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MSI Z87 MPower Motherboard Review

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Posted June 20, 2013 by Kenny in CPU & Motherboards

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Overview

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Price at time of Review: $234.99 on newegg.com
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Massive 8+12 Power Phase, Military Class 4 Hardware and Solid Caps for long life Performance, Great overclocking abilities, mSATA Support
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

None
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If you are looking for an exceptional performance to value ratio motherboard with excellent features and software, the MSI Z87 MPower will easily meet those demands.
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Summary

The MSI Z87 MPower motherboard met our every expectation when it came to its aesthetics. MSI’s MPower color scheme will match up quite nicely with a variety of graphics cards. The black and yellow accents really gave it a nice contrast and at the same time it wasn’t too bold. This will allow users to match up other hardware nicely and we have come to know that aesthetics are a big part of today’s decision when it comes to hardware. The layout of the board’s features were well thought out which makes things easy to plan.

When it comes to its software package, we think that MSI went above and beyond. The intensive software package that was available with the motherboard really made it stand out from the rest. While we won’t see all users taking advantage of everything included, we did like that it was without the additional high ticket price tag. This was especially appreciated since this board offered quite a bit of unique features such as the Killer E2200 NIC and the Sound Blaster Cinema software to enhance your experience while gaming or media playing.

From a performance stand point, the board performed flawlessly to our needs; however, remember that your motherboard’s performance can only be as good as the processor you have. While our retail boxed 4770K didn’t overclock as easily as we would have liked it to, the MSI Z87 MPower motherboard made it much easier to maneuver and get the stable OC’s we aimed for. The overclocking features, multiple options in the BIOS and the included MSI Extreme tuning software, made things go more smoothly. The only draw back we found was that our USB 3.0 didn’t perform on par. In the end, after trouble-shooting with MSI’s tech team, it wasn’t the board’s fault, but is more likely the new Haswell instruction set with the newly developed Z87 chipset. Also, when it came to memory frequency support, the MSI Z87 MPower accepted our Corsair 2133MHz memory with no issues and enabled those frequencies with a simple change in the BIOS to accept the Intel XMP profile.

So with our final thoughts, the MSI Z87 MPower performed exceptionally and while our overclocks are not record breaking, we were satisfied with what we got, especially without going into extreme cooling. While extreme OC records can be met with this board, and its beefed up power phase to bring you there, we find that 90% of the consumers that are using this board will not be doing this in a normal day to day basis.

With the MSI Z87 MPower at the $234.99 price tag, we find this to be an exceptional value for its performance to dollar factor and its features and capabilities just help to bring it over the top to earn our Editors Choice Award.

MSI Z87 MPower Motherboard Review – Editors Choice

 

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8 Comments


  1.  
    Eric H

    Wow, I am thoroughly impressed with this board. Nice review again kenny.




  2.  
    SSB

    I’ve never owned a MSI motherboard but that might have to change. Every single review of their new Gaming and Power line have been positive. Thanks for the review.




    •  
      Kenny

      Thanks! MSI has really stepped up the game with the new motherboards. Of the 5 motherboards I have now reviewed from MSI, they have all performed flawless to date.




  3.  
    Gerard

    I just sold my MSI z77 MPower board, because I wanted that new MSI z87 XPower board..a step up from the z87 MPower.




    •  
      Kenny

      Thanks for reading, The MPower is a great board, and I’ve read and seen that the Xpower is another awesome board from MSI, although we haven’t reviewed the Xpower board, if it performs anything like the recent MSI’s motherboards we have reviewed, I am sure its a great performer.




  4.  
    Fong Vang

    Really nice mobo. I bought it from microcenter with a promotional deal for $150. It feels solid and installation is quite simple. It even tells you on the mobo which two DIMM slots to fill in first. My first ever build was 13 yrs ago with an MSI board. Since then I’ve been using Asus and Gigabyte boards and decided to relook at MSI for my most current build. I would have to say that I am quite satisfied with it and it didnt cost as much as Giga/Asus.




  5.  
    Mort

    What wattage is recommended in the PSU for this particular motherboard?
    Much appreciated!




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      There isn’t such a thing for a particular board. It entirely depends on what you’ll be connecting into the board, and primarily graphics cards. Size a PSU by the graphics cards you’ll need (and if you’re overclocking anything), not by the motherboard. Good luck!





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