Mainstream MSI Hydra board in the works

After proudly brandishing a new three-way Hydra driver for its Big Bang Fuzion motherboard earlier this month, motherboard maker MSI now has plans for its first mainstream motherboard to sport a Lucid Hydra chip.

Lucid’s Hydra technology enables gamers to combine the power of two GPUs, regardless of the model and manufacturer. Not only does this mean you can chain two dissimilar ATI or Nvidia cards together, but you can also mix and match Nvidia and ATI GPUs using Lucid’s X-Mode.

Unlike the Intel P55-based Big Bang Fusion, MSI’s new 870A Hydra motherboard is designed for AMD CPUs, and features an AM3 socket.

We’ve been leaked some pictures of the board, which shows that it has two PCI-E graphics slots with the Hydra chip sat between them. This means you can partner an ATI card with an Nvidia card if you want, but you won’t be able to take advantage of the three-way possibilities offered by the new driver.

In addition, the board also features three single-lane PCI-E slots, a single standard PCI slot and the usual count of four DDR3 DIMM slots. According to a leaked presentation that we’ve seen, the motherboard will also feature MSI’s new Unlock CPU Core technology, enabling you to turn some Phenom II X4 CPUs into hexacore CPUs via the BIOS.

According to the presentation, the motherboard will also support the latest interface standards, including USB 3.0 and 6Gb/sec SATA.