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Thread: MSI Z77IA-E53 [ITX] Review!

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    Default MSI Z77IA-E53 [ITX] Review!

    MSI Z77IA-E53 [ITX] Review

    Support for Intel Core™ Celeron/i3/i5/i7 processors [LGA1155]
    Intel® Z77 Express Chipset
    2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM supporting up to 16 GB of system memory
    Realtek ALC892 High Definition Audio codec 8-channel
    Realtek 8111E GbE
    Atheros AR9271 Wireless
    Atheros AR3011 Bluetooth 3.0+HS
    Expansion Slots
    1x PCI Express 3.0 x16
    1x Mini-PCIe
    Storage Interface:
    2 x SATA 6Gb/s
    2 x SATA 3Gb/s
    1x MSATA 3Gb/s
    Form Factor: ITX

    Testing Spec:
    Intel i7 3770K + Corsair H60 cooling
    G.Skill F3-2133C9D-8GAB [4gbx2]
    Hynix SSD 128Gb Sata 3
    ADATA MSSD 30Gb [Paging file usage]
    FSP HEXA HE-500w
    Windows 7 64bits Ultimate [installed all update]

    Let's Show Hand!:

    G.Skill ram!

    Design in Taiwan! Used Military Class II: Hi-c Cap/ All Solid Caps
    and OC Genie II

    I/O: D-Sub l HDMI l 2x Intel USB 3.0 l 1x Lan l 5x USB 2.0 l ESata l PS/2 l Wireless/Bluetooth

    Model: Z77IA-E53!

    Small brother! Intel Celeron G540 @2.50Ghz

    Intel LGA 1155 Socket! Socket Pin

    Left: Mini-PCI-E l Center: Black: Sata 2/ White: Sata 3 l Right: Intel USB 3.0 19Pin

    Blue PCH Heat Sink, small and slim!

    PCH Heat Sink

    PCH Heat Sink Back

    Intel Z77 Express Chipset PCH

    CPU Power Phase: 6+1+1 Digital Power Phase

    Remove CPU VRM Heat Sink

    CPU VRM Heat Sink!

    93A Mosfet 4935N RA30 [30 V, 93 A, Single N−Channel]

    MSI Used CHEMI-CON Japanese Solid Capacitor

    Left White Sticker: Atheros AR3011 Bluetooth 3.0+HS
    Right White Sticker: Atheros Atheros AR9271 Wireless

    Let do a Refresh again!
    2-Dimm DDR3 1.5v Slot
    This board only has 2 Fan power pin

    MSI innovation design a non-clip DDR3 ram slot, very close to PCI-E slot and don't require to lock the ram using this clip.

    other side of the ram slot, close the clip to lock the ram

    MSI Used Fintek F71889AD I/O Controller [They used same Controller in MSI X79 Big Bang XPower II]
    Fintek F71889AD: voltage monitoring, controlling fan speeds and temperature monitoring.

    Realtek ALC892 High Definition Audio 8-Channel

    Single Bios Chip Winbond 25Q64FVS1G [Sorry for unclear photo]

    uP1618 6+2 Phase Buck Controller

    Clear Cmos I/O

    Realtek GBs RTL 8111E NIC

    PS8101 integrates 1-to-1 HDMI output

    Behind PCB CPU VRM 4935N

    PCI-E 16x full flag

    PCI-Express 3.0 Slot

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    Default Re: MSI Z77IA-E53 [ITX] Review!

    OverClocking & Benchmark Testing

    DPC Latency Checker

    3DMark11 Extreme mode: Intel Core i7 3770k Stock Speed w HD4000

    3DMark11 Entry mode: Intel Core i7 3770k Stock Speed w HD4000

    PCMark7: Stock Speed

    PCMark7: Overclock: 4.5Ghz 4Cores 8 Threads

    Hyper PI: Overclock 4.7Ghz 4Cores 8Threads

    CPUZ: 4.8Ghz 4Cores 4Threads

    CPUZ: 5.0Ghz 4Cores 4Threads

    Hyper PI & LinX 5.0Ghz 4Cores 4 Threads

    Super PI 5.0Ghz 4Cores 8Threads

    LinX 5.2Ghz 2Cores 2 Threads

    LinX 5.2Ghz 2Cores 4 Threads

    LinX: 5.5Ghz 2Cores 2Threads

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    Default Re: MSI Z77IA-E53 [ITX] Review!

    Nice photographs, good lighting and excellent closeup details.
    I like the fact that there isn't a lot of text.
    The review would be a bit better if you described in some detail the motherboard's unique features.

    Keep up the good work.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S

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    Default Re: MSI Z77IA-E53 [ITX] Review!

    This board was my first time doing review.

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