MSI Big Bang XPower review

MSI's motherboard has astronomical power

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Our Verdict

A glorious spec list for a high price, but not an unreasonable one. An enthusiast's dream.


  • Top notch build quality
  • Excellent spec sheet
  • Surprisingly good price


  • No quad SLI

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.

MSI did that and a whole lot more, and launched the mighty MSI Big Bang XPower, a board with a spec sheet that lives up to the billing its name gives it.

The feature list for the Big Bang XPower makes for impressive reading; high end components in the power delivery (something MSI call 'Military Class') system, six DIMM slots supporting up to 24GB of triple-channel DDR3 memory, dual Gigabit Ethernet, six PCI-E slots (two x16, two x8, two x4 speeds), advanced Quantum Wave audio and more overclocking features than you can wave a stick at, including MSI's OC Dashboard, an external device for monitoring and tweaking settings on the Big Bang XPower.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelX58 Express
Multi GPU SupportedCrossFireX, SLI
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots2
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket B LGA-1366
Brand NameMSI
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i7
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory24 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots6
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces10
QuickPath Interconnect6.40 GT/s
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots7
Network (RJ-45)Yes
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Total Number of USB Ports7
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports2
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports2
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
Total Number of PCI Express Slots7
Processor TechnologyEnhanced SpeedStep Technology
Width244 mm
Depth305 mm
ManufacturerMicro-Star International Co., Ltd
Product ModelXPower
Product NameBig Bang XPower Desktop Motherboard
Product LineBig Bang
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part NumberBIG BANG XPOWER
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The XPower Series mainboards are based on Intel X58 & ICH10R chipsets for optimal system efficiency. Designed to fit the advanced Intel Bloomfield LGA1366 processor, the XPower Series deliver a high performance and professional desktop platform solution.

Limited Warranty3 Year