Vin Diesel and the Fast and the Furious movie franchise helped popularize tricked out Civics and other modded imports, and maybe it was only a matter of time before it became vogue to sell motherboards sporting over-the-top eye candy. MSI continues with the aggressive motherboard theme that's become all the rage lately, but a peek at the company's new Big Bang XPower II mobo is all it takes to understand there's a serious board underneath all the fluff.
It starts with a 22-phase PWM design and continues with four-way Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossFire support. Anticipating that users are going to load this thing up, MSI equipped the XPower II with Hybrid Digital Power, dual 8-pin CPU and single 6-pin VGA power connectors. and of course the company's much touted Military Class II components.
The CPU socket is flanked by four DDR3 DIMM slots on each side for a total of eight slots with support for up to a mind boggling (and wallet busting) 128GB of RAM. But this board is really aimed at overclockers and includes plenty of amenities to help push components past their rated specs, including convenient V-Check Points to read voltages, a Direct OC button to fine tune the CPU BCLK down to 0.1MHz, and onboard power, reset, and clear CMOS buttons.