MSI MEG X399 Creation and Threadripper 2990WX Review
Published: 13th August 2018 | Source: MSI | Price: |
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.
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.