MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX Motherboard Review

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Travel broadens the mind because it provides perspective on how other people live their lives and we get the chance to be an observer instead of a player. This is also an opportunity to be inspired and see great ideas that might be of some use. When you travel to Japan, for example, you’ll notice that the escalators automatically turn off when nobody is using them, ultimately saving a lot of energy and lowering the chance of mechanical failure and repair. It is surprising and sometimes even depressing that many do not recognize that as a good idea.



Good ideas should be nurtured and bad ideas should be thrown out. Imagine what the world would be like if everyone just thought logically and adopted practical solutions. Just simply take time to observe and improve upon those traits and features that have been proven to work.  This approach is something I have observed with MSI’s award-winning Lightning line of video cards which have become the darling of GPU overclockers worldwide due to the ambitious design honed through years of experience and constantly improved upon by MSI’s engineering team.  When it came time to create boards for Intel’s Z87 platform, MSI applied the same approach to develop a well-rounded overclocking mainboard.



The MSI MPOWER MAX Z87 is a high-end mainboard that is primarily designed for overclocking but also includes plenty of features fit for gamers and enthusiasts.  The MPOWER MAX Z87 mainboard draws inspiration from MSI’s Lightning series of video cards and is equipped with Military Class IV technology, DigitALL Power PWM and all OC essential features.  Utilizing super-pipe technology, the MSI MPOWER MAX Z87 has a unique VRM heatsink design optimized for low-airflow environments which is ideal for LN2 setups. With three PCI-E x16 slots spaced optimally for multi-GPU setups, the MSI MPOWER MAX Z87 motherboard can run up to two NVIDIA video cards in SLI and up to three AMD video cards in CrossFireX. Similar to MSI’s Gaming line, the MSI MPOWER MAX is outfitted with high-quality audio powered by an EMI shielded Realtek ALC1150 codec with built-in headphone amps, gold plated connectors in an isolated PCB area to minimize interference.