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MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 3:44 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: MSI

Here are key points about the MSI Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac.

 

What's Hot

 

Filled with Overclocking Features: Even though many people will never use a lot of the overclocking features in their daily activities, they have them for when they might need them. The OC Dashboard is really awesome, and its ability to be used as an off-board remote is quite handy. The Z270 XPower is loaded with overclocking features we would have died for years ago.

 

 

Excellent VRM Quality: The motherboard uses some of the best digital PWM components and matches it with some of the highest rated integrated power stages to produce a VRM you will never be able to overpower.

 

Plenty of Non-OC Features: Three M.2 slots, U.2, two USB 3.0 internal headers (one right angled), dual Intel NICs, and USB 3.1 are just some of the many non-overclocking premium features you get with the Z270 XPower.

 

Unique Aesthetics: The silver/white PCB looks better in person than in pictures, and MSI has done a great job with matching the heat sink/shield white areas with that of the PCB. I also am a huge fan of the silk screen on the back of the PCB, which is designed to look like trace routing.

 

Re-Drivers: I always like to see manufacturers improve on their signaling quality. MSI has done that on the Z270 XPower with multiple re-drivers that will ensure solid signal quality.

 

What's Not

 

Pricey: The Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium is very pricey for a motherboard with a PLX chip. At over $300, it is a very premium motherboard, and you need to weigh if you need both the premium non-overclocking features and premium overclocking features.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

The Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium is MSI's top dog overclocking motherboard, poised to be the pinnacle of high-end with features ranging from the consumer to the professional overclocker. The aesthetics, storage connectivity, and even the upgraded audio don't offer much to overclockers, but if you want to use the motherboard as a daily driver capable of sustaining your overclock for years, then a motherboard like this is warranted.

 

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That being said, the price of the motherboard might be prohibitive to some buyers, especially if you aren't ever going to use many of the motherboard's overclocking features. However, many want to first dabble in overclocking and then move forward as they become more comfortable with it, and they might not want to buy another motherboard.

 

The Z270 XPower Titanium Gaming is perfect for those people and is definitely an excellent overclocking motherboard for professionals.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (including Overclocking)96%
Quality including Design and Build93%
General Features93%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money88%
Overall TweakTown Rating92%

The Bottom Line: Loaded with more overclocking features than you can imagine and premium features and stunning aesthetics, MSI's Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium is the perfect motherboard for any level of overclocker.

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