Summary: The "M" series motherboards from MSI have gained a lot of recognition recently being an upper quality not-so-high-priced motherboard for the computer hardware enthusiast. However while MSI brings us some of the best hardware you’ll find on the current market seemingly goes a bit off course with...
Excerpt: MSI was quick to let a flurry of boards hit the market including the new “Gaming” line but for those enthusiasts who want something to help push the limits there’s no better solution form the MSI camp than the Mpower/Xpower series.
Summary: Behind the scenes here at TPU, I have been working closer with MSI than ever before, having been in contact with staff from VP down to tech service agents and marketing reps. The communication over email and phone, and the packages sent back and forth, amount to far more effort than I put into many...
Pros: Overbuilt voltage regulation sections ensure that pushing the limits under LN2 is possible, Packed with high-end features to keep your system stable, HUGE accessories package, Wide-open BIOS ready for tweaking to the limit, All fans independently controllable, Decent memory overclocking and compa...
Cons: Mixed overclocked performance (will be improved with newer BIOSes now in testing), No Intel Thunderbolt, Color scheme used may not appeal to all
Summary: The MSI Z87 MPower Max is what I would call a midrange overclocking motherboard designed for power users looking to build a solid computing platform. Given the overall feature set of the MPower Max the motherboard would feel right at home in a high-end gaming rig or under cold on a LN2 test bench.
Pros: Good Layout for Supercooling, Large 20-Phase PWM, Killer Nic e2200, Sound Blaster Cinema, Gold Plated Audio Sockets, Separated Audio Electronics, Benchtop Controls
Cons: Location of cpu voltage test points, Lack of BCLK adjustments, Getting lost in the UEFI menus
Summary: As overclockers we often demand more from our hardware and want something that is specially built to help us reach insane levels regardless of what hardware we are planning to run. Causal overclockers and hardware enthusiasts will often look to the mainstream for a suitable alternative but sometimes...
Excerpt: The Z87 MPOWER board is one of the first boards released as part of MSI's Z87 update of the much vaunted MPOWER line. The board supports the next generation of Intel processors based on the LGA1150 socket (Haswell), and is packed full of features and overclocking goodness.
Summary: The MPower MAX retails at about RM 1000 while the MPower (non MAX) retails at about RM 800 with slightly different features. You could settle for the cost-effective alternative if you don’t need those extra features.
Conclusion: Since MSI started dividing their products into ranges, we didn’t really see a great deal from the MPOWER brand until it was teamed up directly with the “Lightning Series” which opened up a huge pathway for outstanding products that sit at the top of the stack.
Pros: Black PCB is stunning, Overall design compliments the board really well, Cooling around CPU socket is bold but understated, SLI/CrossFire support, Plenty of features for those wanting them, Reliability and quality is strong from MSI, Improved BIOS is welcomed, Overclocking potential is huge
Conclusion: In addition to the Z87-G45 Gaming, it’s clear that MSI is looking to change things up in their motherboard lineup. The MPower is a good example of this. While going through the board topology and its features I found myself extremely impressed with what MSI did with the MPower.