MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard Review

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium

MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium

If you are concerned about performance, the MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium stands up with the best of the motherboards.  As we have seen time and time again, when it comes to the performance of the motherboards there is usually just a small difference.  What matters more is the quality of the components, and the added features.

Some motherboards are setting themselves apart by integrating lots of RGB LED options, the MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium, keeps it’s onboard LEDs to a minimum, and mostly as system indicators only.  However, they have include a Mystic Light RGB LED strip header on the motherboard for those that want to use RGB LED strips to light up their system.

MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium

MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Game Boost Knob

A couple of standout features on the MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium is the Game Boost knob on the motherboard.  With it, you do not need to enter the UEFI to change your overclock, there are preset configuration you can select just by dialing it in.  You also have the option of using the OC Dashboard, Windows software or the UEFI to do your overclocking.  MSI doesn’t limit you to one or two methods, they have made sure that no matter how you want to overclock, the options are there.  Plus if you happen to need to reset the UEFI, there are several methods to reset the UEFI, along with an external clear button on the rear I/O panel.

Overclocking, is one place that the MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium took a stand away from the other motherboards we have tested.  In both CPU and memory overclocking, it went beyond our previous limitations.  The CPU we have only been able to get a stable 5.0GHz, with a bootable but unstable 5.1GHz.  The XPower Gaming Titanium, we were able to get a stable 5.1GHz, and an unstable 5.2GHz.  While the memory went from a previous limitation of 3000MHz up to 3100MHz.  We believe that both the CPU and memory overclock are the hardware limitations, however that doesn’t stop us from trying to break through those barriers.

MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium UEFI

MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium UEFI Gameboost 10

There are only a few things that I’d like to see MSI take a closer look at.  First, the M.2 Shield should be included on all three M.2 ports, not just one.  The price of M.2 PCIe NVMe drives are dropping and you can pick up a 480GB model for under $200 now. That means people are more likely going to have more than one.  Next, is purely a personal preference,  is the USB 3.0 header that is horizontal to the motherboard, I can see the reason for this however I personally don’t care for it in that orientation due to the rigidness of the USB 3.0 front panel cable.

The MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium comes with a high price tag of $329.99 with free shipping.  For that you are getting an extremely feature rich motherboard that supports the latest Intel Kaby Lake processors, along with all of the latest storage and enthusiast features available.

Legit Bottom Line:  The MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium looks great, and runs great.  For novices the overclocking features make it extremely easy to squeeze extra performance out of your system.  For experts, the overclocking features are designed for you to be able to push the system to its limit.

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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