MSI MPG Z690 CARBON WIFI Motherboard - Features

Moving over to the MSI 600 series lineup, the board manufacturer is preparing at least 13 new Z690 motherboards. The MSI lineup will feature a range of families. These include the MEG or Massive Enthusiast Gaming lineup which focuses on the enthusiast gaming segment, MPG which stands for Massive Performance Gaming and carters the high-end market, MAG, or the Massive Arsenal Gaming which focuses on the mainstream and budget segment while the PRO series is designed with content creators in mind.

MSI is back with its MPG Carbon, this time featuring the Z690 chipset and design that is much powerful than ever. The MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi features a great selection of IO for all users.

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The product is MSI's flagship MPG product so expect it to be spec'd out accordingly., the MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi rocks a  Direct 18 Phase All-Digital VRM with 75A Amp Smart Power Stages. Power to the VRM and CPU socket is provided through a dual 8-pin connector configuration.

MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi Motherboard Features:

  • Supports 12th Gen Intel Core / Pentium Celeron processors for LGA 1700 socket
  • Supports DDR5 Memory, up to 6666+(OC) MHz
  • Lightning Fast Game experience: PCIe 5.0 slots, Lightning Gen 4 x4 M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2
  • Enhanced Power Design: Direct 18+1+1 phases power, dual 8-pin CPU power connectors, Core Boost, Memory Boost
  • Premium Thermal Solution: Enlarged heatsink with heat-pipe, MOSFET thermal pads rated for 7W/MK, additional choke thermal pads, and M.2 Shield Frozr are built for high-performance system and non-stop gaming experience
  • MYSTIC LIGHT: 16.8 million colors / fancy lighting effects controlled in one click. MYSTIC LIGHT SYNC supports RGB, RAINBOW(ARGB), Corsair LED strips and Ambient devices.
  • 2.5G LAN with LAN Manager and Intel Wi-Fi 6E Solution: Upgraded network solution for professional and multimedia use. Delivers a secure, stable, and fast network connection
  • AUDIO BOOST 5: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • High-Quality PCB: 8-layer PCB made by 2oz thickened copper and server grade-level material
  • Pre-installed I/O Shield: Better EMI protection and more convenience for installation

The MPG Z690 Carbon also features support for four DDR5 Rams with speeds of up to 6666+ MHz (OC) and a capacity of up to 128 GB. The board features 6 SATA III ports and a single USB 3.2 Gen 2 front-panel header. Before we talk about I/O and expansion on this motherboard, let's look at the design itself.

MSI's MPG Z690 CARBON WiFi design's inclined towards the gaming segment. The ATX motherboard features several heatsinks and a carbon-Esque car design theme with brushed metallic accents in grey and black colors. The heatsink includes a heat pipe and makes use of 7W/MK to dissipate heat effectively

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Now coming to the expansion slots, the MSI MEG Z590 ACE motherboard features three PCIe slots (2 x Gen 5 & 1 x Gen 3), and five M.2 slots (4x Gen4x4, 1x Gen 3x4), all of which are cooled by the M.2 Shield Frozr heatsinks.

For I/O, you get 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (2 Type-C) ports, 5 USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI + DP ports,  2.5G (Intel I225V) Ethernet LAN ports, Intel WiFi 6E (BT 5.2) functionality, Audio Boost HD and to top it all off, buttons for Clearing CMOS & flashing the BIOS. The MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi is going to be priced at an official MSRP of $399.99 US which makes it one of the more expensive & high-end options.

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