MSI Z77 MPower Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

MSI Z77 MPower Review 


Unlike some other manufacturers, MSI have a clear division between each model in their range, from the lowly G45 up to the enthusiast GD80. It's a simple system with a bigger number meaning a higher end motherboard, and few branches off the path.

The Big Bang nomenclature is reserved for the highest models in the range. Where Gigabyte has a UD7, ASUS the 'Extreme', so MSI have a Big Bang. Each model comes with a different suffix, and today we're taking a look at the latest in their range, the Z77 Big Bang MPower. 

Military Class III is the big buzzword with the MSI MPower. Polymer capacitors, Super Ferrite Chokes and MSI's own DrMos II ensure that the MPower really does live up to its name. The Military Class isn't just a bit of meaningless advertising blurb either. These components have passed the MIL-STD-810G test, which is the United States Military Standard for ensuring that items are tested to the very extremes, and thus worthy of use with the Department of Defence. Given how much of a pounding they'll get in the field, it's pretty safe to bet that they'll be indestructible on your desk.

Technical Specifications

With only three PCI Express slots, the MPower is designed more for realistic home use, rather than any attempts at Quad-GPU world records. PCI slots isn't the only area in which the MPower takes the 'less is more' route, as it's also without a 1394 port, only one LAN connector and no eSATA. For nearly everybody these aren't deal breakers, as they are features that most people ignore or even disable, but it's worth noting if you're heavily reliant upon a Firewire connection or similar.

CPUSupports 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1155 socket
ChipsetIntel® Z77
DDR3 Memory


2200*/2400*/2600*/2667*/2800*/3000*(OC, 22nm CPU required)

Memory ChannelDual
DIMM Slots4
Max Memory (GB)32
PCI-Ex163 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
PCI-E GenGen3
PCI-Ex14 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
LANSupports one PCI Express  LAN 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Realtek® 8111E
Supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
USB 3.0 ports (Rear)6 USB 3.0 rear I/O ports (2 ports by Intel® Z77, 4 ports by Renesas® uDP72020)
USB 2.0 ports (Rear)1 USB 3.0 onboard connector by Intel® Z77
Audio ports (Rear)Chipset integrated by Realtek® ALC898
Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec
Serial ports (Rear)N/A
Parallel ports (Rear)N/A
1394 ports (Rear)N/A
Display Port1
VGA Max Share Memory (MB)1760
Form Factor30.5cm(L) x 24.5cm(W) ATX
Internal Connections
3 x USB 2.0 connectors
1 x USB 3.0 connector
1 x Multi BIOS Switch
1 x TPM Module connector
1 x Front Panel connector
1 x Front Panel Audio connector
1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
1 x Voice Genie connector (optional)
1 x MultiConnect Panel connector (optional)
1x Debug LED panel
1 x V-Check Points Set
1 x Power button
1 x OC Genie button
1 x Reset button
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x GO2BIOS button
CPU x 1 / System x 4 FAN connectors
ATX 24-pin Power Connector
ATX 8-pin Power Connector
ATX 6-pin Power Connector
Multi-GPU• Supports ATI® CrossFire™ Technology
• Supports NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
• Supports Lucid® Virtu Universal MVP


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Most Recent Comments

25-10-2012, 23:44:19

Was expecting it to be more than £150, definitely a bargain at that price though.
I was going to buy this board but my GPU is dying, so I need to replace that first

Technology, why u always brake on me? :\Quote

26-10-2012, 02:43:52

Because you have a crap psu that causes ripple ?Quote

26-10-2012, 02:45:20

after the GD65 review.. i was ready to plunk down the cash, until i heard of the
Power. the lil bells went off in my head and waited (not long) till MPower was
available. call me vain, but the MPower is worth the lil extra for the color scheme
over the GD65. the actual specs are user necessities. no extra frills, just needed
parameters to have. soon as i thin the inventories down, MPower, you are MINE!


26-10-2012, 12:05:44

Cool to see MSI keeps the ball rolling ,
/looks at P7N SLI Platinum board (Folding related tho!) Quote

26-10-2012, 12:47:56

Great motherboard! I'd pick one up with an i5 straight away if I'd have the cash Quote

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