MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY – Allround-PC

There is a lot to discover in the scope of delivery of the Z690 Unify, including a manual, a quick installation guide and a USB stick with drivers. There are also important accessories such as the Wi-Fi antenna, M.2 screws, EZ M.2 clip, screwdriver, EZ front panel cable, RGB-Y adapter, Corsair RGB cable, Rainbow RGB cable and four SATA cables. And last but not least: stickers, case badges and cable labels . A fine cleaning brush is also included in the box for cleaning.

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MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY – Chiphell

Unlike the previous generation MEG Z590 Unify, this generation of MEG Z690 Unify, PCIe support came to the 5.0 era with the 12th generation Core, and memory overclocking provides nominal DDR5-6666+ level support. In terms of the number of interfaces, M. The 2 ports have been upgraded to 5, and the PCIe ports have been upgraded to the quasi 2 PCIe 5.0×16. The onboard network card has also been upgraded to a dual 2.5Gb LAN and Wi-Fi 6E model.

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MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY – Overclockers Ukraine

The first impression is a strict board with a practical layout. The design is made in dark colors (gray-black), there is a carbon-like texture on the casing, as well as a pattern on the interface panel radiator. Yes, this is a radiator, not a piece of plastic, which is good news. Among the shortcomings of the topology of mounting elements, I would like to note the position of the CR2032 battery, it is hidden under the casing, and to access it you need to remove the M.2 heatsink.

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MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY – Overclockers Russia

In front of us is an ATX motherboard. Its dimensions do not differ from the classic and are 305 x 244 mm. Externally, the device looks unusual and looks like a warrior in blued armor. Aluminum alloy is used, but with a coating. The appearance is simple, but at the same time unusual and interesting. Also, oddly enough, there is no RGB backlight at all.

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MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY – ITHardware

In the visual sphere, MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY, like its predecessor, MEG Z590 UNIFY, is based on a subdued color palette with a dominant share of black and no LEDs (except for diagnostic ones). The lack of multi-colored illumination, present in almost every design, is the hallmark of this line and it is undoubtedly good that such products still appear – after all, not all are fans of RGB lighting. Moving on, the board invariably has a powerful and well-cooled power section, which this time is even more powerful, because instead of 16 phases with 90 A transistors, MSI applied 19 phases with MOSFETs with a load capacity of 105 A – all using Renesas components.

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MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY – eTeknix

It’s certainly well equipped and comes with a suite of features to get the best performance from the new range of CPUs. There’s a 19+2 Phase design with 105A Power Stage, combined with massive heatsinks and armoured hardware to ensure the best performance. There are five M.2 mounts, all supporting PCIe Gen 4, and some large double-sided Shield Frozr coolers for those too. There’s a pair of PCIe 5.0 slots too, giving you impressive future-proofing.

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MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY – TweakTown

With the MEG Unify, MSI has deployed a rather robust solution that is packed with high-end features that include PCIe Gen 5 on the top two PCIe Slots, USB 3.2 Gen2x2 both on the rear I/O and internally via header. It also manages to host four m.2 slots, dual 2.5Gbe, Wi-Fi 6e, and support for 128GB of 6600MHz+ memory.

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MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY – Professional Review

It is an elegant and balanced high-end model, offering a brutal 19 + 2-phase 105A VRM that takes the power available for these CPUs to a new level. It also comes full of new features in its connectivity, releasing DDR5 XMP 3.0 memories, PCIe 5.0 slots, the new Z690 chipset along with LGA 1700 and up to 5, yes 5 M.2 PCIe 4.0 slots . We will discover all this and more in our in-depth review, let’s get started!

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There is so much to love about the MSI MEG Unify in terms of specification and build quality, but the thing that unquestionably smacked us round the face upon first view, and stays with us days later as we’re writing this, is the solidity of the build and the all-black aesthetic. A lot of the new Z690s are weighty, but even by their standards the Unify is up there with the Maximus Formula in pure heft. However, MSI have recently tried a variety of ‘looks’ for their motherboards, from heavy RGB lighting to the bold red of their Dragon logo and even some gold highlighted ones.

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MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY – El Chapuzas Informatico

In the upper we find the new LGA 1700 that supports processors Intel Alder Lake of 12th Generation , being slightly elongated in the previous generation. Around it, we have a powerful VRM of 19 + 2 phases of 105A controlled by the so-called Digital Smart Power Stage . These in turn take power from two 8-pin ATX connectors , very necessary for the high consumption of the new Intel Core i9-12900K . Equally necessary is the large aluminum heatsink that covers the VRM, connected both areas with a heatpipe .

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