MSI Z170 XPOWER Titanium Review
Published: 23rd October 2015 | Source: MSI | Price: £229.99 @ OCUK |
Here it is then. In photographs we admit it looks like someone took a can of silver spray and went to town. In the flesh though it is, if you like that sort of thing, gorgeous. We often mention how photographs don't do justice to the looks of something when it is in front of you and the Titanium stretches this point to near breaking point. The benefits of having an all-silver board are obvious when you put a graphics card into it. Because it's so neutral it works beautifully with any colour at all.
The components on the PCB really pop thanks to its light silver backing. If anything it makes the simplicity of the design stand out more. No massive chokes or capacitors strewn around. Instead, because everything is more obvious, MSI have really hidden away the chips and power phases well. If anything the heatsinks are almost too sparkly and silver against the slightly subtler silver of the PCB.
As graphics cards get heavier and more and more people use multi-card setups it was only a matter of time before a manufacturer attempted to solve the problem of the PCI Express slots peeling away from the PCB, and MSI are the first to do so with the "Steel Armor" PCI Express covering. Perhaps more importantly it looks great against the silver backdrop.
The MSI OC Genie is one of the best technical innovations of recent years, enabling everyone to overclock with a simple button press. No faffing about in the BIOS, press, play. The Z170 XPOWER Titanium comes with a seriously upgraded version of that. The Game Boost button works in the same way that the old OC Genie did, except now it is also a dial so that you can fine tune how much overclocking you receive until your CPU cries enough. Brilliant, especially if you've got either a monster or a dog of a CPU as you can really push the limits at both ends of the scale.
If you prefer to overclock in the old-fashioned way the Titanium comes with an "OC Dashboard" that adjusts BCLK and multipliers in the manner you're used to. Useful to squeeze those last few MHz out.
Round the back we have a combined PS2, BIOS Flashback, USB ports aplenty, RJ45 for the Intel GigaLAN and the Audio Boost 3 with Nahimic outputs.