MSI Z170A Xpower Gaming Titanium Edition Review – Packaging and Bundle
MSI Z170A Xpower Gaming Titanium Edition Review – The Motherboard
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MSI Z170A Xpower Gaming Titanium Edition Review – BIOS
MSI have been using Click BIOS for a while now and currently we are on version 5. When first opened it displays a nice simple summary screen with quick access to key settings. We can for example dip into the fan/monitoring page in just a click. Going into the advanced mode opens up many more configuration options, including overclocking settings and the ability to launch our BIOS flashing tool (flash from USB). BIOS flashback (without the need for CPU, memory or VGA makes an appearance too. Profiles are supported and we get a nice board browser which is always a bonus. For those who will be running the board in Windows MSI also provide tools which allow us to monitor and overclock our board as well as add Macro’s, enable 1-key overclocking and manage our network configuration…and there is a copy of Xsplit Gamecaster and Broadcaster and RAMDisk software!
MSI Z170A Xpower Gaming Titanium Edition Review – Performance
i7-6700K, Z170/H170/B150, 2x8GB DDR4-2666 (Corsair)
i7-4790K, Z97, 2x8GB DDR3-2666 (Corsair)
GTX 980 Ti OC
Corsair H100 Series Cooler
Corsair AX1500i PSU
Samsung 850 Pro SSD (SATA Testing)
And Samsung T1 SSD (USB Testing)
MSI Z170A Xpower Gaming Titanium Edition Review – Conclusion
We’ve seen a few MSI motherboards recently and even when dipping down into their lower cost boards such as the B150 based Mortar product they were still managing to deliver a solid board with decent features and performance. So when they let loose with a board like the Z170A Xpower Gaming Titanium Edition (someone have a word with the marketing department!), we expect a lot. Thankfully they have delivered and then some. The board is absolutely packed with features from the extreme edge of the spectrum (LN2 support and the OC Dashboard), down through enhanced build quality (high quality components, strengthened PCIe’s and the link) before catering for the average user who just wants the best (Intel Gaming LAN, enhanced audio components). The board also looks great with it’s silver design which would really look awesome in a LED lit case with liquid cooling.
We’ve racked our brains on the design and features front and really there isn’t anything we would change about the design and features of the board. Some might like Killer NIC instead of Intel and others maybe an alternate audio controller but that is being really picky. It would be nice if the OC Dashboard screwed in to the main PCB in some way to keep it secure but that really is getting super picky.
Looking at the performance side of things, the Z170A Xpower Gaming Titanium Edition provided class leading performance across the board. It shares the same limitations as other Z170 based products when compared to X99 products but against the competition, flawless. USB 3.1 Gen 2, M.2 over PCIe, excellent overclocking potential. Quite simply this is the best Z170 based board we have tested…we wouldn’t change a thing really and therefore it wins our Diamond award.