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Is MSI BB XPower worth the extra money?

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Hey guys. I was thinking about getting the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R, but at around $65 more (after rebate), is the MSI Big Bang-Xpower worth the extra money?

Thanks
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I just got mine set up 3 days ago. I bought it open box for $217 on Newegg.
It's a great board so far. Seems extremely solid took me to 3.7ghz on stock voltages, a small voltage bump and I was running at 4.0 . Lots of accessories. The OC dashboard is pretty cool. I have noticed better sound with the sound card.

The bios is the easiest I've ever had for overclocking. Lots of people seem to say that the chipset and southbridge don't have adequate cooling but both the chipset and southbridge are just barely warm to the touch. Good spacing on the x16 PCI slots too. The board also has a bunch of bright blue LED's on it
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i dont have mine setup yet, but buy it open box! regular warranty through msi and all accesories in the box
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Hey guys. I was thinking about getting the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R, but at around $65 more (after rebate), is the MSI Big Bang-Xpower worth the extra money?

Thanks
It's a much higher class board that competes with the ud5/7 and r3e, so it's not a fair comparison to the ud3. However if you get a complete board for 217 openbox, it's obvious which is the extreme buy.

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i dont have mine setup yet, but buy it open box! regular warranty through msi and all accesories in the box
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heres some pics of what all was in the box and the order confirmation as a proof that i bought the open box version:

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open box FTW. do it. I got EVERYTHING in the box picture above.
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Thanks for all the replies, and the info saying/showing what you got in the open box. The first XPower board I looked at was the open box, but I've never bought anything open box off of Newegg. I wasn't sure how much of a gamble it was.
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