MSI Z170 XPOWER Titanium Review

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MSI Z170 XPOWER Titanium Review

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Here it is then. In photographs we admit it looks like someone took a can of silver spray and went to town. In the flesh though it is, if you like that sort of thing, gorgeous. We often mention how photographs don't do justice to the looks of something when it is in front of you and the Titanium stretches this point to near breaking point. The benefits of having an all-silver board are obvious when you put a graphics card into it. Because it's so neutral it works beautifully with any colour at all. 

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The components on the PCB really pop thanks to its light silver backing. If anything it makes the simplicity of the design stand out more. No massive chokes or capacitors strewn around. Instead, because everything is more obvious, MSI have really hidden away the chips and power phases well. If anything the heatsinks are almost too sparkly and silver against the slightly subtler silver of the PCB.

As graphics cards get heavier and more and more people use multi-card setups it was only a matter of time before a manufacturer attempted to solve the problem of the PCI Express slots peeling away from the PCB, and MSI are the first to do so with the "Steel Armor" PCI Express covering. Perhaps more importantly it looks great against the silver backdrop.

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The MSI OC Genie is one of the best technical innovations of recent years, enabling everyone to overclock with a simple button press. No faffing about in the BIOS, press, play. The Z170 XPOWER Titanium comes with a seriously upgraded version of that. The Game Boost button works in the same way that the old OC Genie did, except now it is also a dial so that you can fine tune how much overclocking you receive until your CPU cries enough. Brilliant, especially if you've got either a monster or a dog of a CPU as you can really push the limits at both ends of the scale.

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If you prefer to overclock in the old-fashioned way the Titanium comes with an "OC Dashboard" that adjusts BCLK and multipliers in the manner you're used to. Useful to squeeze those last few MHz out.

Round the back we have a combined PS2, BIOS Flashback, USB ports aplenty, RJ45 for the Intel GigaLAN and the Audio Boost 3 with Nahimic outputs.

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Most Recent Comments

23-10-2015, 08:05:53

Excalabur50
Nice review boss, it is a striking motherboard no doubt about it, and it was a bold move by MSi that's for sure, I'd like to see them do a pearl white version with the metallic fleck as I think that might look really nice tooQuote

23-10-2015, 09:54:14

You_What?
Tom, you could have given us a few more photos of the board, some more up close....

Review is always without a doubt top notch stuff, reading it as I type this, about 4 pages in, liking what I see so far!

Lovely, though it comes with a price to match, thats expected given its a premium board.Quote

24-10-2015, 07:57:21

AlienALX
This board has reviewed quite well as it goes. Thanks for the review as always lads.

It would look nice with three original Titans in it Quote

24-10-2015, 16:43:59

realneil
I like the looks of this Z170 board more than all of the rest.
Knowing MSI, there will be a new BIOS out for it too,......

Good review.Quote

30-10-2015, 19:03:04

realneil
I wonder if they've released a new BIOS for this board yet. And if they did, what problems were fixed?Quote
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