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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

Power Efficiency Tests

The first PC I built for myself, back sometime in the 80s, used a 250 watt power supply, and frankly at the time that was overkill. Today, though, overclocked multi-GPU enthusiast systems can easly exceed 700 or 800 watts under load, and can go even higher with extreme cooling and high voltages.

Perhaps this is why all CPU and GPU vendors are imbuing their products with power-saving features, and why motherboard vendors try to add even more. And the use of these features can make a significant difference in the power use of your system.

To test the power-saving features of the MSI Z77 MPOWER motherboard, I measured the power draw of the system (with no video card, and the monitor connected to the iGPU) with all the power-saving features in the "ECO" section of ClickBIOS II enabled, and with all the power-saving features disabled.

Windows Login Idle at Desktop AIDA64 Stability Test Sleep
ECO enabled 36 watts 38 watts 110 watts 1 watt
ECO disabled 61 watts 62 watts 110 watts 1 watt
ECO disabled, manual OC 67 watts 68 watts 132 watts 1 watt

The results are interesting! Although there's no difference in power consumption under AIDA64 stress testing, note the substantial 40% savings when the system is idle. Overclocking doesn't add much to the power draw except under stress, where it balloons by 20%. There are several lessons to take from this, but the main one is that enabling the power saving features is a no-brainer, since you'll save quite a bit (unless your computer's running high CPU loads all the time), and there's no performance penalty.



 

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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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