Last fall MSI announced that they were entering into the power supply market. It isn’t a huge surprise. MSI has been slowly branching out their product lineup with lots of peripherals for years in addition to the normal motherboards and GPUs. They are also a big name in laptops and prebuilt systems as well. We have seen similar companies like Asus do the same thing over the last few years and Gigabyte as well. You can now pick a brand and nearly build a complete themed out PC with a lot of companies. I did that with Asus not long ago and here soon MSI could be a possibility as well now that they have PSUs, new cases (they did a few cheaper cases years ago), and water cooling all being added. The new power supplies have the same MPG branding that MSI uses on their motherboard naming and their first units are available in 650w, 750w, and 850w options. The MPG A750GF that I’m checking out today is of course the middle option. SO let’s see what they are all about.

Product Name: MSI MPG A750GF Power Supply

Review Sample Provided by: MSI

Written by: Wes Compton

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Specifications

Model Number

MPG A750GF

Form Factor

ATX

Power Watt

750W

Input Voltage

100~240 Vac

Input Current

115Vac/10.0A max. 230Vac/5.0A max.

Input Frequency

47Hz ~ 63Hz

Efficiency

Up to 90% (80 Plus Gold)

Fan Size

140 mm

Dimension

150mm x160mm x86mm

PFC Type

Active PFC

Protection

OCP / OVP / OPP / OTP / SCP / UVP

Cables Included

x1 ATX CONNECTOR - 24-PIN - 600mm ± 10mm
x6 PCI-E CONNECTOR - 8-PIN (6+2) - 500mm ± 10mm
x8 SATA CONNECTOR - (SATA) - 950mm ± 10mm
x2 EPS CONNECTOR - 8-PIN (4+4) - 700mm ± 10mm
x5 PERIPHERAL / FDD CONNECTOR - 4-PIN - 1100mm ± 10mm

Warranty

10 years

 


 

Packaging

I wasn’t sure what to expect with the packaging with this being MSI’s first PSUs. I kind of thought the box would feature a lot of red with the gaming theme with them featuring that dragon on the side. But the box is mostly blacked out with a gold stripe across the front. Given that this is an 80 Plus gold power supply it does fit and I don’t know if MSI has any immediate plans for more models but it would work well with other efficiencies. I love that MSI included a picture of the power supply on the front which takes up most of the space. Then their logo is up in the top left corner and the model name itself is close to the middle under the picture. They have the 750 wattage in the model name as well as next to that so there isn’t any doubt what wattage this is. Then down in that gold strip, they highlight the modular cables, 80 Plus Gold efficiency, and the Japanese capacitors.

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On the back, the gold theme is featured on the right side. Inside it has pictures of the A750GF with dimensions. Then over on the left half, there is a small specification breakdown of the wattages. Then below that, they have all of the power connections for the modular cables with pictures of each plug type for anyone who doesn’t know them by names. There is also a graph showing the efficiency through load as well.

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When you get into the box up on top MSI has the documentation. You get an owners manual along with a book that just says it is important information (warranty and safety info). The A750GF itself is wrapped up inside with plastic and then it sits in between two foam trays to keep it safe. Next to that, they have the power cable tucked away and a bag with all of the modular cables inside.

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Photos and Features

The overall look of the MPG A750GF has a standard power supply housing, there aren’t any rounded corners or other unique features. Then for styling, they have the side sticker which has the MSI dragon logo then the MPG A750GF model name. They went with black for the background, white for the logo and model name, and in the top right corner of the sticker. Overall it's color neutral, the dragon is a little much for my personal styling but I love there aren’t any bright colors. The MPG power supplies are available in three capacities, 650 watts, 750 watts, and 850 watts which is the full range for most gaming PC needs other than maybe a 550 watt for budget builds.

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The MPG A750GF is a standard ATX power supply with its 150mm width and 86mm height. As for its length, it didn’t quite reach the 1 to 1 ratio with its length being a touch longer than the width at 160mm long. That isn’t too bad though and would still be considered a short ATX power supply that should fit into any ATX build.

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Here is another look at the side stickers that MSI went with. One side faces up and the other faces down and they are otherwise the same. This is to make sure the branding is facing out even if you have to flip the PSU and have the fan on the inside of the case.

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MSI set the MPG A750GF up with modular cables. The inside end has 11 connections for the cables. Each is labeled to let you know what cable it goes with. On the left side of our picture, the 24-pin motherboard cable is split up into two connections which help also include signal cables. The first CPU plug is tucked up right next to the motherboard plugs. That is the only dedicated CPU power plug. The second is shared. There are four PCIe/VGA connections. There are two dedicated then the other two also share a space with the second CPU power cable. This does mean if you need to use all four of the PCI cables you wouldn’t be able to run a second CPU power. But that is highly unlikely given that two of the PCI cables are dual plug. Which means to use up all four plugs you would be using six total plugs. Then over on the right, you have four plugs for the peripheral cables (SATA and Molex). That one is a little weird with this PSU only coming with three peripheral cables, you would think they would have included the extra PCI/CPU plug so those don’t need to share a plug rather than including an extra peripheral plug.

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The outside-facing end doesn’t have much going on at all. ¾ of the back is perforated for the exhaust airflow on the fan. Then in the corner, they have the power plug and switch. The serial number is also under that, which means you can get to it without getting inside of your case if you have any issues. Which goes with MSIs 10 year warranty.

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The top and bottom depending on which way you have the MPG A750GF orientated have a fan side and then a basic side. The basic side has a sticker with all of the normally required certifications on it. It also has a specification breakdown of the power allocation and they highlight the 80 Plus Gold certification next to that. The fan side is the only part of the entire power supply housing that steps away from the standard black box. The fan grill is panted with a darker grey finish and is sheet metal with hexagon-shaped cutouts. Then in the center, it has an MSI logo. The fan fills up the entire housing and looks to be 140mm.

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With a lot of companies dropping the cable bags, I was really happy to see MSI didn’t follow that trend. It is your standard heavy-duty cable bag with Velcro and has the MSI cable dragon logo in the bottom corner which helps let you know which power supply this is for if you have more than one bag laying around. Though I would still recommend tossing a paper inside with the exact model. Inside the cables come in a plastic bag alongside a small bag with the four black mounting screws. You also get a standard US NEMA 5-15P to C13 power cable.

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With the cables out of the bag, they are all blacked out with black cables and plugs. MSI went with the thin flexible flat cables for ALL of the cables as well. A lot of companies have been sleeving their 24-pin cables on top of the flat cables which I’m not a fan of and MSI didn’t do that. These will be easy to move around, fit behind things, and fold up to shorten long cables. Speaking of long cables, the three peripheral cables are surprisingly long. Both of the SATA cables have four SATA plugs on them starting at around the 20-inch point and are 39+ inches long. Then the Molex cable has four Molex connections and then an old floppy connection at the end.  But then the cable that I normally have the most trouble with on large cases (the 8-pin CPU power) is much shorter at 29 inches when it has to run behind the motherboard then up and over to the top plug. The 24-pin motherboard power is 25 inches which is about right. The four PCIe cables are interesting as well. Most power supplies either go all in on single plug cables or just have dual plug cables. Having two of each is interesting and also opens up options. They are all at 21 inches for the first plug then the two cables with extra plugs have 6 more inches. All six plugs are a 6+2 design that covers both 6-pin and 8-pin connections.

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Overall

MSI getting into the power supply market is exciting to see, especially for people who like to theme out their entire build matching as much as possible to one brand. In my own systems, I tend to mix and match, but the exception to that is when it comes to integrating things that require software. Peripherals and lighting are nice to stick to the same ecosystem for that reason rather than having 10 different programs that you have to keep installed and running. In the case of the MSI MPG A750F, they haven’t reached the stage where software is a concern at all. But like with Asus, I can see MSI in the future going that direction and integrating their new PSUs, water cooling, and cases all into their current ecosystem with their GPUs and motherboards.

As it sits though the MPG A750F and the other wattage options that MSI has to offer have kept things simple. The housing from most angles is your standard black box. The exception to that is in the design over the fan which adds at least a little bit of styling. They picked great cables with the flat and flexible cables on all cables including the 24-pin. They even include a storage bag which seems to be going away with a lot of companies. Like I mentioned before, I’m not taking a full look at the performance here so I would still recommend checking out coverage at other outlets that have those capabilities before fully trusting the performance. Especially when it is a new company getting into the market. But I do like a lot of what MSI is doing.

As for pricing the MPG A750F is listed at Newegg for $109 even though it is currently out of stock. At that price, it is actually on the cheap side for a 750 watt, fully modular, 80 Plus Gold rated power supply. There are a few cheaper options, but there are a LOT more that are much higher in price. There is room for improvements in the future with a low-power zero RPM fan mode for example. But it should be interesting to see what MSI does in the future.

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Author Bio
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Author: garfi3ldWebsite: https://lanoc.org
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You might call him obsessed or just a hardcore geek. Wes's obsession with gaming hardware and gadgets isn't anything new, he could be found taking things apart even as a child. When not poking around in PC's he can be found playing League of Legends, Awesomenauts, or Civilization 5 or watching a wide variety of TV shows and Movies. A car guy at heart, the same things that draw him into tweaking cars apply when building good looking fast computers. If you are interested in writing for Wes here at LanOC you can reach out to him directly using our contact form.

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