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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)

Attractive bullet-theme heatsink over the X79 PCH

 

This will definitely get you in trouble with airport security…

 

Heatsink removed

 

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

 

ASMedia ASM1480 PCIe 3.0 compliant switches

 

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

 

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

 

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

BIOS Toggle Switch

 

Hmm… Creative X-Fi?

 

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

 

Intel 82579V and Intel 82574L Gigabit PHYs

 

NEC/Renasas D720200AF1 USB 3.0 chips

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