MSI Z87 XPower Motherboard Review

MSI Z87 XPower Tech Review - RealGamerNewz

So I was looking at motherboards a week or so ago and saw that the XPower was on sale for 60% off on Newegg and thought “Hey this might be a nice board if I went Devil’s Canyon.” I did look at the reviews to see why it had such a low rating and it was mostly BIOS issues from the looks of it. So about 3 days passed and I ended up placing the order for the XPower board and wanted 1 day shipping which turned into 3 days. I received the board last Thursday and immediately took it out of the box and took some photos of it.

My first thought when I was holding the board was, “Holy hell this thing is big and has some weight to it!” I started to look around on the board and noticed it had 1 mSATA port, a BCLK speed stepping switch (.1/1MHz) for on the fly BCLK adjustments, it had the “Ceasefire” switches which was the the PCI-E disable switches. It has a switch labeled OC, but I haven’t found out what it does yet. It also has dual BIOS which in togged VIA a switch near the chipset heatsink. Some things I did like about this board is it had 4-Way SLI and Crossfire support VIA a PLX Chip, the 32Phase Power delivery, 10 total SATA III ports(4 VIA 2 different AsMedia Controllers), Post Code LED Read out, and finally all of the USB 3.0 Ports on the Rear I.O.

I got around to testing the board to make sure it would post which it did. Afterwards I got a quick shot of just my NH-D14 Installed with the board on in my case before getting around to installing everything.

Here Are Some Stats and Unboxing Pictures of the MSI Z87 XPower Motherboard:

Unboxing

MSI Command Center XPower Z87

After I got everything installed, I first went into the Board’s BIOS to see what it was like and I felt like I was in another world at first until I was noticing where things were and how they worked. It is overwhelming to say the least at first glance. It has alot of overclocking settings that I can’t even begin to list (Might post BIOS Screenshots later). I finished poking around in the BIOS did a new install of Windows, and noticed that the Killer E2200 NIC wasn’t working at first so I grabbed the driver disk to see if it would install the driver, and behold it’s a driver that does not work with windows 8.1 at all. It wouldn’t even install no matter the compatibility mode. I was pretty annoyed about it at first but then said “eh, I’ll just download them on the laptop,” updated the BIOS and installed the E2200 drivers and restarted.

Well, the BIOS update for some reason broke the Windows install. So I did another re-install, and finally got everything updated and running. Some of the software is sort of confusing at first but pretty easy to navigate and figure out with some Googling. The MSI Command Center for the XPower board has some really nice controls in Windows which is very nice. I like the LiveUpdate 6 tool that they have since it actually works, unlike Asus “EZ Update” which seems to never work.

So overall, the XPower Board is one I was glad I took the risk of buying. I have been able to run less voltage for my normal 4.3GHz 24/7 OC making my peak temp 67C, plus it’s a very nice and extremely well built board. Would I recommend it to someone? Honestly no, unless you needed the additional overclocking features that the board has or just want something extremely overkill.

Written by KingCry Of GeekEssentials for RealGamerNewz