Excerpt: Asus’ ROG series motherboards are most sought-after by enthusiasts for overclocking and building high-performance and gaming PCs. Other options in the same segment are high-end motherboards by Gigabyte, such as the GA-Z77X-UP7, which we reviewed a few days ago. No doubt these motherboards are packed to the gills with all sorts of components that are exclusive to enthusiast-class boards – voltage check points, wireless adapters, high-quality capacitors, a raft of...
MSI Z77 MPower Review: The XPower’s Little Brother
26 January 2013
Conclusion: MSI Z77 MPower When building a top of the range product, each motherboard manufacturer has to decide on intended audience, features, and price point. Some companies like ASUS, ASRock and Gigabyte split up their high end products, with one side to focus on gamers and the other for overclocking. There is often a large amount of overlap between the two, as a motherboard specifically for extreme overclockers would not sell, but gaming oriented boards are not what...
MSI BIG BANG Z77 MPOWER Socket 1155 Mainboard Review
21 January 2013
Summary: Designed for overclocking, usage of high grade military components and extreme durability are a few of the slogans the marketing people like to use to label a new product. The catchier the better, all of course to draw the attention of any potential buyer. Sometimes it's only the inclusion of an overclocking tool on the included driver CD that makes up for some of the bold PR claims.
MSI Z77 MPOWER Review: OC Certified LGA 1155 Mainboard from the Big Bang Series
18 January 2013
Summary: This mainboard boasts a lot of advantages. Some are typical of all Micro-Star’s mainboards, some are unique for this particular model. However, it is also kind of tricky to work with and may require a good deal of patience on your part.
Excerpt: The MSI Z77 MPower board pairs sleek looks with the promise of stellar performance, as expected from MSI's Big Bang board series. We decided to validate these claims, putting the board through our normal suite of benchmark and functionality tests to see how well it lived up to its reputation. The MSI Z77 MPower is a bargain at its $209.99 base price with the performance potential packed into the board.
Summary: I think I've beat the overclocking topic to death in regard to the Z77 MPower so I'll just leave it at that. With regard to the out of the box experience this is easily the best MSI board I've worked with to date. At long last the UEFI is as responsive as it always should have been. The double-clicking is still annoying but it doesn't seem like a huge deal now that the mouse isn't lagging anymore.
Summary: Too often you have to buy an insanely expensive board, packed with features you probably won't use in order to get high end performance and overclocking oriented features. MSI is changing that with the Z77 MPower. This board has all the performance without the unnecessary fluff.
Conclusion: Every manufacturer of computer components has a particular line of products that stand out above the rest for one reason or another. On the consumer level this is either because of their feature enriched boards that are designed to meet the demands of the everyday user, but more commonly we find boards that are geared towards the high end user such as the power hungry gamer or the overclockers.