MSI MEG X399 Creation and Threadripper 2990WX Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

MSI MEG X399 Creation Review

Introduction

The X399 chipset has been around for a short amount of time and definitely was something designed with the future in mind. Today that future is here with the launch of the 2nd Generation of Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. Running an eight core Ryzen is one thing, having enough horsepower and build quality to run a 16 or even 32 core Threadripper is a whole different ball of wax.

The MSI MEG X399 Creation is the first MSI motherboard in a long time to have a different naming convention. Instead of going with the XPOWER or their more common carbon model, we have the MEG Creation. Sporting a whopping 19 phase digital power design, enough fan headers to cool even the most demanding setup as well as with all the features that one expects to find on a modern motherboard; RGB lighting, LED Strip control, M.2 slots, armoured PCI Express slots, monochrome colour scheme.

If you've had your head turned by the 2nd Generation Ryzen 2990WX 32 core behemoth then you might very well be considering which motherboard would have the capacity to make the most of it, whilst also sporting the latest high bandwidth connectivity options then the MSI MEG X399 Creation might very well be worthy of consideration. Let's find out.

Technical Specifications

It is amazing how quickly particular things go from being interesting ideas to being absolutely vital. Some things fall by the wayside but others remain. The MEG X399 Creation manages to appear at the exact moment in time when a lot of technology has solidified itself as a must have. Thus we have USB 3.1 ports for all your ultra fast devices. AC WiFi and Bluetooth to handle the wireless world in which we now live. Three M.2 ports, something which not that long ago appeared to be a thing solely for the very rich, the intoxicating speed and rapid price drops associated with M.2 storage mean that it is a vital element of any high end build and the MEG supports 3. Elsewhere a plethora of ports cope with all your needs from twin Gigabit LAN ports through 10 PWM fan headers to fifteen USB 3.1 ports.

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Most Recent Comments

13-08-2018, 14:29:28

Gothmoth
one thing you forgot to mention in you TR2 video is that stuff like ZIP compression, AES encoding etc. (stuff that has a heavy memory throughput) is actually a lot slower on the 32 core than on the 16 core.


it is not just some "fancy" server stuff that sees a hit beause of the infinity fabric memory architecture on the 32 core CPU.


handbrake is faster on a 16 core than on a 32 core.


it´s also not a tiny tiny hit... sometimes, depending on the app, it is a pretty big hit.


you really should expand your benchmark suite.


i don´t say that to badmouth TR2. i have two TR systems and will sure buy the 32 CPU model.

but people need to know where the 32 core shines and where not.Quote

13-08-2018, 23:12:55

Excalabur50
It was great to see this board perform like it should well done MSI and great review Guv!Quote

14-08-2018, 01:13:51

Eddie long
Well done MSI for actually sitting back and thinking about the problem , and coming out with an absolute beast of a board , not that i would ever use 32 core cpu , but its nice to dream . Nice review TomQuote
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