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MSI Teases Z87 XPower Overclocking Motherboard

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.

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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Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • shadowfamicom
    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
    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
    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
    time will tell how well MSI can build an OCing board for the new chips.
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  • amoralman
    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
    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
    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
    10679439 said:
    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
    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
    trailer for a motherboard? that's hardcore.
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