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Written by David Ramsey   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
MSI Z77 MPOWER LGA1155 Motherboard
Closer Look: Z77 MPOWER
Z77 MPOWER Proprietary Features
Z77 MPOWER UEFI
Z77 MPOWER Bundled Software
Motherboard Testing Methodology
AIDA64 Benchmarks
SPECviewperf 11 Tests
Power Efficiency Tests
MPOWER Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

MSI Z77 MPOWER LGA1155 Motherboard

Manufacturer: Micro Star International
Product Name: LGA1155 motherboard
Model Number: Z77 MPOWER
UPC: 816909100198
Price As Tested: $199.99 (Newegg / Amazon)

Full Disclosure: MSI provided the product sample used in this article.

With more and more functionality being subsumed into the processor chipset, we've seen that it's becoming more difficult for vendors to distinguish their motherboard products. All motherboards based on a given chipset will typically provide very similar performance and an increasingly robust base set of features. Functions that used to require additional chips and circuitry such as SATA 6, USB 3.0, and Ethernet are now baked into the silicon and available on any motherboard.

Still, there's plenty of room for vendors to innovate. They can add more features, such as additional USB and SATA controllers or PLX chips; they can produce boards with different form factors (ATX, micro ATX, mini ITX), or they can, as MSI has done with the Z77 MPOWER, "bulk up the basics". The MPOWER provides the standard set of features one would expect in any Z77-based motherboard. Instead of providing extra RAID controllers, audiophile-level sound, or other such additions, MSI has aimed this board at overclockers.

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So what exactly makes a board an "overclocker's motherboard"? Let's find out in the next section.



 

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# Network GenieDavid 2013-03-20 19:46
I made a mistake of installing network genie, and it doesn't show up in my programs and features. I cannot uninstall this program. There is no option for execution on startup. So it always starts up on boot. And there is nothing in the directories that pertain to uninstall. Also no online-content about this feature. Ugh, MSI, what are you doing? Why did you suggest this "crap" on my driver disk. REALLY?
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# Try this!Louis 2013-06-11 16:36
You should maybe install a separate network adapter for the program to install properly.
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# MSIDavid 2013-09-17 07:51
I was wrong to blame MSI for this. I ended up taking it out of my registry. While I'm curious as to why this has zero support, I'm not sure what I did to somehow get in that position with Network Genie.
I don't doubt that I initiated the NG install before getting service packs, .net and other important updates.
That's more than likely what had happened, I just remember seeing a program called Network Genie and getting super excited to see the capabilities. (Me so newb)
I will say though, I now have a few MSI boards, and all been extremely dependable EVEN without tower protection in my humidity filled basement! OC-genie'd amd 6-core (passed my personal assessments) Never had a problem with either of them. MSI-Reliability is where it's at.
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