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MSI Big Bang XPOWER Intel X58 motherboard review

When testing the MSI Big Bang Motherboard we used a selection of components we know a large portion of our audience will own. We also wanted to select components we know will overclock well later – so we can test the motherboard limits.

Processor: Intel Core i7 920 (default)
Motherboard: MSI Big Bang XPower
Comparison Motherboard: eVGA X58 SLI
Memory: Kingston DDR3 1600 6GB Kit
Monitor: LaCie 730
Cooler: Thermaltake Contac29 Cooler
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB Sata 32MB
Power Supply: Enermax Mod87+ 700W
Graphics: HIS 5870 icooler V Turbo
Chassis: Open Bench configuration

Thermal Diodes
Digital Sound Level Noise Decibel Meter Style 2
Raytek Laser Temp Gun 3i LSRC/MT4 Mini Temp
Keithley Integra 2700

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
Catalyst 10.6
3DMark Vantage
PCMark Vantage
Super Pi
FRAPS Professional
SiSoftware Sandra 2010
Cinebench 11.5
KitGuru Photoshop Benchmark 1(4)
3D Studio Max 2011
Colin McRae Dirt 2
Alien V Predator
Crysis Warhead

All our results are gathered from five individual runs to analyze and remove any possible result abnormalities.

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