Archive Home arrow Reviews: arrow Motherboards arrow MSI Z77 MPOWER LGA1155 Motherboard

MSI Z77 MPOWER LGA1155 Motherboard E-mail
Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards
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


The Z77 MPOWER comes equipped with the latest version of MSI's "ClickBIOS II" visual BIOS. It's a modern and relatively easy to use UEFI BIOS with a few rough edges. The top area of the screen shows the time, date, CPU and motherboard temperatures, as well as statistics about the system (CPU and memory specs). Below that is a "Boot Device Priority" area; simply drag the devices in the order you wish them to be considered for booting. The main "Settings" area, shown below, will contain all of the non-overclocking and non-power saving system settings you'd need to change.


The Overclocking section is complete with all the settings you'd want to change. However, from a user interface point of view, it could use a little work. For example, clicking on most of the settings will display a popup window with your choices; but clicking on the "Adjust CPU Ratio" section does nothing at all. A little experimentation (or reading the manual, but really, who does that?) reveals that you can adjust this value by pressing the "+
and "-" keys on your keyboard. Although it's not visible in this shot, you can save up to six different overclocking profiles, as well as save them to and load them from a USB stick.


A foray into the "Eco" section of the BIOS reveals another minor problem: many of the "Help" sections aren't very helpful. I'd never heard of "EuP 2013", and still don't know what it means after clicking on "Help".


The Utilities section contains buttons for backing up your hard disk, doing a live BIOS update by downloading the latest BIOS from MSI's servers, or updating the BIOS from a previously-downloaded file installed to a USB key.


ClickBIOS II even has a separate "Windows 8" section with the settings shown below. This section of the BIOS isn't covered in the manual so it's not immediately obvious what these settings do. The "Help" function provides only cryptic answers. For example, for "SATA Devices Support", "Help" says "If Enabled, SATa devices will be skipped" (sic). For "PS2 Devices Support", "Help" says "If Disabled, PS2 devices will be skipped." Note that one says "Enabled" and one says "Disabled"; I suspect some editing is needed here.


Let's take a look at the bundled software in the next section.



# 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?
Report Comment
# Try this!Louis 2013-06-11 16:36
You should maybe install a separate network adapter for the program to install properly.
Report Comment
# 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.
Report Comment

Comments have been disabled by the administrator.

Search Benchmark Reviews

Like Benchmark Reviews on FacebookFollow Benchmark Reviews on Twitter