two sets of their memory to make up the 128 gig quota because they cannot garantee that they would come from the same production batch and that could cause problems in use.  So, effectively you can get the memory but its a case of buyer beware and it would be down to you if they dont work properly.

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Oh, putting on my strategic business and marketing hat, All manufacturers should clearly display the batch number on their products so that they can be checked when making multiple purchases.  In fact, when selling a box of memory to a retailer, the whole box should come from the same batch to alieviate this problem.  Corsair take note.

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Bet it won't be long until the ram vendors have 128 Gig kits out. And if you can plop a grand down for a cpu, what's another grand for the ram. lol

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"It's nice that it supports all the RAM, ok so you got our attention, but I like how this board looks and doesn't seem to compromise munch from the GD65. Looking forward to read a review about it."

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Hum Set up a Ram drive on this bad boy. Thought I would cost quite a bit to make, it would defiantly be fast. 

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Nice, but one has to ask. Does the motherboard omegadraco won also do 128GBs of RAM? If so then omegadraco has one hell of a motherboard there.

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Alas, his supports a mere 64GB of RAM, But I'm sure that he'll get over it,.....Smile

These new boards are way cool and I'm gonna try my best to get one of them.

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Haha yeah 64GB of ram which I won't need or be able to afford even. A 128GB of memory is a bit insane... who knows maybe they will release a BIOS update that will allow it to support more but I am not counting on it or in need of it. Hmm... just had a thought maybe I can have my father buy my memory for me in exchange for letting him use it as a rendering box for his 3D work when needed Stick out tongue

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omegadraco:
just had a thought maybe I can have my father buy my memory for me in exchange for letting him use it as a rendering box for his 3D work when needed

He'll ~need~ it all of the time,........Surprise

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3d work does take up a bit of ram, I use 3ds max on occasion to model stuff for people/fun

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Der Meister:
3d work does take up a bit of ram, I use 3ds max on occasion to model stuff for people/fun

Once you render something with a kick-azz PC that's loaded with RAM, you never-ever want to go back to the "regular" PC and work,........Smile

 

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Ram will do little on the render times, but it will allow you to have more complex scenes open and workable. 

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Well at least it will run farm ville without lagging........

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HOLY DRAM BATMAN!!!!!

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I could use some more memory

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NOW THIS IS A REAL MOTHERBOARD, This is just the upgrade iv been looking for.

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A multitasker's dream...I know of a few who could use the kit...But still, for the rest of us it's overkill.

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Impressive

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No Way! That is crazy to see that support 128 GB of RAM. I dont know about this. Unless if someone want that kind of huge amount of RAM then it will be perfect for muilt-tasking and very serious games.

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The solution is a 32 gb ram hard drive and a mid range motherboard. i have no idea how some one could use a full 128gb of ram, its practically just a ram hard drive, its ridiculous.

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Mind boggling! FYI, Win 7 Ultimate, Enterprise, and Pro have memory limits 192GB.... Win 7 home editions have limits around 8-16GB. I guess you would have to upgrade Win7 to take advantage of this mobo.

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