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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 Bundled Software
Motherboard Testing Methodology
AIDA64 Benchmarks
SPECviewperf 11 Tests
Power Efficiency Tests
MPOWER Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Motherboard Testing Methodology

After a few years of testing motherboards, I've noticed that motherboards based on the same chipset tend to have very similar performance. This wasn't always the case, but now that the memory controller's in the processor, and the PCI-E lanes are in the chipset, it's not surprising that everyone's "Y22" chipset motherboard performs pretty much stock settings, anyway.

According to MSI, this motherboard is all about overclocking. The enhanced power circuitry, extra power connectors, and burn-in test are all to support this. Here's what MSI says about their burn-in test:

"OC Certified is an all-new standard for overclocking stability and a major extension of MSI's Military Class certification. OC Certified is MSI's overclocking testing procedure to guarantee stable overclocking results. The Military Class burn-in test for OC Certified is the 24-hour Prime95 burn-in test with a liquid-cooled overclocked CPU."

I would be more impressed if MSI had said which CPU they used and what the overclock was. Still, a 24-hour burn in is unique in the industry as far as I know. I'll test the motherboard using the synthetic AIDA64 benchmark's CPU tests as well as a "real world" benchmark, SPECviewperf, at stock, OC Genie overclock settings, and the best "hand tuned" overclock I can reach. MSI's "OC Genie" took the 3.9GHz boost speed of the 3770K to 4.2GHz, and I was able to reach 4.7GHz with hand tweaking.

Test System

  • Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER motherboard with BIOS 17.3
  • Processor: 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-3770K "Ivy Bridge" CPU
  • System Memory: 8G (2x4G) Kingston HyperX DDR3-2133 KHX2133C11D3K4/16GX at 11-12-11-30 timings
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX680 (reference design)
  • CPU Cooler: Prolimatech Super Mega
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Benchmark Applications

  • AIDA64 v2.60.2100
  • SPECViewPerf 11

Let's start out with AIDA64 synthetic benchmarks.



# 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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