MSI announced new Z87 motherboards today, ready to accept Intel's new 4 Generation Core "Haswell" processors. The new Z87 boards are broken up into the company's "GAMING" series and a new "Overclock" series. Both boards use Military Class IV components that are MIL-STD-810G rated.
The MSI Z87-GD65-GAMING is the company's latest motherboard aimed at PC gamers. It incorporates a Killer NIC and the company's Audio Boost technology. It also supports MSI technology such as V-Check points (to get voltage readings with multi meter), Super RAID, Multi-BIOS II, and Go2BIOS.
On its face, the Z87-GD65-GAMING features an Intel LGA 1150 CPU socket, four DDR3 DIMM slots, eight SATA 6Gbps ports, three PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots, and four PCI-E 3.0 x1 slots. Rear IO includes a PS/2 port, two USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, coaxial and optical S/PDIF audio outputs, one DVI port, one VGA port, one HDMI output, one Kill NIC-backed Gigabit LAN port, and six analog audio jacks.
The MSI Z87-GD65-GAMING motherboard is currently selling for around $189 at various online retailers. It has earned a Computex 2013 Best Choice Gold award as well as a positive review from PC Perspective's resident motherboard guru Morry Teitelman. You can find our full review of the gaming motherboard here.
MSI also announced three new motherboards under its Overclock series. These boards are intended for PC enthusiasts who like to tinker with hardware and push their chips (CPU and GPU) as far as possible. The new boards include the Z87 MPOWER, Z87 MPOWER MAX, and Z87 XPOWER.
The Overclock series motherboards also use Military Class components. They also feature MSI's latest Click BIOS 4 UEFI and Control Center software that allows monitory, tuning, and remote controlling of your PC. The MSI Overclock boards also have a tool that allows for automatic overclocking called OC Genie 4 that reportedly operates in two stages. The Z87 MPOWER has a 32-phase digital power system, supports DDR3-3000 memory, and supports 4-way SLI or Crossfire. The MPOWER MAX and XPOWER motherboards are OC (Overclock) Certified and supports MSI's Extreme Tuning Utility for overclocking within Windows.
Rear port layout is similar to the Z87-GD65-Gaming motherboard, except that the new MPOWER boards add a removable Intel Wi-Fi + Bluetooth card that adds 802.11g/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Intel WiDi (Wireless Display) technology. The highest-end Z87 MPOWER, the XPOWER board, also has additional USB 3.0 ports on the back panel.
You can find more information on the Z87 MPOWER motherboards on this MSI product page.
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The full press release from Computex is below, courtesy of MSI:
"MSI releases all new “GAMING”, “Overclocking”, and “Military Class” 8 series motherboards
See you at Computex Taipei 2013 NanGang Exhibition Hall booth L0609
(City of Industry, Calif) The world-renowned motherboard manufacturer MSI announces motherboards that are equipped with Intel’s newest 8 series chipset today. There is the “GAMING” series that are wildly popular among gamers, which is equipped with the Killer network chip and Audio Boost, in which the Z87-GD65 GAMING motherboard was even awarded the Computex 2013 Best Choice Golden Award! This was the first time a motherboard won a Golden Award, which proves that MSI’s GAMING series motherboards are definitely the best choice for gamers.
For overclocking enthusiasts, MSI continued using the design standards which have passed the OC certified tests, creating the all new “Overclock” series, which includes the Z87 XPOWER, the Z87 MPOWER MAX, and the Z87 MPOWER. The Z87 XPOWER has a 32-phase digital power design, and supports 4-Way SLI / CrossFire. The Z87 MPOWER MAX and Z87 MPOWER are suitable for heavy-duty overclocking enthusiasts. Not only did they all pass rigorous overclock burn-in tests (OC Certified), they also come with the Extreme Tuning Utility adjustment software which was developed in cooperation with Intel. These rich overclocking software features and hardware design, make it a must-have weapon to break world-records.
Striving to provide consumers with the most stable and durable products, MSI imported the brand new Military Class IV components into the new series. These key components have all passed the seven tests of MIL-STD-810G military class which are performed by third-party laboratories to ensure stable operation under the harshest environments. In addition, MSI 8 series motherboards are also equipped with many exclusive new technologies, including the all new two-stage one-second overclocking OC Genie 4, the world’s first graphical monitoring interface Click BIOS 4, and the Control Center software that combines monitoring, tuning and remote controlling, etc. The humane software and hardware designs allow consumers to gain more convenient experiences.
MSI will hold a pre-show press conference at the “Taipei International Convention Center, conference room 102” on June 3, 2013 at 11a.m. At the conference, MSI will invite professional overclocking enthusiasts and gaming contestants to talk about the new shocks that the MSI 8 series motherboards brought them. MSI will also display dozens of all new 8 series motherboards at booth L0609 of Computex Taipei 2013 that will be held at the NanGang Exhibition Hall from June 4 – June 8, 2013. We are looking forward to seeing you at the booth, and we will have specialists on-site to give you further explanations."