MSI Z170A MPOWER Gaming Titanium Preview

Introduction and Technical Specifications

MSI Z170A MPOWER Gaming Titanium Preview

Introduction

The MSI range of motherboards have been diversified for a long time. We've had the MPOWER models, the high end ones replete in their yellow colour scheme and pushing performance to new heights. For the masses there are the Gaming editions with the red and black colour, MSI Dragon theming, and enough performance to satisfy anyone who makes pushing the most polygons their goal. Lastly there is the Titanium model, the best MSI has to offer.

Today we're taking an overview of a motherboard which seems to combine all these elements into one of the longest named products we've ever had come through the OC3D office. The MicroStar International Z170A MPOWER Gaming Titanium. Phew. It's a pity I'm not paid by the character or I'd type that out in full every time.

With a wealth of technology in place, and a unique silver look, let's run through what the MSI Z170A MGT brings to the table.

Technical Specifications

The specifications of the MSI Titanium reads like a list of the best hardware you can fit onto an ATX PCB. You have the standard Z170 features of support for Skylake CPUs, DDR4, high bandwidth storage via M.2, U.2 and USB 3.1. Additionally though MSI have festooned the Titanium with a bevy of additional elements. Keeping your motherboard strong is vital as cards get heavier and we place a larger load upon them. The Titanium comes with a full metal backplate as well as metal surrounds on the DIMM slots, the PCI Express slots, and even the M.2 port. Sturdiness is definitely the watchword.

Having a motherboard that can endure the toughest scenarios is meaningless if it hasn't got the capability to produce that stress, but MSI have ensured that the Gaming part of the MPOWER Gaming Titanium is well catered for. It has their latest version of the OC Genie, now called Game Boost, that provides eight different steps of automatic overclocking for your CPU. Simple. Effective. If you prefer to overclock manually then the OC Engine 2 and Military Class 5 components ensure that you can maximise your hardware, and the latest iteration of the Click BIOS 5 makes doing so simplicity itself.

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27-07-2016, 13:37:48

Ekksanpher
Apologies in advance!

As the title suggest I have encountered an issue with my mpower titanium z170, I'm just trying to determine whether it is a problem with my mobo, or whether its an issue with all of them, such as an early Bios Problem. My question is:

Do all the fan headers function normally? particularly CPU1 header.

with mine, regardless of fan type, all fans spin what I would consider slow, with CPU1 header not working at all. 100% spin speed set in bios and command center.Quote

27-07-2016, 14:38:21

tinytomlogan
Download HWmonitor and see what the RPM speed is because 'slow' could mean many things, have you set everything up in the bios or have you just left it alone, are they PWM?

There are many many more questions that come out of your original one if you would like a proper answer.

Its 99.99999% a config issue though and not a fault.Quote

27-07-2016, 15:20:05

Ekksanpher
Thanks for getting back. The truth is I have many questions regarding the issue! (sorry in advance for filling the forum with stuff that should go to MSI Support!)

So as for PWM, yes, and no. I have been testing with both pwm fans and 3pin, both seem to have the same problems in all the headers, (minus CPU 1).

N.B: All components are new and installed new into the system.

With regard to config, I hope it is a config problem as well, but I think it may be a little more that just a few settings not ticked if you know what I mean, which is why I wanted to see if anyone else had the same issue with the board!

With settings, I went into BIOS and on the most recent visit set "Set All to 100%", and then checked this using MSI command center software to check CPU 1, CPU 2, sys 1, 2, &3 headers are to max which they were.

If I plug in any fan into CPU 1 it will not spin. If I plug in my AIO pump, the light on the pump flickers, but in the mostly off kind of way. I suspect CPU1 header is damaged.

CPU 2 Header works (sort of) and has full PWM support, so I will be referring to that header with these numbers, so initially, I had an AIO hooked up, but it was idling at 60'C! (6700k non overclocked) so i swapped that with an intel stock cooler, so the pump may be faulty but I suspect not.

Now for RPMs.
the stock cooler stays at ~2000rpm with settings set to 100%. Now we all know how loud they are! well this isn't loud, which is what I meant by "slow", now if I unplug and replug it into the header, it ramps up to 3000rpm for ~2secs and ramps down, and stays down. That ramp up to 3000rpm is the noisy stock cooler at its best that we've all come to love!

Now with the (maybe faulty) AIO, in the same header, it will flicker between 0 and 1800rpm (yes plugged in correctly), then settle at 0rpm once left alone (the LED is solid on in this time, no flickering LED. this is what I believe was causing the high idle temps. This gives me the feeling that the MOBO isn't delivering enough power to each of the fan headers, as it seems unable to sustain the maximum or operation speeds.

This makes me think it may be a BIOS problem, but being such a new MOBO, there isn't one to update to! And since its a new mobo, there are currently no forum thread that I have found yet to check with!

if you've read this far you are AWESOME!Quote

27-07-2016, 21:09:33

Excalabur50
What power supply are you using and also make sure the 24 pin and 8 pin power connectors are firmly on the board it only takes one to be slightly loose to give you issuesQuote

28-07-2016, 06:24:06

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ekksanpher View Post
Thanks for getting back. The truth is I have many questions regarding the issue! (sorry in advance for filling the forum with stuff that should go to MSI Support!)

So as for PWM, yes, and no. I have been testing with both pwm fans and 3pin, both seem to have the same problems in all the headers, (minus CPU 1).

N.B: All components are new and installed new into the system.

With regard to config, I hope it is a config problem as well, but I think it may be a little more that just a few settings not ticked if you know what I mean, which is why I wanted to see if anyone else had the same issue with the board!

With settings, I went into BIOS and on the most recent visit set "Set All to 100%", and then checked this using MSI command center software to check CPU 1, CPU 2, sys 1, 2, &3 headers are to max which they were.

If I plug in any fan into CPU 1 it will not spin. If I plug in my AIO pump, the light on the pump flickers, but in the mostly off kind of way. I suspect CPU1 header is damaged.

CPU 2 Header works (sort of) and has full PWM support, so I will be referring to that header with these numbers, so initially, I had an AIO hooked up, but it was idling at 60'C! (6700k non overclocked) so i swapped that with an intel stock cooler, so the pump may be faulty but I suspect not.

Now for RPMs.
the stock cooler stays at ~2000rpm with settings set to 100%. Now we all know how loud they are! well this isn't loud, which is what I meant by "slow", now if I unplug and replug it into the header, it ramps up to 3000rpm for ~2secs and ramps down, and stays down. That ramp up to 3000rpm is the noisy stock cooler at its best that we've all come to love!

Now with the (maybe faulty) AIO, in the same header, it will flicker between 0 and 1800rpm (yes plugged in correctly), then settle at 0rpm once left alone (the LED is solid on in this time, no flickering LED. this is what I believe was causing the high idle temps. This gives me the feeling that the MOBO isn't delivering enough power to each of the fan headers, as it seems unable to sustain the maximum or operation speeds.

This makes me think it may be a BIOS problem, but being such a new MOBO, there isn't one to update to! And since its a new mobo, there are currently no forum thread that I have found yet to check with!

if you've read this far you are AWESOME!

MSI will be in touch with you in this thread to try and helpQuote
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