Z87 MPower Max and Z87 MPower
The MSI Z87 MPower Max has a 20-phase power design to ensure the stable power delivery to the CPU and memory of the board. Like the Z87 XPower, this board also features the updated Military Class IV components of its power delivery systems. They consist of new PowerPak MOSFETs, Hi-c capacitors (Hi-C Cap), super ferrite chokes (SFC), along with solid capacitors (Solid Caps) and Dark capacitors (Dark Caps). Only the Z87 XPower has the new DrMOS 4, which is the updated version of the MOSFET found in the previous generation Military Class III VRM components.
The Z87 MPower boasts of a 16-phase power design that is the lowest among the group. The board sports the same color scheme of its predecessor, the Z77 MPower. In terms of its feature set, the Z87 MPower can be considered a pared-down version of the Z87 MPower Max due to less onboard storage and I/O connectivity options like SATA 6Gbps connectors and USB 3.0 ports. In terms of cooling design for its VRM heatsinks, the Z87 MPower features the MPower Superpipe; while theZ87 MPower Max has the MPower MAX Superpipe that supposedly delivers better heat dissipation due to its extended design from the former.
All the boards come with exciting features like the Double ESD (electrostatic-discharge) protection for all their I/O ports. To overcome the potential loss of USB 3.0 signals due to long cables used, the boards come equipped with USB Redrivers on the internal USB 3.0 ports to boost the signals. The Audio Boost features is available on all boards to deliver quality sound audio due to its hardware features like its EMI shielding for the audio CODEC chip. For more information on the new OC Certified Intel Z87 MSI boards, do head over to their site here.