MSI Z170 XPOWER Titanium Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

MSI Z170 XPOWER Titanium Review

Test Setup

MSI XPOWER Titanium Z170
Intel Core i7-6700K
2666MHz Memory
3600MHz Memory
nVidia GTX980
Corsair AX1500i
Corsair Neutron GTX
Corsair H100i
Windows 10 


What an exercise in frustration. You would imagine that the primary benefit of the MSI automatic overclocking is that it provides you with a) an overclock for those unwilling to delve into their BIOS or b) a baseline set of voltages and timings from which you can fine tune to get the most efficient possible overclock. As you can see from the screenshots below the first part of this equation works beautifully. Big beefy overclocks for all.

The second part is less viable. You can't adjust anything whilst the Game Boost is in place and, worse still, whilst the voltages from the loadline calibration are stable as granite with the auto overclock, it doesn't work at all in manual mode. Even with identical settings to the Game Boost it's flakier than puff pastry. To give an example with the Vcore set to 1.36v and loadline set to 10 your CPU gets 1.425v on load, but with it set to 9 your CPU gets 1.325 on load, we saw it droop down as far as 1.3v. That's not a tiny difference and means you're either cooking your CPU or your overclock falls over. We would like to think this will be fixed in a BIOS update but for now it means that we're running just at stock today.

Its worth noting that the MSI Z87 and Z97 board did NOT suffer from this at all, quite the opposite in fact. Their LLC on the previous 2 generations was pretty much perfect which is why when we encountered this on their 'overclocking' board we were very disappointed. They need to get this fixed and fast because right now, we wouldn't suggest buying one if you like to dabble in the bios.

MSI Z170 MPOWER Titanium Review  


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Most Recent Comments

23-10-2015, 08:05:53

Nice review boss, it is a striking motherboard no doubt about it, and it was a bold move by MSi that's for sure, I'd like to see them do a pearl white version with the metallic fleck as I think that might look really nice tooQuote

23-10-2015, 09:54:14

Tom, you could have given us a few more photos of the board, some more up close....

Review is always without a doubt top notch stuff, reading it as I type this, about 4 pages in, liking what I see so far!

Lovely, though it comes with a price to match, thats expected given its a premium board.Quote

24-10-2015, 07:57:21

This board has reviewed quite well as it goes. Thanks for the review as always lads.

It would look nice with three original Titans in it Quote

24-10-2015, 16:43:59

I like the looks of this Z170 board more than all of the rest.
Knowing MSI, there will be a new BIOS out for it too,......

Good review.Quote

30-10-2015, 19:03:04

I wonder if they've released a new BIOS for this board yet. And if they did, what problems were fixed?Quote

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