MSI 9-Series Motherboard Round-Up – XPOWER AC, MPOWER MAX AC, GAMING Series Detailed

MSI 9-Series Motherboard Round-Up – XPOWER AC, MPOWER MAX AC, GAMING Series Detailed

The MSI 9-Series has a massive motherboard lineup that’s headed to
consumers next month and while we can’t talk about their specific
chipset, we can show you pictures of the entire lineup which you would
be looking at soon. Some motherboards such as the XPOWER, MPOWER MAX and
Gaming series have already been detailed but we will take a deeper look
in the design scheme of the new products.

MSI 9-Series Motherboard Round-Up – OC, GAMING Lineups

First, we will detail the MSI OC series which includes three new
products including the flagship XPOWER AC and MPOWER MAX AC
motherboards. MSI introduced their MPOWER and XPOWER brands to the
mainstream lineup last year with the Z87 chipset and are relaunching an
improved version this year that makes of Intel’s latest 9-Series
chipset. So let’s get on with the OC 9-Series Motherboard lineup from
MSI which includes 3 motherboards listed below:

  • MSI XPOWER AC
  • MSI MPOWER MAX AC
  • MSI MPOWER


MSI XPOWER AC (9-Series)

MSI Zxx XPOWER AC MotherboardMSI’s
next-gen and massively feature packed XPOWER AC will have the latest
Delid Die Guard which will protect the CPU die and the PCB after the
heatspreader has been removed from the processor. This feature will
obviously help overclockers alot who want to break world records. We can
also see a teaser of MSI XPOWER AC from the teaser shot which features a
yellow and black color theme just like its predecessor, the Z87 XPOWER
which was a top of the line motherboard.

Now the most interesting thing about the new board is that it will
feature built-in water cooling support which is copper based and allows
existing or non-existing users with water-cooled looped pipe setups to
gain more cooling performance. This will help cool the MOSFETs and VRMs
situated underneath the large XPOWER AC heatsink that is a neat new
design which features a 32 Phase VRM for unprecedented overclocking
performance and stability. It is powered by an 8-Pin plus 4-Pin
connector configuration. It features four DDR3 DIMMs which are able to
support memory with frequencies of 3300 MHz (O.C) and maximum capacity
of 32 GB. Several V-Check Points and OC tuning switches can be found
near the DIMMs.

For storage, the board features 10 SATA 6 GB/s ports and a USB 3.0
header. Expansion slots include five PCI-e 3.0 x 16 (x16/x16/x8/x16/x8)
and two PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots along with a single M.2 slot. Audio Boost and
several other I/O ports can be found on the motherboard which makes it
MSI’s top of the line 9-Series product. A 6-Pin power connector can also
be found on top of the PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots which adds stability when
running multiple cards.

MSI MPOWER MAX AC (9-Series)

MSI Zxx MPOWER MAX AC MotherboardThe
second board which will feature the new and improved MSI built-in water
cooling technology is the MPOWER MAX AC which features a 24 Phase VRM
powered by an 8-Pin plus 4-Pin connector configuration. The V-Check
Point 2 and OC switches can be found right next to the DDR3 DIMMs.
Expansion slots include three PCI-e 3.0 x16 and four PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots.

The board has 8 SATA 6 GB/s ports and a M.2 PCIe SSD interface near
the lower PCI-e expansion slots. Another 6-Pin power connector located
near the top most PCI-e slot provides additional power to the expansion
slots while using multiple graphics cards. Expansion slots include three
PCI-e 3.0 x16 and four PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots along with a single M.2 SSD
slot.

MSI MPOWER (9-Series)

MSI Zxx MPOWER MotherboardThe
MSI MPOWER is a cut-down and cheaper variant of the MPOWER MAX /AC
featuring 24 Phase PWM supply with the latest LGA 1150 socket that is
powered through the 8 + 4 Pin power configuration. It features a similar
looking heatsink but comes without integrated water-cooling support.
The heatpipe solution is used to transfer heat through the different
sets of heatsinks. A seperate heatsink with a large “M” label is used to
cool the PCH.

The MSI MPOWER features four DDR3 DIMM slots which will support
memory with speeds of upto 3300 MHz (O.C) and 32 GB of maximum memory
capacity. The expansion slots include four PCI-e 3.0 x16 (x16/x8/x8/x4),
three PCI-e 3.0 x1 and a M.2 slot for NGFF form factor SSD support.
Storage includes 8 SATA 6 Gbps ports while the USB 3.0 header is located
right next to them. An additional 6-Pin PEG connector provides
additional power for motherboard when using multiple graphics cards to
add stability. OC switch and Audio Boost technology can be spotted on
the bottom left corner of the board which add in to the feature set of
the MSI OC series boards.

The Gaming lineup from MSI features the  latest V-Check Points 2, OC Engine, Military Class IV
components, Delid Die Guard (XPOWER AC), M.2 interface, Audio Boost 2
and last but not least, new design schemes. Well, today we have the
entire 9-Series motherboard lineup for you to feast your eyes upon which
are detailed below:

So let’s get on with the Gaming 9-Series Motherboard lineup from MSI which includes a total of 6 motherboards listed below:

  • MSI Gaming 9 AC
  • MSI Gaming 7
  • MSI Gaming 5
  • MSI Gaming 3
  • MSI Gaming 3
  • MSI Mini ITX

MSI Gaming 9 AC

Zxx-Gaming-9-AC-TopThe
flagship and most featured packed entry in the Gaming lineup is the MSI
Gaming 9 AC motherboard. This flagship product comes with a neat new
design and a cool set of features for gamers and enthusiasts for
instance, the LGA 1150 socket supports the Intel Haswell, Haswell
Refresh, Haswell Refresh K-Series (Devil’s Canyon), and the Broadwell
K-Series which arrives in 2015. So to sum it all up, this and all the
other 9-Series motherboards have a longer support time.

The LGA 1150 socket is powered by a 12 Phase power design and
provided juice through a single 8-Pin PCI-E powe connector in addition
to the 24-Pin ATX connector. The military class IV components are seated
beneath an new and improved heatsink design which involves heat transfer through
heatpipe. Four DDR3 DIMMs offer support for memory upto 64 GB with
speeds of upto 2666 MHz (O.C+).

The motherboard features the V-Check
Points 2 which will let users use 2 ground connectors so that you now
can use up to 3 multi-meters at the same time. The Power On/Off, Reset
and OC Engine switches can be found next to the DIMM slots. For
Expansion, we are looking at 3 x PCI-e 3.0 x16 and 3 PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots.
There’s a M.2 PCIe slot which will be able to support mSATA SSDs with a
good length for easier installation. The 9-Series chipset itself is fused underneath a large Dragoon style Gaming G-Series heatsink. MSI has been using the brand since some time now on their Gaming products which include note books, motherboards and graphics cards. For storage, we have 8 SATA 6 GB/s ports, a USB 3.0 header and a LED for diagnostics.

The MSI Gaming 9 AC also features the latest Audio Boost 2 with
Xtreme Audio DAC (Digital to Audio Converter) chipset which improves
sound quality radically when listening through speakers and headphones.
The board also comes with the Killer E2200 LAN chipset and 802.11AC
which improves wireless connectivity and inter-net speeds. Prices are
unknown at the moment but we expect a $249-$299 range for this flagship
part.

MSI 9-Series Mini-ITX

ZxxI-Gaming-ITX-TOPThe most interesting board of the
Gaming 9-Series motherboard lineup from MSI has to be the Mini ITX
Gaming board. Featuring the same LGA 1150 socket, the motherboard comes
in the Mini-ITX form factor which enables small form factor PCs and
interesting concept design by modders and enthusiasts.

From a design perspective, the Mini ITX Gaming is a step froward by
MSI equipped with a 6 Phase supply that is powered through an 8-Pin
connector which will allow some decent overclocking on the new
motherboards. Expansion slots include a single PCI-e 3.0 x16 and two
DDR3 DIMM slots supporting a max of 32 GB memory with frequencies of
2666 MHz (O.C+). The motherboard has a 8-Layer PCB design and packs four
SATA 6 GB/s ports for storage. A USB 3.0 header is also located right
beneath the 24-Pin ATX connector. The VRM and PCH are hidden and cooled
by the Dragoon themed heatsink design which involves heatpipe thermal
transfer and goes well with the board’s layout.

I/O connectors on the MSI Mini ITX Gaming include an 8.1 Channel
Audio Jack powered with the MSI Audio Boost 2.0 technology, six USB 3.0
ports, two USB 2.0 ports, 2 e-SATA ports, Dual HDMI, Display port,
SPDIF, Killer E2200 LAN and an 802.11 AC B/G/N wireless antenna
connector port for ultra fast WiFi.

MSI Gaming 7

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Rest
of the lineup include the MSI Gaming 7 which is also a high-end board
packing some interesting features such as the obvious LGA1150 socket
with 12 Phase supply powered with an 8-Pin connector. Four DIMM slots
and V-Check Points 2. The OC Engine switches have been moved to the
bottom of the board while expansion slots com with three PCI-e 3.0 x16
slots, four PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots and a M.2 SSD port. Storage includes 8
SATA 6 GB/s ports and a USB 3.0 header is located right next to it. The
board features the Audio Boost 2 technology for improved audio via the
output device. A couple of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports are located at the I/O.

MSI Gaming 5

MSI-Zxx-Gaming-5-MotherboardThe
MSI Gaming 5 comes with a 8 Phase supply powered with the 8-Pin power
connector. Expansion slots include three PCI-e 3.0 x16, four PCI-e 3.0
x1 and a M.2 SSD interface. Four DIMM slots are located next to the
24-Pin ATX connector while storage packs 6 SATA 6 GB/s ports and a USB
3.0 header next to them. Audio Boost 2.0 is include but MSI has removed
OC Engine, V-Check Points 2 and included a cheaper heatsink design
without heatpipe to cut down the cost.

MSI Gaming 3

Zxx-Gaming-3-TopThe
Gaming 3 and Gaming 3 feature the same design and specifications, the
only difference is that one comes with the top tier while the other
comes with the entry tier 9-Series chipset. The main features include a 6
Phase power supply with a nice heatsink design followed by four DDR3
DIMM slots. Storage includes four SATA 6 GB/s ports while expansion
includes two PCI-e 3.0 x16, two PCI-e 3.0 x1, three PCI and a M.2 SSD
interface. Audio Boost 2 and MSI’s Military Class IV components are
featured on both boards.

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