MSI to Launch Big Bang-XPower II X79 Motherboard

MSI has announced a new motherboard known as the Big Bang-Xpower II, a x79 chipset board that is designed to allow for impressive processor and graphics card overclocking.

The new board will feature DrMOS II, super ferrite chokes, Hi-c and solid capacitors to increase the life of the product as well as leading to very stable electronics, allowing for improved overclocking ability.

To further aide this, MSI purportedly teamed up with "master overclocker" Jon 'Elmor' Sandstöm to provide the features that enthusiasts really look for in a motherboard. Unfortunately the electronics maker didn't go into too much detail about what those features were, but it did say how there was support for 4-way PCI Express Gen 3 graphics, allowing for dual Nvidia SLI and AMD Crossfire configurations. For multi-GPU benchmarking, MSI also made it possible to turn them on and off with PCI Express CeaseFire.

In terms of the thermals, MSI kept it all passive, with black heatsinks on the black PCB aiding the hardcore styling of the board. For serious enthusiasts, MSI also supports 128GB of DDR3, though unless you're using this as some sort of server board this might be a tad overkill.

The full specifications table was also released and can be viewed here.

I reached out to MSI to discuss the release date and pricing. The Big Bang-XPower II X79 is set to be released towards the end of January and is expected to cost around £310 including VAT.