MSI X79 Big Bang XPower II review -
Alright let's take a closer look at the product as tested today - first and foremost, above the packing. Clean dark looks.
Included in the box next to the XL-ATX (34.5 x 26.4 cm) sized motherboard you'll find the defaults like SATA cables, multiple SLI connectors which can be used forup-to 4-way SLI, eSATA brackets, USB 3.0 dual port header bracket and, plate manuals and driver CD.
Rear IO connectivity:
- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
- 1 x Clear CMOS button
- 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
- 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
- 2 x RJ-45 port (Intel 82579V and Intel 82574L Gigabit Ethernet)
- 1 x Firewire
- 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
- 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
- 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Side Speaker Out, Line In, Mic In, Line Out)
And the button to the left is a Clear CMOS button. Overall a nicely tucked full back panel. We'd have liked to see integrated WIFI anno 2012 in high-end motherboards though.
MSI today launches their Big Bang XPower II motherboard, we review and test it. A military themed motherboard for which they took the Intel Sandy Bridge-E chipset called X79, then they started designing a motherboard that will knock you of your feet once you place your first glimpse on it.