An exclusive report provides an initial tease of MSI's relaunch of MPOWER—a beloved product line of high performance yet wallet friendly motherboards. Wccftech published their Z790MPOWER model coverage only a few hours ago. MSI's final batch of MPOWER-branded boards landed back in 2017, with Z170 and Z270 chipsets (on Intel Socket 1151). Here is Wccftech's statement on the matter: "MSI is marking the return of the MPOWER series with a new and cost-effective Z790 product, the Z790MPOWER. This motherboard may look like a very mainstream design but it has something that only a few high-end motherboards can do and that is support for the best DDR5 memory out there."
They moved onto showcasing the board's feature set: "Starting with the details, the MSI Z790MPOWER motherboard features the LGA 1700/1800 socket & supports 12th, 13th, and 14th Gen CPUs from Intel. It is powered by a 15-Phase VRM design which is provided power through dual 8-pin connectors. There are large heatsinks over the VRMs and the Mini-ATX with a silver and black finish looks great." The usual bits of overclocking terminology adorn Z790MPOWER's various heatsinks—including "Overclock, Frequency, MHz, Voltages and Clock." The Z790MPOWER's DIMM configuration is restricted to only two slots, which is ideal for overclocking enthusiasts. A list of RAM partners reveals support for a wide selection of the latest 64 GB capacity high-speed DDR5 modules, naturally adding up to a total of 128 GB—well-heeled memory enthusiasts step forward! Wccftech believes that MPOWER-branded memory kits are in the pipeline, thanks to MSI collaborating with favored manufacturers. Additional features include: "two M.2 slots placed under an M.2 heatsink, four SATA III Ports, a single PCIe 5.0 x16, & two PCIe 4.0 (X1 / X4) slots. Rear I/O includes four USB 2.0, three USB 3.2 Gen 1, and a single USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port. There's also WIFI 6E + BT5.2, 2.5GbE Ethernet LAN, and a 7.1 channel audio jack."
Chinese and nearby hardware markets seem to be the first ports of call—launch pricing could be 1599 RMB ($225). North Americans will be pleased to hear about MSI's (alleged) MSRP of "$199 USD for the Z790MPOWER motherboard making it one of the most affordable memory-overclocking boards on the market. The price is $229 US with taxes in certain regions, but it is an impressive pricing for a motherboard with such high-end capabilities."