Marshal is presented to us in a rather dazzling box. Right in the centre is the illustration of what atheists would identify as a ‘big bang’ explosion. On the front we have a list of technologies that are supported on this motherboard including ATI CrossfireX and NVIDIA SLI. Futuremark’s 3DMark 11 Advanced is included within the bundle to give enthusiasts the opportunity to benchmark their new setup in just a few clicks. Marhsal’s packaging opens out to give you a sneak preview of the board itself and around the back the finer details are listed and broken down. Marshal’s significant features that are listed on the back are: OC Dashboard, 24 Phase DrMOS PWM, 8 x PCI-E x16 slots, Multi-BIOS, PCI-e Ceasefire, Dual 8-pin CPU power.
The lustre of Marshal’s packaging
Features listed on the back
Inside the box we get countless accessories included in the bundle – every possible avenue has been covered. Included you get:
• 2 x USB 3.0 FP Plates
• OC Dashboard Multiple
• SLI bridges
• Voltage cables
• SATA cables
• PCI plate – Molex & eSATA
• I/O plate
• Quick Start Guide
• User manual
Plenty of items within the bundle
With the packaging out of the way we can finally get our first glimpse of the Marshal motherboard. This is one board not to underestimate. The immediate aspect of this board that grabs your attention are the numerous PCI-e slots… 8 in total! If you are looking for a board that will entertain 3-way SLI or 4-way CrossFireX then look no further, Marshal has the capabilities. Marshal’s feature-set is, as you can tell vigorous – offering dual USB3.0 headers, 8 USB3.0 on the I/O and high-end features for enthusiasts that are looking for more – voltage check-points and CeaseFire are there to be taken advantage of. One of the other elements that MSI are pushing with the Big Bang Marshal is the Military Class II and so there are SFC, Hi-c CAPs and Solid CAP components located throughout the motherboard - Especially around the CPU socket. If you are looking for something feature-rich then Marshal appears to have all the options – so let’s delve in and take a closer inspection.
An overview of the MSI Big Bang Marshal