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MSI Z77 MPower Big Bang Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI

BIOS Features

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MSI bundled the Z77 MPOWER with the latest version of their UEFI(Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) BIOS, a customized version of the AMI-developed UEFI style BIOS. The UEFI BIOS offers full keyboard and mouse support while using the BIOS pages with enhanced mouse navigation supported by right clicking the mouse - goes back to previous view if inside settings pop-up or in a sub-menu page.

MSI's take on the UEFI BIOS is one of the nicest BIOS experiences I have had to date. The BIOS is well laid out, smooth and very responsive both with the mouse and keyboard. I didn't notice any lag at all when using the mouse buttons - menus and settings responded well to double-click and reverse navigation occurred quickly when right-clicking the window or screen.

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Settings page

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Settings page, System Status page

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Settings page, Advanced page

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Settings page, Advanced page, PCI Subsystem Settings page

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Settings page, Advanced page, ACPI Settings page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Integrated Peripherals page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Integrated Graphics Configuration page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology page

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Settings page, Advanced page, USB Configuration page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Hardware Monitor page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Intel(R) Smart Connect Configuration page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Power Management Setup page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Windows 8 Configuration page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Windows 8 Configuration page, Secure Boot page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Windows 8 Configuration page, Secure Boot page, Image Execution Policy page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Windows 8 Configuration page, Secure Boot page, Key Management page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Wake Up Event Startup page

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Settings page, Boot page

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Settings page, Save & Exit page

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Overclocking Settings (OC) page

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Overclocking Settings page continued

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Overclocking Settings page, My OC Genie Option page

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Overclocking Settings page, Advanced DRAM Configuration page

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Overclocking Settings page, Advanced DRAM Configuration page continued

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Overclocking Settings page, Hybrid Digital Power page

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Overclocking Settings page, Overclocking Profiles page

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Overclocking Settings page, Overclocking Profiles page, Details page

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Overclocking Settings page, CPU Specifications page

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Overclocking Settings page, CPU Specifications page, CPU Technology Support page

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Overclocking Settings page, MEMORY-Z page

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Overclocking Settings page, MEMORY-Z page, DIMM Details page

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Overclocking Settings page, MEMORY-Z page, DIMM Details page, X.M.P. Support Information page

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Overclocking Settings page, CPU Features page

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Energy Savings (ECO) page

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Utilities page

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Utilities page, M-Flash page

January 2, 2013 | 09:28 PM - Posted by Angry

Very very nice!

:EDIT:
Nevermind, Im a dufus. Shouldnt read hard reviews on the john with the Kindle.

Anyway, is 8x4x4x Sli really worth it? Say 3 GTX 670s?

January 12, 2013 | 03:40 AM - Posted by rrr (not verified)

8x vs 16x shows differences of around ~5%. x4 shows about ~30% of difference, so certainly NOT worth it.

January 17, 2013 | 07:35 AM - Posted by WillRock (not verified)

That's BS:

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Intel/Ivy_Bridge_PCI-Express_Scaling/images/pe...,

PCI-E 3.0 x4 equals to PCI-E 2.0 x8, which is easily sufficient for a triple GPU setup.

Why do you consistantly keep on going around making up bullcrap Rafal? Stuart? Is your name even Rafal or Stuart? Oh nvm, you're a total moron...

January 3, 2013 | 01:25 AM - Posted by Sean Sinha (not verified)

The CMOS battery location isn't as big of an issue thanks to the rear-panel CMOS-clear button. I am a big fan of the current MSI Z77 stuff and this board is probably the best mix of high end features and overclockability you're going to find in the sub-$200 range.

January 3, 2013 | 09:32 AM - Posted by cyberwire

Overclocking Results page is using the same CPU-Z screenshot for both frequencies. The 4.2Ghz one is missing.

Otherwise great review!

January 3, 2013 | 04:09 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Thank you for poiting that out cyberwire.  The images on that page have been corrected...

January 5, 2013 | 10:54 PM - Posted by Peter Wong (not verified)

Has anyone get the phase LEDs to change in Windows 8? during system boot up they blink but in windows 8 they all stay on.

Thanks,

January 8, 2013 | 01:59 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Have not played with the board in Windows 8, but teh BIOS does have Windows 8 specific settings.  You may want to try messing with those setting to see if you have any better luck...

January 22, 2013 | 07:26 AM - Posted by markdek (not verified)

AMD does not have FXAA, so how can this be in the Batman test settings w/ an AMD 5870?

I really want to know, because I cannot duplicate your Batman test w/ this setup.

January 23, 2013 | 08:25 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

With the 5870, I have the option in the graphics options screen (not in game, only accessible from startup) to force FXAA type rendering, as shown below

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