MSI MEG X399 Creation Preview

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MSI MEG X399 Creation Preview

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We often mention how tiny ITX motherboard packaging is. This is definitely the opposite of that. It's a serious box for a serious motherboard. If you pay close attention to the pictures you might see that this comes with a PCI Express M.2 expansion card, and yes we'll be looking at that on page four.

MSI MEG X399 Creation Preview  
MSI MEG X399 Creation Preview  

The attention grabbing design of the heatsinks might be the only element of the MEG X399 Creation which divides opinion. We think it will look better once it's lit up with the RGB lighting that forms the basis of all aesthetic considerations these days. Fortunately it's not all for show as beneath the design is some heavyweight heatsinks and even heat spreaders for the M.2 ports. If our choice was this design, or acres of blackness, we'd take this.


MSI MEG X399 Creation Preview  

Any time you get 8 DIMM slots there is always a problem with getting everything else in its place around the CPU socket, yet the MSI designers have done a spectacular job. It not only looks fantastic but it isn't missing anything nor is anything placed oddly. We've lost count of the amount of skin we've scraped off when trying to put in the 12v CPU power cable on less cleverly designed options, so having both 8pin power inputs easily accessible scores big points with us.


MSI MEG X399 Creation Preview  

You could spend a whole afternoon counting off the fan headers and pump ports on the MEG X399 Creation. Managing to squeeze so many on whilst also giving us three front panel USB connectors and a wealth of SATA ports is nothing short of miraculous. MSI have still managed to find room for their on-board buttons and OC dial too. It's like a 4D PCB, there appears to be more room on it than physical restrictions should lead you to believe.


MSI MEG X399 Creation Preview  

We've seen a lot of high power motherboards at the enthusiast end of the market but even we think this has to be the most jaw-dropping setup we've seen. Not only is it massively impressive in raw number terms but the detail work of fitting everything onto the PCB, without placing capacitors harum-scarum manner. It is as serious from an artistic standpoint as it promises to be from a performance one.


MSI MEG X399 Creation Preview  
MSI MEG X399 Creation Preview  

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02-08-2018, 11:52:16

Bartacus
On page 4, you said:

Quote:
One area that can really affect the performance of your M.2 drives is head
I LOLed. Getting head definitely affects MY performance, and not in a good way!Quote

02-08-2018, 11:56:44

RobM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bartacus View Post
On page 4, you said:



I LOLed. Getting head definitely affects MY performance, and not in a good way!
lmao this is my what made me lol today momentQuote

02-08-2018, 13:16:15

Gothmoth
8 real phases.


they use doublers so 2 phases are not out of phase and therfore should be count as one phase.


thought it is industy standard to lie about this.




i would be interested in this board if MSI was not known for having awfull BIOS.


so i wait what the next asus zenith will bring to the table.Quote

02-08-2018, 13:24:43

AlienALX

02-08-2018, 18:16:46

Vicey
I think this is one of the nicest looking boards MSI has ever put out. Really looks good. Also that VRM design, tasty. Can't wait to see Threadripper 2.Quote
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