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MicroStar International, a leading maker of mainboards, has introduced a new family of mainboards that are not only specifically designed for overclocking of microprocessors, but which virtually guarantee successful overclocking. The MSI OC Certified platforms undergo military class specific testing with Intel Core i7 central processing units operating at 4.60GHz, significantly above default frequencies.

The mainboards that belong to the  OC Certified series will be submitted to a Military Class stress-test for overclocking. The first member of the family, MSI Z77 MPower should survive 24 hours of Prime95 with LGA1155 microprocessors operating at 4.60GHz. The main conditiond of the OC Certified test is a high temperature amid the lack of airflow.

OC Certified is a major extension of MSI's Military Class certification. Military Class III mainboards already have their component quality tested in rigorous tests to ensure all-round stability. OC Certified puts these components to the ultimate test. When an MSI Z77 MPower passes the OC Certified test, it is guaranteed to be able to run in overclocked conditions in high temperatures with little to no airflow. Final OC results of course vary with the component quality of the entire system and users’ technique, but at least one can count on mainboard not being the limiting factor.

MSI OC Certified motherboards will also feature enhanced PWM cooling and better power stability thanks to usage of high-quality components. The enhanced PWM cooling test ensures that even without airflow in a high-temperature room (30°C) without airflow from a CPU cooler. the mainboard will survive at least 24 hours, a clear evidence of its high quality.

MSI's first OC Certified mainboard is the Z77 MPower that is based on Intel Z77 core-logic and is designed for overclocking of microprocessors in LGA1155 form-factor.

Tags: MSI, OC Certified, Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Intel


Comments currently: 7
Discussion started: 08/07/12 09:59:33 PM
Latest comment: 08/11/12 01:00:07 AM
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Looks like a damn sexy board to me.
0 1 [Posted by: moderntheorist  | Date: 08/07/12 09:59:33 PM]

High temperature? 30°C is cooler than winter ambients in some climates. I'd like to see how Gigabyte's UP series compares.
0 0 [Posted by: qiqi1021  | Date: 08/08/12 02:16:21 AM]
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Yeah, but in those climates I assume a room with a high performance machine will have at least some air flow or even air conditioning.

Besides that, in environments like that your PC probably has to have a few fans anyway, this test is without any fans at all (from the looks of it). Even 1 fan will allow considerably higher temperatures to be sustainable over much longer periods of time.
0 0 [Posted by: whythisname  | Date: 08/08/12 05:37:46 AM]
During summer it gets higher than 30°C where I live, and my Gigabyte P67A-UD4-B3 and Asus P8Z68-V Pro went through similar testing without a problem.

When I stress mobos on the bench the cooler I use is an Aywun Radi A1-V10 (same thing as a Spire Thermax Eclipse 2), in push pull config the PWMs get pretty much no airflow since the fans sit right above them. And yes, my kind of stability is 24 hours of P95 blend too.
0 0 [Posted by: qiqi1021  | Date: 08/08/12 07:42:39 PM]
it's 30 degrees celcius btw
0 0 [Posted by: Andle Riddum  | Date: 08/08/12 09:14:18 AM]

This is pretty much marketing hype for the naive. Asus started this nonsense years ago, Gigabyte followed and now MSI must do their part to maintain sales. It's amazing how unscrupulous these companies have become IMO, shipping half-baked products and making all sorts of pretty much useless performance claims.

This silliness marketing does result in significant sales to folks who have no idea that typical VRM circuits are designed to run @ 90+ C all day long without issue, with just passive cooling. Anything less would be considered unacceptably poor quality and design.

All they need is a little T & A from a hot babe and these will sell like hotcakes.
0 0 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 08/08/12 07:19:22 PM]

MSI mainboards and 'overclock' in the same sentence is an oxymoron

Must have been a slow day in the PR dept
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 08/11/12 01:00:07 AM]


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