Hey guys, There's still some time to go before the embargo lifts, but in the meantime, I am proud to showoff some pics and details of our upcoming Z97 boards. First cab off the ranks is the Z97 Mpower MAX. I felt the Z87 Mpower MAX was the best OC board MSI has made in a long time, and I'm happy to say that the Z97 Mpower MAX is better again The box is pretty self explanatory. Layout wise, the board is pretty similar to the Z87 Mpower MAX. There are a few changes though. We've shifted the power/reset and direct OC buttons over near the memory slots, where they are no longer hidden by multi GPU setups. The heatsinks have been redesigned to allow more space for very large CPU coolers. The socket area remains clear for insulation ease. Also present are barbs to provide a watercooling option for those who wish to do so. USB 3.0 is becoming ubiquitous, with 8 ports present. There are single HDMI and Display Ports, a CMOS clear button and standard LAN, audio and PS2 connectors. The gap on the left is for a small daughter board to handle Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.0 duties. Even the I/O Shield has some tricky bits with EMI shielding, a padding layer and it's comes in blackerrrr... In the memory slot area we see the newly placed direct bclk OC buttons. We have a full discharge button carried over from the Z87 Xpower which restores the board to factory settings. Also present here is our OC Genie auto OC button. This will boost Haswell K CPUs to 4Ghz, however, it will be well above that for Haswell Refresh CPUs Note the voltage check points. There are now 3 ground points allowing up to 3 simultaneous voltage readings. The socket area is very clean looking, with few components getting in the way of big CPU coolers or sub zero insulation. The PWM is all digital, with improved voltage offset control for those who want their CPUs to drop down at idle to reduce heat and power consumption. The slot area is unchanged from the Z87 Mpower MAX. It is optimized for two way SLI/CF allowing two cards plenty of room to breathe. The option is there for 3 way still. On the left is our Audio boost solution which brings PCB isolation, EMI shielding, dual AMPs, quality Japanese caps and gold plated audio connectors. That brings us to the new M.2 slot, which is based on a PCIe 2 x2 interface, allowing up to 10 Gb/s, which is a nice bump over the existing SATA 3.0. Why no SATA Express? It's because the SATA-E ecosystem is far from ready. We will have a small cheap adapter available for those who wish to go SATA-E, however, consumer SATA-E devices are not expected to appear before 2015 and not reach affordability for at least a year from now. Here we have 8x SATA ports and more USB 3.0 headers for case connections and bay devices. Nice looking heatsink No doubt this is a Mpower board Yes, this is most definitely a Mpower board I will update this week with some more boards. Stay tuned. Z97 Gaming 7 is up next!