Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

  • Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
  • Supports DDR3-3000(OC) Memory
  • Supports USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
  • 32 Phase DigitALL Power Design
  • 4-way Multi-GPU: 4-way NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support
  • OC Certified: Military Class Burn-in Test Passed
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • PCI Express Gen 3: World's 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
  • Audio Boost: Reward Your Ears with True Quality
  • Killer Ethernet: Kill Your Lag
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3: Amazing Headphone Surround & Gaming Sound Enhancement
  • Lucid Virtu MVP 2.0: Uncompromised Game Response Performance
  • Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel® Wireless Display

Z87 XPOWER motherboard


The MSI OVERCLOCKING motherboards are designed based on four principles:

  • Professional overclockers feedback must be integrated
  • Continue MSI's leading position in power efficiency and stability
  • Only use essential OC tools
  • Infuse the DNA of MSI's Lightning graphics cards

Changing the overclocking game

  • OC Certified
  • Built with Lightning DNA
  • Enhanced components
  • Enhanced power
  • Enhanced thermal design
  • Military Class Components
  • The cleanest extreme PCB
  • Optimized overclocking BIOS
  • OC Essentials
  • DigitALL Power PWM
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OC Certified

OC Certified is a military class burn-in test for motherboards. Running Prime95 for over 24 hours with a highly overclocked CPU is already a stressing endeavor, but removing all airflow from the motherboard ensures that only the best motherboards survive. If an XPOWER can survive this, it can survive any overclocking situation. The MSI Z87 XPOWER motherboards are equipped with all the necessary features to make sure you get the most out of your system. From the Enhanced PWM and Thermal Design that give you the best stability to all the easy features that ensure that you don't have to perform a lot of tricks to get great stability in your quest for performance.

Military Class 4 components

Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The DrMOS 4, Hi-c CAP, Super Ferrite Choke and Dark CAP will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme conditions.


DrMOS 4 is the next-gen Mosfet which is used to deliver the power for the CPU. MSI DrMOS 4 does not waste much power, stays cool and is more power efficient than other powersaving solutions. Because DrMOS 4 is a 3-in-1 chip it delivers much more power with less components needed. This solution gives you the power to break world records.

Dark CAP

With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP's have been a staple in high-end motherboard design and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.

Hi-c CAP

A Hi-c CAP is a very small, but super-efficient capacitor. Besides ensuring enough spacing around a CPU socket to install large coolers, it also allows for 93% energy efficiency. Thanks to Hi-c CAP`s MSI motherboards are the most energy efficient in the market.

Super Ferrite Choke

Super Ferrite Choke uses a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Choke to run at a 35 degree Celsius lower temperature, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.

Military Class 4 components


The OC PCB used for the MSI OVERCLOCKING motherboards is a completely new design where 50% more layers are used. This allows us to optimize all traces for overclocking. Power and signal traces are isolated, resulting in higher efficiency and performance and more features can be installed relatively close to each other without causing interference. Every MSI OVERCLOCKING motherboard is tuned for better stability under extreme circumstances:

  • Increased number of PCB layers
  • Increased humidity resistance
  • Tight weave fiberglass PCB
  • Increased ESD protection

DigitALL Power PWM

DigitALL Power digitally steers and receives feedback through a DigitALL PWM controller. This allows for pinpoint voltage delivery and lower power consumption. With the switch from analog feedback to digital feedback, you also have the opportunity to implement Load Line Calibration.

Thermal design

Besides inspiring visual awe the XPOWER Thermal Design was developed to deliver the highest cooling potential in the worst situation. Because it is optimized to work in low-airflow situations, it is the ideal cooling to use with your liquid cooling setup.

  • XPOWER thermal design
  • SuperPipe
  • Low airflow
  • Optimized design
  • Clear CPU space
  • Metal screws

Extreme OC socket design

What is more frustrating than not being able to properly fit your cooling solution on your motherboard? Through the use of Military Class 4 components we can ensure that normal coolers can easily be installed and the motherboard can easily be insulated for extreme cooling solutions.

8 PCB layers

OC Essentials

A small set of tools that are essential to get the best performance out of your motherboard. These features increase stability, assist in trouble shooting, allow you to keep your complete system in check and allow for simple management. This way you can keep your mind on overclocking.

  • V-Check Points
  • Multi-BIOS II
  • Debug LED
  • Clear CMOS button
  • Multiplier up
  • BCLK ratio up
  • Multiplier down
  • BCLK ratio down
  • 1 MHz adj. / 0.1 MHz adj.
  • Reset / Power
  • Discharge
  • OC Genie 4

Direct OC

A set of + and – buttons allows you to adjust your Base Clock in real time, even during benchmarking. The DirectOC software allows you to select 1 MHz or 0.1 MHz increments.

Complete discharge

A true factory reset! Holding this button for 2 seconds completely wipes your motherboard from all settings. The CLR CMOS button only limits itself to the BIOS/VRAM but this Complete Discharge button even removes information from the Z87 PCH, a much needed button on the Z87 platform.

Overclocking software

MSI OVERCLOCKING motherboards are equipped with advanced overclocking software tools to finetune even the smallest OC settings without requiring extra power from your PC.

Intel Extreme Tuning Utility

This software gives you maximum control over your system whether it is the CPU, Memory, system clocks or monitoring system temperatures, voltages or fan speeds.

MSI Command Center Lite

This lightweight overclocking tool doesn't need installation and doesn't occupy unnecessary system resources lowering system benchmark score. With a single mouse click you have access to the most important overclocking features.


MSI Command Center integrates an unlimited RAMDisk with the retail value of $35. With a RAMdisk you can create a virtual drive from your system memory enabling speeds 20x faster than a modern SSD. There are options to load complete game images, you can speed up your browser or your page file which increases your whole game system performance.

Click BIOS 4

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Not only that it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And this all comes with many cool features.

Hardware Monitor

Hardware monitor allows you to take control of your system through Total Fan and check your primary system characteristics in an easy graphical interface.

Board Explorer

This feature shows the user a visual representation of all the connectors of the motherboard and displays which devices are connected. In case of a device having a bad connection you can easily trace it with board explorer.

OC Profile preview

With OC profiles you an very fast switch between settings and you can save up to 8 profiles. In the blink of an eye, you can see the differences between your current system settings and any of the stored profiles.

Optimized for multiple graphics cards

NVIDIA SLI / AMD Crossfire Virtu MVP

MSI OVERCLOCKING motherboards feature one or more PCI-Express 3.0 slots, perfectly aligned and with enough space for an optimal airflow when using multiple graphics cards. That way, you will never have to worry about an overheating PC, while you are enjoying the best graphics jumping off from your monitor when running a NVIDIAR SLI? or AMD Crossfire gaming setup.

Dedicated PCI-E x16 slot

The Z87 XPOWER comes with a PLX-chip to enable 4-Way SLI / Crossfire. However in the situations that you only use one VGA card the PLX chip will some latencty. This is why thie Z87 XPOWER comes with a dedicated PCI-E x16 slot which is directly connected to the CPU bypassing the PLX chip giving you the best possible performance when using only 1 VGA card.

*There are 4 (2 front / 2 back) PCI-E signal switches for each PCI-E x8 lanes from the CPU.

4-Way SLI / Crossfire

To support 4-Way SLI / Crossifire the Z87 XPOWER is using the PLX8747 gen3 switch chip. This way you have the maximum available bandwidth needed in order to run your benchmarks and game with 4 VGA cards.


When you are overclocking with LN2 with 4 VGA cards it can happen that you want to remove one VGA card, however with the LN2 pot on their and all the insulation it is very difficult. With MSI CeaseFire is is very easy to disable one of the PCI-E x16 slots with a simple switch.

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Supports DDR3-3000 memory

If you want to achieve overclocking records you also need fast memory. The XPOWER not only supports the new T-Topology architecture, it also works with the latest DDR3-3000 standards. This way you are ensured of the best memory performance.

Audio Boost

Reward your ears with true quality. Get ready for ear-drum shattering sound, with MSI Audio Boost! With Audio Boost we're delivering the highest audio quality so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music in games. Because the complete audio circuitry is isolated from other features, you'll enjoy less interference and more stability. The built-in headphone amplifier allows you to use studio-grade headgear and get the most amazing sound quality out of your gaming PC.

  • Studio level integrated 600Ω headphone amplifier
  • Golden audio jacks for pure audio signals
  • EMI shielded audio codec
  • High quality audio capacitors
  • Illuminated audio PCB separation
Unamplified signal
TI OPA1652 amplifier
High quality audio capacitors
Amplified & filtered signal
Gold plated connectors


The Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 suite is a powerful audio platform equipped with cutting-edge audio technology, offering premium audio quality, effects and features for ordinary PC systems equipped with only basic onboard audio. It features SBX Pro Studio? suite of technologies, which is designed to give you the fullest audio experience. For gamers, get ready to be blown away by the amazing realism from the unrivaled headphone surround and gaming sound enhancement technologies delivered by Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3. SBX Pro Studio? suite of audio technologies create unprecedented levels of audio realism, add dynamics and punch to every gunshot, explosion and gaming sound. It includes stunning surround effects, producing an incredibly realistic surround sound experience even from just a pair of stereo headphones.

Scout mode

Win battles with Scout Mode, a proprietary technology that allows you to hear your enemies from further away, as you get a definitive advantage in combat!

INTEL® Wi-Fi. Bluetooth. Intel® WiDi.

The OVERCLOCKING motherboards come with an easily unpluggable Intel® Wi-Fi / Bluetooth module which also supports Intel® WiDi. This way you can easy connect to other wireless devices in your home. The support of 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 ensures that you have the fastest available transfer speed. With Intel® WiDi (stands for Wireless Display) and a WiDi receiver (not included) you can watch movies on your TV without the need for any cables.

Comes with
2 antennas

OC Genie 4

We have implemented the revolutionary OC Genie 4 button with GAMING mode on our Overclocking motherboard series. Just press the OC Genie button on the motherboard and use the game switch and the system's game performance will be boosted.

Super RAID

Super RAID support gives you super fast loading times of your operating system or PC games. Now you won't have to wait endlessly on those annoying loadingbars to fill.


Entering a BIOS can be a frustrating job. Because nowadays motherboards boot lightning fast, we added the GO2BIOS button. Simply push it before you start or restart your system and you'll go straight to the system BIOS when your motherboard powers on.

KILLER™ ethernet

Through the detection and prioritization of gaming traffic you can finally fully utilize your network without fear of being kicked from an on-line game because of high ping.


  • Audio Boost
    • 30μg gold plated audio connectors
    • Amplified audio

    PS/2 Gaming Device port /
    2x USB 2.0

    Higher polling frequency (1000 Hz):
    • More responsive
    • Faster reactions
    Triple gold plated PS/2 and USB ports
    • 10x longer lifetime when plugging and unplugging
    • Prevents oxidation and corrosion
  • PS/2 port / USB 2.0 ports
  • Clear CMOS button
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n / Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB 3.0 ports / HDMI port
  • USB 3.0 ports
  • Optical S/PDIF out / HDMI port / DisplayPort
  • KILLER™ LAN / USB 3.0 ports
  • 8 ch. analog audio with Audio Boost



1. Specifications may differ depending on your location, and we reserve the right to change without notice. Please check with your local dealers for detailed specifications.
2. Due to photography and/or monitor settings, coloration of product images may vary from actual product.
Gold Award
MSI Z87 XPower motherboard falls into the latter category with quite a number of features to show for it. Z87 XPower can easily support a four-way graphics configuration in either SLI or CrossdireX configuration. MSI has also taken another note from its ...
Editor's Choice Award
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Editor’s Choice
MSI Z87-series of overclocking motherboards feature some of the most hardcore parts and components ever assembled, even when compared with the other brands out there. We’ve played around with a couple of them before, but they weren’t quite like what the M...
Editor's Choice
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“The board has quite a clean layout with buttons and switches clearly marked and placed in the right areas so you don’t have to look around for too long to find what you need.” “Thanks to the large sized board, installing huge CPU coolers should neither ...
Editor's Choice: Original design
“As befits a flagship model MSI Z87 XPower pleased us with the sophisticated design a huge reliability and rich functionality. The system board is equipped with everything sophisticated user can ever dream of.„
Great Product
“All in all, I’m super satisfied with the board, and despite the high cost, I still think it’s worthy of a recommendation„
Highly Recommended
As for performance, it's quick, as in very. The Xpower tops nearly all our benchmarks and is unbeaten for overclocking as you'd expect
Después de todas las pruebas realizadas a la MSI Z87 XPOWER podemos concluir diciendo que esta motherboard realmente no tiene que envidiarle nada a las líneas top de motherboards de otros fabricantes, y que inclusive ofrece una seria de adiciones tanto en...
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The Z87 XPOWER is based on the Intel Z87 Express chipset designed for Intel’s 4th generation Core i5/i7 series CPUs. The MSI Z87 XPOWER supports 32GB of DDR3 3000MHz RAM, 10 SATA 6Gb/s ports, WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, NVIDIA’s 4-Way SLI and AMD Cro...
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Best Innovation
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“MSI Z87 XPOWER a structure without a doubt unique. I "prestigious ".„ XPOWER Z87 is the icing on the cake in the implementation of MSI, model no compromise, ready to conquer extreme overclocking records. It integrates many solutions to assist in the acc...
  • CPU (Max Support)
  • FSB / Hyper Transport Bus
  • Chipset
    Intel® Z87 Express Chipset
  • DDR3 Memory
    DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/ 2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000*(*OC)
  • mSATA
  • Memory Channel
  • DIMM Slots
  • Max Memory (GB)
  • PCI-Ex16
  • PCI-E Gen
    Gen3 (0, 16, 0, 0, 0), (16, 0, 0, 16, 0), (8, 0, 8, 16, 0), (8, 0, 8, 8, 8)
  • PCI-Ex1
  • RAID
  • LAN
  • USB 3.0 ports (Rear)
  • USB 2.0 ports (Rear)
  • Audio ports (Rear)
  • Display Port
  • HDMI
  • VGA Max Share Memory (MB)
  • DirectX
  • Form Factor
  • SLI
  • CrossFire


1. Specifications may differ depending on your location, and we reserve the right to change without notice. Please check with your local dealers for detailed specifications.
2. Due to photography and/or monitor settings, coloration of product images may vary from actual product.



• 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Pentium® /Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.


• Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

Main Memory

• Support four DDR3 DIMMs 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000*(OC) DRAM (32GB Max)
- Supports Dual-Channel mode
- Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
- Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)


• 5 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (PCI_E1, PCI_E2, PCI_E3, PCI_E5, PCI_E7)*
- The operating mode will be x0/ x16/ x0/ x0/ x0, x16/ x0/ x0/ x16/ x0, x8/ x0/ x8/ x16/ x0 or x8/ x0/ x8/ x8/ x8.*
- Support for installing up to 4 PCIe x16 expansion cards
• 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
* For a single expansion card installation with optimum performance, using the PCI_E2 slot is recommended.

On-Board SATA

SATAIII controller integrated in Intel® Z87 chipset
- Up to 6Gb/s transfer speed.
- 1 x mSATA 6Gb/s port*
- Supports six SATA ports (SATA1~6) by Z87

• SATAIII controller integrated in ASMedia® ASM1061 chipset
- Up to 6Gb/s transfer speed.
- Supports four SATA ports (SATA7~10) by ASM1061
*The SATA5 port will be unavailable when a SSD installed in the mSATA port.
** Supports Intel Core processors on Windows 7 and Windows 8.

- SATA1~6 ports support Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise (AHCI / RAID 0/1/5/10) by Intel Z87  



• Intel Z87 Express Chipset
- 4x USB 3.0 ports (available through the internal USB connectors)
- 6x USB 2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors*) 
• ASMedia ASM1074 Chipset
- 8 x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
* internal JUSB1 connector supports MSI Super Charger


• Realtek® ALC1150 Codec
- 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
- Supports S/PDIF output


• Supports one PCI Express  LAN 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Killer® E2205 Gigabit LAN controller*
*The Killer Network Manager is only available for Windows 7 and Windows 8 currently. The supported drivers for other operating systems would depend on the vendor providing or not. 


• Supports 4-Way AMD CrossFireTM Technology*
• Supports 4-Way NVIDIA® SLITM Technology
• Supports Lucid Virtu MVP 2.0*
*Supports Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Internal I/O Connectors

- ATX 24-Pin power connector
- 2 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- 1 x 6-pin ATX 12V power connector*
- 2 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors
- 5 x 4-pin System fan connectors
- 10 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
- 2 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
- 2 x USB 3.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 3.0 ports)
- 1 x Discharge button
- 1 x Multi BIOS Switch
- 1 x Front Panel Audio connector
- 2 x System panel connectors
- 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
- 14 x V-Check points (7x V-Check connectors, 7x V-Check spots)
- 1 x Base Clock step swtich
- 1 x GO2BIOS button
- 1 x OC Genie button
- 1 x Reset button
- 2 x Base Clock control buttons
- 2 x CPU Ratio control buttons
- 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
- 1 x Power button
- 1 x OC Genie mode switch
- 1 x PCIe CeaseFire Switch
- 1 x 2-Digit Debug Code LED
- 1 x Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth module connector
* Provides additional power to PCIe x16 slots


Back Panel I/O Ports

- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
- 1 x Clear CMOS button
- 1 x Optical S/PDIF-out  port
- 2 x USB 2.0  ports
- 8 x USB 3.0  ports
- 1 x RJ45 LAN jack
- 1 x 6 in 1 OFC audio jack
- 1 x DisplayPort with max. resolution up to 4096x2160@24Hz, 24bpp/ 3840x1600@60Hz, 24bpp
- 2 x HDMI ports  with max. resolution up to 4096x2160@24Hz, 24bpp/2560x1600@60Hz, 24bpp/ 1920x1080@60Hz, 36bpp

This platform supports dual-display and triple-display function

  HDMI+DisplayPort HDMI+HDMI HDMI+HDMI+DisplayPort

Extend mode
(Extend the desktop to the second and thired monitor)

Clone mode
(Monitors have the same screen)



• The motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
• The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications. 


• 34.5cm(L) x 26.4cm(W) XL-ATX Form Factor


• 9 mounting holes.


1. Specifications may differ depending on your location, and we reserve the right to change without notice. Please check with your local dealers for detailed specifications.
2. Due to photography and/or monitor settings, coloration of product images may vary from actual product.