MSI really didn’t want you to miss out on what was inside of the box this time around. The MPower’s packaging on the top is covered completely with a giant bright yellow M. It isn’t until you flip the M up that you find more information including a good portion of the boards features photographed with small descriptions under the photos. For things that aren’t as easy to photograph they are all listed with icons as well. On the flip side of the box there is a section explaining what OC Certified is. OC Certified means an M Power board was stress tested using Prime95 for over 24 hours with a highly overclocked CPU while having no airflow at all. Under all of that there is a photo of the PWM cooling on the board and then a row of icons representing more of the boards features. There is also a full specification listing as well as an I/O overview to help show what rear connections you should expect.

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Inside the motherboard is wrapped up in a static protective bag and placed on a cardboard tray that sits overtop of all of the boards accessories. For documentation you get a User Guide, software and application user guide, Certificate of quality and stability, driver and utility discs, and a door hanger that says “busy breaking world records.

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For accessories you get two small baggies, one is filled with small voltage checking leads and the other has something oddly similar to what Asus has had for years with their Q Connectors. The board comes with 6 right angle SATA cables for your hard drives. The SLI bridge that comes with everything is flexible and a nice shade of black that should go perfectly in anyone’s multi card build. You also get the wireless/Bluetooth adapter and two antenna’s to go with it. For a case badge you get an MSI gaming series badge. The rear I/O cover is mostly blacked out with yellow lettering for each label.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #31321 05 Jun 2013 19:00
Today we take a look at MSI's MPower motherboard as we continue out Haswell launch.
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Satansoul replied the topic: #31325 06 Jun 2013 02:58
Nice looking board. Also like how you colored the specs table, looks nice!
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #31326 06 Jun 2013 03:06
Thanks I really appreciate the feedback.
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lonkny replied the topic: #31387 08 Jun 2013 22:52
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:

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!
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #31389 08 Jun 2013 23:43
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
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lonkny replied the topic: #31393 09 Jun 2013 07:27
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...
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #31395 09 Jun 2013 10:02
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.

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