Thursday, January 28th 2010

MSI Readies Big Bang XPower X58 Motherboard

MSI seems to be almost ready with a new high-end motherboard for the socket LGA-1366 Intel Core i7 platform. The new MSI Big Bang XPower motherboard is based on the usual Intel X58 Express + ICH10R chipset, and offers six PCI-Express x16 slots, which which it can support CrossFireX, SLI, and still have room for dedicated PhysX accelerators or other PCI-E devices. The XPower also features support for SATA 6 Gb/s and USB 3.0 using additional controllers.

The CPU is powered by a 16-phase DrMOS PWM, which draws power from two 8-pin power connectors. It makes use of High-C capacitors for higher durability. An additional 6-pin PCI-Express power input adds electrical stability to the PCI-Express x16 slots. The socket is wired to six DDR3 DIMM slots for triple-channel memory support, which are powered by a 3-phase VRM.
Audio is spun off to a "Quantum Wave Audio Card", which sits on the lone PCI-Express x1 slot, gives out 7.1 ch audio, and supports THX TruStudio PC Suite and EAX 5.0 HD. There are two gigabit Ethernet interfaces, two USB 3.0 and a number of USB 2.0 ports, and FireWire, along with two power eSATA ports. The ICH10R gives out six internal SATA 3 Gb/s ports, while an additional controller gives out two SATA 6 Gb/s ones. The XPower supports MSI's OC Genie and Easy Switch overclocking features. As mentioned earlier, the board is just almost ready, it doesn't seem to have been pictured with its final chipset-VRM cooling. MSI expects it to be released by March. The way its product roadmap is designed also gives us the indication that there could be something even better than this in the works by MSI.

Source: VR-Zone
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41 Comments on MSI Readies Big Bang XPower X58 Motherboard

#1
steelkane
Over the years I've bought many different MB,, asus has been the top RMA board for me. Any board is hit or miss. msi is stepping up there game.
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#2
TIGR
It's pointless to speculate on the chipset cooling until we see a final production model and get some tests done on it. The X58 certainly can get hot with a heavy PCI-Express load, despite the memory controller being on the CPU.

It's also pointless to choose a board based on brand alone. I've seen terrible Asus boards and a couple awesome Foxconns. Brand means something but choose a board for its particular model, not its brand.
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#3
Initialised
jjFarking said:
OMG. I hope those DIP switches aren't a sign of things to come..
Bring on the Old School Overclocking!
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#4
PP Mguire
Lets not and say we never even gave it a thought.
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#5
INSTG8R
Hmm well seeing as my personal MoBo fave is now dead(Abit) This looks like not a bad choice for my next upgrade I have been avoiding for lack of something that piques my interest. Never been a fan of Asus and Gigabyte have burned me in the past(not too mention I have no love for their BIOS's in the OC dept.) so MSI look like they may have my interest.
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#6
Hunt3r
INSTG8R said:
Hmm well seeing as my personal MoBo fave is now dead(Abit) This looks like not a bad choice for my next upgrade I have been avoiding for lack of something that piques my interest. Never been a fan of Asus and Gigabyte have burned me in the past(not too mention I have no love for their BIOS's in the OC dept.) so MSI look like they may have my interest.
And like DFI?
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#7
shevanel
i will never buy a msi board again... simply for the customer service i recieved from them.

this board does look nice and i hope its of better quality.. they seem to want to offer the enthisiast all they want but they need to work on their customer service and QA
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#8
majestic12
Those heatsinks that are on the prototype look identical to the ones on the Pro-E and my X58M. As long as the thermal paste is decent, the temperatures are suprisingly acceptable (the ICH10R chipset on mine hovers in the upper 40's to lower 50's at load). I'm confident the final product will be cooler.

MSI has been hit or miss with my experience. Their best stuff has been their video cards -especially the twin frozr designs. I've gone through two of their motherboards and although one was a lemon, I would be happy to buy another one of their motherboards if they continue making good products for great prices... -I feel they've really got some snazzy motherboards as of late. This thing will definitely cater to those who want stable juice with a nice overvolt.
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#9
xrealm20
MSI seems to have been coming out with a bunch of quality boards recently, let's hope they can keep the quality up.
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#10
Hunt3r
xrealm20 said:
MSI seems to have been coming out with a bunch of quality boards recently, let's hope they can keep the quality up.
MSI is now one of the best brands in the area of hardware
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#11
Meizuman
Would this be the first mobo with decent on board sound card...?
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#12
Hayder_Master
sorry is anyone now use a word "big bang" as something new now
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#13
popswala
Pretty sweet

Its lookin sweet. I've never had a problem w/ an MSI board. That's all I stick with. Yea, sometimes u do get a dud but u can't down them cause of that.

It sure is nice seeing them away from there ugly board colors. I wanna see green instead of blue. All u see is blue or red. Kinda throws off ur color scheme if ur doing one.
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btarunr said:
Please read the article.
I did...
I'm not talking about the VRM cooler, I'm talking about the X58 -ICH chipset cooling, unless thats what you meant in the first post. ;)
The chipset cooling doesnt seem to be adequate. Im aware that the VRM coolers have not been added yet.
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btarunr
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roast said:
I did...
I'm not talking about the VRM cooler, I'm talking about the X58 -ICH chipset cooling, unless thats what you meant in the first post. ;)
The chipset cooling doesnt seem to be adequate. Im aware that the VRM coolers have not been added yet.
No you didn't. Article said:
it doesn't seem to have been pictured with its final chipset-VRM cooling
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btarunr said:
No you didn't. Article said:

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And I had assumed that had just been regarding the VRM cooling part. ;)
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