Monday, May 23rd 2016

MSI Announces the Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium

MSI announced its second Gaming Titanium socket LGA1151 motherboard after the Z170A XPower Gaming Titanium, the Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium. This board features a slightly lighter feature-set than its XPower sibling. It retains the silvery white color-scheme of the PCB, with silver/chrome heatsinks and heatspreaders; and even features a white back-plate on its reverse side. The rather minimalist-looking board features a 11-phase CPU VRM; and features reinforcement braces along its four DDR4 DIMM slots, and three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/NC/x4 or x8/x8/x4). Other expansion slots include three PCIe 3.0 x1.

Storage connectivity includes two 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, one 32 Gb/s U.2 port, and six SATA 6 Gb/s. Among its modern connectivity options are two USB 3.1 ports (one each of type-A and type-C), seven USB 3.0 (including one internal type-C port), AudioBoost 3 onboard 8-channel audio, and one gigabit Ethernet connection (driven by an Intel controller). The company didn't reveal pricing or availability.
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25 Comments on MSI Announces the Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium

#1
davido_labido
That looks far better than the first imo!! I might have to grab one of those myself!
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#3
TheLostSwede
If only that DVI port was a DisplayPort...
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#4
hojnikb
i really dig this white pcb scheme :)
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#5
natr0n
We need more white boards.
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#6
atomicus
Is this white or silver... I can't tell?
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#7
natr0n
atomicus said:
Is this white or silver... I can't tell?
silver really
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#8
Jack1n
atomicus said:
Is this white or silver... I can't tell?
Since the board is called Titanium i believe it is a metallic color.
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#9
TheinsanegamerN
Man, PS/2 on a high end gaming board in 2016.....

The only thing more ridiculous is the new 42 inch, 1.3k dell 4k monitor having a VGA connector on it. Let the tech die already.
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#10
hojnikb
TheinsanegamerN said:
Man, PS/2 on a high end gaming board in 2016.....

The only thing more ridiculous is the new 42 inch, 1.3k dell 4k monitor having a VGA connector on it. Let the tech die already.
Whats wrong with ps/2 ?
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TheinsanegamerN
hojnikb said:
Whats wrong with ps/2 ?
What's wrong with VGA? Nothing in particular, but it's still antiquated tech that very few people still use. When was the last time you bought a PS/2 keyboard? Who still uses a 15+ year old keyboard with a brand new skylake system?

Just seems silly a $150+ board still has a keyboard connector from the 90s, when USB has been the standard for over a decade. Especially when PS/2 could be Finicky at times.
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#12
hojnikb
Maybe people still rock perfectly fine Model Ms. Having no ps/2 connector would be a deal breaker for them :))
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#13
9700 Pro
The first time I see a mobo which looks cooler than Asus Sabertooth series.
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#14
TheLostSwede
TheinsanegamerN said:
What's wrong with VGA? Nothing in particular, but it's still antiquated tech that very few people still use. When was the last time you bought a PS/2 keyboard? Who still uses a 15+ year old keyboard with a brand new skylake system?

Just seems silly a $150+ board still has a keyboard connector from the 90s, when USB has been the standard for over a decade. Especially when PS/2 could be Finicky at times.
A lot of "gamers" claim PS/2 has superior n-key rollover compared to USB, although this no longer seems to be an issue with recent gaming keyboards, but hey, each to their own...

As for VGA and even DVI, I've hoped to see their demise for quite some time, but alas...
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#16
silentbogo
TheinsanegamerN said:
but it's still antiquated tech that very few people still use
It's an antiquated tech that many people still use.
Not everyone even bothers to know that their 5000+dpi gaming mice with super-fast response times and 2KHz sampling rates are still bound by limitations of 64KB/s best case USB HID communication speed (not too far away from PS/2).

TheLostSwede said:
As for VGA and even DVI, I've hoped to see their demise for quite some time, but alas...
As soon as 1440p goes mainstream. I'm forced to upgrade my monitor because this transition has already started: my Skylake PC has no analog output on iGP DVI port, just as my upcoming 1070 won't have one. I'm still happy with my shitty 1080p display from LG, but I guess it is time to finally spend some cash on that Dell Ultrasharp I've been looking at for the past 5 months.
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#17
xkm1948
I wonder when there will be transparent MoBo PCB. That will give some serious light pollution.
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#18
silentbogo
xkm1948 said:
I wonder when there will be transparent MoBo PCB. That will give some serious light pollution.
@xkm1948 , don't give them any ideas...
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#19
OneCool
:rockout::rockout::rockout::rockout::rockout::rockout::respect:
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#20
R-T-B
TheinsanegamerN said:
Who still uses a 15+ year old keyboard with a brand new skylake system?
If it weren't for my forced mobo change (which lacked PS/2), I'd STILL be using my 1989 IBM Model M... So me.

Also, PS/2 actually has quite a few advantages over USB-HID, ironically.
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#21
Basard
TheinsanegamerN said:
Man, PS/2 on a high end gaming board in 2016.....

The only thing more ridiculous is the new 42 inch, 1.3k dell 4k monitor having a VGA connector on it. Let the tech die already.
My grandma would LOVE it! LOL!

She's rockin a 1000w PSU, Crosshair IV mobo, Phenom II x6, Dominator RAM... lol... Hell, she's even got an ROG 5870 with 2GB VRAM! The Sims screams on that computer! Now we just gotta get her an SSD! Still using PS/2 and VGA...
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#22
Jermelescu
TheinsanegamerN said:
What's wrong with VGA? Nothing in particular, but it's still antiquated tech that very few people still use. When was the last time you bought a PS/2 keyboard? Who still uses a 15+ year old keyboard with a brand new skylake system?

Just seems silly a $150+ board still has a keyboard connector from the 90s, when USB has been the standard for over a decade. Especially when PS/2 could be Finicky at times.
Even though my PC is pretty new, my keyboard is probably older than you and I'd rather change my mobo. Of course, I'm the 0.0001%. :P
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#23
TheLostSwede
silentbogo said:
As soon as 1440p goes mainstream. I'm forced to upgrade my monitor because this transition has already started: my Skylake PC has no analog output on iGP DVI port, just as my upcoming 1070 won't have one. I'm still happy with my shitty 1080p display from LG, but I guess it is time to finally spend some cash on that Dell Ultrasharp I've been looking at for the past 5 months.
Got a U2515H about a year ago and it's a really decent screen for the money. Not sure it's the perfect gaming screen, but it's a nice step up from what I had.
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#24
silentbogo
TheLostSwede said:
Got a U2515H about a year ago and it's a really decent screen for the money. Not sure it's the perfect gaming screen, but it's a nice step up from what I had.
I'm not picky about response times. The one I am considering is a slightly used P2416D. At $200 price tag I can survive. It is definitely better than my current LG 22M35A.
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