MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX (Intel LGA 1150) Review 36

MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX (Intel LGA 1150) Review

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I can easily admit that the one brand to have impressed me the most with this generation's board products is MSI. Their recently launched products, from top to bottom, are a complete diversion from their products of old, and the attention to detail and complete design focus are both so fresh and new that reviewing their GAMING series of products these past few months has been a pleasure. My old MSI P35 NEO2-FIR using SKT 775 is still churning away in my friend's daily PC, but it isn't without problems, and those problems existed since day one. Playing with the MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING, Z77-GD65 GAMING, and Z87-G45 GAMING was an entirely different experience as an enthusiast—rather than providing a limited list of options to choose from in BIOS, MSI now has a fully customizable one. Their boards also debut a new sleek esthetic with minimal amounts of color, one that goes well with a host of other enthusiast-grade parts. However, the GAMING brand is not all that's new at MSI.

MSI's high-end, enthusiast-focused MPOWER line-up caters to those favoring MSI's Lightning brand of high-end videocards. The Lightning brand of videocards, built around maximizing overclocks and breaking world records, features MSI's own custom PCB designs with boosted power delivery and additional voltage-tweaking capabilities. Clocking VGAs as hard as MSI intends requires a strong platform to plug that Lightning VGA into, and the MPOWER brand of motherboards is designed to be that base. With overclocking as the first priority, MSI sent me their MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX to take my Haswell CPU to the limit, or should I say to the MAX?


CPU SUPPORT:4th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processor family for the LGA 1150 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 20 Phases
Memory Power: 2 Phases
CHIPSET:Intel Z87 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1066 to DDR3 3000+(OC)
BIOS:Dual AMI UEFI BIOS with 2x 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16 or x8/x8 or x8/x4/x4)
4 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot
HDD CONNECTVIITY:8 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (6 @ Intel Z87, 2 @ ASMedia ASM1061)
NETWORKING:1 x Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN
PORTS:10 x USB 3.0 ports (4 at front panel, 6 at rear panel)
6 x USB 2.0 ports (4 at front panel, 2 at rear panel)
1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse port
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio block with 6 OFC audio jacks
1 x Optical S/PDIF port
2 x HDMI port
1 x DisplayPort
1 x Clear CMOS Button
AUDIO:Realtek ALC1150 7.1 High Definition Audio CODEC
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor (304 mm x 244 mm)
  • OC Certified
  • Built with Lightning DNA
  • Enhanced components
  • Enhanced power
  • Enhanced thermal design
  • Military Class Components
  • Optimized overclocking BIOS
  • DigitALL Power PWM
  • Hi-c CAP
  • Dark CAP
  • Super Ferrite Choke
  • Military Class Essentials
  • OC PCB
  • Thermal design
  • Extreme OC socket design
  • OC Essentials
  • V-Check Points
  • Debug LED
  • MultiBIOS II
  • Clear CMOS button
  • Easy Button 3
  • Direct OC
  • Intel Extreme Tuning Utility
  • Command Center Lite
  • RAMDisk
  • Click BIOS 4
  • Intel Wi-Fi/Bluetooth
  • Intel WiDi
  • Audio Boost!
  • OC Genie 4
  • Super RAID
  • KILLER Ethernet
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