MSI Z87 MPower Motherboard Review
OverviewHardware: CPU & Motherboards
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
Discuss in the Forum
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