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MSI Z87 MPOWER LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Extreme OC Flagship High Performance Triple CFX/ SLI Platform Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z87
  • 4th-Gen Intel Core i7 / i5/ i3 (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)/2800(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Alex A.
  • 7/17/2014 9:51:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood board

Pros: this is stable board and runs very good

Cons: non

Other Thoughts: i wish if this was a easy overclocking

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/6/2014 4:46:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFlagship

Pros: This motherboard is probably the cheapest "flagship" motherboard you can buy. It has Killer brand NIC, and all the benefits of a 1150 socket motherboard. For the price it is a good-enough motherboard. It is a nice black color with good yellow accents.
All HDMI, sata, usb, ethernet, pcie slots work.

Cons: I am only listing these problems as the word "flagship" which means best of the best is in the title.

1) The USB3 header on the motherboard is not vertical which is not the real issue. I attempted to pull the usb3 plugged into it out in the proper direction and the header came out with it! I was able to put it back in, but unable to separate the header from the plug, It still works properly, and to my memory, it did go in VERY tight. I have not had any current or previous gen Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA motherboards have this problem

2) There are 5 fan headers. so I would assume an "extreme OC Flagship" motherboard would have more. Asus, Gigabyte, and EVGA at this price point usually have 6 headers or more.
a) rear case fan
b) cpu fan
c) cpu fan 2
d) sys fan 1
e) sys fan 2

3) the headsink around the cpu socket is too big. It is difficult to get your hands around it if you have a HSF that requires proprietary mount. The shape/size of it makes the angle of approach with your hands very tight. again, I have not had any current or previous gen Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA motherboards have this problem.

4) the latches at the end of the pcie slots can pop off even if properly connecting a pcie card into the motherboard, let alone disconnecting it. I have not had any current or previous gen Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA motherboards have this problem

5) The audio header is VERY FAR from the from top of a normal ATX mount case. looking at the opening side, the audio header once in the case is the very bottom left. while the audio jacks of the case would be in the top right. Make sure your case has long enough cord. Though other manufacturers have it near that location, even being 1-2 inches closer can be the difference between a clean looking cable route, and one that goes over the vid card.

6) you require the special header plug/adapter for the front hard drive activity light, power button, power light, reset switch, and speaker. If you lose it, you'll have to guess where to plug in such things as it's labeled as jfp1 or some other vague name. I have not had any current or previous gen Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA motherboards have this problem.

Other Thoughts: I have purchased over the years many MSI, Gigabyte, Asus, XFX, and EVGA parts, including vid cards, motherboards, cases and I would have to say, for an "Extreme OC Flagship High Performance" motherboard, I am disappointed. Though not a "Flagship" model, Asus, Gigabyte, and EVGA at the same price point (street value) seem to offer the same connectivity, or better and I have never run into the problems I have mentioned before.

If it was just a mid tier motherboard, I would say it is average. I guess i'm nitpicking because of the word "Flagship" in the title of the product. wouldn't you do the same?

MSI Z87 MPOWER LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Extreme OC Flagship High Performance Triple CFX/ SLI Platform Intel Motherboard

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/6/2014 10:53:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: love it!, it's amazing!, so happy! windows 7 super build

Cons: no free potato

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  • Christopher S.
  • 5/22/2014 9:19:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate to Other Reviews of Mine

Pros: See Other Thoughts

Cons: See Other Thoughts

Other Thoughts: First, I really wish that Newegg would allow the editing of reviews so that users can update them at a later point instead of having to write multiple ones.

That being said, I was able to resolve one issue I mentioned in an earlier post: I mentioned that numerous websites wouldn't work properly and I discovered the culprit- IE11 in Windows 8.1 and 8.1 Update 1. After swapping-out nearly every single piece of hardware, reinstalling the OS and not running any A/V, I finally installed a 3rd party browser and that seemed to do the trick.

I also don't know how this happened, but my GPU (6770HD), got fried or is somehow otherwise damaged. So now I am running this MB with the integrated audio and IGU and it seems really empty in the case. :( That's OK because this machine is going to become my FlightSim rig once the Surface Pro 3 ships.

MSI sent an email via Newegg to me about the BT module. Very helpful (not). It was an article from Windows 7 for Dummies! (And I am using Windows 8.1U1, BTW)

Still no documentation from MSI about how to use the BT module. I mean, it seems the PC and the devices connect, but then nothing happens, nothing can be done. Wonderful.

Finally, I really want to diss on the LU5 software. When scanning, it will say that certain drivers or apps aren't installed (when they clearly are), or that the installed version is higher than the online version (nig say whaaat?)! I also am not sure on why the Creative drivers won't recognize the onboard Creative device?

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  • Christopher S.
  • 5/8/2014 6:13:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIt's HORRIBLE

Pros: pretty colors

Cons: Everything

Other Thoughts: This board is a complete waste of time. First, the built-in NIC is from Killer, which means Windows doesn't recognize it until you download the drivers for it (you can't use the disk because the geniuses at MSI put incompatible drivers on it). Problem is, you won't be able to download anything because the NIC is inoperable!

Next, the Bluetooth adapter is worthless...there is ZERO documentation on what it's supposed to be used for or how to use it. The WiFi part works well enough, but do you really want to use that to download huge driver packages?

I know the issue is from the MB because other than the CPU, RAM, and it, everything else in the system is the same from my previous build (i920->i4770K, X58-Z87). Since this new system has come online, there are several websites that no longer work (can't figure that out). I've tried switching from the IGU to a discrete unit with little to no luck.

This is bad because I have built a system for my wife with a MSI MB and it seems to work just fine. We basically have the exact same setups.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
1. This is why you need to install the driver using driver disc. Windows only provides native drivers for some older Realtek NIC controllers.
2. You can read how to use BT by reading article below since it's part of Microsoft Windows function.
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-set-up-windows-7-for-bluetooth.html

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Michael C.
  • 4/28/2014 1:40:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStable, Fast-nice board

Pros: Worked out of the box and very stable. 4770K was running a toasty 83 degrees so I added a Corsair H75 water cooler and now it tops at 48 under load. Used a Crucial 480 GB MSata drive as boot and works as expected (renders the sata port #5 as inoperable if you use MSata just fyi). Clocked as high as 4.6 Ghz while totally stable, but dropped to 4.10 Ghz just to keep it conservative...

Cons: Upgraded my GTX570 to GTX 770 after a week and ran into a small issue. After swaping out the video card-the MB got stuck on a 9c error and wouldnt boot. Swapped in the old 570 card and still wouldnt boot???? Several on/off cycles and it finally came back up. Swapped the new card back in and it booted fine, not sure what that was but I was worried for a minute!

Other Thoughts: Build:
Z87 Mpower
Intel 4770K
Crucial M500 MSata
16 GB RipJaws
Corsair H75 Cooler
Enermax 720 W PS
PNY GTX 770 OC
CM Storm Trooper Case

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  • Jonathan W.
  • 4/10/2014 2:43:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat solid mobo, easy o/c

Pros: easy overclocking, pretty much idiot proof. I was intrigued when I saw buttons on the mobo itself for manual and auto overclocking.

Cons: Not really a con if you know what your doing, but the sata and usb 3.0 ports are parallel along the edge of the board(not the outside ports), making some installs difficult, double check your case to make sure it wont be an issue.

Other Thoughts: this mobo comes with a small wifi chip about 1 square inch in size, that installs right on the board itself. Be sure to install it onto the motherboard before installing the board in your tower, you won't be able to if the motherboard is already installed.

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  • Jean A.
  • 4/5/2014 12:18:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful

Pros: The motherboard looks AMAZING!

Had absolutely no issues with anything at all.

Everything is laid out well which makes it comfortable when managing the cables and what not.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: The manual was a bit bare. Google made up for that.

If you ask me (a first time PC builder) this isn't a reason to take an egg off.

Oh, and one more thing! I see a decent amount of bad reviews on the product due to RMAs.. You can get a defective/broken anything.. it doesn't mean that the product itself deserves 1 egg.

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  • CHRISTIAN M.
  • 3/26/2014 8:03:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard!

Pros: Great looks!
included Wifi/Bluetooth!
Cool LED lighting effects
Allows awesome overvolts for really high overclocks.
Amazing MSI ClickBios, easy to OC.

Cons: OC Genie is lame, so I don't use it.
Mine didn't come with Wifi/BT module... ?

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  • Timothy M.
  • 3/12/2014 9:37:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot bad for the price, but could be better..

Pros: The board looks nice. It even has LEDs on the back of it for some reason. The construction feels and looks solid.

The audio chip is very, very good.

The NIC is well-performing. I don't use the 'killer' software for it, though, as it seems to do more harm than good.

(Manual) overclocking was simple. I have my 4770K at 4.1ghz using "Auto" for all of the voltages - prime95 ran for hours stable. Anything above that will require more tinkering, which I haven't had time to do yet.

Cons: The BIOS is a bit clunky and won't update (seriously - flashing an update just freezes it. I end up just having to reset the machine after waiting awihle). Hopefully this BIOS doesn't have any crushing bugs, because I'm stuck with it...

I plan to try the update again after researching it further, so I may update this in the future.

The "OC Genie" feature was useless. It caused my machine to not even post, I had to reset the CMOS to even get back in to the BIOS to disable it.

The built-in WiFi doesn't support 5ghz. It's 2014... That's ridiculous, but it's my fault for not researching that aspect of the board enough before purchasing. I just sort of assumed it'd have the capabilities my smartphones had 3 years ago.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I'm not unhappy with my purchase, but it could've been much better. I'm not sure if I'd recommend this board to others yet. I'll make up my mind on that when I figure out if my BIOS can actually be updated to the latest version or not and update this review.

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