MSI Z87 XPower review

Top of the line motherboard for those serious about overclocking

By  from PCFormat Issue 283
Product Type
Desktop Motherboard
Chipset Manufacturer
Intel
Chipset Model
Z87 Express
Multi GPU Supported
CrossFire, SLI, Virtu MVP
Onboard Video
CPU Dependent Video
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots
5
Memory Technology
DDR3 SDRAM
Processor Socket
Socket H3 LGA-1150
Brand Name
MSI
Form Factor
XL-ATX
Processor Supported
Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium, Celeron
Total Processor Supported
1
Maximum Memory
64 GB
64-bit Processing
Yes
Number of Memory Slots
4
Graphics Controller Manufacturer
Intel
Audio Channels
7.1
Bluetooth
Yes
Gigabit Ethernet
Yes
Wireless LAN
Yes
Number of SATA Interfaces
10
RAID Supported
Yes
Number of Total Expansion Slots
7
HDMI
Yes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports
1
Network (RJ-45)
Yes
DisplayPort
Yes
Total Number of USB Ports
10
Number of USB 3.0 Ports
8
PS/2 Port
Yes
Number of PS/2 Ports
1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports
8
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports
4
PCI Express Standard
PCI Express 2.0, PCI Express 3.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots
7
Memory Form Factor
DIMM
Number of mSATA Interfaces
1
Width
345 mm
Depth
264 mm
Manufacturer
Micro-Star International Co., Ltd
Product Model
Z87 XPOWER
Product Name
Z87 XPOWER Desktop Motherboard
Controller Type
Serial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part Number
Z87 XPOWER
Manufacturer Website Address
http://www.msicomputer.com
Marketing Information
Z87 XPOWER MOTHERBOARD


Why MSI OVERCLOCKING MOTHERBOARDS

The MSI OVERCLOCKING motherboards are designed based on four principles:
  • Professional overclockers feedback must be integrated
  • Continue MSI's leading position in power efficiency and stability
  • Only use essential OC tools
  • Infuse the DNA of MSI's Lightning graphics cards
OC CERTIFIED

OC Certified is a military burn-in test for motherboards. Running Prime95 for over 24 hours with a highly overclocked CPU is already a stressing endeavor, but removing all airflow from the motherboard ensures that only the best motherboards survive. If an XPOWER can survive this, it can survive any overclocking situation. The MSI Z87 XPOWER motherboards are equipped with all the necessary features to make sure you get the most out of your system. From the Enhanced PWM and Thermal Design that give you the best stability to all the easy features that ensure that you don't have to perform a lot of tricks to get great stability in your quest for performance.


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