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Frequency Response


Noise Level

Dynamic range

Total harmonic distortion

Intermodulation distortion

Stereo crosstalk

Intermodulation distortion + noise

Frequency Response


MSI Z87-G45 Gaming











Asus Z87 Pro











Asus Z87 Plus











MSI Z87 MPower











MSI without a doubt improved on their onboard audio design over the Z87-G45 Gaming when going to the MPower. I think there is still room to go even farther, I would love to see them drop Realtek all together and go with an even higher end solution in some of their motherboards but frankly the MPower is more about overclocking and less about sound quality. Because of that I was surprised they put the effort into it that they did. The performance numbers speak for themselves and my subjective testing was similar, the audio sounded good and the built in headphone amp helped with that. It’s not going to replace a dedicated sound card, but for those of you who just want good audio but aren’t willing to put down the money for the quality this is perfect.


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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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