OC3D Best of 2012 Awards
Published: 9th January 2013 | Source: OC3D | Price: |
For those of you who had the UP7 in the "OC3D Awards" drinking game, sorry. The MSI Z77 MPOWER was a little late to the Ivy Bridge party, yet completely stole the show. It's not that it's the finest overclocking motherboard around, or necessarily the best looking, but the combination of awesome performance, great looks and a eye-popping price-tag make it the most well-rounded of the products in our roundup. Personal preference can lead to people preferring one thing over another, but nobody who buys an MPOWER will be disappointed.
It was a close run thing between this and the MPower but in the end the price of the MPower won through. That isn't to say that the top of the Gigabyte Z77 range isn't a stunner. It's gorgeous, and blisteringly quick. If you've just received your Christmas bonus then this is the purchase that will leave you breathless.
Things have been fairly quiet on the LGA2011 front. Considering how many X58 motherboards were released in the first year of release it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to say the latest Intel release didn't capture the imagination. But if you truly need something that will crunch numbers in ways you can barely comprehend, the ASUS Workstation Z9, tested with dual Xeons, will definitely tick your boxes. Although you might be stuck eating beans on toast for the next year.