MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard Review

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Power Consumption and Temperature

Using a P3 Kill-A-Watt meter, we monitored the power consumption of the test system throughout each phase of testing, making note of the highest and lowest reading.  For temperatures HWMonitor was used to keep track of the temperature after running multiple rounds of benchmarks and games.

MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium

MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Power Usage

The Intel Core i7-7700K pulls more power than the previous generation Intel Core i7-6700K, however it doesn’t draw much more power; pulling 6W more at idle, and 4W more under a full load.  When compared to the other Z270 motherboards we have tested it pulled the least amount of power at stock speeds.  Which changed once we overclocked the CPU and memory, increasing the power from 53W at idle, to 78W at idle, an increase of 25W while idle.  Load power increased as well from 251W to 283W, a 32W increase!

MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium

MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Temperature

While the MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium pulled the least amount of power, it also came in at the coolest while idle.  Once we heated it up with a full load, the CPU became the hottest in the Z270 testing at 56C, still well within accepted temperature range.  As you would expect though, once overclocked, the temperatures went up, reaching as high as 87C.  Which is starting to get into the dangerous realm, but that’s the risk you take for overclocking.

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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