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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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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.

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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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