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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
Handbrake
Encoding
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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