MSI Creates Another Big Bang Motherboard

MSI Creates Another Big Bang Motherboard

In the beginning, there was Core i7, but the platform was without form and void. And the hardware Gods said, "Let there be SuperSpeed 3.0," and there was USB 3.0. The hardware Gods saw that USB 3.0 was good and said, "Let there be SATA 6Gb/s," and this too was good. But then the scientists at MSI argued the case for the Big Bang theory, not once, but multiple times, most recently resulting in the Big Bang-XPower. But unlike what you may have heard, the creation of Core i7 and MSI's Big Bang concept were not at odds, but were to be united, and enthusiasts took it upon themselves to be fruitful and multiply clockspeeds and have dominion over the overclocking world.



Or something like that. Religious and scientific overtones aside, the point here is that MSI has announced the latest in their line of Big Bang motherboards, and this one is the best yet. In case we were being too subtle, the Big Bang-XPower is built around Intel's X58 chipset, but includes a number of high end features that will have overclockers and power users salivationg. A 16 Phase DrMOS PWM? It has it. What about Hi-c CAPs and an Icy Choke (a new generation of ferrite choke that features low temperature and longer lifespan)? Check and check. The board also comes with an extra 6-pin power connector to give graphics cards a bit of extra juice, so you can go to town on that those dual-card setups.

Every bit the modern motherboard, you'll also find next-gen amenities like USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s. You can run GPUs from different vendors, shove up to 24GB of RAM into your system and, if you wish, sit back and let the board handle overclocking chores without any user intervention.

It's good to be man.
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Indeed, it is.

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Well written article Paul. MSI has great build components in this motherboard. Should be another winner for the X58 crowd.

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And the ability to run a NVIDIA and an ATI card together (DX11 ones I mean) will be both beneficial and slightly less cheap.

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and fraught with problems.

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3vi1:

and fraught with problems.

Thought it's fraught with alot of problems. The technology behind it is pretty cool.

EDIT: I just realized that the Lucid Hydra technology is not in this motherboard... What a fool I look like for not knowing that.

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I have never had an issue with a MSI product (I own a 3870, and 2 motherboards through my life one still in Sarah's AM2+-3 system), I have not had any issues at all after the drivers were installed, and BIOS updated to the newest.

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MSI was my motherboard of choice for years. Then came the BAD CAPS fiasco and I lost 4 mainboards in 5 months. This, at a time when I couldn't afford to replace them and MSI wouldn't replace them either. I found a company that would replace all of the caps on a board with solids from Japan for almost 80 bucks each and did two of them. They still are working and have been for years, but I'm still pissed off at MSI for not standing by their products, so I don't buy MSI!

Their stuff usually has great features and design too, and that lends value to their name. I just don't forget it easily when I get burned.

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realneil:
I just don't forget it easily when I get burned.

Hehe - sounds just like me.

I haven't had any problems with MSI other than discovering the (IMHO) poor keyboard layout on my wife's laptop.  That one definitely taught me to pay a little more attention and not to just assume companies had progressed beyond making poor design decisions for their primary input device.

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