Summary: Even though most of the Big Bang models sport superior equipment, the Z77 MPower seems to be an exception, and this is of course reflected in the price. Starting from , its equpment is quite frugal, not at all generous when it comes to extra features. But on the other hand, MSI has implemented a considerable pack of overclocking features. For graphics output, we find three PCI Express slots of the third generation, enabling CrossFireX or a SLI combo.
Summary: Though late to the market with another Z77 motherboard we have to admit, we really like the Z77, it's Z77 all over again, yet with a little icing on top of the cake, and the cake remains to be very affordable. I'm not sure though with Haswell around the corner if people would actually buy a new Z77 motherboard ? Now I do have to get this out of the way though, 95% of the DNA is the Z77 GD65 really. However, the motherboard has been improved at a couple of levels.
Conclusion: Based solely on the MPower’s features, I wouldn’t say that this is a top end board, but we can’t always judge a book by its cover and there is always two sides to every story. Whilst this is not a feature rich board, with every option under the sun spewing out – like we often see on the high end boards, it does have the performance that is worth talking about.
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.
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.
Summary: At Rs. 17,900, the Z77 MPower is good value for money taking the feature set and performance into consideration. It’s a good Rs. 10,000 cheaper than the full-blown models such as the Asus Maximus V Extreme and Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7. It doesn’t come with as much goodies (USB 3.0 brackets and additional cables) and an unimaginable number of power phases, but it’s still a very good option for overclocking and building high-performance PCs and gaming machines.
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.
Z77 mITX Round-Up: Five of the Best – MSI, Zotac, ASRock, EVGA and ASUS
31 December 2012
Conclusion: Final Words Despite being a motherboard reviewer for the past couple of years, my foray into the world of mini-ITX based products was initially into the realm of the unknown. I am by no means a HTPC specialist or enthusiast by virtue of circumstance (the small amount of color blindness and a large dollop of tone deafness does not help either), until I decided to fork over some money for a mITX gaming case and get to work.