Excerpt: One look at the Big Bang-XPower’s row of six x16 physical PCI-E slots tells you the board is special. PCI? Feh, who the hell needs that in 2010? MSI has now also adopted the one-clip DIMM slots that let you easily remove RAM without having to pull out the GPU first. The board also includes a somewhat nifty wired remote to monitor system vitals and perform an overclock. Unfortunately, we found the OC Dashboard a bit buggy.
Pros: Clean layout; audio riser card; LED's can be switched off; cool surface mount power buttons.
Cons: Flaky OC Dashboard controller; SATA 6 ports poorly aligned.
Conclusion: Performance Summary: There's not a ton to say about the Big Bang's benchmark results—it performs exactly like an X58 motherboard should. If we widen this to include its power consumption, integrated audio, and additional features, this motherboard stands out more clearly. The XPower delivers on its promises, as long as you remember that some of its features are only useful to a small niche' of enthusiasts.
Pros: Excellent overclocking, Competitive Price, Lower Power Consumption
Cons: Some features only benefit tiny fringe of enthusiasts, OC Dashboard Breakout Box Feels Cheap
Summary: The MSI Big Bang XPower is an great board - nice design, good looks, and unbelievable performance. MSI really outdid themselves with this board, the blue and black design and black chrome style heat sinks and CPU cage make for a sharp looking board. Moving the audio components in to a riser card also was a wise decision, opening up more space for the plethora of integrated components.
Summary: The XPower is the newest member of the MSI Big Bang series of products, touting support for the latest generation of Intel processors as well as SATA 6G and USB 3.0 devices. With the amount of quality and features MSI poured in to this board, the XPower is almost assured to be a winner.
Summary: It’s refreshing to see a product walk through our doors and actually be worth every penny. The overclocking capability is fantastic. The board practically begs to be overclocked. You can pick up this beauty for around $300, which is right in line with other enthusiast boards. The BIOS needs a little polishing, but MSI is working diligently on this. Will you ever use 6 graphics cars at once? Probably not, but it’s nice to know you have the option to.
Summary: The MSI Big Bang XPower is the eighth X58 motherboard I've owned. The first seven ranged from econo class (if you can consider any X58 board an economy board) to deluxe class. Some boards had nicer features than others, some had nicer accessory bundles, the last few had USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s. But none of these boards stood out from the others. If I'm not mistaken, I ended up getting the same max overclock on my processor on each one.
Excerpt: Since the first introduction of the MSI Big Bang branding, the company that was once a meager also ran changed directions and decided they wanted to try and become a leader in the world of motherboards and components. After some initial confusion about what Big Bang really was, MSI released the Trinergy motherboard that was among the first and only to bring true 3-Way SLI support to the Lynnfield/P55 platform by integrating an NVIDIA nForce 200 chip on the board along...
Excerpt: When Intel unleashed the six-cored Core i7-980 Extreme a while back, a few motherboard manufacturers took the opportunity to go away and refresh some of their X58-based motherboards, adding in the latest technologies, such as SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 in the process.
Excerpt: 4 Flares 4 Flares × 2010 has been a strong year for MSI so far. They have been releasing some amazing products, such as the R5870 Lightning which not only scored very highly on KitGuru but left us feeling that it was one of the best video cards ever made.
Conclusion: MSI Big Bang - XPower to doskonałej jakości płyta główna z podstawką LGA1366 dla procesorów Intel Core i7 serii 900. Wyposażono ją w bardzo dużą liczbę gniazd i złącz oraz zbudowano z najwyższej jakości komponentów. Płyta sprawdzi się znakomicie jako podstawa bardzo wydajnego komputera, platforma do budowy systemu graficznego z kilku kart oraz platforma do podkręcania.
Pros: duża liczba gniazd i złącz, wysoka jakość komponentów, ogromne możliwości