MSI Big Bang XPower II Review

By on January 17, 2012
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Big Bang returning in all its glory.

Good: Competitive performance when overclocked, Easy UEFI BIOS for overclocking & tweaking, Multiple Gen 2.0 & Gen 3.0 PCIe slots, Spacious layout, High-end capacitors
Bad: Need to make sure XL-ATX size is compatible with desired PC case
Price: AED 1,600
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Now let’s take a look at the motherboard itself. As I mentioned earlier, the MSI Big Bang XPower II is an XL-ATX sized motherboard, measuring a cool 34.5cm x 26.4cm. You definitely make sure your tower case supports this size before buying the XPower II, or vice versa.

As you can see, the XL size has made the motherboard really spacious, with ample place for huge air coolers to be installed, leaving enough gap between cooler and the graphics card. The two heatsinks that cover the 22 power phases and most of the Hi-c capacitors are solid black metal for easy heat dissipation.

Throughout this area you’ll also see Solid Ferrite Chokes and Solid capacitors that help regulate voltage to all the components, especially when overclocked, and maintain low temperatures. Finally I’d like to bring your attention to the two 8-pin CPU power ports, enough to provide up to 300W directly to your Sandy Bridge-E processor.

The eight DIMM slots have the capacity to support up to a whopping 128GB of DDR3 RAM running at 2400MHz. XMP profiles are also supported, in addition to creating a dual and quad-channel setup depending on the number of memory sticks you use.

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