A few months back, I had written an overclocking report on the X99S-MPower, and I was very impressed by the board. It offered good overclocking performance and a solid UEFI to match it.
Performance wise, it keeps up with other boards in the performance category; however, where it really shines is storage. The highest M.2 and SATA 6G scores are taken by the MSI X99S-MPower. I did expect as much since MSI used re-drivers to make sure the signal quality stays high.
MSI also did a very nice job at ensuring that conflicts between devices stay low, it's possibly one of the only boards I tested where I didn't have to do much tinkering to get the system to boot to my boot drive. The one thing that could be improved is the spacing for SLI/CF; also 3-way performance comes at a price, especially if you use an M.2 drive.
I am finally able to see what I predict from my VRM analysis, I am able to see the PWM turn off all phases except two. In this case, those two are on the same PWM phase, so it can't just sit on 1 phase. The board runs very cool on idle and at full load temperatures are very acceptable. It is nice to see a product perform as the manufacturer promises; the X99S-MPower is a well-rounded product.
At $285, the X99S-MPower is considered a mid-range X99 motherboard, yet is a high performance product. It boasts some of the same features as more expensive boards, and will provide strong 24/7 overclocks for anyone in the market for an affordable yet well-executed motherboard.
PRICING: You can find the MSI Computer ATX DDR4 3000 LGA 2011-3 Motherboards X99S MPOWER for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (including Overclocking)||94%|
|Quality including Design and Build||93%|
|Bundle and Packaging||89%|
|Value for Money||91%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: MSI's X99S-MPower boasts some of the same features as much more expensive boards and will provide strong 24/7 overclocks for anyone in the market for an affordable yet well-executed motherboard.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and the X99S-MPower]
- Page 3 [X99S-MPower Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 5 [Test Setup and Overclocking]
- Page 6 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [Temperature and Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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