P1020933 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

One of the most belated X79 motherboard has finally arrived in our labs! MSI's Big Bang-XPower II (MS-7737) is a military themed and feature packed monster, designed to be the ultimate board for both extreme overclockers and gamers. We take a first look before our full review next month…

Front of what is a VERY glossy and rainbow coloured box

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Back End

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MSI Big Bang-XPower II (X79) Motherboard – XL-ATX, 7 PCIe slots, 8 DIMMs

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Back of motherboard. Notice the solder points of the PCIe slots – only the 1st and 5th slot will get full x16 PCIe lanes connectivity, while the rest get x8 lanes

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I/O Panel – PS/2 port, 6 USB 2.0, 4 USB 3.0 (NEC D720200AF1), Firewire-800 (VIA VT6315N), Dual Gigabit LAN (Intel 82579V and Intel 82574L) and 7.1 Channel Audio Ports (more on this later)

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Documentation and O/C Guide

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SLi bridges, SATA Cables, Extenders for voltage monitoring and other common stuff

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