MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX Review

MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX

SiSoft Cryptography

The cryptography bandwidth test is a bit of an eye-opener. The MSI MPOWER MAX gives us the lowest overclocked result we’ve yet seen. Worse than the Maximus VI Extreme. Considering how well it did in the AIDA64 AES test we’re not sure why it responds so badly to Sandra. 

x264

Demonstrating that all the overclocking ideas in the world don’t always make a difference at the sharp end, the MAX ends up in third in our x264 benchmark, behind the Sniper M5 and it’s stablemate the GD65. 21 and 94 FPS in the second and first pass respectively aren’t bad, but the extra cost of the board isn’t being reflected in the results.