MSI Big Bang XPower Review: X58, Military Style

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MSI has gone out of its way to outfit the XPower's hardware--let's see how well the BIOS matches.

MSI's main BIOS page, integrated peripherals, and advanced BIOS features are all bog standard. AHCI modes, USB 3.0, and SATA 6G are all controlled from here.

 



MSI's hardware monitor, CPU feature set, and DIMM SPD information are all well-executed. We particularly like the inclusion of the detailed SPD data--it's easy to retrieve information if you're fine-tuning OC settings or have forgotten exactly what sort of RAM you have installed.



The various CPU adjustable features. VDroop can have a significant impact on motherboard power consumption, as we'll discuss a bit later. Also, be wary of the [Link] option--even unlinked, the Uncore's clockspeed needs to be at least twice as fast as main memory.

 


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