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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MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY – Tom’s Hardware

The all-black mid-range MSI MEG Z690 Unify board for Intel’s latest Alder Lake CPUs hits store shelves with its familiar black-on-black theme, includes upgrades to power delivery to support the Alder Lake processors, five M.2 sockets, dual 2.5 GbE and Wi-Fi 6E, plus DDR5 and PCIe 5.0. In all, MSI upgraded a lot of hardware here. The look hasn’t changed much over the previous generation, but the total package here is impressive.

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The new MSI MEGZ690 UNIFY motherboard continues the UNIFY series’ low-key, overclocking capabilities, featuring a luxurious 19-phase 105A power module and 8 layers of 2Oz copper server-grade PCBs, combined with a The giant VRM radiator, made of aluminum alloy I/O Cover, increased heat sink and heat conduction tube, ensures long-term stable operation of the power module under extremely high overclocking loads, plus the DDR5 6666MHz plus The memory overclocking capability and all-round overclocking optimization design are ideal for players who don’t like RGB lamp efficiency and pursue the ultimate performance.

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The Unify might not be that uber super-premium product in the motherboard range, but it boasts many features that will impress and ticks most of the right boxes. First and foremost, there’s an extensive 19+2 Power Phase design with 105A Smart Power Stages, one of the more muscular configurations we’ve seen this launch and will help overclock any new CPUs. Of course, support for the latest DDR5-6666 memory, two PCIe Gen 5 x16 slots, and five M.2 slots, all of which support the super-fast PCIe Gen 4 specification. Also present; Thunderbolt 4 ports, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2. To make things even better, you also get a twin 2.5 GbE LAN, along with a Wi-Fi 6 and a whole host of other features. 

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