MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard Review

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Posted by Heath Coop on Friday, April 28, 2017 - 8:00am

Introduction

A short time ago we had the privilege of being able to review the MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium for the recently released AMD Ryzen processors. Now we get to review its brethren for the Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake processors, the Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium. Both feature instantly recognizable silver and black highlights with a matching PCB and both are designed for serious gamers.

Built on MSI’s Military Class 5 foundation, the Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium supports Intel’s latest Core processors and DDR4 memory up to 4133MHz via four memory slots. There’s triple Turbo M.2 connectivity with transfer speeds up to 32 Gb/s. Eight SATA ports and two U.2 ports offer even more storage options. There dual USB 3.1 front panel connectors along with six USB 3.1 rear ports. Dual Intel i219-V and i211AT chips provide high quality network connectivity with Intel LAN Teaming technology.

It seems that all the bases are quite well covered, but there are some additional features which add even more performance, flexibility, and value. Steel Armor PCI-E and memory slots offer additional strength to reduce tear out during transport and shield from EMI. Support for 2-way Nvidia SLI and 4-way Intel CrossFire is standard. Audio Boost 4 delivers thigh sound quality with premium quality audio components and an isolated audio PCB.

MSI has also paid close attention on the software side. They have revised their UEFI based Click BIOS to version 5, which has exclusive MSI Boost Overclocking features. There are also several applications that allows quite a bit of control over the BIOS, overclocking, LAN, and other various features from inside the Windows environment as well.

MSI's take on the Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium

MASTER THE GAME

With a unique look and feel, packed with exclusive gaming features, MSI ENTHUSIAST GAMING motherboards offer the best possible gaming experience.

BULLETPROOF GAMING

  • GAMING Device Port
  • Lightning USB 3.1 Gen2
  • VR Boost
  • Dual Intel® GAMING LAN
  • Golden audio jacks with S/PDIF
  • Full gaming I/O & Audio cover
    Stunning looks, protecting the I/O ports
  • Heavy plated TITANIUM heatsinks
    Leading heatsink design, for maximum cooling
  • DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor
    Optimized traces and isolated memory circuitry
  • 4x PCI-E Steel Armor
    Protecting VGA cards against bending and EMI
  • Turbo M.2 with Steel Armor
    NVMe support, up to 32 Gb/s using PCI-Express Gen3 x4
  • M.2 Shield, ready for Intel® Optane memory
    Thermal enhancement for M.2 devices for best performance
  • Audio Boost 4 with amplifier
    Optimized gaming audio using best components, with Nahimic 2
  • OC Dashboard
    The ultimate tool for extreme overclockers

MYSTIC LIGHT

Customize and set up your own color scheme with RGB Mystic Light Sync. Select any of the colors from the palette using your smartphone or the MSI Gaming App to match your system style. Bored of the same colors? Simply change the complete look of your system in 1 second!

STAY COOL WHILE GAMING

Cooling your PC is essential for reliable performance. We've made sure to include enough fan headers with full control to allow you to cool your system any way you want.

YOUR IN-GAME ADVANTAGE

Outsmart and outperform your opponents in-game using an array of unique MSI GAMING tools. Clever hardware & software tools, created to keep you one step ahead of the competition and boost your skills.

BE THE FIRST ON THE BATTLEFIELD

This MSI GAMING motherboard supports all the latest storage standards. This allows you to connect any ultra-fast storage device, giving you in-game benefits. Start games faster, load levels faster and have a real advantage over your enemies.

IMMERSE YOURSELF INTO VIRTUAL WORLDS

Integrating the very best of cutting edge technologies on MSI hardware provides a smooth VR ride. Through joint efforts with major VR brands, combined with unique MSI features geared to VR, MSI brings gamers and VR professionals a vivid and realistic experience in which content truly comes alive.

SOUND THAT PULLS YOU INTO THE GAME

Get the most immersive sound experience when gaming. MSI Audio Boost delivers the highest sound quality through the use of premium quality audio components. This lets you enjoy breathtaking, game-changing sound to create the most exciting gameplay.

UNMATCHED MEMORY PERFORMANCE

MSI motherboards are crammed with features to fuel your gaming rig's memory with more speed, higher overclockability and increased stability.

DESIGNED FOR LIMITLESS TUNING

Founded on experience and with a long history of creating the best performing motherboards packed with smart features, you can count on this motherboard to deliver the best performance under the most extreme conditions. Countless system tuning and troubleshooting tools are at your disposal to push your system to new heights and satisfy even the most demanding tweaker.

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