MSI Z87 XPower


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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 (32GB Max)
- Supports Dual-Channel mode
- Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
- Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

• 5 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (PCI_E1, PCI_E2, PCI_E3, PCI_E5, PCI_E7)*
- The operating mode will be x0/ x16/ x0/ x0/ x0, x16/ x0/ x0/ x16/ x0, x8/ x0/ x8/ x16/ x0 or x8/ x0/ x8/ x8/ x8.*
- Support for installing up to 4 PCIe x16 expansion cards
• 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
  • For a single expansion card installation with optimum performance, using the PCI_E2 slot is recommended.

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 four SATA ports (SATA7~10) 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
- 8 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 4-Way AMD CrossFireTM Technology*
• Supports 4-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
- 1 x 6-pin ATX 12V power connector*
- 2 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors
- 5 x 4-pin System fan connectors
- 10 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 button
- 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 Base Clock step swtich
- 1 x GO2BIOS button
- 1 x OC Genie button
- 1 x Reset button
- 2 x Base Clock control buttons
- 2 x CPU Ratio control buttons
- 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
- 1 x Power button
- 1 x OC Genie mode switch
- 1 x PCIe CeaseFire Switch
- 1 x 2-Digit Debug Code LED
- 1 x Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth module connector
  • Provides additional power to PCIe x16 slots
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
- 8 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

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MSI Z87 XPower Reviews Rating: 80 out of 100 based on 2 ratings.

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Bjorn3D 9/10 Jul 22 '13
HardOCP  --- Aug 13 '13
Hardware.Info  --- Sep 04 '13
KitGuru  --- Jul 12 '13
ocaholic 3.5/5 Feb 19 '14
PC Perspective  --- Oct 01 '13
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MSI Z87 XPower Roundups and Shootouts

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MSI Z87 XPower Review MadShrimps -- Jul 26 '13

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"The MSI Z87 Xpower has performance potential to top the charts, albeit at a price premium. For its excellent performance, it earns the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award."

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HardOCP on

"The MSI XPower seems to be a very solid piece of hardware that MSI put a lot of resources into to address the super high end motherboard crowd. If you are looking for more affordable MSI..."

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"In a nutshell, the MSI XPower is the perfect motherboard for extreme overclockers, but you're also paying for many features you will likely never use."

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KitGuru on

"An excellent motherboard from MSI, the Z87 XPower is definitely worth buying if you’re a hardcore enthusiast or extreme overclocker."

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ocaholic on

"In case you are looking for a rock solid motherboard, which is also well suitable for overclocking, then the Z87 XPower from MSI is a good choice."

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