MSI Big Bang XPower review

  • £255

MSI's motherboard has astronomical power

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Cinebench R11.5
Ranking 2.94

X264v2
Pass 1 (avr) 75.003fps
Pass 2 (avr) 26.897fps

X264v3
Pass 1 (avr) 68.860fps
Pass 2 (avr) 26.225fps

Games Performance
(HD5670 / GTX460)
Far Cry 2 
(1280 x 1024 small farm benchmark avr fps)

HD5670 41.29
HD5670 CrossFire 75.75
GTX460 54.31
GTX460 SLI 144.94

Just Cause 2 (1280 x 1024 Dark Tower map)
HD5670 43.69
HD5670 CrossFire 64.90
GTX460 74.31
GTX460 SLI 98.31

USB 3.0 HD Tach
Average Read 65.7MBps
Random Access 16.1ms

SATA 6Gps HD Tach
Average Read 111.4MBps
Random Access 16.7ms

Power (system power measured at wall, peak running Everest burn-in test)
Idle 102 Watts
Peak 220 Watts

Although MSI's Big Bang XPower comes with six PCI-E slots, only the first and fourth slots run at full x16 speeds if you use two cards in a CrossFire or SLI setup.

If you really want to impress your friends, you can fill all six but then the speeds drop to x8 / x4 / x4 / x8 / x4 / x4. To help power all this cards there is a six-pin power connector sitting just above the first PCI-E slot

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
eSATAYes
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 Addresshttp://www.msicomputer.com
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