MSI Project ZERO Motherboard – Sleek and Clean

A new trend in motherboard design are sleek designs with no visible power circuits or power cables. Heavily reinforced motherboards hidden under metallic and plastic covers might change what we expect from next-gen motherboards soon, but this will require a lot of changes.

MSI’s Project Zero is based on MEG Unify design, most likely the Z690 model with quad-DDR5 SO-DIMM support. The company took a step back and redesigned the placement for motherboard headers, SATA and power connectors. Those are now located at the rear. This also means that some problem may arise, such as how to attach cables in such a tight space.

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ASRock Z690 PG ITX/TB4 – TweakTown

For ASRock, they have deployed the Phantom Gaming lineup to handle their single Z690 ITX chipset platform similarly as they did with Z590. The PG ITX/TB4, as the name would suggest, packs a significant amount of connectivity into the SFF ITX form factor, including Thunderbolt 4, as one would expect.

The rest of the hardware platform plays out as usual with LGA1700 socket support alongside a two-slot memory system that supports 64GB of DDR5. Speeds start at 4800MHz and run up to 6400MHz via XMP.

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MSI MEG Z690 ACE – TweakTown

With the MEG Godlike, a limited-edition motherboard that requires a personal invite from MSI, the Z690 Ace has become the “hot and ready” platform for consumers wanting a top-end motherboard from MSI. The MEG Z690 Ace doesn’t disappoint with its hardware or aesthetics. Like last year’s Z590 platform, this year’s Ace continues with the black and gold theme devoid of any onboard RGB, perfect for consumers who like minimalist builds.

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MSI MPG Z690 FORCE WIFI – Hardwareluxx

Just like the ASUS ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFi D4 (Hardwareluxx test) , the MPG Z690 FORCE WIFI was established on the market with high-contrast optics. The PCB comes in ATX dimensions and is black, while the heatsinks themselves are silver. From the iF International Forum Design GmbH – based in the state capital of Lower Saxony – the circuit board was able to claim  the Design Award 2022 alongside the MEG Z690 GODLIKE.

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MSI MPG Z690 CARBON WIFI – ChannelLife Australia

Whilst the Z690 Carbon WIFI sits in the middle of the Z690 board price range, the box is no flimsy cardboard affair. The motherboard is nicely presented in a box with textured plastic veneer that suggests that you’ve made a wise choice and that it holds something very special inside. 

Opening it up, the anti-static wrapped motherboard is straddled by a small box containing the Wi-Fi antenna. Under the board we have the manual, a quick installation guide, and a registration card. There are also the usual SATA cables, a couple of EZ M.2 fixings, and some RGB cables including one that integrates the board with Corsair’s LED lighting. 

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Gigabyte has decided to issue a recall for its Z690I Aorus Ultra mini-ITX motherboard because it doesn’t work with a number of PCIe Gen 4.0 graphics cards.

As AnandTech reports, Gigabyte received multiple reports from customers that the motherboard was crashing when some graphics cards were inserted. The problem presented itself as a Windows Hardware Error Architecture (WHEA) PCIe error, and Gigabyte has since concluded the PCIe 4.0 slot isn’t working properly.

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ASRock Z690 AQUA – Tom’s Hardware

At $1,149.99, the ASRock Z690 Aqua is the least expensive option for a flagship-class Z690 board with integrated custom water cooling. It has many features you’d expect on such an expensive motherboard, but it is missing a couple of things we would want (PCIe 5.0 M.2 storage and water flow/temperature sensors for the loop) that would make this unquestionably the liquid-cooled board to beat.

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More ASRock AMD X670E, Intel Z690 Boards Coming to COMPUTEX

ASRock is preparing to showcase several cutting-edge motherboards at Computex 2022 next week. The firm’s first AMD Socket AM5 motherboards for Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 processors will be revealed for all to see. An official ASRock Computex event video, spotted by Twitter’s Komachi, is queued up for May 26. The video page says that ASRock will share details of its X670E Taichi, X670E Taichi Carrara, and other motherboards.

There are four motherboards mentioned in the Computex video details. The two most interesting boards are the X670E Taichi and X670E Taichi Carrara.

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Z690 AORUS ELITE STEALTH moves all sockets like ATX power, CPU power, fans, USB, audio, front panel, etc. to the back of the motherboard, designed to simplify cable management and installation. RTX 3070 GAMING OC STEALTH combines an underside PCIE power socket design with the best-of-class gaming performance. With this exclusive motherboard and graphics card design, users can line their cables up to achieve a stylish, and sleek build with a clean look that compliments both tower coolers and AIO liquid coolers. To tie it all together, the AORUS C300G STEALTH case features custom cutouts, providing seamless integration with both the motherboard and graphics card, enabling easy cable routing for clean aesthetics and ease of assembly.

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