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post #41 of 50
Oh my lord that is gorgeous.

Going to put my 3770K and oc formula up in the FS section soon....
post #42 of 50
I like it.
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Ugly heatsink, but with 32 power phases, I guess it can slip. (not even)
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I'm probably in the extreme minority, but the the thing I most interesting in this leak is the new logo Intel created for the Z87 chipset.

To be honest, I liked the horizontally-oriented logos seen in the Sandy/Ivy Bridge lines much better. I know that it's a good idea to change them up since Haswell's stuff isn't backwards-compatible and logo changes can help convey this, but the entire design for them is lacking.
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I was expecting a nice looking board but that heatsink sure is ugly.
    
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The non-centered CPU socket and the tremendous lack of any kind of symmetry in a rather angled/regular-wannabe heatsink are bothering me more than they should.

And thus, I declare this board horrible looking.

Also, what is that that I'm seeing? A high and low side MOSFET? No single package stuff?
   
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post #47 of 50
Those on-board motherboard buttons are in a really bad spot, if not completely inaccessible if you populate the last slot with certain hardware (expect different on a board like this). doh.gif They should have been next to the DIMM sockets or in the corner next to the SATA ports. At least the color scheme is mostly black and the inefficient (form-over-function) heat sinks can be replaced if desired. Overall not really impressed by the board.
    
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post #48 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by Artikbot View Post

The non-centered CPU socket and the tremendous lack of any kind of symmetry in a rather angled/regular-wannabe heatsink are bothering me more than they should.

And thus, I declare this board horrible looking.

Also, what is that that I'm seeing? A high and low side MOSFET? No single package stuff?
Yea I am seeing LF Pak as the MOSFETs on the MPower, maybe the XPower is different. Those IR3550 cost a lot, no one realizes how much...
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post #49 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sin0822 View Post

Yea I am seeing LF Pak as the MOSFETs on the MPower, maybe the XPower is different. Those IR3550 cost a lot, no one realizes how much...

But the Mpower has so many more phases and more features for a little more money than the Gigabyte Z87 OC. To me it looks like you get alot more motherboard for your money with the Mpower and over clock wise Haswell isn't the best to begin with so for most people that build for some over clocking fun and gaming the Mpower looks like a much better buy.

The Z87 OC by Gigabyte has 8 phases but it lacks the nice audio, blue tooth, wireless wife, Widi.... Mpower offers the over clock potential + some nice features for not that much more money.


I think MSI did a great job with the Mpower.
Edited by SonDa5 - 6/24/13 at 9:45pm
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post #50 of 50
I have one of these motherboards and I'm planning on building it up from basically scratch. I'm holding-out for the core i7-4790K "devil's canyon" CPU, if it'll be supported by this board. I'm debating on which GPU I should get. I have a NVidia GTX 660, and a broken GTX 480. I was contemplating on getting another exact model GTX 660 on amazon and SLI, or maybe get my GTX 480 fixed (NVidia says $100/USD), along with a newer gen. GTX 780Ti or something, and SLI all three. I just don't understand how much performance I might LOSE from going SLI and sticking in 3 GPU's, since the first PCI-3.0 slot is 16 lanes, while the second and third are 8 and 4 lane reductions respectively. Will I get better performance just using the one GTX660 or 780TI in the first slot (3.0/16 lanes)? Because as far as I've read, putting the 480 in the third slot will bring all down to PCI-e 2.0 and only 4 lanes... If anyone has a grasp on this board, and could explain it a little: I would greatly appreciate it. Also any suggestions on GPU solution for <= about $300, would be awesome.
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