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MSI Rolls Out Z87 MPower MAX AC with 802.11 ac WLAN

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  1. btarunr

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    MSI rolled out a variant of its Z87 MPower MAX flagship socket LGA1150 motherboard, the Z87 MPower MAX AC. As its name might suggest, it includes an 802.11 ac wireless LAN interface. The board integrates a daughterboard with an Intel-made communications processor, which gives it 802.11 ac dual-band Wi-Fi at speeds of up to 867 Mbps at 5 GHz; and Bluetooth 4.0. MSI includes a pair of antennae with the board.

    Built in the standard ATX form-factor, the Z87 MPower MAX AC features a 20-phase VRM to power the CPU, which is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, and three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/NC/NC or x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4, depending on how they're populated). Four PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slots, and an mPCIe slot, wired to the Z87 Express PCH, find some in the middle. Storage connectivity includes eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports (six from the PCH, two from a third-party controller). Apart from the WLAN, the board features a gigabit Ethernet interface driven by Killer E2205 controller. Display outputs include two HDMI, and a DisplayPort. Ten USB 3.0 ports, 8-channel HD audio with headphone amplifier, make for the rest of it. It features a boatload of overclocking features. MSI didn't reveal pricing details.

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    looks nice but duh that vrm heatsink, i dunno how could MSI use that heatsink.
     
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    Personal taste I guess, I quite like it, but reviews showed the previous MPower motherboard was not in fact the best at overclocking.
     
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    The moment I laid my eyes on that box, I instantly thought of the Metro: Last Light logo. /_____/
     
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    Yes not much for it my self either but then i like heatsinks that look at least they are made like they are made for cooling then looks.

    Bring back the X38 days..
     
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    MSI took some time to fix their BIOS, MPowerMax is much better than it was after the launch. I'll have a rebench of it coming soon. Maybe I'll ask for one of these to make it worthwhile. :p
     
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    are those plastic covers on the heatsinkso_O
    its like the engine of a Prius
     
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    Same here!

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    MSI number one every time fast
     
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    Until they fail of course.
     

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