MSI Big Bang-XPower

  • MSI Big Bang-XPower
88
Based on 8 scores, 30 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    6
  • Good:
    2
  • Average:
    0
  • Bad:
    0

Pros:

  • Clean layout.
  • Audio riser card.
  • LED's can be switched off.

Cons:

  • Flaky OC Dashboard controller.
  • SATA 6 ports poorly aligned.

Expert reviews and ratings

By X-bit Labs on

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

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

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

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 90

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...

By Maximum PC on 90

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...

By HotHardware on

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

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 90

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...

By OverClock Intelligence Agency on

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...

By TechwareLabs on

It’s refreshing to see a product walk through our doors and actually be worth every penny. The overclocking capability is fantastic. The board practically begs to be overclocked. You can pick up this beauty for around $300, which is right in line...

By Tom's Hardware UK on

Supporting Intel’s highest-performance processors with twice the bandwidth of its mainstream counterpart, the X58 chipset proves the staying power of good ideas. We take a closer look at what makes the latest generation of premium motherboards...

By Pureoverclock on

The MSI Big Bang XPower is a premium LGA1366 motherboard, and enthusiasts will no doubt be looking at it as an option for their next system, particularly if SATA III and USB 3.0 are on the wish list of items. And make no mistake about it, the Big Bang...

By HardwareZone.com on 85

If you had previously thought that X58 motherboards are expensive, we're sure that your impressions have only grown stronger with the ultra premium ones here. These are, in the words of others, trophy boards that often do not justify their cost. Of...

By PCPer on

Under the best idle conditions the MSI Big Bang XPower motherboard doesn't use any more power than our previous Gigabyte X58 motherboard. Under a full load though the overclocked settings and higher voltages did push up power consumption a...

By ComputerPowerUser on 80

MSI loaded the Big Bang-XPower with tons of features, including USB 3.0 and 6Gbps SATA ports. We also liked the Quantum Wave audio card, which delivered a...

By Kitguru.net on 90

A quality product with unparalled overclocking capabilities and support for every featureset on the market. Overclocking is also a cinch.Discuss in our forum over...

By Overclockers Club on

When you get right down to it an X58 based motherboard is going to compare well with just about any other X58 based board on the market, with the scores delivered by each board falling in a very narrow window. That's what we have in the testing of...

By Tom's Hardware on

What did we learn from comparing the fully-loaded BigBang Xpower with the more modest X58 Pro-E? Both are perfect examples for two very different market segments—hardcore enthusiast and solid mainstream. We could have also made this comparison...

By Legit Reviews on

The MSI Big Bang XPower will be a force to be reckoned with. The MSI Big Bang XPower has the features of an Extreme Board at the low price of $299.00, which is a comparable price to many main stream boards!...