MSI MPower Motherboard Q&A - Ask your questions!!

Subject: Editorial, Motherboards | August 21, 2012 - 10:18 AM |
Tagged: Z77, msi, mpower, live

Tomorrow on our PC Perspective Live! channel we are going to be hosting MSI's Alex Chang, the man in charge of product marketing for motherboards and GPUs - so you'll definitely want to stop by and see what he has to say!  In preparation for his visit we wanted to give our readers a chance to ask some questions about the new product line coming from MSI, the MPower motherboards. 

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Starting with the Z77 model that has been teased at various locations (including our own PC Perspective Hardware Workshop at Quakecon 2012), the MPower motherboards will be doing some unique things like extending warranties to overclockers and running overclocking tests on EACH motherboard board it ships to retailers.  Here is a quick note from MSI on the topic:

MPower introduces a 24-hour burn-in test that is one of a kind. Electronic components are manufactured on an assembly line and then statistical sampling is used to ensure quality of construction. Every MPower board is tested using a full Prime95 burn-in test for 24 hours under a heavy overclock.

While you can probably reproduce this yourself in the comfort of your own home, MSI basically is doing this at the factory level to ensure every single board performs at the highest level. Not only are we changing the game of overclocking, but we’re also ensuring consistent and enduring performance from a desktop mainboard.

MSI has posted some new information on its website recently as well including some details on the overclocking burn-in tests:

OC Certified is MSI's OC testing procedure where Z77 MPOWER mainboards tested for stability with a 24-hour Prime95 stress test. OC Certified test a mainboard in three key areas:
• Higher Performance
• Enhanced PWM Cooling
• Better Power Stability

Higher Performance means all OC Certified tests are run at 4.6 GHz CPU speed. The Enhanced PWM Cooling test ensures that, even without airflow in a high-temperature room (30°C) without airflow from a CPU cooler. Better Power Stability is tested by running Prime95 for 24-hours in these conditions.

I would imagine that you have some questions about the product - its features, its new warranty, the overclocking capability for it, etc. and we want to offer you the chance to ASK those questions of MSI directly. 

You can comment on our post here (no registration is required) and then join us tomorrow at 1pm ET / 10am PT for the LIVE discussion and presentation of the MSI MPower Z77 motherboard.  We will have some prizes for those of you that ask the best questions so be sure to get your question in EARLY!

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August 20, 2012 | 12:10 PM - Posted by tater2sacks (not verified)

msi motherboards.
What does msi stand for?

August 20, 2012 | 12:13 PM - Posted by nabokovfan87

micro star international

August 21, 2012 | 10:54 AM - Posted by nabokovfan87

any progress on an AMD big bang board? Maybe with some advanced memory controls, Better sli or crossfire spacing and options, more USB 3.0 and sata headers/ports, and of course some cool heatsink/pipes, better CPU and memory power regulation, and oc potential.

August 20, 2012 | 12:33 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman (not verified)

What is the expected price difference between an mpower board and a regular series board? Also, what are the warranty differences between the two as far as years of coverage out of the box and what circumstances are covered?

August 20, 2012 | 02:48 PM - Posted by PapaDragon

Where did the inspiration come from for the black and yellow scheme of the both the MPower and the Lighting Series (7970/680)cards? BTW, It Looks Fantastic!!

August 20, 2012 | 05:08 PM - Posted by neliz (not verified)

Bumblebee (QFT!)

August 20, 2012 | 02:52 PM - Posted by PapaDragon

Does it have support for ThunderBolt?

August 21, 2012 | 09:59 AM - Posted by Freshie

I 2nd that question

August 20, 2012 | 04:52 PM - Posted by Nilbog

I'm surprised this hasn't been asked.
What features should i expect this board to have vs other high end OCing boards(including MSIs boards)?

Am I getting better voltage support? Is it possible that parts will be able to overclock at lower voltages?

Will I be able to run two cards in SLI of Crossfire at full x16 speeds?

What range of memory overclocking speeds does this board support, and what speeds does it not support? (For example: most MSI boards skip certain memory speeds, so they will support 1600MHz then jump to 1866MHz skipping 1800MHz)
Also why do they do that?

What kind of CPU are they using in the factory stress tests? With what kind of heatsink?

August 20, 2012 | 05:13 PM - Posted by Thedarklord

I actually have a few questions,

1) What overclocking features makes this board stand out from the competition?

2) How much power can this board push through the CPU socket? Wattage/Voltage/Ect (Completly forgetting about CPU warrenty or limits).

3) What are the highest overclocks MSI has been able to get internally in regards to CPU frequency and Memory Speed?

4) What about durability?, can this board take abuse of multiple overclocking tests?, lets say starting with a CPU OC starting with stock fan, then with aftermarket air cooler, and then ending with a dry ice run?

5) When can we expect to see this board at market?, and with what price and warrenty?

August 21, 2012 | 11:02 AM - Posted by KngtRider

-Why go with prime95 rather than a common burnin or performance tool that will stress all subsystems not just a basic tool that may test overclock

-Will MSI make their Factory QA burn-in BIOS profile and settings avalible to end users so that they can replicate the known stable settings that the board was tested and burned in against ?

-Previous MSI Extreme motherboards used a miltiary motif, this style had fans and opponents. Will MSI state their point of view as to why they changed to this new style?

-MSI is famous for third party premium audio on its boards, going as far back as the 6163pro. Other competing enthusiast mainboards use premium audio now but apart from THX software why doesnt this board have more substainal audio to please the enthusiast/gamer?

-Where does MSI see its 'miltiary class' component theme heading to in the future? Is it cost effective to integrate even higher qualilty components than what is currently being used by MSI or others on high end enthusiast motherboards?

August 21, 2012 | 01:44 PM - Posted by slugbug55

Are military grade components bulletproof?

August 21, 2012 | 08:13 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Why no Thunderbolt?

August 24, 2012 | 05:22 PM - Posted by Robert (not verified)

I would pay for this service on any motherboard, I hate rma'ing gear.

Make it an option on all of your boards. I don't care about the OC factor, I just want to know that when I buy a mobo it's going to work without the hours of trouble shooting. The mobo is the most important part of a build.

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