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

From left: An additional 6-pin PCIe connector for powering the extra slots, USB 3.0 Internal port, 10 SATA ports (6 from the X79 PCH and 4 from ASMedia 1061)

P1020888 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

Attractive bullet-theme heatsink over the X79 PCH

P1020889 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

This will definitely get you in trouble with airport security…

P1020965 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

Heatsink removed

P1020964 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

PLX PEX8608 (PCIe Gen 2) Switch Chip to service the 2nd, 4th and 6th Slots

P1020979 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

ASMedia ASM1480 PCIe 3.0 compliant switches

P1020905 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

Only the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th slots are PCIe 3.0 capable

P1020943 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

Switches to enable/disable PCIe lanes and buttons to adjust BCLK

P1020892 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

Buttons for Auto OC/Presets and a mandatory PORT-80 POST Code display

P1020890 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

BIOS Toggle Switch

P1020924 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

Hmm… Creative X-Fi?

P1020882 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

Nope, underneath the heatsink is a bog standard Realtek ALC898 Codec

P1020960 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

Intel 82579V and Intel 82574L Gigabit PHYs

P1020942 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

NEC/Renasas D720200AF1 USB 3.0 chips

P1020901 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

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From left: An additional 6-pin PCIe connector for powering the extra slots, USB 3.0 Internal port, 10 SATA ports (6 from the X79 PCH and 4 from ASMedia 1061)

P1020888 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

Attractive bullet-theme heatsink over the X79 PCH

P1020889 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

This will definitely get you in trouble with airport security…

P1020965 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

Heatsink removed

P1020964 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

PLX PEX8608 (PCIe Gen 2) Switch Chip to service the 2nd, 4th and 6th Slots

P1020979 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

ASMedia ASM1480 PCIe 3.0 compliant switches

P1020905 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

Only the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th slots are PCIe 3.0 capable

P1020943 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

Switches to enable/disable PCIe lanes and buttons to adjust BCLK

P1020892 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

Buttons for Auto OC/Presets and a mandatory PORT-80 POST Code display

P1020890 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

BIOS Toggle Switch

P1020924 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

Hmm… Creative X-Fi?

P1020882 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

Nope, underneath the heatsink is a bog standard Realtek ALC898 Codec

P1020960 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

Intel 82579V and Intel 82574L Gigabit PHYs

P1020942 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

 

NEC/Renasas D720200AF1 USB 3.0 chips

P1020901 First Looks: MSI Big Bang XPower II (X79) Motherboard

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