MSI Z690 & B660 Roundup – Tech Testers

Although we started working with the DDR5 version ourselves, it appears that it is hardly for sale in the Netherlands, while the DDR4 variant is readily available, normally for just under 200 euros. Exactly the same board in every way, but with DDR4 memory support which just makes more sense at the moment. Now 200 euros still seems like quite a lot of money for a motherboard if you haven’t built a new PC for a while, but in 2022 that is about the starting point for a decent middle-class board.

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The MSI MEG Z690 Unify motherboard has been accompanying our editorial staff since the premiere of Intel Alder Lake processors, being the basis of the LGA 1700 test platform. Several months of operation meant that we got to know the weaker and stronger sides of this model quite well. It is, moreover, one of the highest-positioned products in the group’s portfolio, characterized by a powerful power section and rich equipment that no processor is afraid of. 

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MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY – AnandTech

With the Unify, we are looking at a premium model with support for DDR5 memory, but it doesn’t feature any RGB LED lighting. The MSI MEG Z690 Unify represents MSI’s Enthusiast Gaming series, which combines elements of an enthusiast-level motherboard, but with all the features designed for users to make the most of the latest controller sets and 12th gen features. Some of the features include five M.2 slots, support for DDR5-6666 memory, dual 2.5 GbE and Wi-Fi 6E networking, as well as an advertised 21-phase power delivery.

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MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY – Hardwareluxx

However, this is the only difference between the two versions, the rest has been designed identically. In addition to the two PCIe 5.0 x16 slots on a mechanical level, this also includes numerous USB ports from the current generations, six SATA 6 GBit/s ports and five M.2 M-Key interfaces. MSI immediately opted for two 2.5 Gbit/s LAN controllers from Intel. There is also Intel’s Wi-Fi 6E AX210 module. Matching the MEG series, MSI naturally also gives the user some convenience, such as a power and reset button and more.

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MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY – GreenTech_Reviews

MSI MEG Z690 Unify is one of the most advanced motherboards from the manufacturer to work with Alder Lake-S processors. But what is most interesting is that at first glance this board seems not only interesting, but very interesting – it seems that it was the engineers, not the marketers, who won the battle for the capabilities of this particular model. Why did we say that and what do we mean? We’ll tell you as we study the board!

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The long-awaited Intel Z690 chipset motherboard “MEG Z690 UNIFY” has been released from the popular model “UNIFY” series of Micro-Star Int’l Co., Ltd. (MSI / Headquarters: Taiwan) , which aims to be simple and strong. rice field. Let’s immediately enjoy the charm of a full black premium gaming motherboard that combines the powerful power supply circuit that brings out the performance of the 12th generation Intel Core processor and high expandability

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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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