Conclusion: I don't think there's any compelling reason to move from an Ivy Bridge or even a Sandy Bridge based system to a Haswell system-- there simply isn't enough performance and feature differential to justify it. On the other hand, if you're building a new rig from scratch, there's little point in investing in end-of-life platforms, so going Haswell/Z87 makes sense.
Pros: Big and bad. More SATA 6G and USB 3.0 ports than anyone could actually use., Improved ClickBIOS 4 is more informative and easier to use then previous MSI efforts., Button panel, POST code readout, OC Genie, mSATA connector, et cetera., Very good bundle of Windows utilities, Killer NIC and excellent audio, WiFi and Bluetooth included
Cons: What, only four fan headers?, Active cooling would be nice on this class of board, No documentation on PCI-E lane allocation.
Summary: Coming in at $259.99 at the time of writing, the MSI MPOWER MAX is cheaper than you'd actually think. Considering the features that are offered on the board, along with the out of the box performance, we really thought that it would cost a little more, like around the $279 - $289 mark.
Conclusion: For some, this board will be more than a bit of overkill. But with competing Asus and Intel boards we’re also in the process of reviewing priced about the same or even a bit more, while lacking some of the Z87 MPower Max’s niceties, this board should definitely be on your short list—if you can afford it.
Pros: Onboard mSATA connector, Low-profile Mpower heatsinks ease installation of large coolers, Generous in-box accessory mix, Robust overclocking features
Cons: Top x1 slot nearly blocked by heatsink, A few features seem superfluous
MSI Z87 MPower MAX Motherboard Review (with LN2 results)
11 June 2013
Conclusion: I have always liked MSI’s UEFI Click BIOS and said in previous reviews it’s one of the best looking. The layout is logical and user friendly with all the basics and tons more advanced options to play with. As mentioned above, please be careful with the BIOS in that if you brick one, fix it before you brick both!! I’m not sure why it bricked so easy, but, as always, just be careful and always have a good bios on hand in one of the slots.
Summary: As you guys know, overall I am a little disappointed by Intel's Haswell processors when it comes to its baseline performance, or the lack of improvement of processor performance in general over the last two generations more specifically.
However, the motherboards manufacturers all went bananas with their motherboards. MSI even literally took that banana color :) Seriously though, what a sexy motherboard !
Excerpt: Motherboard manufacturers ebb and flow when it comes to consistently producing hardware that you know will tick all the boxes. Whether it's XFX, then DFI, ASUS, Gigabyte and, more recently, MSI. They all have their moment in the sun. Lately MSI have been producing a bevy of motherboards that not only hit all the aesthetic marks, but perform well and are priced so competitively that everyone else has to take a long hard look at their pricing.
Excerpt: 3 Flares 3 Flares × It would have been difficult to miss Intel’s launch of Haswell last weekend. On launch day we looked at the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC and the ASUS Z87 Sabertooth motherboards and today we analyse the latest high end board from MSI – The Z87 MPower MAX. This is priced a little higher than the other boards we have looked at so far – around £219.95 inc vat.
Summary: Достижения вполне типичные по сравнению с другими участницами рассматриваемой группы, но оверклокерская плата не должна обеспечивать заоблачный прирост производительности. Ее предназначение — создавать условия для экстремального разгона общевычислительной и графической подсистем. С этими задачами плата, безусловно, справляется.
Test: MSI Z87 MPower MAX - DAS Brett für maximales Overclocking?
6 July 2013
Summary: MSIs Start in die Lynx Point-Plattform fiel, zumindest was das Z87 MPower MAX angeht, positiv aus. Die Platine ist dabei kein gewöhnliches Mainboard, sondern spielt in einer höherrangigen Liga, was sich an der Ausstattung widerspiegelt. Drei PCIe-x16-Slots der dritten PCI-Express-Generation laden auf Wunsch zu einer Multi-GPU-Konfiguration ein. Intern und extern wurde zusammen an zehn schnelle USB-3.0- und sechs gewöhnliche USB-2.0-Ports gedacht.
Pros: sehr gute Leistungsfähigkeit mit einer extremen CPU-Spannungsversorgung und umfangreichen Overclocking-Funktionen, angemessene Ausstattung, u.a. zehn USB-3.0- und acht SATA-6G-Anschlüsse, PCI-Express-3.0-Unterstützung an drei PEG-Slots, sehr gute Gesamtperformance, gute Stabilität und angemessene Effizienz, mSATA, WLAN und Bluetooth, Audio-Boost