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MSI Z87 MPower Max
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MSI Z87 MPower Max


Overall rating 8/10

The MSI Z87 MPower Max motherboard is OC Certified, assuring overclockers of its overclocking capabilities. It comes with a bundled Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module too!


Performance:
8
Features:
7.5
Value:
8
THE GOOD
Unique VRM heatsink design
Ample supply of USB 3.0 ports
Consistent performance and easy to overclock
THE BAD
VRM heatsinks may get in the way of some custom CPU coolers

Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • Supports Intel Socket 1150 for 4th Generation Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors
  • Supports Intel 22nm CPU
  • Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Intel Z87 Chipset
Memory
  • Dual Channel DDR3 memory technology
  • 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM slots
  • Supports 3000 (O.C.) / 2800 (O.C.) / 2666 (O.C.) / 2600 (O.C.) / 2400 (O.C.) / 2200 (O.C.) / 2133 (O.C.) / 2000 (O.C.) / 1866 (O.C.) / 1800 (O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered memory
  • Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
  • Max. capacity of system memory: 32GB
Storage
  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
  • Supports Intel Smart Response Technology, Intel Rapid Start Technology, Intel Smart Connect Technology
  • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (via ASMedia ASM1061 controller)
Audio
  • Realtek ALC1150 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
  • Optical S/PDIF out port at back panel
Video
  • Intel HD graphics engine
  • 1 x DisplayPort port
  • 2 x HDMI ports
Networking 1 x Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN controller
Rear I/O
  • 1x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 2 x HDMI
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
  • 6 x USB 3.0 (blue)
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF out
  • 6 x Audio jacks
  • 1 x Clear CMOS button
Internal Connectors
  • 2 x USB 3.0 connectors support additional 4 USB 3.0 ports
  • 2 x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
  • 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 2 x CPU Fan connectors
  • 3 x System Fan connectors
  • 2 x System panel connectors
  • 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
  • 2 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
  • 1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
  • 1 x 14-point V-Check system
  • 1 x GO2BIOS button
  • 1 x OC Genie button
  • 1 x Reset button
  • 2 x Base Clock control buttons
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1 x Power button
  • 1 x OC Genie mode switch
  • 1 x 2-Digit Debug Code LED
  • 1 x Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth module connector
Expansion Slots
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8 or x8 / x4 / x4)
  • 4 x PCIe 2.0 x1
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 30.4 x 24.4cm

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