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MSI Z97 XPower Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI

BIOS Features continued

The following screens detail settings on the Board Explorer, OC Profile, M-Flash, Settings, and Save & Exit pages.

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Board Explorer page

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Board Explorer page, Rear Panel view

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Board Explorer page, SATA port view

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Board Explorer page, USB 3.0 port view

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Board Explorer page, USB 2.0 port view

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Main page

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OC Profile page

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OC Profile page, Profile details page

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M-Flash page

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Settings page

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Settings page, System Status page

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Settings page, DMI Information 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, Power Management Setup page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Windows 8/8.1 Configuration page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Windows 8/8.1 Configuration page, Secure Boot page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Windows 8/8.1 Configuration page, Secure Boot page, Key Management page

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Settings page, Boot page

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Settings page, Save & Exit page

July 2, 2014 | 01:17 PM - Posted by Renegade87 (not verified)

I just bought this mobo (along with a 4790K Devils Canyon CPU) to replace my aging but still viable ASUS Maximus Formula LGA775 mobo/QX9650 3.0GHz Yorkfield setup. I'm expecting the delivery once I get home from work. Can't wait.

"The Egg Place" has this mobo for less $ than either price listed in this article.

Normally, I look to an ASUS product first, but this Z97 XPower board looks to keep me happy for the next 5 years +

July 2, 2014 | 01:26 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Its a nice board with some very interesting add-ons, should be a good upgrade for you.

Best of luck...

July 2, 2014 | 04:29 PM - Posted by MahoganySoapbox

I really enjoyed the Bios features review and the hardware pictures. A very good looking piece of gear. Please, let us know what results you see with further O.C. testing.

I also agree that the use of barbs instead of ports for the targeted customer was unusual. The addition of another NIC would be expected for that price point.

Thanks Morry!

July 4, 2014 | 06:56 PM - Posted by sirryche (not verified)

can the barbs unscrew and come out and replace with ports?

July 18, 2014 | 06:57 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

no, the barbs are fixed in place unfortunately...

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