MSI Z97 XPOWER AC ASMEDIA SATA DRIVER DETAILS:
|File Size:||24.1 MB|
|Supported systems:||Windows Vista (32/64-bit), Windows XP (32/64-bit), Windows 8, Windows 10|
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MSI Z97 XPOWER AC ASMEDIA SATA DRIVER
The black nickel plated copper pipe connects all three blocks, so you can easily integrate this motherboard into your cooling circuit. According to my testing, the VRMs are indeed very efficient and I see no need to cool the board with water. Besides the benefit of a possible watercooling solution, this also has a negative aspect.
To check this, I measured the temperature with an infrared thermometer on each block. To serve any kind of cooling solution, the board comes along with 7 fan ports. You will straight catch the 8 x USB 3.
However, there are also two additional USB2. So in total 10 USB ports. After the quick review of all the features, we will now take a closer look at the important ICs. In the following picture I marked all important ICs with a short explanation.
MSI Z97 XPOWER AC LGA “ZChipset” Motherboard Review
MSI Z97 XPOWER AC ASMedia SATA This means the VRMs are so stable and cold that you could actually use the board without a heatsink. Additional cooling such as waterblocks or integrated waterblocks are not needed at all according to my testing. In addition, you can also find a debug LED in the same area which will show a specific code if there is some problem during the power on self test POST. Extreme overclockers will also find voltage measuring points in the same area to check the current voltages of their system. So in case of a BIOS crash, there is always a backup to save your board.
MSI Z97 XPOWER AC - motherboard - extended ATX - LGA1150 Socket - Z97
The navigation and design is pretty similar to the Z87 boards and very well organized. You can find important information such as CPU-Temperature and boot order straight at the top of the overlay. Another nice innovation is the OC Fan Stand which allows you to attach an MSI Z97 XPOWER AC ASMedia SATA fan down on top of the CPU area to aid in cooling the motherboard and components which surround the CPU. When you water cool you deprive the motherboard of the necessary airflow usually provided by air cooling hardware.
MSI has provided a way to correct for that oversight and cool your motherboard to reduce heat stresses placed on the system. Another point of interest is the inclusion of a USB flash drive which contains the same drivers and software included on the driver disc.
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The included flash drive is pretty spiffy looking and has the "XPower" logo on it. Installing the drivers from flash drive are considerably faster than from disc and this is a trend I hope to see continue. Board Layout The first thing you notice when you pick up an XPower or MSI Z97 XPOWER AC ASMedia SATA motherboard is that they are heavy enough to crush small woodland creatures.
This is an obvious sign of quality. The second thing you notice is the striking physical appearance. The black and yellow color scheme works very well here and is a nice break from "red and black" motherboards done by virtually everyone.
The layout of the Z97 XPower is superb all things considered. There is a multitude of switches and buttons as well. The other amazing feature about the heatsink is that while retaining its gorgeous yellow and black color scheme, the XPOWER logo embedded on the top will lit up when the motherboard is powered giving out an amazing feel to the board. The rest of the motherboard is MSI Z97 XPOWER AC ASMedia SATA by a Pin ATX connector. This is enough power for the most brute liquid nitrogen overclocking which this motherboard can easily support given its outrageous design scheme.
MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Motherboard Review - Final Words & Conclusion
There are also knobs which can adjust different BCLK steps. Combined with the LED lights especially on the backside of the motherboard this thing looks just awesome in a dark PC case. The white LEDs create an awesome HALO coming from underneath the motherboard, it makes the motherboard pop out of your system, well visually that is. The PCB is extremely dark as it has received a proper coated layer, including the dark connectors, dark capacitors, with the subtle heatsinks this rocks my boat. This is just a great looking solution for the enthusiast PC gamer.
Tweaking We mentioned it in the first chapter of this conclusion already, overall non-overclocked performance as stated is above the baseline of the reference Z97 motherboards we tested, with an offset here and there of course. If you have two left hands in terms MSI Z97 XPOWER AC ASMedia SATA overclocking then just press the OC Genie II button, power up and after a few seconds your motherboard will all of the sudden be mildly overclocked, a performance boost at very little extra power consumption as the CPU will now MSI Z97 XPOWER AC ASMedia SATA throttled to MHz, admittedly a bit low.
The tweaking performance of this motherboard was on par with what we expected. So be prepared for processor heat, proper liquid cooling definitely deserves a recommendation here alright. We can't wait for Intel to release Devil's Canyon based processors where the cooling should be much improved. Improved Asmedia SATA device compatibility. - Support 5 th-Generation Intel Core Processors.
Version. Release Date. File Size. MB. Intel Z97 Express Motherboards Z97 XPOWER AC. menu. OVERVIEW PCI-E x1.
2. SATAIII. M.2 Slot.
1x Key M(PCIe Gen2 x2/SATA). RAID. 0/1/5/