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MSI Z87 MPOWER SP LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Good choice, highly recommend 05/05/2014

This review is from: MSI Z87 MPOWER SP LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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.

MSI N780 LIGHTNING G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Looks Good, performs even better. I've had nothing but joy overclocking this card, 1280Mhz clock and benches better than my buddy's 780ti (at stock speeds). Cool and quiet, even if fans are set at 100% its nothing when compared to similar AMD blower style coolers.

Picked it up for $584.99 and is worth every penny.

Cons: Card is big, the "GPU Reactor" on the back of the card is large enough that you may not be able to fit a card above this one. The cooler is also 2.5 slots tall so you cannot put a card next to it either. This effectively takes up 4 slots in your case....

The lighting couldve been a bit more coordinated, I mean, the is card itself is black and yellow, the "Lightning" logo glows green, and the LEDs on the backplate are bright blue.

BIOS flash is required for a decent OC, not worth taking an egg off though (see below)

Other Thoughts: The stock BIOS comes with a slight overclock, which you are not going to be using anyways, the LN2 BIOS that is "fully unlocked" is in fact locked down as well. I had to flash the BIOS in order to bump voltages etc. Still, MSI shouldnt market this as an enthusiast OC card while having these restrictions...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb Quad-Core 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 125W HDZ955FBGMBOX Processor
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Very overclockable, stable, fast, reliable.

Ive had this CPU overclocked at 4.1 GHz constantly for the past three years. (bought in 2010) Has been paired with a 6990 and has run every modern game (sans Crysis 3) on Ultra/Max. Tomb Raider looks especially delicious.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Behaves with windows 7/8 just fine. Grab an aftermarket cooler and go ham with the overclock. One of AMDs finest Id say


Michael H.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael H.

Date Joined: 12/08/10

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 10/17/13
  • Last Review: 05/05/14
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