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MSI Makes Huge Entry into Overclocking

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 17 comments

Pushing systems to the limit with liquid nitrogen.

MSI kicked off its Master Overclocking Arena (MOA) event today at Pole Position Raceway in Las Vegas. The event, the first major event of its kind by MSI, brings a certain air to MSI motherboards that was not previously there. Make no mistake though, whatever pre-conceived notions that you had about MSI motherboards can be chucked out the windows.


To demonstrate how serious it is about the stability and overclocking potential of its new line of motherboards, a large group of professional overclockers were invited to overclock and benchmark MSI's Big Bang-Xpower motherboard.

Paired with an Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition, the players were also given a selection of hardware:

Motherboard: MSI Big Bang-XPower (X58 chipset)
BIOS: A7666IMS.148
Graphics Card: MSI N580GTX
Driver: 263.09 WHQL
Memory: Patriot Sector 7 PC3-1600 (3*2G)
HDD: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS
PSU: Antec CP-1000

Tools being used:

CPU-Z V1.56
GPU-Z V0.48
CPU Tweaker V1.5
Maxon Cinebench V11.529
wPrime V1.55/V2.04
MSI Afterburner Setup 210MOA (V2.1.0 MOA)

Team's participating include:
- Over The Edge (USA)
- OCAlliance (USA)
- Team XS (USA)
- I2I3 Extreme (Brazil)
- Team Pure (USA)
- Team Overclockaholics (USA)
- Overclockers Anonymous (USA)
- I2I3 Overclocking Team (Brazil)

Overclockers were asked to log scores primarily using SuperPI 32M and 3DMark 2011. Keep in mind that the Big Bang-Xpower isn't part of MSI's newest line-up, which is called Big Bang Marshal -- a Sandy Bridge P67 based lineup coming out soon.

You can watch a live stream of the event on justin.tv here.

Check out some photos of the show!

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    IzzyCraft , January 6, 2011 10:21 PM
    MSI over the past few years has made a nice transition in my mind up to making quality products similar to asus, gigabyte, evga etc.
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    mister g , January 6, 2011 10:30 PM
    Wish that was backed up by decent driver support. Their updating tool doesn't even support Windows 7 64-bit.
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    Wikiality , January 6, 2011 10:54 PM
    Where's the babes?
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    blibba , January 6, 2011 10:56 PM
    MSI is coming out and saying in a press release that it has a shit reputation? Incredible.
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    ares1214 , January 6, 2011 11:23 PM
    MSI FTW! They have been making massive steps in the right direction lately. Them and Asrock have been impressing me lately. Asus is charging a pretty penny for its boards, and Gigabyte is losing build quality in my experiences.
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    techseven , January 6, 2011 11:26 PM
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    whatever pre-conceived notions that you had about MSI motherboards can be chucked out


    I have always had high opinon of MSI, rock-solid motherboards.
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    woshitudou , January 6, 2011 11:34 PM
    I wonder what type of sandwich that was
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    buzznut , January 6, 2011 11:48 PM
    ares1214MSI FTW! They have been making massive steps in the right direction lately. Them and Asrock have been impressing me lately. Asus is charging a pretty penny for its boards, and Gigabyte is losing build quality in my experiences.


    I agree with this statement completely. Only other thing I would say is Biostar has always served me well for a budget brand, they get kicked around a lot like msi, but offer compelling budget products.

    The only ASUS board I've bought was a crosshair 1 for $240. Biggest piece o crap I've ever dealt with.

    Thanks for the link, it is actually mildly entertaining. Can only watch LN2 smoke for so long though...
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    dogman_1234 , January 7, 2011 12:02 AM
    Only thing I can think of is the song,"Push it to the Limit."
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    ben850 , January 7, 2011 12:06 AM
    Have been seriously considering an MSI mobo over Asus for my next build.. this article is only making things in my mind more complicated!

    I love Asus to death but i am also a firm supporter of using products that do 95% of the performance for 75% of the price. Always support the underdog!
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    sincreator , January 7, 2011 12:15 AM
    ben850Have been seriously considering an MSI mobo over Asus for my next build.. this article is only making things in my mind more complicated! I love Asus to death but i am also a firm supporter of using products that do 95% of the performance for 75% of the price. Always support the underdog!


    I just made that transition from Asus to MSI. I had a high end asus board die on me and replaced it with a high end MSI board. On the Asus board I could only get to 3.9ghz on my x6 1090T, but on the MSI I can get to 4.3ghz. All good on my end. :-)
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    eddieroolz , January 7, 2011 2:22 AM
    My first MSI board died, but that was because of me. When it was alive though, it was good for its price.
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    alzheimerz , January 7, 2011 2:28 AM
    WikialityWhere's the babes?


    Yeah, where's the Babes?
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    coldtortilla , January 7, 2011 3:17 AM
    It is sad to see that the BIOS of a computer still looks like the most ancient pice of crap that actually survived, but that is all going to change with the new intel motherboards that include mouse support for the BIOS and possible a GUI, but I don't remember.
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    JOSHSKORN , January 7, 2011 3:50 AM
    My next mobo will be MSI. First the KILLER integration, now this.
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    apache_lives , January 7, 2011 6:18 AM
    MSI sucks
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    tu_illegalamigo , January 7, 2011 7:37 PM
    coldTortillaIt is sad to see that the BIOS of a computer still looks like the most ancient pice of crap that actually survived, but that is all going to change with the new intel motherboards that include mouse support for the BIOS and possible a GUI, but I don't remember.


    They call that EFI, and speaking of which MSI was supposed to put out one last year!
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