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MSI Z97 MPOWER Max AC LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Very Strong Overclocking Board With Great Features 07/19/2015

This review is from: MSI Z97 MPOWER Max AC LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: The MSi X97 MPower Max AC is one of the best MSi boards I have ever owned. While I DO completely agree with some of the negative comments below regarding the Wifi/Bluetooth module installation difficulties, I have mine installed & working perfectly! It has awesome signal strength on 5GHz & I'm getting 180 mbit/sec download speeds on wifi (which is better than some other dual band adapters I've tried). I strongly agree that the wifi module should have been pre-installed & NOT left up to the poor consumer to deal with! Aside from that, this board has AWESOME overclocking capabilities, a very simple to navigate & feature rich "click bios" to make all of your hardware configuration settings & is a very study PCB. I literally popped in my i5 4690K & my MUSHKIN Enhanced Redline DDR3 2400 memory, rebooted at stock settings & went back into bios, upped the multiplier to 48, set CPU core voltage to 1.32 volts, set memory profile as XMP memory profile (which set my memory to the correct clock speed of 2400 MHz & the voltage to the required 1.65 volts) and I was off & running @ 4.8 GHz, ROCK SOLID & 100% Prime95 stable on air! THAT'S IT!!! easiest overclock I've done in years! I will admit that I have mostly been an AMD guy for the better part of 10 years & this IS my first Intel build in over 5 years, I was amazed at how easy (and stable) this board is for overclocking vs the AMD builds I have done.

Cons: Like others have mentioned, the Wifi/Bluetooth module has a very tiny & flimsy connector on it & should have either been permanently mounted onboard or at the very least, pre-installed at the factory & NOT left up to the consumer to try to install. Also, I have yet to find a way to disable the Bluetooth feature (which I DON'T need & will NEVER use). The M.2 socket only seems to support X2 mode, which will limit the fastest X4 M.2 PCIE SSDs to about half of their speed (750 MB/s) but this is still relatively new tech. so I'm not going to take off an egg for that ;-)

Other Thoughts: I didn't purchase this from the Egg (which is where I usually purchase ALL of my PC stuff) only because a BIG electronics store had this motherboard with an Intel i5 4690K combo for under three hundred bucks! I just couldn't pass that deal up!

Mushkin Enhanced 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This SSD is very fast & so far, very reliable. And you can't beat the value for this price!!! Very affordable.

Cons: No Cons as of yet!

Other Thoughts: I see an alarming rate of failures & DOA reviews here on NewEgg. It really makes me wonder how many of these people are actually qualified & have the mechnical "know how" to install & properly setup an SSD? I have purchased most all of the major brands for my own personal computers & several for builds for customers & I have NEVER seen one single failure yet in over 4 years!!! My very first SSD (a 30GB OCZ Vertex) is still going strong for nearly 5 years now! I have bought & installed Corsair, Samsung, OCZ, Mushkin & I'm on my 8th Mushkin Chronos & haven't had a single problem with any of them, so I hope that the reviews stay positive for this great SSD!!!

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Cheap Price......

Cons: For those people bashing the Samsung name.......Get A Clue!
Samsung Spinpoint F3 & F4 drives have always been excellent, long lasting drives with very good performance. This is NOT a Samsung!!! Now that Samsung (hard disk division) has been taken over by Seagate, you are NOT getting a true Samsung drive anymore. READ THE LABEL!!! It clearly shows that this is a Seagate Barracuda ST320DM001 made in China. Those of us in the PC industry know that good quality hard drives have ALWAYS come from Thailand or Malaysia, but the junk ones are made in China.

Other Thoughts: And to PC builder.......SATAII (3Gb/s) and SATAIII (6Gb/s) hard drives have the same identical connectors. You cannot get SATAIII performance from a mechanical spinning hard drive anyway! Buy an SSD if you want that & also boot times between 10 & 15 secs.


Craig J.'s Profile

Display Name: Craig J.

Date Joined: 05/07/06

  • Reviews: 16
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  • First Review: 02/14/10
  • Last Review: 08/23/15
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