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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

Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Circuit Analysis Continued

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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