We are now able to find out what kind of power is being used by our test system and the associated graphics cards installed. Keep in mind; it tests the complete system (minus LCD monitor, which is plugged directly into an AC wall socket).
Ok, the Big Bang Marshal is not a power friendly motherboard. Even the stock power draw is quite high. It is right up there with some of the overclocked boards. Now, when we did overclock, that put things way over the top.
As a new measure, we are now monitoring the heat generation from the key components on the motherboard; this being the Northbridge, Southbridge (if it contains one) as well as the Mosfets around the CPU. The results are recorded at idle and load during the power consumption tests.
Heat generation was a little better as the cooling on the board kicked in and kept things under control. Of course, if you are considering this board, you will want to make sure you have good cooling in your case choice.
The Big Bang Marshal is a nice board. I like the layout and the overall design. The choice of capacitors, chokes and regulators are outstanding. I was able to push quite a bit of power into the i7 2600K and hit our current high point of 4.9GHz. We also like the new software suite that MSI is bundling with the board. It is well thought out and put together. We still have an issue with the OC Dashboard; sorry, but it looks cheap and after the initial fun of playing with it, we disconnected it and put it back in the box.
For general usage the Big Bang Marshal is a great choice as it has solid memory and HDD performance. For the gamers out there, you will not be disappointed in the Marshal's performance either. It has good audio quality and the board level performance with the right GPU will keep you happy with almost any game. The price is a little much at $399.99 from Newegg.com, but realistically, if you are looking for a top of the line board then you can expect to pay a top of the line price as well.
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