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Like many other manufacturers, MSI is building brands to aid the development of their product lines. Over the past few Intel chipsets MSI have developed their Big Bang family, such as the P55 Trinergy, P55 Fuzion, X58 XPower, P67 Marshal, X79 XPower-II and now the latest, whilst devoid of the Big Bang part from the official title, is the Z77 MPower. MSI have coined this as ‘XPower-II’s little brother’, designed as an overclocking board to be paired with the MSI Lightning range of GPUs. As a result, the Z77 MPower is designed with the MSI Lightning Twin Frozr IV scheme in mind. We’ve tackled one Z77 overclocking board already, so how does the MSI fare? Read on for the full review.

Full review: Anandtech
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This is a great board so long as you don't want offset overclocking. I loved mine.
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This is a great board so long as you don't want offset overclocking. I loved mine.

Does offset voltage not work with it?
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I've always liked the aesthetics of MSI boards. Well, except for that bullet one.
    
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Does offset voltage not work with it?

No such option in Bios, that problem and Analog vrm stopped me from buying the board, it is a solid board I'd recommend non the less.
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Does offset voltage not work with it?

MSI does not support offset on ANY of their UEFI boards regardless of chipset/socket.
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Nice board and review. Not sure why the tester was complaining about only having two usb 3.0 (before 3.0 drivers) and having to swap around the mouse and keyboard while installing from a usb key. Is there something wrong with running the mouse and keyboard from the usb 2.0 next to the ps2 port?
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No offset, but can you manually set the CPU voltage? If so, that's how I prefer it anyway.

I have been hating on MSI mobo's from the AMD PII-X6 790fx issues. Maybe its time to get over it? biggrin.gif
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No offset, but can you manually set the CPU voltage? If so, that's how I prefer it anyway.

I have been hating on MSI mobo's from the AMD PII-X6 790fx issues. Maybe its time to get over it? biggrin.gif

Yes, manual works just fine. Some people just like offset. MSI has come a long way, their top end boards are very good. I have used the GD-55, GD-65, Mpower, and X79M-GD45 recently and all of them exceeded my expectations for the price.
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Nice board and review. Not sure why the tester was complaining about only having two usb 3.0 (before 3.0 drivers) and having to swap around the mouse and keyboard while installing from a usb key. Is there something wrong with running the mouse and keyboard from the usb 2.0 next to the ps2 port?

No problem at all, 2 x usb 3.0 before drivers + some usb 2.0 ports is handier than on the GB boards which only have on board 2 usb ports (period) without drivers. Mpower was no issue using usb mouse, keyboard & flash drives without extra drivers.
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No offset, but can you manually set the CPU voltage? If so, that's how I prefer it anyway.

I have been hating on MSI mobo's from the AMD PII-X6 790fx issues. Maybe its time to get over it? biggrin.gif

Manual is the way I do it as well, manual all the way
You can get over it for Intel MSI boards. MSI AMD boards may be getting better, but feeding them voltage can still be frightening.
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Yes, manual works just fine. Some people just like offset. MSI has come a long way, their top end boards are very good. I have used the GD-55, GD-65, Mpower, and X79M-GD45 recently and all of them exceeded my expectations for the price.

Same here, the intel z77 & x79 boards can put up good clocks, take a pretty good beating & keep going. I'm happy with the mpower, my favorite z77 board to date (from the ones I've tried).

Borandi has to try some different cpus, he had some issues with bclk in the review. I've had a 3770k that didn't like to boot over 106, others can stability test at 110 in the same mpower...
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