MSI has done a really nice job with the Big Bang XPower II motherboard and the Big Bang name is really well deserved. It doesn't matter if you're just looking for a quality motherboard to game on or something to do some real overclocking on, the Big Bang XPower II clearly caters to a huge audience.
If you skipped through the initial text on the first few pages then it's worth knowing that this is an XL-ATX motherboard. That means it's bigger than your standard full size ATX motherboards and requires a case that supports the format.
Our Lian Li T60 testbed doesn't actually support XL-ATX and for that reason we had to get a bit ghetto with the installation of the motherboard. Like we mentioned earlier, it's something that is important to note as not having the ability to install your brand new motherboard because your case doesn't support a motherboard this size would be extremely disappointing.
Overall, though, the Big Bang XPower II is just a really nice motherboard. The Gatling gun and ammo clip might be a bit too much for some of the older people out there, but I wouldn't let it turn you off too much. The black and gold color scheme does overall look really nice, too.
Support for massive four way video card setups is really cool and we've got more extra power connectors then you can poke a Corsair AX1200 at. If you want to get serious with your setup, MSI really does allow it here.
Outside of the board, though, we've also got a massive bundle which comes with just a bucketload of extras that also help make the board stand out. The MSI Big Bang XPower II just ticks all the boxes and while at $389.99 it's not cheap, considering what's on offer, that doesn't come as a shock to us. From a value perspective, it's still there thanks to everything that is on offer.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [The Motherboard]
- Page 3 [The Motherboard Continued]
- Page 4 [BIOS]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and Overclocking]
- Page 6 [CPU Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [USB 2.0 and 3.0 Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [SSD Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Memory Benchmarks]
- Page 11 [Gaming Benchmarks]
- Page 12 [Temperature and Power]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]