MSI Z270 MPower Gaming Titanium Edition Review

Published by Marc Büchel on 16.06.17
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As we mentioned in the introduction the MSI Z270 MPower Titanium Edition motherboard comes with a great looking design. The PCB has a silverish/greyish finish and the heatsinks are silver and black. Apart from that there are black slots and sockets as well as the metal reinforcements on the PCIe slots. Overall this board looks very different from anything what you can buy these days. On the PCH you'll also find the great looking MSI dragon. The cooling blocks themselves have been shaped with a lot of attention to detail. The layout has been well thought and there are plenty of useful features, like for example a header to attach external USB 3.1 ports, SATA 6Gbps Ports, three M.2 Gen 3 x4 slots, overclocking features and more.

  • MSI Z270 MPower Gaming Titanium
  • MSI Z270 MPower Gaming Titanium
  • MSI Z270 MPower Gaming Titanium
  • MSI Z270 MPower Gaming Titanium

MSI equipped the Z270 MPower Titanium Edition motherboard with a 10+2-phase digital power design regarding CPU and iGPU. The PWM controller is an uP95080 from UPI Semiconductor and unfortunately reasearching for datasheets didn't let me find addtional information. Going one step further there is an equal number of NIKOS PK616BA and PK632BA N-Channel MOSFETs, while the 616BA can withstand 50A of continuous current at up to 30V and the 632BA can cope with up to 78A at the same voltage. Apart from that there are "Ti" branded inductors and a whole bunch of polymer capacitors taking care of the output filtering stage, with the caps being specced 270uF at 16V. Overall this is a solid power design. Comparing with it's bigger sibling, the MSI Z270 XPower Titanium Gaming, MSI has been saving money at this point and went for a less high-end solution. Nevertheless do not misunderstand me the way that this is not a capable solution.

  • MSI Z270 MPower Gaming Titanium
  • MSI Z270 MPower Gaming Titanium
  • MSI Z270 MPower Gaming Titanium

This board has been equipped with a total of four DIMM-slots. Officially supported is everything up to DDR4 4000 (overclocked). There is engough space between the DIMM-slots and the CPU socket which means that you wont encounter compatibility problems with big coolers even when you choose to install RAM with big heatspreaders. Also supported are Xtreme Memory Profiles (XMP) in version 2.0.

The PCH as well as the current converters are being held at reasonable temperatures via passive heatsinks. On top of the current converters there are two aluminum heatsinks, which have not been connected with a heatpipe. The PCH heatsink - also milled from an aluminum block - is also an individual block. The heatsinks have been very well made and they are perfetcly attached to the board to provide enough pressure on the components ensuring an efficient heat transfer.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 14 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 2 - Specs and Delivery Page 15 - UC Bench
Page 3 - Features Page 16 - Super Pi 1M / 32M
Page 4 - Layout Page 17 - wPrime 1024M Multi Core
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 18 - Cinebench
Page 6 - BIOS Page 19 - Tomb Raider
Page 7 - Test setup Page 20 - Metro Last Light
Page 8 - Preview / Gallery Page 21 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 9 - 3D Mark Page 22 - Power Consumption
Page 10 - 3D Mark 11 Page 23 - Performance Rating
Page 11 - 3D Mark Vantage  Page 24 - Price Comparison
Page 12 - PC Mark 8 Page 25 - Conclusion
Page 13 - SiSoft Sandra 1  

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