titleThis weekend the first motherboard we took a look at was the MSI Z87-G45 Gaming, MSI’s lower priced gaming model. Along with the gaming product line they also have a line they are calling MPower that is focused more on the overclocking community and general enthusiasts. There are two models the Z87 M Power and the Z87 MPower Max, today I am going to dive in and take a look at the Z87 M Power. I’m excited to see what sets it apart from MSI’s gaming boards.

Product Name: MSI Z87 MPower

Review Sample Provided by: MSI

Written By: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

 

Specifications

CPU Support

4th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors

CPU Socket

LGA1150

Chipset

Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

Graphics Interface

3 * PCI-E  3.0 x16 slots with 4th Gen Intel® Core™ processors,  AMD CrossFire / NVIDIA SLI Support

Display Interface

1* DisplayPort, 2 * HDMI - Requires CPU Graphics

Memory Support

4 DIMMs, Dual Channel DDR3-3000(OC)

Expansion slots

4 * PCI-E x1 slots

SATA / mSATA

8 * SATA 6Gb/s, 1 * mSATA

SATA RAID

RAID 0,1,5,10 - Available at ports SATA1-SATA6

USB / IEEE 1394

8 * USB 3.0, 8 * USB 2.0

LAN

Killer™ E2205 Gigabit Ethernet

Wireless

Wi-Fi IEEE 802.1 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel® WiDi

Audio

8-channel HD Audio with Sound Blaster Cinema


Posted: 10 months 2 weeks ago by garfi3ld#31395
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If you get it, come back and let us know how you like it and toss up a few pictures. Its a great board. I really hope I can find a good reason to use it in a build this year.
Posted: 10 months 2 weeks ago by lonkny#31393
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Thanks, makes much more sense now... I think I may pull the trigger on this board... especially liking the mSATA, bluetooth and other gimmicky features LOL - seems like the other Z87 boards in this price range all perform about the same with very similar feature sets, so it really comes down to incidentals...
Posted: 10 months 2 weeks ago by garfi3ld#31389
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yeah that was a mixup in the inputting. The results from USB 3.0 and SATA were flipped. I corrected it on my copy but missed it on the site. Thank you for pointing it out, its all fixed now
Posted: 10 months 2 weeks ago by lonkny#31387
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Thanks for the informative review! One page that confuses me is the USB3/SATA3 page... the chart states SATA Read speeds of 268MB/sec as compared to the other MSI & Asus boards around 430+... In your description, you state that this is due to Asus' USB 3 Turboboost technology, but we are talking about SATA here... In other reviews, the SATA Read speed for the MPower is in line with other boards:

www.kitguru.net/components/cpu/zardon/ms...990-2933mhz-ddr3/21/

I think it may be that the headings are backwards - are the first sets of numbers for USB and the 2nd set for SATA? Please clarify, thanks!
Posted: 10 months 2 weeks ago by garfi3ld#31326
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Thanks I really appreciate the feedback.
Posted: 10 months 2 weeks ago by Satansoul#31325
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Nice looking board. Also like how you colored the specs table, looks nice!
Posted: 10 months 2 weeks ago by garfi3ld#31321
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Today we take a look at MSI's MPower motherboard as we continue out Haswell launch.

 

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