MSI Z77 MPOWER
OverviewHardware: CPU & Motherboards
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.
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Overclocking- Sub Zero
Drum roll please!
Normally, we run some exotic cooling on top tier motherboards. Seeing the MSI Z77 MPower overclocked like a world champ, we decided to unpack our dry ice pot and see what the little power house could unleash. We do caution you not to use the same voltages that we did in our Dice run as this could seriously damage your processor. At Pure Overclock, we like to push the envelope, so let’s get ready to rumble!
Here is our Dice setup. Pretty badass.
We started our run quickly getting to 5.6GHz with relatively a low voltage of 1.65 volts. We slowly raised the voltage and achieved 5.83GHz. Although CPU-Z shows 1.8+ volyage, our multimeter attached to the Voltage V-Checkpoints showed 1.7 volts.
We were able to run SuperPi at 5.83Ghz and pulled 6.321 seconds. Wow, that is blazing fast!
We upped our voltage to 1.9 volts (CPU-Z shows 1.8 volts) and hit 5.93Ghz. Again, our multimeter showed 1.7 volts so it looks like the voltage may be capped. We tried everything to get 6GHz with 8 threads, but had no more luck. We have to say, 5.93GHz is still phenomenal!
All of our adjustments in our dry ice run were made with the Big Bang Control Center. For those who are experienced, this is a godsend. Constantly rebooting to the BIOS causes overclock rage, which we didn’t have to experience with this tool. Also, when the system locked or crashed, we had the BIOS preset at 5.6GHz and 1.8 volts, so moving to 5.9GHz was simple. This is a great innovation.
And here are our temps at -67 Celsius. Enough to get a beverage cold very quickly.
Let’s shift gears to a few motherboard specific benchmarks.