MSI Z270 MPower Gaming Titanium doubles down on metal

MSI hasn't left prospective Z270 gamers starving for options. After launching an opening salvo of models equipped with the latest chipsets from Intel, MSI has now released another motherboard for gamers looking to overclock a high-performance Core processor: the Z270 MPower Gaming Titanium.

The board's Titanium branding doesn't just refer to the the silver metallic PCB, heatsinks, and covers. A board-wide backplate and three steel-reinforced PCIe x16 slots all help to ensure that heavy CPU coolers and graphics cards don't bend the PCB. The four memory slots have similar physical protection and come with fully-isolated memory circuits, earning the MPower Titanium a rating for memory up to DDR4-4000. MSI claims that it's even tested stable speeds beyond that mark, too. There's also SLI and Crossfire support on tap for those with a need for extra pixel-pushing power.

The board has a total of three M.2 slots and a U.2 connector, all supporting NVMe SSDs and Intel's Optane Memory. One of them comes with a heat shield that latches down on top of an SSD and might help reduce thermal throttling. MSI also makes a play to appeal to audiophiles. There are dual Realtek ALC1220 audio codecs, each with its own amplifier—one for the rear-panel ports and another one for the front panel connectors. MSI claims that its electrically-isolated audio PCB traces help improve sound quality.

Since setting up USB ports for a virtual-reality setup apparently takes some planning, MSI includes a USB 3.0 port on the back panel that it says has been optimized for VR. The company claims that a chip aboard the MPower Titanium ensures that this USB port has a clean and strong signal. The board offers plenty of USB ports all told: two USB 2.0 connectors, three USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Type-A connectors, and two USB 3.1 Type-C ports. Network connectivity comes by way of a Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet adapter.

Other niceties include an external clock generator for BLCK tuning, voltage measurement points, onboard diagnostic LEDs and buttons, of course, RGB LED lighting. MSI says the Z270 MPower Titanium should be available right away, but we haven't spotted one for sale at online retailers yet. However, B&H Photo Video will let interested buyers preorder one for $330.

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