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MSI announces its Big Bang Xpower II motherboard

More powerful than ever
Tue Jan 03 2012, 11:16

TAIWANESE PC MAKER Micro-Star International (MSI) has announced its Big Bang Xpower II motherboard that uses the Intel X79 chipset.

The motherboard is the latest X79 based motherboard from MSI and is aimed at those who enjoy overclocking. The firm describes the component as its "most powerful mainboard to date".

MSI Big Bang Xpower II Motherboard

MSI said, "Built on the legacy of the world-record holding Big Bang-XPower, it promises equally impressive results for both CPU and graphics card overclocking."

"To leave no doubt about the class-leading performance, the Big Bang-XPower II is built with MSI's Military Class III components like DrMOS II, Super Ferrite Choke, Hi-c CAP and Solid CAP to ensure the best overclocking power, efficiency and lifetime."

As well as the Intel X79 chipset the Xpower II has an Intel LGA2011 socket and support for a whopping 128GB of RAM thanks to eight DIMM sockets. It also has seven PCI-Express slots with support for four-way AMD Crossfire and Nvidia SLI technology, three of which are PCI-E 3.0.

Other specifications include a total of eight SATA ports and 10 USB ports, four of which are USB 3.0. There are even some bullets on the mainboard to lure the first person shooter players.

MSI's first line of X79 motherboards, the GD series, were announced in November last year. MSI told us the board will retail for around £310 and should tip up later this month. µ


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