MSI introduces Z97 overclocking motherboards

Posted on Monday, May 12 2014 @ 11:03 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
MSI introduces its Z97 OC motherboard lineup:
MSI, world leading in motherboard technology, is excited to announce the expansion of its overclocking series of motherboards with three new Intel® Z97 based models. With a look and feel that stand out in the market, the striking design of the new Z97 MPOWER, Z97 MPOWER MAX AC and Z97 XPOWER AC is highlighted by robust heat sinks, of which the VRM heat sinks on the Z97 MPOWER MAX AC and Z97 XPOWER AC are prepared for water cooling. But design comes second as each model has an amazing set of features, catering for power users that just want to get the most speed out of their 24/7 system or professional extreme overclockers as both can find features that help them to get the best performance out of their system.

Break worldrecords with the Z97 XPOWER AC
The best worldrecord breaker. Built from the ground up to be the no-holds barred attitude, the new Z97 XPOWER AC is ready to support you in all your overclocking attempts with impressive VRM water cooling, exclusive use of Military Class 4 components for the VRM and a socket design that is optimized to house any cooling solution. The Z97 XPOWER AC comes with the exclusive Delid Die Guard for those avid overclockers that want to remove the heat spreader of the CPU to optimize its performance, an OC Pen Drive with native drivers and OC profiles and lifetime warranty and an OC fan stand to assist you with airflow generation during LN2 sessions.

The MSI Z97 XPOWER AC and Z97 MPOWER MAX motherboards already broke the 7GHz mark hitting an astonishing 7100.89 MHz! On top of that the MSI Z97 XPOWER AC motherboard received this year’s COMPUTEX 2014 d&i award. MSI is changing the overclocking game.

OC Certified
OC Certified is a military class 'burnin test' for motherboards. Running Prime95 for over 24 hours with a highly overclocked CPU is already a stressing endeavor, but removing all airflow from the motherboard ensures that only the best motherboards survive. If a motherboard can survive this, it can survive any overclocking situation. MSI Overclocking motherboards are equipped with all the necessary features to make sure you get the most out of your system. From the Enhanced PWM with a large amount of power phases and Thermal Design that give you the best stability, to all the easy features that ensure that you don't have to perform a lot of tricks to get great stability in your quest for performance.

Water cooling heatsink
Featuring a new unique heatsink design, MSI Z97 overclocking motherboards ensure the best cooling performance. Saving water cooling users having to get a waterblock for our motherboards, new generation overclocking models feature a no compromise built-in solution within the heatsink. So whether you choose a traditional air cooling or water cooling solution, be sure to expect the coolest temperatures and maximum performance under the most extreme conditions.

Dominate benchmarks with MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC
Serious overclockers will get a jump on others with the Z97 MPOWER MAX AC. With a water cooling ready heatsink, extreme VRM setup and components, a BIOS loaded with overclocking profiles and settings for every kind of user you are in control. Features like OC Engine greatly increase the flexibility for overclockers looking to max-out their system for the latest benchmarks.

Full throttle unleashed with MSI Z97 MPOWER
The MSI Z97 MPOWER is your easiest choice in the world of overclocking. Ready for extreme overclocking but with novice overclockers in mind, the Z97 MPOWER offers the best feature for power users, rich on-board features like OC essentials, Audio Boost and an Intel Gigabit LAN controller. Combined with an enriched BIOS, overclocking has become as easy as ever with built-in overclocking profiles for the CPU and DDR3 modules.

The best components for extreme overclocking
MSI uses award-winning Military Class 4 components. Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. Hi-C CAPs, Solid CAPs, Dark CAPs, together with SFC and Dark Chokes, ensure your PC runs stable under extreme conditions. These key components have all passed extreme testing ensuring stable operation in the harshest environments. The core of Military Class 4 is based on Guard-Pro, a set of tools which increases your stability in the worst conditions, featuring ECO power, circuit protection, humidity protection, high temperature protection, EMI protection and ESD protection. ECO power features MSI ECO Center which allows you to physically cut the power to unused chips to use up to 29% less power usage.

MSI's Z97 OC motherboards come with a number of unique features that define MSI's overclocking motherboards:
  • DirectOC buttons for baseclock overclocking and fine-tuning
  • Power and reset buttons
  • LN2 Slow Mode switch for extreme overclockers
  • V-Check Points 2: 7-way Voltage checkpoints
  • Diognostic LED and Clear CMOS buttons
  • Go2BIOS button and Multi BIOS II switches.
  • CeaseFire: switch your PCI Express x16 lanes easily on or off
  • OverCurrent Protection: pre-emptive shutdown of dangerous CPU loads (non-LN2) to prevent CPU overheating
  • Click BIOS 4, with overclocking profiles, memory profiles and LN2 settings
  • MSI OC motherboards are manufactured in a new 0 defect production line

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    Thomas De Maesschalck

    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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