MSI Z77 MPower Review
Published: 26th October 2012 | Source: MSI | Price: |
Testing the MPower was quite an adventure thanks to a flaw in the BIOS that utterly failed to recognise our ES i7-3770K and caused the board to replicate an "LN2 slow mode". Eventually MSI fixed this, and thankfully it wont affect retail CPUs. Worth noting though if you've acquired an ES CPU.
MSI Z77 MPower
Intel Core i7-3770K
8GB G.Skill Trident 2400 @ 10-12-12-31
MSI HD7950 with Catalyst 12.8
Cougar CM1000 PSU
Corsair F80 SSD
Thermalright Silver Arrow
Windows 7 x64
The OC Genie is less impressive than it was when we first saw it, as CPU speeds are increasing the conservative overclock is barely above stock and perhaps even worse than the mere 4.2GHz speed was its insistence upon running our 2400MHz memory at 2133MHz, despite the XMP being good for 2400MHz.
However, you're unlikely to buy a MPower and auto-overclock it. With some tweaking we managed to obtain 5GHz from our i7 which is up there with the best we've seen, even if it wasn't stable enough to run any benchmarks with.
For our OC results we'll be using the following overclock of 4.83 GHz, and the Memory at its XMP timings.