|RAM||DDR3 2400;DDR3 2133;DDR3 1066;DDR3 1333;DDR3 1600|
MSI LGA2011/ Intel X79/ DDR3/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&2GbE/ XL-ATX Motherboard BIG BANG-XPOWER II
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- Supports 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 Processors
- Chipset: Intel X79
- Memory: 8x DDR3-2400(OC)/2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 DIMM Slots, Quad Channel, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 128GB
- Slots: 4x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (three run at x8), 3x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Slots (run at x1)
- SATA: 4x SATA2 Ports, Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10; 6x SATA3 Ports, Two Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
- Ports: 10x USB 2.0 Ports (6 rear, 4 via headers), 6x USB 3.0 Ports (4 rear, 2 via header), 1x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Port, 1x Optical SPDIFOut, 1x Coaxial SPDIFOut, 2x IEEE1394 Ports (1 rear, 1 via header), 2x RJ45 LAN Ports, Audio I/O jacks
- Power Connector: 1x 24pin ATX Power Connector, 2x 8pin ATX 12V Power Connectors
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-Very well packaged, it would take allot of work even for UPS or FedEx to damage it
-Nice layout, slots are well placed with good separation
-Plenty of expansion for RAM, PCIe and SATA
-MILSPEC Themed Heatsinks match my explosive, yet controlled personality
-Color scheme of the main board looks great in a flat black chassis
Areas for Improvement
-Only 1 USB 3.0 & 2 USB 2.0 headers (thank goodness for the NZXT UI01)
-Onboard HD Audio doesn't compare to a separate quality sound card
The minor shortfalls of this mobo are easily mitigated with a simple device like the UI01 to add more internal USBs (if necessary) and the addition of a quality Sound Card, which most enthusiasts would install anyways. In comparison, the strengths of this mobo are not easily mitigated on the mobo's that fall short of the Xpower II's features. So, if you want a rock solid LGA2011 x79 mobo with extensive expandability and backed by an equally impressive company; then you've found the moboload.
MSi's customer service is top notch; they're responsive and will thoroughly address any tech questions you may have. I called them twice to obtain clarification on a couple of tech inquiries and they were very professional and helpful.
Then it happened....it powered up but beeped incessantly (six beeps, restart...six beeps...restart). This was not in the manual, so I am at a loss. I double check the memory placement and discover that it is incorrect, so I place it correctly. Easy! Still wont boot...but now I get no beeps and constant restarts. LED display shows error 67, which ends up being a Late CPU Initialization. So I try to contact support, who will not talk to me without the serial number. But the online system will not accept my registration, stating that it was not a valid serial number (was I sold a knock off?!?!). So I call them, but they are only open Monday thru Thursday and it is Saturday....and I work on weekdays, so there goes EVER getting ahold of support. Now, like any IT guy, I use google to find possible fixes.
I reseat the CPU (resulting the using more thermal paste and possible bent pins), reseat the ram, disconnect all devices, clear the CMOS, etc. No luck, still error 67, although once I got an error 60 instead....which is the same fault. I cannot even get into the BIOS. Finally I find a post about how to trick the board just to get the BIOS running. I had to remove the RAM and place one stick in DIMM4 (Zone B, really?!?!). But holy crap it worked!Read more ›
Pros: Tossed it all together and it worked. I haven't had a single crash and it's been running for about 38 days now. Windows 8 64bit. No complaints yet.
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