MSI Z87 XPower Unboxed and Detailed – The Daddy of Z87 Overclocking Motherboards

MSI Z87 XPower Unboxed and Detailed – The Daddy of Z87 Overclocking Motherboards

Yesterday, we showed you a picture of MSI’s upcoming Z87 XPower motherboard suited for hardcore enthusiasts and overclockers. Chinadiy has unveiled a full preview of the motherboard which provides every single bit of detail  and features the Z87 XPower has to offer.

MSI Z87 XPower – Set New Overclocking Records

The Z87 XPower is so large in size that it makes the Z87 MPower MAX
looks like a midget next to it. It features 32 phase power supply
featuring all creamic conductors, fourth generation DRMOS and 330uF
tantalum capacitors. These are part of the OC Genie 4 engine and Military Class IV design that provide unprecedented power for overclocking. The Z87 XPower features an 8-Layer PCB and several overclocking
switches which can be used to adjust BCLK and FSB settings dynamically
without entering the BIOS. There’s a Multi BIOS switch which would help
in overclocking.

The CPU socket is powered via
dual 8-Pin connectors while the electrical parts are seated beneath a
large heatsink split in three parts which makes use of heatpipe cooling.
The heatsink solution comes with glowing patterns and a large X Logo
that glows on both sides in yellow color. The motherboard features a
black and yellow design scheme, the second heatsink sits on top the Z87
PCH.

Expansion slots include five
PCI-e 3.0 x16 and two PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots. The motherboard offers
Quad-Way SLI and CrossFireX multi-GPU functionality and even comes with a
PLX chip that adds upto 32 PCI-Express lanes. One of the most
intresting feature that the board has to offer is MSI’s Ceasefire which
is infact a swtich that can disable an unused expansion slot so that it can transfer the extra
lanes to an occupied slot for full use.Storage includes 10 SATA 6 GBps
ports next to which two USB 3.0 front panel headers are located. The
motherboard is supposed to offer 12 USB 3.0 ports, there’s a mSATA slot
near the Z87 PCH which can be used to add a WiFi add in card on a M-SATA
SSD.

The Z87 XPower is packed with an impressive feature set including OC
Genie 4 engine that allows user to adjust between gaming and default
mode. In gaming mode, the motherboard would automatically adjust clock
speeds to provide users with the most performance out of their PCs when
needed while gaming. One can also spot an abundance of super
ferrite chokes next to the four DDR3 DIMM slots and also a variety of overclocking friendly features such as Power On/Off, Clear CMOS, Voltage adjustments, clock adjustments and voltage measurement points.
I can also spot a BCLK adjustment switch that would allow users to
adjust the CPU via motherboard in real-time. This would come quiet handy
for overclockers.

The I/O on the motherboard includes two USB2.0 ports, a PS2 port, 8
USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet interface and improved audio output
interface which include video interfaces including two HDMI and DP along
with a clear CMOS switch. Audio is provided through the Audio Boost
technology that delivers high quality output. The motherboard is
expected to go on retail for a high price around $399.

MSI Z87 XPower Gallery (Courtesy of ChinaDIY):

Z87 Xpower
Z87 XPower vs Z87 MPower XPower Box XPower_1 Z87 XPower Z87 XPower_3 Z87 XPower VRM Z87 Caps Z87 XPower Socket Z87 XPower SATA Z87 XPower_OC Z87 XPower PLX Z87 XPower PCIe connectors XPower PCIe Cease Fire XPower Multi BIOS Z87 XPower MSATA Z87 XPower IO Z87 XPower Heatsink Z87 XPower Glow Z87 XPower Audio Boost Z87 XPower 8-Layer PCB Z87 XPower 4 Z87 XPower USB Header

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