MSI MPower Max Z87 LGA1150 Motherboard Review

Author: AkG
Date: December 2, 2013
Product Name: MPower MAX
Part Number: MPower MAX
Warranty: 3 Years
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Packaging and Accessories

Since this is the very first MPower MAX motherboard it comes as no surprise that MSI wanted it to stand out from the competition. To that effect, the “M” branding works wonders.

Inside the box, the MAX is housed in its own cardboard container with a plastic lid and the amazingly complete accessory list is located in its own secondary box. The only minor issue we have with this setup is the motherboard’s foam protector being rather thin.

The accessory list is so massive and so complete that it deserves its separate box. In grand total you get: an IO shield, six ix SATA 6Gbps data cables, a ribbon style SLI Bridge connection, USB 3.0 rear bracket to gain an additional two rear USB 3.0 ports, front panel quick connect ‘M-Connectors’, voltage ‘V-Check’ extension cables, WiFi (802.11b/g /n - 300Mbits max) & Bluetooth 4.0 capable mPCI-E card with two magnetic base adjustable antennas and an E-SATA power / dual E-SATA ports rear bracket adapter. Phew.

Not enough for you? Well, there’s also a single E-SATA data cable, a dual E-SATA power cable adapter for the bracket, a quick overclock explanation foldout, two driver and software DVDs, multiple user manuals, a certificate of stability, a door knob hanger card and a MSI branded case badge. Needless to say this is an extremely complete list of accessories.

There were only two minor disappointments. The USB 3.0 adapter panel is rear mounted instead of being a more practical front 5.25 bay bracket which would have given people with older (yet still perfectly capable) cases front USB 3.0 capabilities. The mPCI-E WiFi card is also a bit lacking in the transfer capabilities enthusiasts are looking for. While 300Mbits/s throughput numbers are good, the ultra-fast 802.11AC standard is now more widely available. However, MSI’s decision here was likely dictated by cost rather than necessity.

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