MSI Big bang X58 XPower motherboard review [Guru3D.com]

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  1. Guru3D News

    Guru3D News Ancient Guru

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    MSI Big bang X58 XPower motherboard review. We test and review the XPower from MSI. Last month Intel added a new processor in the line-up the ever so strong Core i7 980 Extreme six-core processor. Seriously...

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  2. davido6

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    wicked review love the lay out and the oc genie but kinder only thing i really seen is that the amd chip keeps up with this and cost 2x as cheap in games but so much cheaper way to go at my res
     
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    Good alternative to the asus r3e. Not supporting quad-sli is a real downer
     
  4. silenthill

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    Now we have seen the CPU performance on this big motherboard, I think I’d like to see how it performs with SLI to compare it to the AUSU R III Ex.
     

  5. Matt26LFC

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    So would SLI be 16x 16x? Tri SLI 16x 8x 8x?
     
  6. Elder III

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    it's sweet, but I'm not spending $300-400 on a mobo - I'd consider it someday if I actually could use all 6 of the PCIE x 16 slots, but basically you are wasting 2-3 of them since Tri SLI is the max you can go (+ PHYSX card maybe...) "/
     
  7. Lane

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    Each time MSI release a new mobo, they success to surprise me, look really nice for OC, will maybe start to consider buy one ...
     
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    That is one awesome review Hilbert!! Thanks for the experience! I need to get one of these for the overclocking competition in june!!
     
  9. GanjaStar

    GanjaStar Maha Guru

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    found a small typo guys. not being mean, just reporting :)

    on page 2

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    MSI specifications are 6 PCIE: Gen2 (2x16, 2x8, 2x4) so if you use 3-way SLI it will be 16, 8, 8 and it does not support 4-way SLI.
     

  11. Waiting4Nehalem

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    Did you not see how high your NB temp went? It was at 107C on page 10!
     
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  12. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Yeah we did. We test outside a chassis (no airflow), on a test bench. This time arround we used LCS for the CPU, not giving any airflow to the NB whatsoever. Once we noticed the temp we placed a fan near the mobo to create some airflow, temps went down quickly (as they should inside a chassis) below 70C.

    Mind you that this occured during a hefty overclock @ 4.5 GHz, not in a default configuration.
     
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    Hey, does anyone know what kind of test bench that is used for the review? It's very clean, I want one!
     
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    I have same problem on my gigabyte, the VTT/QPI is rarely under 60°C when i oc the CPU ... and this is with a fan who blow on it, i don't want to test without the fan
     
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    Ditto! I'm looking for a test bench as well and this one is definitely worth looking into. Identify it, please!
     

  16. douglatins

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    Does this board have 3way sli?
     
  17. IPlayNaked

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    No PCI slots is a killer for me. Looks fantastic otherwise, but not everything is PCI-E yet, not even close.
     
  18. Year

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    i absolutely love MSI mobos, never had a problem with any of them unlike Gigabyte and Asus which is unfortunate, although i simply prefer original intel mobos such as my DX58SO since i do not need all the bells and whistles and they're often the most stable but not exactly the fastest.

    great review, i have to agree about the price it's too much for the average user and the lack of PCI slots can be a problem for some.
     
  19. Maximus7724

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    Again with no FSB overclocking?

    HH, most users have to overclock this way and alot of people that come here are overclockers.
     
  20. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Again with the repetitive remarks ?

    FYI - FSB does noet exsist anymore. We give a darn good indication how much you can OC, the baseclock (your FSB) was OCed to I think 160 something MHz in the review.

    In the end how an end-user decides to OC is his/her choice. We opt for maximum stability and ~4500 MHz on the Core i7 980X -- we'll I can't call that even unimpressive or something. It is a very good indication what you can manage with a board like this.

    It's about finding the right combo with good performance and stability. If you prefer a high baseclock .. that's your call. This board will not be the limitation alright.
     

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