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MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX
Hardware

Introduction

It has been over a month since Intel launched their latest Haswell platform for consumers. The Haswell chips or specifically, the K-Series processors brought some revolutionary new features for overclocking that were before limited to the HEDT X79 platform. Intel’s Haswell CPUs come with an Integrated voltage regulator “FVIR” along with enhanced BCLK overclocking. With the launch of Haswell platform from Intel, motherboard manufacturers popped up some really impressive designs and features for the new platform that were not available on the main stream platform.

Micro Star International or MSI as formerly knowned is a pioneer in the hardware department offering some of the most impressive and award winning technologies to date. With the launch of Intel’s Haswell platform, MSI launched three tiers of lineups for their motherboards – Gaming/Overclocking/Legacy. Each lineup is built for a specific range of consumers. The Overclocking lineup has three products in its tier, the flagship Z87 XPower, Z87 MPOWER MAX and the Z87 MPOWER. Each motherboard is designed to offer unprecedented overclock features to the users allowing for the best and stable overclocks possible with the K-Series Haswell processors.

Today, we will be taking a look at the Z87 MPOWER MAX motherboard which is sandwiched between the Z87 XPOWER and the Z87 MPOWER motherboard. Specifically, the motherboard offers better features and a much powerful power supply area to allow for better overclocks. But before we talk about the board itself, let’s take a look at the new chipset and socket which support the latest Haswell processors.

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SCB_Image_Screenshot_N1We’ve mentioned the imminent EOL status of the Nvidia 600 series. Yet even as it goes the way of the dodo bird, Nvidia is still using a few SKUs making them eligible for their promotional partnership with Ubisoft and their impending sly and sneaky Splinter Cell Blacklist coming to PC and console, around the last days of Summer.

Ubisoft encourages gamers noting they have worked closely with the GPU giant so SC Blacklist supports the most cutting edge features such as DX 11 Tesselalation, Nvidia HBAO+, TXAA anti-aliasing and surround tech. Now you have bit more incentive to pull the trigger on a new Nvidia GTX video card. Nvidia states, “…starting today, gamers who purchase a GeForce GTX 660, 660 Ti, 670, 680, 760, 770, or 780 from a participating partner will receive a free copy of Splinter Cell Blacklist Deluxe Edition for PC…” The operative phrase here being “participating partner”. So check with your favorite end card partner (EVGA, MSI, ASUS, Gainward, Gigabyte, etc…)

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Hardware

MSI has released a new teaser video of their upcoming GeForce GTX 780 Lightning graphics card. The GeForce GTX 780 Lightning was displayed at the Computex 2013 event at MSI’s booth but it was hidden for visitors to view.

MSI GTX 780 Lightning

MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning Teaser Video Released

The GeForce GTX 780 Lightning teaser video talks and shows alot of thunder which represent the Lightning cooler of the card. The date being displayed of 7th August may be the launch date but a hint at what’s coming next from MSI as at the end the digits 780 “GeForce GTX 780″ begin to glow. So we may still have to wait a bit to see the launch of this new beast from MSI but i guess the card would finally launch in  August 2013.

So what does the GeForce GTX 780 Lightning brings in terms of specs? Its based on the GK110 core featuring 2304 cores, 192 TMUs, 48 ROPs. The card can feature 3 GB or even 6 GB of GDDR5 memory running across a  384-bit wide interface. It wouldn’t be a surprise if i told you that the card is a factory overclocked model with a custom designed PCB that features Military Class IV components, Digital PWM controller and an Unlocked BIOS. l Can’t say what clock speeds would the GTX 780 Lightning run at but if i was to make a guess then i’d probably say something above 1 GHz for core and boost clock frequencies.

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Hardware

GPU Overclocking Utilities Revisited – Part II

GPU Overclocking utilities have made GPU overclocking a piece of cake with the passage of time . In case you have not transcended the ‘geek’ world, overclocking, in layman’s term is running your hardware at greater speeds than it was designed too, although it greatly increases performance, but as a side-effect, also decreases your GPU’s life span. In the past GPU overclocking was extremely hard, mods were needed for the tiniest overclocks. Technology changed, and manufacturers started equipping better coolers, voltage regulator’s and what not, to allow your average user to overclock easily. It was made even easier with various utilities that allow real-time overclocking, which not only was safer, but easier as well. The utilities are come in handy, allowing one to set fan speed, core GPU clock’s, shader clock and various such meters to monitor the GPU.

With the passage of time, we have seen many updates regarding GPU overclocking. We have seen some great custom solution, liquid coolers and some manufacturer’s even putting in entire phase change cooling on a single GPU as of recently. At the same time, we have seen NVIDIA limiting their cards to reference design as a part of their Greenlight program by removing overclocking features or limiting voltage control to their flagship graphic parts. This stirred up alot of heat in the GPU industry but with time many consumers settled with the new program. The Greenlight program is the reason due to which we haven’t seen any GeForce GTX Titan, GeForce GTX 690 GPU in non-reference or custom variants. NVIDIA also limited manufacturer’s to offer their own custom dual chip offering which ended up the ASUS MARS III GPU getting cancelled as a showcase product only and the plans to another card under the ASUS MARS brand with dual GK110 cores getting washed out. AMD on the other hand still allows manufacturer’s to release any cards as they wish which was the reason we saw TUL made HD 7990′s before the launch of the official reference variant codenamed “Malta” in 2013.

GPU Overclocking Utilites

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Hardware

MSI’s upcoming GeForce GTX 760 Gaming OC Edition graphics card has been unveiled by Videocardz. The card makes use of a non-reference PCB and the latest iteration of Twin Frozr IV cooling which allows for faster clock frequencies and better overclocking.

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MSI GeForce GTX 760 Gaming OC Edition GPU Unveiled

The GeForce GTX 760 Gaming OC graphics card would feature a GK104-225-A2 Kepler core architecture that supposedly boasts 1152 cores, 96 TMUs, 32 ROPs along with a 2 GB GDDR5 memory interface running along a 256-bit wide memory interface. The GPU runs at a base clock of 1085 MHz while boosts upto 1150 MHz which are similar speeds as seen on other non-reference models. The memory on some of the overclocked variants is clocked at 7 GHz while others still operate at the reference 6 GHz effective clock speeds, the GPU pumps out a bandwidth of 192 GB/s at 6 GHz and 224.4 GB/s at 7 GHz effective clock speeds.

GeForce GTX 770 Lightning
Hardware

MSI is preparing two GeForce GTX 770 models which would be featured in their Lightning and Gaming series branding. Both cards would feature the Twin Froze IV cooling solution and a non-reference PCB design which would boost overclocking and performance.

MSI GTX 770

MSI GeForce GTX 770 Lightning – Designed for Overclockers

The GeForce GTX 770 Lightning has already been detailed and was even benchmarked a few days ago. The GeForce GTX 770 Lightning from MSI comes with a non-reference PCB that uses the GK104-425-A2 cooler that features 1536 Cuda cores, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs along with a 2GB GDDR5 memory that operates along 256-bit interface. From previous reports, we know that the reference models would be clocked at 1046 MHz core and 1085 MHz boost while the memory would be effectively clocked at 7 GHz which would give a good performance boost over the GeForce GTX 680. However, the MSI GeForce GTX 770 Lightning being a custom model would make use of a factory overclock out-of-box. Chances are that the base clock would be configured over 1100 MHz.

Z87 XPower
Hardware

Yesterday, we showed you a picture of MSI’s upcoming Z87 XPower motherboard suited for hardcore enthusiasts and overclockers. Chinadiy has unveiled a full preview of the motherboard which provides every single bit of detail  and features the Z87 XPower has to offer.

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MSI Z87 XPower – Set New Overclocking Records

The Z87 XPower is so large in size that it makes the Z87 MPower MAX looks like a midget next to it. It features 32 phase power supply featuring all creamic conductors, fourth generation DRMOS and 330uF tantalum capacitors. These are part of the OC Genie 4 engine and Military Class IV design that provide unprecedented power for overclocking. The Z87 XPower features an 8-Layer PCB and several overclocking switches which can be used to adjust BCLK and FSB settings dynamically without entering the BIOS. There’s a Multi BIOS switch which would help in overclocking.

The CPU socket is powered via dual 8-Pin connectors while the electrical parts are seated beneath a large heatsink split in three parts which makes use of heatpipe cooling. The heatsink solution comes with glowing patterns and a large X Logo that glows on both sides in yellow color. The motherboard features a black and yellow design scheme, the second heatsink sits on top the Z87 PCH.

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Z87 Xpower 2

We already know that MSI is preparing a new flagship motherboard known as the Z87 XPower for the Haswell platform. Till now we have only seen teasers of the board but today we get to see an actual picture of the board itself. Other than the XPower, MSI has also unveiled their Z87 MPower and Z87 Gaming lineup.

MSI Z87 XPower Overclocking Motherboard Pictured

The Z87 XPower features 16 VRM Phases and is equipped with the OC Genie 4 engine and Military Class IV parts that provide unprecedented power for overclocking. The CPU socket is powered via dual 8-Pin connectors while the electrical parts are seated beneath a large heatsink split in three parts which makes use of heatpipe cooling. The heatsink solution comes with glowing patterns and a large X Logo that glows on both sides in yellow color. The motherboard features a black and yellow design scheme, the second heatsink sits on top the Z87 PCH.

Expansion slots include five PCI-e 3.0 x16 and two PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots. The motherboard offers Quad-Way SLI and CrossFireX multi-GPU functionality and even comes with a PLX chip that adds upto 32 PCI-Express lanes. Storage includes 10 SATA 6 GBps ports next to which two USB 3.0 front panel headers are located. The motherboard is supposed to offer 12 USB 3.0 ports, there’s a mSATA slot near the Z87 PCH which can be used to add a WiFi add in card on a M-SATA SSD.

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MSI MPower

MSI has finally announced two new motherboards in its latest Z87 MPower brand, the Z87 MPower MAX and Z87 MPower. Both motherboards are built specifically for enthusiasts and overclockers.

MSI Z87 MPower MAX Motherboard

he Z87 MPower MAX features 20 (8+12) VRMs further boosting the overclocking capabilities of the board. Along with these, MSI Z87 MPower would use Hi-C Caps, Super Ferrite Chokes, Digital PWM, Enhanced Dual BIOS and the OC essential features which include Clear CMOS switch near at the I/O plate, Debug LED, Easy button 3, Multi BIOS II, V-Check Points and more. Overclockers can add additional power to the processor with Dual 8-Pin connectors which is the same scheme as their XPower Z87 motherboard.

The electrical components are well hidden beneath the large U-shaped heatsink block referred to as “M” cool design. The Z77 MPower used heatpipe cooling system which ran through a set of heatsink, it could be possible that a similar cooling mechanism is featured on the new Z87 MPower motherboard. The motherboard does retain its black and yellow design scheme. Another heatsink would be allocated to the PCH that comes with a striking half “M” design scheme that looks nice.

MSI Z87 MPower MAX
Hardware

Z87 MPower

In addition to the Z87 MPower MAX, MSI is also readying the Z87 MPower which is a slightly cut down version of the MAX variant and detailed by OverClex. The board would cost 229 Euros compared to the 249 Euro cost of the MAX variant and would feature a 16 Phase Digital PWM while the MAX variant comes with a much beefy 40 Phase PWM supply.

MSI Prepares Z87 MPower Motherboard Minus the “MAX”

The Z87 MPower would feature 20 (8+8) VRMs further boosting the overclocking capabilities of the board. Along with these, MSI Z87 MPower would use Hi-C Caps, Super Ferrite Chokes, Digital PWM, Enhanced Dual BIOS and the OC essential features which include Clear CMOS switch near at the I/O plate, Debug LED, Easy button 3, Multi BIOS II, V-Check Points and more. Overclockers can add additional power to the processor with Dual 8-Pin connectors which is the same scheme as their XPower Z87 motherboard.

The electrical components are well hidden beneath the large U-shaped heatsink block referred to as “M” cool design. The Z77 MPower used heatpipe cooling system which ran through a set of heatsink, it could be possible that a similar cooling mechanism is featured on the new Z87 MPower motherboard. The motherboard does retain its black and yellow design scheme. Another heatsink would be allocated to the PCH that comes with a striking half “M” design scheme that looks nice.

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Z87 MPower MAX

The MSI Z87 MPower MAX motherboard has been previewed by our friends at OCaholic. The motherboard was already unboxed and detailed last week but now we get to see more high-definition shots of the board itself.

MSI Z87 MPower MAX Detailed – A Treat For Enthusiasts

The Z87 MPower MAX would feature 20 (8+12) VRMs further boosting the overclocking capabilities of the board. Along with these, MSI Z87 MPower would use Hi-C Caps, Super Ferrite Chokes, Digital PWM, Enhanced Dual BIOS and the OC essential features which include Clear CMOS switch near at the I/O plate, Debug LED, Easy button 3, Multi BIOS II, V-Check Points and more. Overclockers can add additional power to the processor with Dual 8-Pin connectors which is the same scheme as their XPower Z87 motherboard.

The electrical components are well hidden beneath the large U-shaped heatsink block referred to as “M” cool design. The Z77 MPower used heatpipe cooling system which ran through a set of heatsink, it could be possible that a similar cooling mechanism is featured on the new Z87 MPower motherboard. The motherboard does retain its black and yellow design scheme. Another heatsink would be allocated to the PCH that comes with a striking half “M” design scheme that looks nice.

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Hardware

Z87-GD65 Gaming

MSI’s upcoming Z87-GD65 Gaming motherboard has been pictured and detailed CoolEnjoy. Last week, we also got to see MSI’s Z87-G45 gaming motherboard which shares a similar design scheme from the Z87-GD65.

MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Motherboard For Gamers Detailed

Just like its predecessor aka the Z77A-GD65, the new motherboard carries the same Dragon (Red/Black) design theme. Even the dragon logo embedded on the PCH looks the same so other than offering compatibility with the latest Haswell processors, the latest Z87 PCH allows for native USB 3.0 and SATA 3 ports that offer superior and faster connectivity and transfer rates over their predecessors.

Other notable features include the addition of the latest Audio boost chip (Sound Blaster Core) which would offer enhanced audio quality to users through the 7.1 channel audio jack. An 8-Pin power connector provides juice to the CPU socket while a few switches which include OC Genie 4, Power On/Off, Reset, Debug LED are located at the bottom of the board while a clear CMOS button is placed at the I/O panel. There’s also a Multi-BIOS switch located near the DIMM slots. The MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming comes with the military class IV components  which include a 12 Phase VRM with super ferrite chokes and solid state capacitors to deliver best stability to users.

Expansion slots include three PCI-e 3.0 x16, three PCI-e 3.0 x1 and an M-PCI-e combo slot near the top most PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot. The Z87-GD65 Gaming motherboard supports both SLI and CrossFireX multi GPU functionality. Storage options include 6 SATA 6 GB/s ports while I/O includes 6 USB 3.0 ports, LAN powered by Killer ethernet chip (killer E2200), VGA, DVI, HDMI, Gaming device port (to reduce peripheral lag) and LAN ports.

MSI Z87 MPower MAX
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MSI Z87 MPower MAX

MSI Z87 MPower MAX has been unboxed and fully detailed by Egypthardware who got the board for review. The Z87 MPower and Z87 XPower from MSI are top of the line boards built for overclockers and enthusiasts and equipped with some of the most reliable components available in the MSI’s Military Class IV feature set.

MSI Z87 MPower MAX Detailed – A Treat For Enthusiasts

The Z87 MPower MAX would feature 20 (8+12) VRMs further boosting the overclocking capabilities of the board. Along with these, MSI Z87 MPower would use Hi-C Caps, Super Ferrite Chokes, Digital PWM, Enhanced Dual BIOS and the OC essential features which include Clear CMOS switch near at the I/O plate, Debug LED, Easy button 3, Multi BIOS II, V-Check Points and more. Overclockers can add additional power to the processor with Dual 8-Pin connectors which is the same scheme as their XPower Z87 motherboard.

Z87 MPower MAX

The electrical components are well hidden beneath the large U-shaped heatsink block referred to as “M” cool design. The Z77 MPower used heatpipe cooling system which ran through a set of heatsink, it could be possible that a similar cooling mechanism is featured on the new Z87 MPower motherboard. The motherboard does retain its black and yellow design scheme. Another heatsink would be allocated to the PCH that comes with a striking half “M” design scheme that looks nice.

GX70 Gaming Notebook
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GX70 Gaming Notebook

MSI has launched their new GX70 Gaming notebook that combines some of the most powerful hardware components available on mobile platform. With the combination of latest and most powerful mobile hardware from AMD, the GX70 Gaming notebook is officially recommended to play Crysis 3 which is also bundled with the notebook.

MSI Unleashes the GX70 Gaming Notebook For Serious Gamers

The MSI GX70 Gaming notebook is powered by AMD’s Richland based A10-5750M Quad-Core processor. The CPU is clocked at a base frequency of 2.5 GHz and turbo’s all way upto 3.5 GHz. It comes with an 4 MB of L2 cache, a 35W thermal design envelope. In addition to its discrete graphics solution, the A10-5750M comes fused with an  integrated Radeon HD 8650G that offers display connectivity through Mini Display Port, HDMI, and D-Sub on the GX70 Gaming notebook.

In low intensive applications, the Radeon HD 8650G plays a primary role but in gaming the task is handled over to the much powerful Radeon HD 8970M solution. The Radeon HD 8970M codenamed “Neptune” is based on the latest Solar System series from AMD. The HD 8970M is the successor to the 7970M however specifications wise it isn’t much different at all. The Radeon HD 8970M is based on the same Pitcairn architecture used on the 7970M featuring 1280 (1D) stream processors,  80 texture mapping units and 2GB memory that runs across an 256-bit GDDR5 memory interface. The HD 8970M comes with faster clock speeds that allows for greater performance as indicated by the slide below:

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Z87-G45 GamingMSI’s upcoming Z87-G45 gaming motherboard have been spotted at various Chinese forums but due to NDA those sites are now removing the pictures. We were fast enough to grab a few of these screenshots which show the upcoming Z87-G45 Gaming motherboard from MSI.

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming Motherboard Spotted and Tested

Redquasar revealed one of the two Z87 gaming motherboards from MSI. We assume that this would be the MSI Z87-G45 Gaming since its packed with a few features compared to the flagship Z87-GD65 Gaming. Just like its predecessor aka the Z77A-GD45, the new motherboard carries the same Dragon (Red/Black) design theme. Even the dragon logo embedded on the PCH looks the same so other than offering compatibility with the latest Haswell processors we don’t think the motherboard has much to offer.

Other notable features include the addition of the latest Audio boost chip (Sound Blaster Core) which would offer enhanced audio quality to users through the 7.1 channel audio jack. An 8-Pin power connector provides juice to the CPU socket while a few switches which include OC Genie 4, Power On/Off, Reset, Debug LED are located at the bottom of the board while a clear CMOS button is placed at the I/O panel. There’s also a Multi-BIOS switch located near the DIMM slots.



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