MSI Z77 MPower Review

By on August 28, 2012
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Born for overclocking.

Good: Overclocks processor by default; Military Grade components ensure rock solid stability for extreme overclocking; Each board comes factory tested for 24 hours; Easy overclocking and system monitoring.
Bad: No Thunderbolt; Not many packed-in accessories.
Price: AED TBA
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.


Starting the benchmarks are the two most popular data compression software: WinRAR and 7-zip. For both of these programs I have used the built-in benchmarking software. A higher score is better.

The next test is Cinebench R11.5 wherein a 3D image is rendered using the CPU. This test stresses all the CPU cores, maximizing the threads. Results are given in points, the higher the better. The second test x264 HD 4.0 is a video encoding test in which a small HD video file is encoded in x264 format. The results are measured in frames per second, in that the faster a processor, the higher the fps.

PCMark, Performance Test  and Geekbench stress tests all the resources of a system. Since almost all the components in our testbed are one of the best in the market right now, the entirety of the performance will depend on how good our test motherboard is. As usual, the higher the score, the better.

3DMark 11 is an industry standard graphical benchmark, and while it mostly stresses the graphics card, the CPU is also highly stressed for specific tests. The higher the score, the better.


 You’ll notice that the base performance of the Z77 MPower is quite a bit higher than its peers, and that’s because our Core I7-3770K was overclocked to 3.9GHz when running Windows, despite the BIOS showing regular speed of 3.5GHz. Out of the box the Z77 MPower provides a mild overclock, living up to its name.

For the price, the ease of overclock and the peace of mind that your base is rock solid with the high-end Military Class III components used, the Z77 MPower provides a great platform to build your Ivy Bridge system and then overclock it away to your heart’s content…or to the limits of your CPU and cooling system used.    

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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