Audio riser card.
LED's can be switched off.
Cool surface mount power buttons.
Flaky OC Dashboard controller.
SATA 6 ports poorly aligned.
By X-bit Labs on February 23, 2011
MSI XPower mainboard turned out too complex to be given a definite characterization. This is a many-sided product, but not all of its sides are brilliant, unfortunately. To cut the long story short, the board comes in high-quality packaging, is...-
By Ocaholic on December 22, 2010
The MSI Big Bang XPower definitely is a motherboard for PC-enthusiasts and Overclockers. It comes with a huge delivery but also with very good performance. Therefore it's a red hot aspirant for a new gaming-, overclocking- or enthusiasts PC. ...-
By Motherboards.org on November 02, 2010
Intel has showed off their new Sandy Bridge architecture at this month’s Intel’s Developers Forum (IDF) event. This will bring the graphics core to the CPU die integrated versus as a separate package on the die as is on the current Core i5...-
By itreviews.com on October 16, 2010
Adding SATA 6Gb/s and USB3.0 support to an X58 board makes a lot of sense as it future-proofs it for a good deal longer than would otherwise be the case. MSI Big Bang XPower certainly lives up to its name, offering a big bang for an equally big buck....-
By TechRadar on September 24, 2010
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...90
By Maximum PC on September 09, 2010
Did the universe begin with an LGA1366 CPU and MSI's Big Bang? One look at the Big Bang-XPower’s row of six x16 physical PCI-E slots tells you the board is special. PCI? Feh, who the hell needs that in 2010? MSI has now also adopted the...90
By HotHardware on August 16, 2010
There's not a ton to say about the Big Bang's benchmark results—it performs exactly like an X58 motherboard should. If we widen this to include its power consumption, integrated audio, and additional features, this motherboard stands out...-
By HardOCP on August 11, 2010
MSI has built a great performance X58 board in the Big Bang XPower. We liked the Big Bang Trinergy for P55, but MSI has built an incredibly solid motherboard in the XPower. The XPower is one of the best X58 motherboards I have personally used. It is...-
By HardwareHeaven on July 29, 2010
Unfortunately their board design does feature a few aspects which could have been better thought out, many of which are no doubt due to a slight lack of experience with ultra-high end devices. The inclusion of a PCIe 1x audio card and dual GB LAN are...90
By OverClock Intelligence Agency on July 26, 2010
The MSI Big Bang XPower is the eighth X58 motherboard I've owned. The first seven ranged from econo class (if you can consider any X58 board an economy board) to deluxe class. Some boards had nicer features than others, some had nicer accessory...-