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.
Excerpt: Lately we've taken the time and checked out many new Dual Channel RAM kits. While it's been a while since the Intel Z77 chipset launched, we've recently started seeing companies bring out refreshes of the extremely popular chipset that has gained a great reputation when paired with K based Ivy Bridge processors.
Conclusion: The MSI Z77 MPOWER motherboard is a solid platform for building a high performance LGA1155 system. MSI has gotten the hardware right, and the features and software provided make it possible for a user to build a solid, high-performance system. The overall performance of the system was excellent, as far as CPU and memory performance go. OC Genie gave the CPU speed a nice boost and automatically applied the XMP profile of the 2133MHz memory I was using.
Pros: MIL-STD-810G. You know, I never get tired of saying this., Four extra USB 3.0 ports. You can never have too many of these., OC Genie makes a good start on overclocking your system., Included overclocking guide is very helpful., Voltage check points, extra PCI-E power useful for overclockers., Dynamic phase LEDs are cool.
Cons: Software bundle could be more capable., OC Genie overclocking too conservative., ClickBIOS II still has some user interface issues.
Summary: Bazinga - how do you like them apples ! What a lovely motherboard the new Big Bang Mpower Z77 is. The sheer looks are just fantastic and the performance grand. 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. The improved power circuitry first and foremost.