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MSI Big Bang-XPower II X79 Motherboard
  

MSI Big Bang-XPower II X79 is an other additions is the high end Big Bang series motherboard. X79 is a bigger board with more performance and output support. You can demand more here. If you are a core overclocker or likes to play high end games via multi gpu select then this board can be your proper choice. XPower II X79 is a high end board made for powerful performance and gaming experience. Equipped with powerful DrMOS II chips powered by Hybrid Digital PWM gives you the best multiple gpu output. You can tryout 4Way sli setup on the same with maximum gain. You might be wondering what is new in this board in comparison to other. The board is built on military class components. Military class means more durable components which can be found hardly in other boards. This are used and fitted to the board which directly gives more power to other attached hardware like gpu/cpu. With unique DrMOS II chips the board is capable of handling high temperature. This are highly efficient semiconductors. The board is well built for overclocking and putting your system at the edge of performance. It can be deal with the temperature fluctuation on your board, and the supports bios give you optimum control to regulate it. With support of 770 Watt of power the board is just awesome enough to deal with high overclocking ration. It offers seven full-size PCI Express slots. There is also a 22-phase power supply and in terms of design. The cooling support provided on the board by default is good enough. But for more output you can invest on better model. Below is a glimpse of special highlight of MSI Big Bang-XPower II X79.
  • 770W DrMOS II Powered Hybrid Digital PWM
  • 4-Way NVIDIA SLI & AMD QuadFire graphics
  • Built for Extreme overclocking
The board is really big enough in comparison to other boards. It does not means it will not fit on full size ATX cabinet. You will just need to make some minor adjustment. With 7 PCIe slots you can just imagine what the board can do. Though it is a kind of high investment for getting all that stuff fixed on the same board. It is recommended that you must have a look on the ATX specs of your existing case before getting the board. You might face issue while fixing this out. And if you had lots of stuff like multiple gpus or drives or liquid cooling them the management is mess. So all in all good when you are going to upgrade fully or purchasing a new system. Other than MSI has given many options which can help overclockers to choose the way they want to overclock. There are fixed voltage points and profile which can make the job easier. Other than this it offers you 10 Sata ports with speed of 6Gbps. The board also has usb 3.0 to give you high data transfer rate. At front panel you can have usb 3.0 support. Till today there are devices which are not yet fully converted to usb 3.0 but surely in coming time this will be opted by each and every manufacturer. This will dead of usb 2.0 like ps2 ports. MSI Big Bang-XPower II X79 Bios comes with many default options. This option allows an overclocker to perform overclocking as per the need. This time MSI has given special option to make this process better. The Turbo on board also manages the cpu clock ration on the base of settings.

Overclocking on MSI Big Bang-XPower II X79 is made easier by Turbo enhance options which is done from the bios itself. You can simply set the speed you want. But you must not forget that overclocking can cause loss of warranty. Till today manufacturers had not taken overclocking under their warranty policy. The options that are set in the bios for overclocking can work to some extent. That does not means you can overclock the cpu to full rate. Having a first look on the board gives you a glimpse of rock solid black boards with bullets fitted on it. MSI has given a nice look to the board which surely described in the name. This board has a kind of updated network interface. This is the lan connection which you are going to used. There are now two lan ports on the board. Surely adding two extensions can add some more to the board cost. Some the features like this make this board the most unique model. With two lan ports interface you can play network games with lowest latency. Talking about the bios, there is nothing much to learn. It is simple and easy to understand. At start try to work with the default settings only.


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Features :
  • Military Class III: Top Quality & Stability
  • PCI Express Gen 3: World's 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Mainboard Brand
  • Click BIOS II: World's 1st Unified UEFI & Software Graphical Interface / M-Flash
  • OC Genie II: Overclock in 1 Second. 4.0GHz default frequency for 2nd generation Intel Core i7
  • Supports USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s
  • MSI ClickBIOS II - Graphical User Interface, with touchscreen support
  • NVIDIA SLI - nForce SLI MCP / AMD CrossFire
  • Gaming Device Port
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 / Lossless 24-bit/192KHz HD Audio
  • Super Charger
  • Winki 3 OS support
  • 3TB+ Infinity
  • Superpipe - 8mm full copper heat-pipe
Specification :
  • Socket - 2011
  • CPU (Max Support) - i7
  • FSB/BCLK/Hyper Transport Bus - 100MHz
  • Chipset - Intel X79
  • DDR3 Memory - DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2133*/2400*(OC)
  • Memory Channel - Quad
  • DIMM Slots - 8
  • Max Memory (GB) - 128
  • 7x PCI-Ex16
  • PCI-E Gen - Gen3 (16, 8, 8, 8), Gen2 (1, 1, 1)
  • 6x SATAIII
  • 4x SATAII
  • RAID - 0/1/5/10
  • LAN - 10/100/1000*2
  • USB 3.0 ports (Rear) - 4
  • USB 2.0 ports (Rear) - 6
  • Audio ports (Rear) - 6+Coaxial / Optical SPDIF
  • 1394 ports (Rear) - 1
  • Form Factor - XL-ATX
  • DrMOS / APS / SLI / 3-way SLI / 4-way SLI / CrossFire

The Layout and Connectivity

Talking about the layout you can see in the image that the board has lot more connections than traditional one. It is bigger and better. The board has more support for PCIe cards and additional sata ports also. It supports liquid cooling also with 12v connectors for the heatsink. At a time you can add upto eight memory stick on the board. This will not affect the cpu and cooler arrangement. There are some changes done on the motherboard related to the power buttons. You can get through the manual to find the location if you are assembling your own system. PCI Express 3.0 Along with the release of X79 motherboards, MSI also offers PCI Express 3.0 expansion slots. In this case, one finds four of the slots that can handle twice as much bandwidth as PCI Express 2.0. OC Genie II OC Genie II allows automatic overclocking of the processor and the memory without compromising consequences in terms of stability has to be accepted. Enables the user OC Genie II, the CPU is overclocked to 4.0 GHz automatically APS Active Phase Switching (APS), based on an intelligent power design. For this reason, the idea is that phase of the power supply be turned off automatically if they are not needed. In addition, the voltage applied to the CPU load is constantly monitored and the number of active phases of the load is adjusted. This trick can ultimately save energy. Direct OC by pressing the + / buttons, the user can simultaneously adjust the CPU frequency. This is possible as well as outside the BIOS to overclock even outside Windows.

Like many other manufacturers, MSI uses a digital power supply. Officially supported is DDR3, and the following clock rates to be specified - if the integrated memory controller and the CPU, this can really help: DDR3 2400 (OC) / 2133 (OC) / 1866/1600/1333 / 1066th The total capacity is - if all slots populated with 8 gigabytes of modules - 64 gigabytes. MSI positioned the DIMM slots sufficiently far away from the CPU socket. Thus, even generously sized coolers are installed. A total of ten can be found on this board angled SATA ports that are located below the DIMM slots. Thus, should any high-end gaming PCs, as well as systems with sufficient disk drives can be provided. Furthermore, even practical installed onboard power and reset buttons, which you can find the power button on the right edge of the board and the reset button was attached to the bottom board. Further, there is also a debug LED. The MSI Big Bang Xpower II were donated a total of six fan headers, which is more than sufficient to provide a mid-or high-end system with fresh air. These were placed around the CPU socket and the bottom edge of the motherboard. Regarding external ports directly on the back panel has the MSI Big Bang Xpower II has four USB 3.0/2.0 ports, six USB 2.0/1.1 ports, a FireWire port, two Intel Gigabit Ethernet ports, an analog audio panel and an optical audio connector. Further, there is also a BIOS reset button. The motherboard MSI Big Bang XPower II is based on the Intel LGA 2011 and is compatible with Intel SandyBridge-E. The motherboard MSI Big Bang XPower II is based on the Intel LGA 2011 and is compatible with Intel SandyBridge-E.

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Conclusion

The Big Bang II Xpower the new high-end gaming and overclocking motherboard from MSI Intel's X79 chipset. Military Class III features MSI uses about Hi-C CAPS, Solid CAPs SFCs and only components that compose the MIL-STD-810G certification. This demonstrates the manufacturer's determination to block only high quality components. The XL-ATX form factor is again significantly larger than eATX and even unusual, if days off and then wraps up motherboards. It also supports PCI Express 3.0 on this board. In terms of overclocking, it offers points of voltage measurement processor, chipset and RAM for multimeter, the Multi-BIOS II, including in this case three chips with a removable. A BIOS switch button, an automatic overclocking button, reset button settings, but especially the buttons on the fly modification of the base frequency of the processor in 0.1 MHz. All in all this board is great for overclockers. If you are looking for high end motherboard for your gaming pc then this can be the proper choice.
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