Hardware Asylum Look Back at the MSI X79 Big Bang XPower II Motherboard

Just like we tend to do Throwback Thursday articles that allow us to get nostalgic about certain points in the past on HWBOT, so too do the guys at Hardware Asylum. Dennis Garcia recent shared a post where he revisited one of his absolute favorite motherboards, the MSI X79 Big Bang XPower II. The board was actually Dennis’ motherboard of choice for his quest to qualify for MOA 2012. Here’s a sample of what he has to say about the board:

“For the 2012 MOA I choose to use the MSI 7970 Lighting and X79 Big Bang XPower II. It wasn't a requirement to use such an over the top motherboard however there was a worldwide shortage of MSI X79 motherboards at the time and I really needed one. In the end I bought a rather expensive hardware bundle that included the Big Bang with a vanilla 7970 and Battlefield 3.”

“The motherboard is massive and one of the few using the XL-ATX form factor meaning that the board is quite a bit taller than a standard ATX but, supports 4-way SLI and Crossfire, comes with two 8-pin CPU power sockets, PCI Express power sockets, oversized heatsinks, hardware overclocking controls, voltage test points. some fancy LED activity lights and a ton of other stuff.”

Any happy memories of using this board? If so chime in the forum link below. Read the full post here on Hardware Asylum.


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Taiwan sdougal says:

Any fond memories of this board?

Belgium leeghoofd says:

sadly not so good memories of memory clocking...

United States steponz says:

yeah memories of the bios holder falling off and rendering the board useless.. not even worth the fix lol

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