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MSI Z77IA-E53 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

We measured the power consumption of our entire test system at the wall while loading the CPU using Prime95 and GPU using FurMark. We recorded results with the system at reference clock speeds and when overclocked to 4.6 GHz.


These figures are impressive, especially when compared to equivalent Sandy Bridge based systems.

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  • Harris

    Ideal for a new build in the prodigy case.

  • Warren

    Good product, I like their video cards more than their motherboards lately 🙂

  • Dom

    I was quite interested in the on-board audio – they advertise the THX TruStudio, but it’s stil just a RealTek chip. I was planning on a Home-Theater/mini gaming rig, but the power seems to be very limited on ITX boards, which could be a problem if I want to upgrade.

  • Fear3d

    Very in-depth review but would have been a lot more informative if the benchmarks were also directly compared against other mitx’s of the same chipset.