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What's the OCing potential of this board compared to Mpower? Call me shallow but i love the aesthetics and if i could reach the clocks i want on my 3570k i'm picking one up lol. Some people dislike the dragon and color scheme i think it's gorgeous. Just wondering if i bought this over the Mpower would it be a moot point i guess?

Overclocking is mostly dependent on the CPU for SB and IB, and not so much on the board. Most $130+ Z77 boards have the same overclocking potential as $250+ boards.
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Overclocking is mostly dependent on the CPU for SB and IB, and not so much on the board. Most $130+ Z77 boards have the same overclocking potential as $250+ boards.

That's good to hear. I've been out of it for a couple of generations still rocking Deneb and Yorkfield right now. But when i got my Yorkfield i was on X38 which lacked enough phase power to push to 4.0 so all could hit was 3.4 frown.gif. Deneb is on air and thus limited to heat so i'm stuck around 3.6.
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post #93 of 155
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What's the OCing potential of this board compared to Mpower? Call me shallow but i love the aesthetics and if i could reach the clocks i want on my 3570k i'm picking one up lol. Some people dislike the dragon and color scheme i think it's gorgeous. Just wondering if i bought this over the Mpower would it be a moot point i guess?

Entirely dependent on what speed you want to reach. If you only want to hit 4.6GHz, 99% of the Z77 boards on the market will hit that mark with any power setup more than "default" Intel spec.

Beyond that, it's entirely luck of the draw based on CPU.

The OC potential of the MPOWER is more, by design... however more power phases does not guarantee a better overclock. YMMV.

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Cool, thanks for the reply. So, it's the MSI Big Bang as the top-of-the-line board, then?

Yes, and within Big Bang there's XPOWER and MPOWER.
    
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post #94 of 155
Looks striking, but the words of "gaming" all over the board and promo pages just turns me off.
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I like the aesthetics of this motherboard and the price isn't that bad. Good job MSi. smile.gif
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Excuse the long multi-quote reply...
I suspect that there are a great many OCN members who aren't really into overclocking but find the forum a great resource anyway so will be interested in the gaming line. And even if the majority of posters aren't interested for personal builds, they may be interested in these boards for friends and family.

What I'd still like to know is: are you allowed to say if there are any plans, even tentative plans, for MSI to introduce G-series and/or MPOWER motherboards in micro-ATX and or mini-ITX form factors for Haswell?
Edited by Seville Orange - 3/20/13 at 2:06am
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A word of caution for those interested in this...

The Killer NICs have a tendency to not play nice with a lot of games, in many situations in the past they required tweaking or to be completely disabled. At least the standalone versions have, I honestly can't comment too solidly on the integrated form.
I have used MSi products for years, in fact right now I have a 7970 from them and their Z77 MPower. I have had several other MSi video cards....

While I have had to RMA a couple of times, the process went really smoothly, and length of time wasn't anything out of the ordinary. You want to hear about RMA horror stories? XFX.....I have a few I could share around a campfire....

EDIT:

Seriously? What is with all the MSi motherboard hate? Have any of you actually bought them yourselves? Or are you just using cursory Google searches, and looking for the people that complain? People that complain or have issues are going to be the easy ones to find....

I have had dozens of MSi boards over the years, maybe more, and the worst thing I have had happen was an integrated NIC go out on a couple. I have had one complete board failure on a Gigabyte, one DOA on a Gigabyte. I have had one Asus board show up with dead RAM slots, and one Asus lose two of its RAM slots within a year.

In fact, in the last 4 years of builds, MSi is the only board I haven't received a defect on right out of the box. Not only that, just an integrated NIC go south after about 2 years of use. Then again I like AsRock boards, and have had awesome success with BioStar boards as well.


I have blown up 5 MSI motherboards at stock, It was years ago however, I've decided to give them a shot again if i can find the black GD 65 dragon in australia.


as for RMA, Ive only RMa'd 1 MSI product and that was a laptop, Took a while but honestly it was a no fuss thing.
Edited by Rayleyne - 3/20/13 at 2:20am
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Alex, what can you tell us about mini-DTX? Those would be perfect for miniITX/ATX gaming builds as they are right in between, and offer a slot for a GPU and a slot for a soundcard/NIC:

   
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I had an MSI gaming mobo. His name was 790FX-GD70. He was my friend. One day I was running IBT and he exploded. First and last.
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I had an MSI gaming mobo. His name was 790FX-GD70. He was my friend. One day I was running IBT and he exploded. First and last.

I've had an Asus Z77 sabertooth explode...
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