MSI Z87 Motherboard Roundup: Rockin Haswell
The board also features v-check points, a debug LED, and dual BIOS chips. There’s an OC Genie button attached to the PCB, as well as DirectOC +/- buttons, so you can make some overclocking adjustments from the board itself.
|4th Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors for LGA 1150 socket
Intel Z87 Express Chipset
Supports two DDR3 DIMMs 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000* (*OC) MHz,
up to 32GB Max
Supports Dual-Channel mode; non-ECC, un-buffered memory; Intel XMP
1 x DisplayPort with max. resolution up to 4096x2160@24Hz, 24bpp/ 3840x1600@60Hz, 24bpp
2 x HDMI ports with max. resolution up to 4096x2160@24Hz, 24bpp/2560x1600@60Hz,
24bpp/ 1920x1080@60Hz, 36bpp
Realtek ALC1150 Codec (7.1-Channel High Definition Audio)
Supports one PCI Express LAN 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN controller
3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, 4 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
SATAIII controller integrated in Intel Z87 chipset
Supports six SATA ports (SATA1~6) by Z87, up to 6Gb/s transfer speed
1 x mSATA 6Gb/s port
SATAIII controller integrated in ASMedia ASM1061 chipset
Supports two SATA ports (SATA7~8) by ASM1061, up to 6Gb/s transfer speed
Intel Z87 Express Chipset
4x USB 3.0 ports (available through the internal USB connectors)
6x USB 2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors**)
ASMedia ASM1074 Chipset
4 x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
Renesas uPD720202 Chipset
2 x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
Like the Z87-G45, the Z87 MPOWER Max has a Realtek ALC1150 codec that supports 7.1-channel HD audio, as well as the same Audio Boost feature. It also has a Killer E2205 LAN controller and a single LAN port, and the PS/2 and two USB 2.0 ports on the I/O panel have the same high polling frequency mouse support.
MSI saw fit to include a WiFi module that slots into a header adjacent to the I/O ports and offers 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Intel WiDi. The module includes two antennae.
Although the Z87-G45 didn’t come with a great deal of extras, the Z87 MPOWER Max came fully loaded. In addition to the driver discs, user manual, quick installation guide, a certificate of quality and stability, a pictorial board reference guide, I/O shield, and the aforementioned WiFi module and antennas, the box includes a Do Not Disturb door hanger, case badge, seven SATA cables, a MOLEX-to-SATA power adapter, SLI bridge, v-check cables, M-connector adapters, dual eSATA port bracket, and two-port USB 3.0 bracket.