Computex — Enthusiast-oriented Z77 and X79 motherboards could be found all over the Computex exhibition hall. Two of them belonged to MSI's new MPower series, which sits just below the company's XPower family of flagship models. The MPower boards have yellow accents that match MSI's new graphics cards. They also feature a new warranty that extends coverage to overclockers.
The length of the warranty will vary by region, and it won't be any longer than what's offered for standard models. However, any damage incurred while overclocking will be covered. MSI is doing its own overclocking testing on the boards to ensure they're up to snuff. MPower boards will be subjected to 24 hours of burn-in testing in an overclocked configuration. This testing will be conducted with a water-cooled CPU and no airflow around the power regulation circuitry.
In addition to overclocking coverage, the MPower boards will feature more extensive fan speed controls via new Control Center software. Users will be able to define the slope of the fan response curve for all the onboard headers, which will be of the four-pin PWM variety. The controls are limited to MSI's Windows software, though; they won't be accessible via the firmware interface.
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