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MSI Z77 MPOWER

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Posted October 11, 2012 by James Baranski (Drdeath) in CPU & Motherboards

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Price at time of Review: $210
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

MSI's Z77 MPower has outstanding performance and is a juggernaut of an overclocker.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Main power 24 pin area a bit cluttered, only 6 SATA ports.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If you're looking for great performance, top notch overclocking potential without breaking the bank, The MSI Z77 MPower is exactly what your looking for.
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by James Baranski (Drdeath)
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Introduction

In the past few years, we have seen the motherboard competition heat up. Asus, Gigabyte and ASRock are the leaders in marketshare but we have seen others step up their game lately, especially in their Z77 products. Names like MSI, Biostar and EliteGroup are also highly recognized names in the industry. Recently we have heard rumors that Asus may purchase ASRock, thus improving their marketshare through acquisition. Of course, the other industry leaders aren’t going to just let Asus take all the pie. Today we get to take a look at the MSI Z77 MPower, and determine just how much more competitive they have become to reduce the potential dominance of an Asus-ASRock team-up.

Last June, we reviewed MSI’s Z77-GD65 and Z77-GD55. Both motherboards shined in performance, overclocking and value, showing they can hang with the big boys. Both motherboards overclocked as well as, if not better, than any of the higher-end boards. If you think MSI is going to stay quiet about the potential industry shake up, think twice. With MSI’s progression, we can easily see them filling the number 3 spot provided the aqusition goes through. If if doesn’t, MSI is still on the rise giving the other big boys a run for their money.

Today, we have another MSI Z77 offering in the lab named the Z77 MPower. The MPower sports MSI’s Military Class components, so we ask, “Will the MSI Z77 Power live up to its Z77 cousin’s prowess”? There is only one way to find out. Let’s get the Z77 MPower on the test bench and see it in action.

 

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8 Comments


  1.  
    Duke

    Too bad it doesn’t have cpu vcore offset like everyone else.
    A major failure for MSI.




  2.  
    Vinny Petronio

    Great review and Awesome Z77 MPower MB from MSI




  3.  
    James Baranski

    Duke, the offset may be a concern to you but the board is as good as any Z77 motherboard. It is not a failure al tall if you read the entire review.




  4.  
    Kim Wheeler

    Thank you for a great review. I purchased this motherboard and I am in the process of buying a cpu for my new system. Will the new Intel Haswell be compatible with the MSI Z77 MPOWER? This is my first new computer in about 10 years and I am looking forward to this new upgrade.




  5.  
    Paul Kuhn

    Will using the 3rd pcie full size slot for an OCZ Revo drive 3 cause the first pcie x16 slot (for gpu) to run at 8x because there is no plx chip on this motherboard?




  6.  
    John

    Doesn’t matter a hoot about offset settings.
    Its not going to make anything last any longer
    This is an excellent motherboard i own onn one.
    Better that “asas”,
    And I have used enough of their new style ’68, ’77 boards to judge
    I’ve bought my last of theirs




  7.  
    Shatter

    My only bad is that the memory slots are too close to the CPU, after installing a PROPER cooler to I lost two slots, but it seems they had thought about because could change to the secondary banks

    But every penny well spend!!!





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