Wednesday, May 15th 2013

MSI Z87 MPower Pictured

Here are some of the first clear pictures of MSI Z87 MPower, one of the company's top socket LGA1150 motherboards, which will be unveiled a little later. The board retains the black+yellow color-scheme from its predecessor, the Z77 MPower, built more solidly. The board appears to feature a 16-phase CPU power delivery, which uses a combination of SFC chokes, DrMOS, and high-C tantalum capacitors. It draws power from two 8-pin EPS connectors, in addition to the 24-pin ATX.

The CPU socket on the Z87 MPower is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting up to 64 GB of dual-channel memory, and three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/NC/NC or x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4); three PCI-Express x1 slots make for the rest of the expansion area. Connectivity includes an enhanced onboard audio solution named "Audio Boost," which we imagine is an onboard amp for select channels; gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth, display outputs that include dual-HDMI and DisplayPort connectors, and a number of USB 3.0 ports. Storage connectivity includes eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Find more pictures at the source.

Source: 59Hardware.net
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17 Comments on MSI Z87 MPower Pictured

#1
RCoon
Forum Gypsy
Many thanks to ALMOSTunseen for the tip?
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#2
The Quim Reaper
Always wary of being amongst the first to buy into a new socket format, they nearly always have bugs in software or hardware, sometimes both.

I prefer to let others do the expensive 'beta' testing before I take the plunge.
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#3
btarunr
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by: RCoon
Many thanks to ALMOSTunseen for the tip?
I'm afraid ALMOSTunseen's tip (if any) was FULLYunseen by me.
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#4
erixx
is this MEtro LAst Light related... box art is so "M"
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#5
THE_EGG
In next week's news;

BMW sues MSI for the MPower name :)

Joking aside though, I do like the look of this board. MSI seem to be making great progress recently.
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#6
Initialised
As usual for MSI I'm guessing the GD45 will be the sweet spot.
Also no PLX for Tri-SLi is a glaring omission on a top end board like this.
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#7
blibba
by: Initialised
As usual for MSI I'm guessing the GD45 will be the sweet spot.
Also no PLX for Tri-SLi is a glaring omission on a top end board like this.
Allows it to fill a niche by undercutting PLX-equipped rivals, though.
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#8
radrok
The XPower Z87 variant will probably be the one with the PLX switch and a ridiculous amount of phases.
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#9
Madn3ss795
Not talking about performance yet, for me this is the ugliest high-end board from MSI so far :roll:
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#10
AsRock
TPU addict
Looks nice and clean and think the MPower thing has not been over done which is nice as black and yellow work nicely together.
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#11
Dimi
I wish they made it dark blue instead of yellow, i guess i have to buy their lightning cards instead of PE OC editions lol.
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#12
Initialised
by: Madn3ss795
Not talking about performance yet, for me this is the ugliest high-end board from MSI so far :roll:
Yeah, the dragon gaming range look better IMHO

But at least it doesn't have a mini-gun heat-sink
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#13
radrok
by: Initialised
But at least it doesn't have a mini-gun heat-sink
Amen to this, lol.

The BB Xpower II was hideous.
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#15
n0tiert
nice black colored board , and brings more options on colortheme modding.
instead the dragon 1:1 ROG copy

hopefully they don´t get any trademark problems to:

BMW Mpower :P
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#17
techtard
Nice looking board. Hopefully Intel ships z87 without any bugs at launch.
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