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MSI X99S MPower Motherboard Overview and Overclocking Guide

By: Steven Bassiri | Guides | Posted: Jan 22, 2015 10:11 pm

Test System Setup

 

In this section, I will test MSI's features, OC Genie, and power consumption.

 

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The X99S MPower is one of the few boards that is compatible with the Noctua NH-D15 and a PCI-E card in the first slot.

 

 

MSI's OC Genie Results

 

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MSI's OC Genie is more modest than other auto OC offerings I have seen; however, it is much more practical. With the switch in position "A," it overclocked the CPU to 3.7GHz, and the memory to 2400MHz, whilst leaving the CPU voltages alone, which is something I really like. In position "B," the auto OC was at 3.9GHz with a very slight increase in voltage.

 

I prefer this type of auto OC to more aggressive types, because if you are going to risk your CPU, you should learn how to overclock, and manufacturers always use too much VCore to support the large range of CPUs. MSI takes a different approach, and provides minor overclocks with very slight increases in VCore; this ensures low temperatures, and reduces the risk of damage and instability.

 

 

OC Software

 

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MSI has their full-fledged Command Center where you can set up overclocks and fan control, and even make a RAM disk.

 

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I prefer more lightweight programs, and MSI delivers with Command Center Lite, and Command Center Lite Memory. Both programs work well.

 

 

Power Testing

 

I tested the power at the wall socket, and at the eight-pin CPU power connector on the motherboard, which supplies the CPU power. Measurements were taken at 0% load for idle, and 100% load (at max spikes) using IntelBurnTest.

 

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Windows power settings:

 

Power Saver: Optimized Power

Balanced: Stock, Auto OC (4.3GHz), 4.5GHz Preset

High Performance: 4.5GHz Manual

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