French hardware website 59Hardware has unboxed and revealed the MSI Z87 MPower motherboard, the company’s upcoming high-end offering for Intel’s 4th Generation “Haswell” processors.
Based on the supplied images, the Z87 MPower will feature four memory DIMMs, three PCIe 3.0 x16 and four PCIe 2.0 x1 connectors, and an integrated WiFi / Bluetooth module with two antennas. With regard to I/O connectors, the motherboard features six USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 connector, eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports and a single Ethernet port. Also featured are 6 channel HD audio outputs, SPDIF out, a DisplayPort and two HDMI ouputs.
Finally, the Z87 MPower features five connectors for PWM fans (2 x CPU and 3 x Case), an internal USB 3.0 connector, and draws power from a standard 24-pin ATX classic and two 8-pin ATX connectors.
Further information on technical specifications, pricing and availability will be available in June.
As for the board, they are still not saying if all 3 USB ports runs off the south bridge, if the sata ports are all SATA6 and runs off the south bridge as well. I also rather have an Intel NIC than a Killer NIC, personal preference.