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

  • 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 MAX AC Motherboard Design is Based on Four Principles:

  • Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for the LGA 1150 Socket
  • Supports DDR3-3000 (OC) Memory
  • Supports USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gbps
  • 20 Phase DigitALL Power Design
  • Multi-GPU: NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support
  • OC Certified: Military Class Burn-in Test Passed
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in One Second
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • PCI Express Gen 3: World's First PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
  • Audio Boost: Reward Your Ears with True Quality
  • Killer Ethernet: Kill Your Lag
  • Sound Blaster Cinema: Realistic Surround Sound Experience
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel® Wireless Display

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


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 MAX AC 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 up to 95°F (35°C) 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
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.


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 score. 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.

Click BIOS 4

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Not only that it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And this all comes with many cool features.


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 an very fast switch between settings and you can save up to eight profiles. In the blink of an eye, you can see the differences between your current system settings and any of the stored profiles.


Supports DDR3-3000 Memory

If you want to achieve overclocking records you also need fast memory. The Z87 MPOWER MAX AC 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.

Z87 MPOWER Audio Boost

Reward your ears with true quality. Get ready for ear-drum delighting 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 600O headphone amplifier
  • Golden audio jacks for pure audio signals
  • EMI shielded audio codec
  • High quality audio capacitors
  • Illuminated audio PCB separation


INTEL® Wi-Fi. Bluetooth. Intel® WiDi.

The OVERCLOCKING motherboards come with an easily unpluggable Intel® Wi-Fi / Bluetooth module which also supports Intel® WiDi. This way you can easy connect to other wireless devices in your home.

The support of Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz Dual-Band) and Bluetooth 4.0, 3.0+HS, 2.1+EDR ensures that you have the fastest available transfer speed. With Intel® WiDi (stands for Wireless Display) and a WiDi receiver (not included) you can watch movies on your TV without the need for any cables.

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 loading bars 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.



Audio Boost
  • 30µg gold plated audio connectors
  • Amplified audio

PS/2 Gaming Device & 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

Learn more about the MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX AC

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

Customer Reviews of the MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX AC

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  • Gordon S.
  • 12/9/2014 10:48:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsI would not recommend this board to anyone

Pros: none

Cons: As of yet I have not received one that worked out of the box, the first one was physically damaged, the second one will not POST. It seems this is a common issue with the board new. There are lots of post on technical forums and on the internet about the Z87 Xpower no post. The only fix for this is to return it for a replacement

Other Thoughts: do not buy this board

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
There is "no" known issue with our MSI motherboard. If you have any question or concern regarding our MSI motherboard you purchased, Please do not hesitate to contact us directly by email at or by phone at 626.271.1004 M-F, 9AM-6PM PST. We will be more than happy to assist you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Andrew R.
  • 4/2/2014 4:45:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDisappointed...

Pros: Lots of features, good construction.

Cons: The last two pins of JPWR2 and JPWR3 do not match-up to the 6+2 pin connectors on my Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold.

Other Thoughts: I'm in the middle of installing the motherboard as I write this review so I'm hoping the board will run fine with just the 6 pins connected. I do not however expect it to OC very well. What's up with the flipping of the last two pins?

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  • Casey D.
  • 3/3/2014 8:04:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsJust not happy with MSI motherboards

Pros: Good feature set but some of the software still has bugs, sexy look, great overclocker (Probably my CPU but the board helps), no coil whine.

Cons: Chipset problems, OC Genie problems, a lot of there software didn't work for a while and i still have to reinstall programs all the time because they just stop working.

Other Thoughts: MSI has good board ideas but i personally think they need to run their boards though better tests. I don't care id they stress test them for 24hrs or whatever i've had 4 and they were all different models and the sad thing is that they were all back to back. MSI my suggestion to you is work on your software and test out these things before you send them out.

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  • Aaron L.
  • 2/28/2014 7:50:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsIf it fails try again.

Pros: Great features/options with lots to expand on. Built in wireless works great. Board feels like it's made with very durable materials, it was heavy compared to other boards I've had experience with. Looks sweet in my case with the Akasa Medusa CPU cooler.

Cons: PCIe slot #1 fail, #2 worked but only @ 8x speed. OC genie unstable on default bios version 1.6,push the button and watch the magic happen it says, boots to desktop and crashes in seconds. MSI fast boot fails to read boot volume after post.

Other Thoughts: The first time I stray from my regular brand. I have been purchasing products from Newegg since '04, this is my first RMA.

As listed in the cons 3 of the 4 features for which I purchased this board didn't work. The board deserves 2 eggs 1 deducted for each problem that that was wrong.

5 eggs to Newegg customer service. RMA process has been flawless and it is why I will always purchase here.

I have received the new board and it is still problematic. PCIe slot #1 works now but OC genie, fast boot and MSI fast boot still fail to read the boot volume after a start or reboot. I installed the updated drivers from MSI website instead of the supplied driver disk. Live update 5 wanted to revert the drivers to an older version than what was available and recommended from MSI.

So far I am very unpleased with MSI products and when your product is a 2nd revision on its 6th bios it should be a seamless end user experience.

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