MSI Z77 MPower Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

MSI Z77 MPower Review

Test Setup

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.

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For our OC results we'll be using the following overclock of 4.83 GHz, and the Memory at its XMP timings.

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Most Recent Comments

25-10-2012, 19:44:19

Was expecting it to be more than £150, definitely a bargain at that price though.
I was going to buy this board but my GPU is dying, so I need to replace that first

Technology, why u always brake on me? :\Quote

25-10-2012, 22:43:52

Because you have a crap psu that causes ripple ?Quote

25-10-2012, 22:45:20

after the GD65 review.. i was ready to plunk down the cash, until i heard of the
Power. the lil bells went off in my head and waited (not long) till MPower was
available. call me vain, but the MPower is worth the lil extra for the color scheme
over the GD65. the actual specs are user necessities. no extra frills, just needed
parameters to have. soon as i thin the inventories down, MPower, you are MINE!


26-10-2012, 08:05:44

Cool to see MSI keeps the ball rolling ,
/looks at P7N SLI Platinum board (Folding related tho!) Quote

26-10-2012, 08:47:56

Great motherboard! I'd pick one up with an i5 straight away if I'd have the cash Quote

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