MSI BIG BANG Z77 MPOWER Socket 1155 Mainboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1155 by leeghoofd @ 2013-01-21

Designed for overclocking, usage of high grade military components and extreme durability are a few of the slogans the marketing people like to use to label a new product. The catchier the better, all of course to draw the attention of any potential buyer. Sometimes it's only the inclusion of an overclocking tool on the included driver CD that makes up for some of the bold PR claims. However for the enthusiast crowd almost each motherboard manufacturer has got a board or even an entire lineup specifically built with the highest quality components, OC friendly BIOSes and idem ditto board layouts. Sadly most of them boards retail at a steep price, as most OC designed boards are at the top of the lineup. Prices of over 350 dollars are quite common for an ATX format OC board. The Big Bang series are available already since the release of Intel's P55 chipset, MSI's range that are targeting gamers and enthusiasts. The Intel Z77 chipset based version is baptized as the BIG BANG Z77 MPOWER. Time to find out how this board reacts to the treatment at the Shrimps lab.

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Starting off with the 2D part, the tests excluding the Nvidia GTX480 GPU. In SuperPi 32M, the MSI MPOWER is right on the heels of the Gigabyte boards. The later being reknown for having very tight subtimings for the RAM. The 8 threaded Wprime 1024 outcome, is again close to the faster boards we have previously tested.



The improved PCB and idem ditto BIOS give a nice performance boost over the MSI GD65 model. Take note that this AIDA testing is also purely a synthetic test. In daily applications the performance gain might be minimalistic. In the AIDA CPU test the MPOWER is again settling itself amongst the big boys. The looks are there and so is the performance.






In both Cinebench tests the MPOWER shows it's strenght, able to match or even beat the rest.






And the story continues also in 3D, this board does what it was designed for: performance !

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