Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Circuit Analysis Continued
Like other major motherboard vendors, MSI is using the new Realtek ALC1220 codec. They have added a Texas Instruments OP1652 amplifier and some Nichicon audio capacitors as well as a PCB divide.
The Intel NICs in use are the i211AT and i219 PHY that works with the MAC integrated into the PCH. An ASMedia ASM2142 USB 3.1 controller and ASMedia 1543 type-C switch and CC logic controller are used to provide USB 3.1 ports on the rear IO.
To add two extra USB 3.0 ports through an internal header, MSI added in an ASMedia ASM1042AE. To add two more SATA6Gb/s ports, MSI added an ASMedia ASM1061.
I am a big fan of MSI's use of re-drivers and repeaters to improve signaling of USB and PCI-E busses throughout the motherboard. I found multiple ASM1464s scattered around the motherboard to improve signal quality. MSI also has two BIOS ROMs onboard, at 128Mbit each (16MB), they each hold a 16MB UEFI.
A nuvoTon NCT6795D is the main SuperIO, but there are other nuvoTon ICs around the motherboard to help expand embedded controller performance. The RGB header also uses a Texas Instruments eFuse.
A nuvoTon NCT5605 is one of a few secondary EC's that control everything from fans to overclocking features. An IDT 6V41606 clock buffer improved BCLK overclocking margins.
An NXP level shifters provide HDMI from the digital video output of the iGPU. Multiple ASMedia ASM1480 quick switches move around PCI-E 3.0 bandwidth between slots.
PRICING: You can find the MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard retails for $330 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard retails for £340 at Amazon UK.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Overview]
- Page 3 [MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Overwatch is now home to over 30 million gamers
- Nintendo sold 2.3 million NES Mini consoles
- Nintendo forecasts 10 million Switch sales this year
- Capcom's 2016 financials outline company's future
- Sony shipped about 60 million PS4s
- H97M Pro4 - Machine comes out of sleep mode when deactivated but monitor does not
- ASUS USB-AC53 Nano AC1200 Wireless Adapter Review
- GIGABYTE Xtreme Gaming XTC700 CPU Cooler Review
- ASRock 990fx Extreme9 and NVMe support
- HDD to SSD
- Get ready for Intel Optane memory with ASRock 200 series motherboards!
- Acer unleashes the Predator Triton 700, a thin yet powerful gaming notebook without compromise
- Acer's new Predator monitors with quantum dot technology deliver spectacular gameplay experiences
- Acer expands its gaming notebook line with the powerful Predator Helios 300
- Western Digital ships fourth-generation Helium Hard Drive platform with Ultrastar He12 12TB advanced storage hard drives