MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Motherboard Review

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There are so many shows about modifying cars on TV and I know, personally, I have watched many of them. It almost always end with me wishing I had the money to trick out my car. Of course, that would mean I needed a sportier car to hook up anyways. There are certain vehicles that just do not warrant spending the money to do anything custom to them and my vehicle is certainly one of those. Then, of course, you have the cool, old sports cars that you can do a ton of mechanical tuning on, or even the newer ones that have performance computer chips that can be installed.

MSI Z97 XPower AC Motherboard and Box

 

I believe that the modding and overclocking community for computer equipment could fall into the same category as auto enthusiasts. They have a passion for what they do to get the most performance possible out of a system and break records. Every time a new CPU line is launched, the overclocking community comes out in force to get the highest CPU frequency possible. This means going to the extreme of using LN2 to bring processors down to ridiculously low temperatures and pushing tons of voltage into the system. Similar to souping up cars, you need a good base platform to get the best performance possible, for example, the MSI Z97 XPOWER AC motherboard, which is MSI's top of the line overclocking centric motherboard.

MSI Z97 XPower AC Motherboard

 

The MSI Z97 XPOWER AC offers the most features possible in a package specifically targeted at users who need the ultimate platform for overclocking. The E-ATX form factor of the XPOWER AC motherboard allows plenty of room for the features to be spread out across the PCB. The styling takes the shape of a matching yellow and black theme with an X heatsink on the chipset to match with the Lightning series GPUs that MSI offers. A total of five PCIe x16 slots are present with the ability to handle 4-way SLI or CrossFire setups, in addition to two x1 slots for peripherals. The XPOWER has four DDR3 memory slots that support up to 32GB of memory up to the overclocked speed of DDR3 3300. One of the additions to the Z97 chipset is the M.2 compatibility, the XPOWER has an M.2 slot on board, to coincide with the ten SATAIII ports for flexible storage. There are plenty of I/O ports present, as well, that include up to 12 USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0, six audio jacks, Optical SPDIF, HDMI, and DisplayPort. Let's not forget the Military Class 4 components for durability, ESD, EMI, High Temp, Humidity, and Circuit protections that MSI uses, on top of the built in water cooling for the VRM heatsink, and full accessory kit.

 

 

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