MSI Announces World's First PCI-E Gen 3 Motherboard

MSI Announces World's First PCI-E Gen 3 Motherboard

MSI today launched its Z68A-GD80 (G3) motherboard for Intel's snazzy new Z68 chipset, but that in and of itself isn't MSI's claim to fame. With the release of the Z68A-GD80, MSI is touting its newest slice of silicon as the planet's first and only motherboard to support PCI Express Gen 3, which provides a data transfer rate 200 percent faster than PCI Express Gen 2.


MSI's new board also boasts the UEFI BIOS, four DIMM slots with support for up to DDR3-2133 (OC), three PCI-E x16 slots, two PCI-E x1 slots, two standard PCI slots, three SATA III ports, four SATA II ports, RAID 0/1/5/10 support, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, SLI and CrossFire support, and MSI's usual assortment of Military Class components.
[Taipei, Taiwan] MSI, the world-renowned mainboard and graphics card manufacturer, officially launches the Z68A-GD80 (G3), featuring world's first large bandwidth PCI Express Gen 3 mainboard, and the latest UEFI technology: Click BIOS II which features a homogenous interface both under Windows and the UEFI interface. Conforming to Intel's latest design standard, the MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) with PCI Express Gen 3 provides a data transfer rate that is 200% faster than PCI Express Gen 2, enhancing the performance of graphics cards without bandwidth limitations. Click BIOS II, allows simple and intuitive system adjustments in both Windows and the UEFI interface! In addition, Z68A-GD80 (G3) utilizes MIL-810STD Certified Military Class II components and are equipped with OC Genie II technology which increases the performance of hard drive up to 457%. The MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) enables next generation superior performance with PCI Express Gen 3 and OC Genie II, ultimate stability with certified Military Class II components and an extreme user-friendly Click BIOS II interface both in Windows and in the UEFI BIOS.

If you want to own the highest specification, components and the most superior performance and technology, the best choice is MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3).

The world's 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Mainboard – unparalleled performance
With the Z68A-GD80 (G3) MSI introduces the world's first PCI Express Gen 3 mainboard. With ultra-high 32GB/s transfer bandwidth, PCI Express Gen 3 is 200% faster than PCI Express Gen 2. This allows the MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) to process huge amounts of data and information, maximizing the performance of AMD CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU solutions. MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) is backwards compatible with all the devices with PCI Express 2.0 or older devices already available on the market and enhances their performance considerably. For example, PCI Express 2.0 SSD devices on MSI Z68-GD80 (G3) mainboards perform 13% faster than on competitors mainboards.

Click BIOS II with unified interface – provides the best experience
As an industry leader of UEFI technology, MSI revolutionizes the industry again with the world's first UEFI BIOS which utilizes a unified graphical interface in both Windows and in the UEFI BIOS, Click BIOS II. Click BIOS II brings the ease of a clear, unified interface with all the benefits of MSI's UEFI interface. This allows both die-hard overclockers or first-time system users to get the maximum out of their system through an easy-to-use Graphical User Interface. This interface supports all traditional input devices like a Keyboard, Mouse or new touch-screen interfaces for the most flexibility.

OC Genie II unleashes total system power
MSI's exclusive OC Genie II provides stunning system performance within a single push of a button and unleash the true performance of CPU, memory and integrated graphics all at once. By maximizing system performance and guaranteeing the most stable condition, it gives users the best benefits in the shortest time. When measuring with industry-standard benchmarking software such as 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage, the results show that OC Genie II boosts 3D game performance up to 145% and hard drive reading speed up to 457% along with Intel Smart Response Technology.

Military Class II brings top quality and stability
MSI has equipped all its Z68 mainboards with the leading-edge Military Class II components. In addition to Hi-c CAPs made out of the rare element Tantalum and the Solid CAPs with a lifespan longer than 10 years, Military Class II includes Super Ferrite Choke (SFC) that provides 30% more power and is 10% more efficient. Military Class II components ensure ultimate stability and performance under any circumstance.

The MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) and Z68A-GD65 (G3) both provide exclusive next generation PCI Express Gen 3 with support for NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX and Virtu smart switchable graphics visual technology as well as MSI exclusive technologies like ClickBIOS II, OC Genie II, Military Class II Standard components. Please contact your local agent or visit MSI official website www.msi.com to get more information about Z68A-GD80 (G3).
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This is good. Lets get the newest ideas into the mainstream as soon as possible.

Went to the USA MSI site and they haven't loaded any further info on these two mainboards yet. But the global site has the information. HERE IT IS

I wonder if this PCI-E bus has more bandwidth (to go with the speed improvements) than the 2.0 spec boards do?

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Faster is good, 200% faster is remarkable. I would like to see some benchmarks that compare and confirm these speeds. Imagine all the time saved if program loading was just reduced by half; might not seem like much but it all adds up and I could be using that time to learn a new language....or grab a stout and play some games.

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Any increase in data throughput is always welcome in my book.

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Would be great....if GPUs bottlenecked the 2nd gen bandwidth.

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this makes me soo excited for future pci-based SSD's

gorgeous mobo, i love my MSI, still confused though on the placement for the CMOS battery- better than below the slot i guess (on the GD65)

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MSI FTW! Love you guys :).

Keep up the good work and push more advancements out! :D

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Thats gonna be a big step up in potential for speed for PCIE Hard Drives and SSD's!

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Finally. The first PCI-E 3.0 motherboard is finally making it out into the public.

I'll have to look at performance numbers but let me just say that I am excited that PCI-E 3.0 is finally going to be out to the public, and I'm sure that the PCI-E 3.0 video cards MSI is releasing will take full advantage of PCI-E 3.0.

Less power, more performance, let us all thank MSI for being the first with PCI-E 3.0.

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I don't understand - PCI-e 3 is only supposed to be double the throughput, not 200% faster. Either they meant "100% faster" or "200% as fast". Distressing how a tech company can make an announcement with such flawed content.

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HHM:
Distressing how a tech company can make an announcement with such flawed content.

Yes, distressing stuff,.....we're all losing sleep over this now. Whatever will we do?

Miasma:
They are not also stating Flawed content but false advertisement as they are not the first to announce the first PCI-E 3.0 motherboard

What advertisement are you referring to? We only advertise product when paid.

Are you two having fun picking the fly crap out of the pepper?

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They are not also stating Flawed content but false advertisement as they are not the first to announce the first PCI-E 3.0 motherboard, It was actually Asrock one week ago with their Fatal1ty release

http://legitreviews.com/news/10984/

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This must mean that PCI-E 3 cards are coming soon. WOOHOO

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That is awesome! I was wondering how much longer it would take them as it has been finalized for a little while now. Of course so has SATA ports on a PCI-X 2 Board and USB3 as well, but the amount of the ports on a board for USB3 and SATA3 as well have been pretty limited generally.

Oh and I just got a Beta I have been waiting on since November 2008. I am downloading it now of course this download is huge I cannot say what game as I now have an NSA being FORCEd on me of course.

Anyway; I am as I said glad to see these finally hitting. I wonder when they will start being released in mass by all the other manufacturers. Hopefully this means that will be by late summer/early fall school season releases in August/September.

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Guess it's a good thing that I have been waiting to upgrade my system... Probably won't upgrade until X-mas now.  Get a Z-68 board with the PCI-E.  Get a PCI-E SSD Card.  And a new Video Card. And I'll be a happy camper.  

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