MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX

Test Setup

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MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX 

MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX
Intel Core i7-4770K
Club3D HD7970 Royal Ace
Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400MHz
Corsair AX1200i
Corsair Neutron GTX
Corsair H100i
Windows 7 x64 

Overclocking

The OC Genie seems to be toned back on this particular model. Whereas the Z77 motherboards would happily overclock the CPU to around 4.3GHz, with the Core i7-4770K we only have 4GHz. Not poor, but hardly a boost over the stock speed. 

Manually overclocking provides the biggest benefits as always, and we got a rock-solid 4.9GHz at 1.26v which will be the speed we'll test at today.

MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX     MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX  

As we all know by now the biggest limiting factor on the i7-4770K is undoubtedly heat. Almost any motherboard can push the CPU to its limit and the MPOWER MAX is no exception. However, if you've got a great cooling option such as a full water-loop then there is loads of potential to be unlocked. We obtained the always important 5GHz, although our temperatures were too high to run this as our bench clock it's always nice to know that the motherboard wont be the limiting element.

MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX

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21-08-2013, 08:29:39

tinytomlogan
The MSI MPOWER was one of the best Z77 motherboards we tested, so our hopes are high that the LGA1150 Z87 version is just as good.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...093008375l.jpg


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21-08-2013, 08:46:24

FTLN
Nice reveiw as per usual, glad to see your back on form...

One thing I was wondering is are you doing UEFI installs of Windows 7 or Bios Emulation on top of UEFI ?? Not that this affects performance but I have noticed boot times are almost twice as fast under UEFI....

22-08-2013, 11:19:25

MicroAlex
Personally I just love the CPU power delivery heatsink. Can not say why, but reminds me of Tron, maybe due to the bright colors and angles. Lovin' it!

Nice review guys.

PS, now I know what it reminds me of!!!

http://www.doblu.com/wp-content/uplo...legacy2355.jpg

The ship from Tron!

22-08-2013, 12:50:51

WillSK
I was excited to hear about this board and I have to say I agree completely with your review. Looks like another cracking Z87 offering but when I was awaiting its arrival I did think they'd price it closer to the original MPower which seems to now have its gap filled by the GD65 Gaming

24-08-2013, 16:26:32

Sliceoflife
Hey there guys!

I just bought this motherboard yesterday... and the only reason (i have to admit) that i bought this one and not the gaming one was because of the looks. i hate red, specially the red used in the MSI gaming board (that looks like salmon color).

Anyway, i hope i can get the best out of this board performance wise

Thank you Tom for the review, and i wish you the best on your recovery.

Regards,
Slice
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