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MSI Big Bang Trinergy P55 3-Way SLI Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI

Introduction and Specifications

And on the seventh day, MSI rested

There has been a lot of controversy and promoting of the MSI Big Bang series of motherboard, and while I am not going to get into too much of that in this review today, if you are interested in learning about those facets of this motherboard you can probably find out about them by clicking on the cleverly hidden links inside this sentence.  What we are focusing on today though is the review of a very impressive, high-end enthusiast motherboard from MSI.

The Big Bang series from MSI is to be their offering to compete against the likes of the ASUS Republic of Gamers line - essentially the top end models for the enthusiast and overclocker that demands much more from a motherboard than simply a CPU socket.  The "Trinergy" we are reviewing today is the first model to be released under this new namesake and has a lot of hype to live up to.

But First, our Video Review

If you are interested in a 10+ minute version of the review of this motherboard in video form, we have included it below!  It doesn't have the same depth of information as the full written review, but I think you'll find that it covers the most pertinent topics very well.  Please give us some feedback on the video reviews and what we can improve on.  Thanks!

(Full Screen for best experience, encoded in 720p)

We now take you back to your regularly schedule MSI Big Bang Trinergy Review.

MSI Big Bang Trinergy Specifications (from

The new Big Bang Trinergy is a P55 motherboard built for the new Intel Lynnfield processors released earlier this year.  There is a lot more to it than just the standard P55 collection of feature though starting with the inclusion of an nForce 200 chip that brings support for 3-Way SLI using full speed x16 PCIe slots.  There are more features to drool over as well, listed below, that we'll look at in more detail on the following pages.

One thing to note up front: this board does NOT have support for either SATA 6G or USB 3.0 so if those features are really important to you for your next motherboard upgrade, keep that mind early.

Video News

September 20, 2013 | 11:04 PM - Posted by NCC (not verified)

i was a pre-order, im about to hit 5 years on this board and its going strong. it has had water sprayed over it 5 times in its life from the liquid cooling system failing, it has been running at a 4.98Ghz over clock for nearly 3 years, it has never been off for more than a few days out of the last 5 years.

"i wounder who would have this board that long" - referencing the 8 year warranty. I am well on my way and aside from upgrading HD space, ram, and video card it has had very little done to it since its build in 09. very solid board and cpu (860), so solid in fact that nothing i do on a daily basis maxes out this system.

November 30, 2014 | 03:08 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified) the x16 PCIe 2.0 slots i can put a GPU?

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