Conclusion: MSI has hit a home run with their XPower Big Bang X58 motherboard. With support for 6 core Intel CPUs like the Core i7-980X and 970 this board has the ultimate in flexibility options for motherboards in this class. It has six PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots to allow up to four NVIDIA or ATI cards to be used in multi-GPU mode. The board overclocks well with a 3.0GHz Core i7-950 overclocking to a respectable 4GHz on air-cooling.
Conclusion: Adding SATA 6Gb/s and USB3.0 support to an X58 board makes a lot of sense as it future-proofs it for a good deal longer than would otherwise be the case. MSI Big Bang XPower certainly lives up to its name, offering a big bang for an equally big buck. The price tag might scare many but, believe it not, for this money the board is actually quite a bargain.
Excerpt: The MSI XPower series of motherboards is clearly designed to curry favor with overclocking enthusiasts and the high-end gamers Asus has targeted with its Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand. The XPower packs full support for all the latest buzzwords and capabilities, but MSI is also claiming to offer certain unique features that other manufacturers can't match currently.
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 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.
Pros: Top notch build quality, Excellent spec sheet, Surprisingly good price