MSI Z87 MPower MAX


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• 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Pentium® /Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.

• Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

Main Memory
• Support four DDR3 DIMMs 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000*(OC) DRAM, 64GB Max
- Supports Dual-Channel mode
- Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
- Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

• 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (support x16, x8/x8, x8/x4/x4 modes)
• 4 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots

On-Board SATA
• SATAIII controller integrated in Intel® Z87 chipset
- Up to 6Gb/s transfer speed.
- 1 x mSATA 6Gb/s port*
- Supports six SATA ports (SATA1~6) by Z87
• SATAIII controller integrated in ASMedia® ASM1061 chipset
- Up to 6Gb/s transfer speed.
- Supports two SATA ports (SATA7~8) by ASM1061
*The SATA5 port will be unavailable when a SSD installed in the mSATA port.
  • Supports Intel Core processors on Windows 7 and Windows 8.

- SATA1~6 ports support Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise (AHCI / RAID 0/1/5/10) by Intel Z87

• Intel Z87 Express Chipset
- 4x USB 3.0 ports (available through the internal USB connectors)
- 6x USB 2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors**)
• ASMedia ASM1074 Chipset
- 4 x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
• Renesas uPD720202 Chipset
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
  • internal JUSB1 connector supports MSI Super Charger

• Realtek® ALC1150 Codec
- 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
- Supports S/PDIF output

• Supports one PCI Express LAN 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Killer® E2205 Gigabit LAN controller*
*The Killer Network Manager is only available for Windows 7 and Windows 8 currently. The supported drivers for other operating systems would depend on the vendor providing or not.

• Supports 3-Way AMD CrossFireTM Technology*
• Supports 2-Way NVIDIA® SLITM Technology
• Supports Lucid Virtu MVP 2.0*
*Supports Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Internal I/O Connectors
- ATX 24-Pin power connector
- 2 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- 2 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors
- 3 x 4-pin System fan connectors
- 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
- 2 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
- 2 x USB 3.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 3.0 ports)
- 1 x Discharge jumper
- 1 x Multi BIOS Switch
- 1 x Front Panel Audio connector
- 2 x System panel connectors
- 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
- 14 x V-Check points (7x V-Check connectors, 7x V-Check spots)- 1 x Power button
- 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

Back Panel I/O Ports
- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
- 1 x Clear CMOS button
- 1 x Optical S/PDIF-out port
- 2 x USB 2.0 ports
- 6 x USB 3.0 ports
- 1 x RJ45 LAN jack
- 1 x 6 in 1 OFC audio jack
- 1 x DisplayPort with max. resolution up to 4096x2160@24Hz, 24bpp/ 3840x1600@60Hz, 24bpp
- 2 x HDMI ports with max. resolution up to 4096x2160@24Hz, 24bpp/2560x1600@60Hz, 24bpp/ 1920x1080@60Hz, 36bpp

• The motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
• The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications.

• 30.4cm(L) x 24.4cm(W) ATX Form Factor

• 9 mounting holes.

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MSI Z87 MPower MAX Reviews Rating: 90 out of 100 based on 5 ratings.

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Benchmark Reviews 9.45/10 Jun 01 '13
Cowcotland  --- Jul 24 '13
HardwareCanucks  --- Dec 02 '13
KitGuru 9/10 Jun 05 '13
ocaholic 4/5 Jan 15 '14
Overclockers Club  --- Jul 11 '13 5/5 Jun 20 '13
techPowerUp! 8.2/10 Aug 16 '13
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MSI Z87 MPower MAX Review ocaholic -- Jun 01 '13

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"At $259.99, this MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX will probably cost $50-$75 more than more mainstream Z87 motherboards. If you can use the extra features provided, though, it's a good value."

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"The Z87 MPower MAX isn’t inexpensive and may not be as novice-friendly as some competitors but it isn’t designed to cater to those needing hand-holding. This is a board designed from the ground up..."

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"We love this board – for the price it offers exceptionally good value for money."

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"A closer look at the motherboard lineup from MSI reveals that the Z87 MPower Max is the second best equipped model. Therefore it comes with some really neat features, like for example a highly..."

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"All in all I was pleased with what MSI brought to the table with the Z87 MPOWER MAX. It compared well with the rest of the boards I have looked at and is fully capable of delivering as much..."

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