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MSI Z87 MPOWER SP LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel Z87
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)/2800(OC)

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Why MSI Overclocking Motherboards?
The MSI Z87 MPOWER SP motherboard is 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

Changing the Overclocking Game
  • OC Certified
  • Built with Lightning DNA
  • Enhanced components
  • Enhanced power
  • Enhanced thermal design
  • Military Class Components
  • The cleanest extreme PCB
  • Optimized Overclocking BIOS
  • OC Essentials
  • DigitALL Power PWM

Overclocking Software

MSI Overclocking motherboards are equipped with advanced overclocking software tools to finetune even the smallest OC settings without requiring extra power from your PC.

Intel Extreme Tuning Utility

This software gives you maximum control over your system whether it is the CPU, Memory, system clocks or monitoring system temperatures, voltages or fan speeds.

MSI Command Center Lite

This lightweight overclocking tool doesn't need installation and doesn't occupy unnecessary system resources lowering system benchmark scores. With a single mouse click you have access to the most important overclocking features.


MSI Command Center integrates an unlimited RAMDisk with the retail value of $35. With a RAMdisk you can create a virtual drive from your system memory enabling speeds 20x faster than a modern SSD. There are options to load complete game images, you can speed up your browser or your page file which increases your whole game system performance.


OC Certified

OC Certified is a military class 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 a motherboard can survive this, it can survive any Overclocking situation.

The MSI Z87 MPOWER SP motherboard is 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.

Military Class 4 Components

Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Hi-c CAP, Super Ferrite Choke and Dark CAPs will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme conditions.

Hi-c CAP

Hi-c CAP is a very small, but super-efficient capacitor. Besides ensuring enough spacing around a CPU socket to install large coolers, it also allows for 93% energy efficiency. Thanks to Hi-c CAP`s MSI motherboards are the most energy efficient in the market.

Dark CAP

With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP's have been a staple in high-end motherboard design and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.

Super Ferrite Choke

Super Ferrite Choke uses a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Choke to run at a 35 degree Celsius lower temperature, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency and better Overclocking power stability.

Military Class Essentials

The core of Military Class 4 is based on the essentials which increase your stability in the toughest conditions. The humidity protection and high temperature protection ensure your system can survive each environment, no matter how harsh. The new structure of the PCB limits EMI radiation. On top of that the all the connectors have ESD protection in order to prevent short circuit.

The OC PCB used for the MSI Overclocking motherboards is a completely new design where 50% more layers are used. This allows us to optimize all traces for Overclocking. Power and signal traces are isolated, resulting in higher efficiency and performance and more features can be installed relatively close to each other without causing interference. Every MSI Overclocking motherboard is tuned for better stability under extreme circumstances:

  • Increased number of PCB layers
  • Increased humidity resistance
  • Tight weave fiberglass PCB
  • Increased ESD protection

DigitALL Power PWM
DigitALL Power digitally steers and receives feedback through a DigitALL PWM controller. This allows for pinpoint voltage delivery and lower power consumption. With the switch from analog feedback to digital feedback, you also have the opportunity to implement Load Line Calibration.

Thermal Design
Besides inspiring visual awe the MPOWER Thermal Design was developed to deliver the highest cooling potential in the worst situation. Because it is optimized to work in low-airflow situations, it is the ideal cooling to use with your liquid cooling setup.

  • MPOWER thermal design
  • SuperPipe
  • Low airflow
  • Optimized design
  • Clear CPU space
  • Metal screws

Extreme OC Socket Design
What is more frustrating than not being able to properly fit your cooling solution on your motherboard? Through the use of Military Class 4 components we can ensure that normal coolers can easily be installed and the motherboard can easily be insulated for extreme cooling solutions.

OC Essentials

A small set of tools that are essential to get the best performance out of your motherboard. These features increase stability, assist in trouble shooting, allow you to keep your complete system in check and allow for simple management. This way you can keep your mind on overclocking.

OC Genie 4

We have implemented the revolutionary OC Genie 4 button with GAMING mode on our overclocking motherboard series. Just press the OC Genie button on the motherboard and use the game switch and the system's game performance will be boosted.

Super RAID

Super RAID support gives you super fast loading times of your operating system or PC games. Now you won't have to wait endlessly on those annoying loadingbars to fill.


Entering a BIOS can be a frustrating job. Because nowadays motherboards boot lightning fast, we added the GO2BIOS button. Simply push it before you start or restart your system and you'll go straight to the system BIOS when your motherboard powers on.

KILLER™ Ethernet

Through the detection and prioritization of gaming traffic you can finally fully utilize your network without fear of being kicked from an on-line game because of high ping.

Connectivity Audio Boost

  • 30µg gold plated audio connectors
  • Amplified audio
PS/2 Gaming Device Port / Two USB 2.0 Ports

Higher polling frequency (1000Hz):
  • More responsive
  • Faster reactions
Triple Gold Plated PS/2 and USB Ports

  • 10X longer lifetime when plugging and unplugging
  • Prevents oxidation and corrosion

Click BIOS 4

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for the latest Windows operating system. Not only that it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And this all comes with many cool features.

Hardware Monitor

Hardware monitor allows you to take control of your system through Total Fan and check your primary system characteristics in an easy graphical interface.

Board Explorer

This feature shows the user a visual representation of all the connectors of the motherboard and displays which devices are connected. In case of a device having a bad connection you can easily trace it with board explorer.

OC Profiles Preview

With OC profiles you can switch quickly between settings and save up to eight profiles. In the blink of an eye, you'll see the differences between your current system settings and any of the stored profiles.

Supports DDR3-3000 Memory

This software gives you maximum control over your system whether it is the CPU, Memory, system clocks or monitoring system temperatures, voltages or fan speeds. If you want to achieve Overclocking records you also need fast memory. The Z87 MPOWER motherboard not only supports the new T-Topology architecture, it also works with the latest DDR3-3000 standards. This way you are ensured of the best memory performance.

Optimized for Multiple Graphics Cards

MSI Overclocking motherboards feature one or more PCI-Express 3.0 slots, perfectly aligned and with enough space for an optimal airflow when using multiple graphics cards. That way, you will never have to worry about an overheating PC, while you are enjoying the best graphics jumping off from your monitor when running a NVIDIA® SLI™ or AMD CrossFire gaming setup.

Audio Boost

Reward your ears with true quality. Get ready for ear-dazzling sound, with MSI Audio Boost! With Audio Boost we're delivering the highest audio quality so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music in games.

Because the complete audio circuitry is isolated from other features, you'll enjoy less interference and more stability.

The built-in headphone amplifier allows you to use studio-grade headgear and get the most amazing sound quality out of your gaming PC.

  • Studio level integrated 600Ω headphone amplifier
  • Golden audio jacks for pure audio signals
  • EMI shielded audio codec
  • High quality audio capacitors
  • Illuminated audio PCB separation

Learn more about the MSI Z87 MPOWER SP

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Customer Reviews of the MSI Z87 MPOWER SP

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5 out of 5 eggsGood choice, highly recommend

Pros: PCIe 3.0, Overclocks superbly, quality craftsmanship, lots of room for GPUs and coolers. mini PCIe(mSATA?). Wifi and bluetooth are awesome.

Ive had this board since Nov 2013 and has been running overclocked ever since, somewhat stable (my fault) and no issues yet. Board is solid and comes with lots of goodies in the box. Paired this bad boy with a 780 Lightning from MSI and it looks good.

Cons: No real gripes, RAID setup was tricky and my only issue with it is that it takes a long time for it to initialize. Had two 64GB SSD in RAID0, while it was fast and awesome, my boot times suffered greatly. Pretty sure any RAID controller takes its time to init though.

Other Thoughts: Not sure if thats a mini PCIe or an mSATA slot on the board, documentation barely mentions the thing. Anyways, its not going to provide more bandwidth than the SATA 6Gbps so dont bother unless you want to stick a wifi card in there.

MSI is a quality brand, nuff said.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/18/2014 7:42:54 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMPower

Pros: I have not received the mobo yet. I hope it's in one piece! Along with my GPU ( Gigabye 770 ), and 3 other PC parts. That Newegg smashed into a 12x12x12 box! Newegg what are You thinking!

Cons: Posting this in hopes Newegg re-thinks their packing!!! This is very poor and haven't even got the $1500 in parts in this box!!! Very sad! If I get this and it's in one piece I will be amazed! Will repost at later date as to out come. Hope it's a good ending! Fingers crossed....

Other Thoughts: Was wondering, I place an order and just got the tracking on it from Fedx. The package is 12x12x12? There is a very expensive motherboard inside that measures 11.5, not including that box length ! What are you thinking! It's going from California to West Virginia! If the outside box is damaged at all!!! EXPECT A RETURN, I WILL NOT EVEN OPEN!!! This is very upsetting to begin with! What is your company thinking!

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  • Leslie F.
  • 3/2/2014 12:58:11 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Very easy to set up, great documentation. Very nice bios. Very well built. Would buy MSI over any other Brand great customer service, when I was doing research on motherboard talked to several Computer shops and the recommended MSI cause it's a great product and good fast customer service better than most.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I was going to buy ASUS, but the more people I talked to said their customer service is lacking, said takes to long to get your replacement items etc.

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  • JP L.
  • 1/12/2014 10:43:27 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuper OC MB

Pros: Very slick over-clocking support, and very well made board. Highly recommended.

Cons: raid setup a bit tricky, its best to do it in character mode in the bios.

Other Thoughts: make sure you get the windows 8.1 LAN ('Killer') driver from the website

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  • Aaron S.
  • 12/7/2013 10:02:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMSi = Extremely bad choice

Pros: Looks good.

Cons: I bought this board, set it up, was running through some windows updates. It refused to post, couldn't even get into the BIOS. I suspected other components, so i swapped a series of things through... nothing fixed it including clearing the CMOS, etc.

I bought a second one, as I am RMA'ing the first one. Brought the second one home from the store, was doing great until I ran through the Microsoft update again. Fails to post. Again.

If I could keep the thing running for even a day, I might not despise and loath it as much as I do.

AVOID MSi. Do not risk it. I have NEVER had problems with any of the other boards i've used. They call it military tested; that has to be a joke since quality control is sorely lacking.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

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
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Joel P.
  • 11/24/2013 9:41:36 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great motherboard, I think it has the best bang for your buck for the Haswell processor. Comes with overclocking software, though I haven't needed to use it much.
I'm really liking the new graphical bios that the new motherboards have

Cons: None so far

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