MSI targets Haswell overclockers with Z87 MPower and XPower
Last week at Computex, MSI unveiled its latest high-end motherboards for Haswell enthusiast builders – the Z87 MPower / XPower, featuring OC Certified assurances and Military Class 4 components.
In tandem with the Intel 8-series chipset launch at Computex, MSI held a press event and announced that the company will be segmenting its 2013 offerings into three distinct product lines – Overclocking, Gaming and Classic.
The premium-grade peripherals, such as the MPower/XPower motherboards and the Lightning series graphic cards, belong to the marquee Overclocking sub-brand. This is followed by a plethora of gaming oriented products (motherboards, graphics, notebooks and AiOs) which will fall under the red dragon themed Gaming category. Lastly, the mass market stuff will remain in the blue Classic line-up.
For the overclocking series, three new Z87-based motherboards were introduced – MPower, MPower Max and the XPower (shown below, from left to right).
The Z87 XPOWER comes with 4-way SLI/CFX support via a PCIe Gen3 PLX8747 switch, 8-layer PCB and marks the debut of “DrMOS 4″ which is the same iR3550 60A power stages found on Gigabyte/EVGA’s high-end offerings.
Meanwhile, the MPower Max features more VRM phases than the regular MPower (16 vs 20 PowerPak FETs).
All three boards are furnished with Military Class 4 technology (Super Ferrite Chokes, Hi-c/Dark Caps) and have OC Essentials such as voltage check points, debug LED, dual BIOS and easy access to clear CMOS/power-on. They also come with Killer E2200 Gigabit LAN for latency-optimized networking and Audio Boost technology (shielded Realtek ALC1150 with discrete Ti OPA1652 amps and PCB separation).
The motherboards, tuned and put to the paces by Swedish overclocker Elmor (below), have been validated to complete 24-hours of PRIME95 of load testing under overclocked conditions and are bundled with Intel’s Extreme Tuning Utility with HWBot submission integration.