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MSI Teases Z87 XPower Overclocking Motherboard

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 15 comments

MSI is dripping out some serious teasers regarding one or more Z87 motherboards.

It appears that MSI is working on a flagship overclocking motherboard based on the Z87 chipset. So far, little is known about it, except that it might have a big glowing X on it and many overclocking goodies.

MSI has teased the motherboard with a video, signalling at the intention of breaking world records.

MSI Overclocking Teaser, Prepare for the best...

It is unsurprising that MSI is going for a 'badass' overclocking motherboard, as previously Intel already hinted at the fact that Haswell CPUs will be easier to overclock. The teasers that MSI is showing off do support these claims, to an extent. MSI has also posted a teaser of one of its motherboards on its UK Facebook page, one showing off a number of physical buttons on a motherboard that could serve no other purpose than overclocking.

A second image from its UK Facebook page shows the intent of making a cleaner PCB look. In the background of this image, we can also see an mSATA slot between two PCIe x16 slots, as well as a yellow line on the top-most VRM heatsink.

So far, this is all we know about the motherboards. Only time will tell how much of it becomes reality.


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    shadowfamicom , April 17, 2013 3:25 PM
    I have their flagship 2011 Socket board (Big Bang X-power II) and have nothing but great things to say about this board. Owned for over a year, gonna be removing the bullet and gatling gun heatsinks at some point.
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    bee144 , April 17, 2013 3:37 PM
    I have a X58 920 i7 @ 4.2 with a GTX Titan. I'm trying to decide it I want to upgrade to 4770k and Z87....
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    ikyung , April 17, 2013 4:28 PM
    I hope MSI keeps that full black look. Not many motherboards where even the RAM clips are black along with the OC buttons. Looks extremely smexy
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    bgunner , April 17, 2013 4:59 PM
    time will tell how well MSI can build an OCing board for the new chips.
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    amoralman , April 17, 2013 5:06 PM
    I've been deciding on my upgrade for a year now (yeah I know...), and after all my research I will go with MSI. They do have the best bang for the buck, and are reliable!
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    lp231 , April 17, 2013 5:06 PM
    Where are the M&M's? When you show a mobo teaser, you're suppose to post it along with M&M's! BTW, those coconut M&M's taste pretty good, anyone else tried them before?
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    mouse24 , April 17, 2013 5:48 PM
    I'm interested to see how an overclocking mobo will distinguish itself from a non overclocking one, now that the VRMs are on the CPU.
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    CaedenV , April 17, 2013 7:47 PM
    Quote:
    I have a X58 920 i7 @ 4.2 with a GTX Titan. I'm trying to decide it I want to upgrade to 4770k and Z87....


    No real point for it until there are significant platform upgrades such as DDR4 or something. Overclocked it is highly unlikely that your CPU would be the choke point yet.
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    CaedenV , April 17, 2013 7:50 PM
    I am stoked that MSI is trying to make a name for themselves. I still use ASUS for all of my high end builds for people, but I have relied on MSI for budget and business computers for years and never regretted it, if they can prove themselves this time around then they will gain more of my business. Their last set of boards have all been solid boards, but just lacking in the 'extreme OC' and bells and whistles departments.
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    dontknownotsure , April 17, 2013 10:05 PM
    trailer for a motherboard? that's hardcore.
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    patrick47018 , April 17, 2013 10:07 PM
    Enough with the strip tease... need Moar! Lulz
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    sarinaide , April 18, 2013 3:47 AM
    I love the Mat Black effect for Mobo PCB's.
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    Marcus52 , April 18, 2013 6:49 AM
    Quote:
    I have a X58 920 i7 @ 4.2 with a GTX Titan. I'm trying to decide it I want to upgrade to 4770k and Z87....


    I'm thinking that Haswell will bring enough of a performance bump to make it worthwhile (about 15%). I also want to move up to PCIe 3, so, have a reason besides the CPU to replace my X58 system.
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    TheBigTroll , April 18, 2013 8:43 AM
    ehh. the onboard components still arent at the level of the gigabyte up series or stuff from asus. wouldnt be getting their boards anytime soon if they dont increase the quality
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    10tacle , April 18, 2013 10:17 AM
    If they pull this off, I may re-evaluate by 100% dedication to ASUS for every new high-end gaming rig build.