MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard Review

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Storage Performance

Storage performance is done using CrystalDiskMark version 5.2.1.  Each drive tested will be securely erased prior to executing the test, while a reboot will be done between each round of testing.  Testing the SATA connection, we will use a SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SSD, with a rated speed of 550MB/s for Sequential Read, and up to 500MB/s for Sequential Write.  The M.2 interface will be tested with Kingston’s HyperX Predator 240GB drive, with a rated speed of up to 1400MB/s Sequential Read, and 600MB/s Sequential Write.  To test USB 3.1 Gen 1 we will use an external USB 3.0 hard drive dock along with the SanDisk Ultra II SSD.

SATA 6Gb/s

MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium

MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium CrystalDiskMark – SATA 6Gb/s

M.2

MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium

MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium CrystalDiskMark M.2

USB 3.1 Gen 1

MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium

MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium CrystalDiskMark USB 3.1 Gen 1

Storage Performance Results:  Storage performance is a bit of a mix, for SATA and USB 3.1 Gen 1 it lead the pack in both Sequential Read and Write.  For M.2 performance, that was reversed and was close to 100MB/s behind the leader of the Z270 motherboards for Sequential Read.  For Sequential Write, the MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium, was just 1.2MB/s behind the lead motherboard.

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  • Alex Hurtado

    Does the Z270 XPower Gaming Titatium come with a backplate? If not can i buy one and install it on?

  • Anas Knight

    is it worth it compared to the titanium xpower Z170A??

    • Steven Kean

      Performance wise, if you’re running a Z170 with a Skylake proc, that’s a tough call for a small perf increase otherwise Type-C connector, 3x M.2, Optane (if you are going that route), and slightly more PCIE lanes. If you want to do 4K video though, that’s one of the big things with Kaby Lake and Z270.

  • Real Tech News Fan

    Do want.

  • Doc

    Maybe it’s time to start including version’s for Display Port and HDMI in the spects list and write up. Everything ells is receiving specifics. Big TVs and monitors are slowly becoming one.

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      The ports themselves are fully compatible with whatever spec you can output with your specific CPU’s Intel HD Graphics. • 1 x HDMI™ port, supports a maximum resolution of 4096×2160@30Hz(7th Gen (Kaby) CPU), 4096×2160@24Hz(6th Gen CPU), 2560×1600@60Hz
      • 1 x DisplayPort, supports a maximum resolution of 4096×2304@24Hz, 2560×1600@60Hz, 3840×2160@60Hz, 1920×1200@60Hz