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

CPU Socket Area – Buyers of this board will (rightfully) get the full 8-DIMMs that the Quad Channel Sandy Bridge-E IMC supports



Renesas 20655 PWM Controller


The mini-gun themed heatsink over the MOSFETs


No sign of any possible accidental electrical shorts here, which we have seen fry CPUs in other boards


Low Temperature Booting Jumper


The 2 EPS 12v connectors give a hint of the board's overclocking pedigree

uP1618, 6+2 Phase Buck Controller


Voltage measuring points for the common things overclocker's care about


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Stay tuned for our full review coming next month!

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