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MSI Z390 Gaming Edge AC (Intel Z390) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: MSI

Packaging and Overview

 

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The box and packaging are decent and do a fine job of protecting the motherboard.

 

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The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s cables, SLI HB bridge, RGB LED extension cable, M.2 screws, IO shield, SATA stickers, WIFI Antenna, case badge, stickers, DVD, and manual.

 

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MSI has seven hybrid PWM/DC mode headers that can control both PWM and DC mode fans. The two headers circled in red are by default in PWM mode while the five circled in blue are by default in DC mode.

 

 

The motherboard's VRM heat sink covers most of the IO shield, which is a pretty neat design and kills two birds with one stone. The motherboard also has a nice black design with some accents on the PCB's silkscreen. The rear of the motherboard is bare of most components.

 

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The rear IO panel features a PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse port, two USB 2.0 ports, DisplayPort, HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 type-A, one USB 3.1 type-C, Gbit LAN, WIFI output, and gold plated 7.1 audio ports with S/PDIF out.

 

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The PCI-E layout is as follows; the two x16 slots that are shielded operate at x16/x0 or x8/x8. The other slots are x1 or x4 wired to the PCH. The top M.2 slot is x4 PCI-E 3.0/SATA.

 

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The bottom M.2 slot shares bandwidth with two SATA6Gb/s ports. There are six SATA6Gb/s ports and one right-angled USB 3.0 internal header.

 

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There is another USB 3.0 internal header and a USB 3.1 type-C internal header. At the top of the motherboard, we find an RGB LED header and a specific Corsair RGB LED header; there are boot LEDs closer to the 24-pin connector.

 

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At the bottom of the motherboard, we find a Thunderbolt 3 GPIO header and two USB 2.0 internal headers. For CPU power we get one 8-pin port and one optional 4-pin.

 

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We also get another RGB LED header near the audio section and an addressable RGB LED header next to it. All of the heat sinks are screwed into the motherboard.

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