MSI debuts the Mammoth Big Bang II X79 motherboard
Ryan Martin / 5 years ago
MSI has hit back with a vengeance in the X79 market. The Mammoth Big Bang-Xpower II X79 motherboard is challenging the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme in the highest performance desktop platform. As you would expect this motherboard is powered by Intel’s X79 chipset which supports the six core Sandy Bridge-E CPUs. The board has a very complex and sophisticated 22 phase power circuitry supporting a power ouput of up to 770W using Military Class III components (Hi-c CAP, SFC, Solid CAP, DrMOS II).
The board also packs four PCI-E 3.0 lanes and three PCI-E 2.0 lanes all at full physical 16X size. You also get 8 DIMM slots for two pairs of quad channel RAM which supports a total size of 128GB potentially all up to 2400MHz in speed.
MSI’s flagship X79 board also has a SuperPipe-enhanced passive cooling system,, PCIe ‘CeaseFire’ switches, V-check points, a Direct OC button, six SATA 6.0 Gbps and four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet, Realtek ALC892 7.1-channel audio (backed by Creative’s Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 solution), six USB 3.0 ports (four on the back panel, two via a header next to a PCIe power connector), a debug LED, Click BIOS II (UEFI), Multi-BIOS, one FireWire connector, and the Winki 3 instant-on OS.
Although MSI didn’t specify a price the board has been found on a website for pre-order at €431.50.