Excellent VRM: The GODLIKE is a bar above the rest of MSI's line up, and it uses the latest in Infineon/IR digital products, which perform excellent. The power stages are rated 60A, and the motherboard looks like it uses better inductors than the rest of MSI's product line. All in all, this is a best in class VRM.
Audio: MSI implemented a lot of things to make the audio on this motherboard unique. Sure, there are some others with ESS SABRE DACs and high-end capacitors, but in this case, MSI uses two audio codecs to provide better rear and front headphone audio.
xTend: Some people complain about Killer, but in this case, the wired NIC is not much different than Intel, and the Killer Wireless AC 1550 is pretty much Intel's latest controller but with a Killer brand. On top of that, the NICs can operate as a switch, and provide other connected devices with internet/network connectivity made possible because of Killer's product.
Streaming Card: The streaming card is basically like a capture card, and it's a neat little addition. It's not a gimmick.
No iGPU: MSI has basically said farewell to Intel's iGPU, as there is no iGPU VRM nor even any iGPU outputs on the motherboard.
MSI's MEG Z390 GODLIKE is extremely expensive, but you are getting a lot for your money. You are getting a best in class VRM, solid networking, excellent audio, great custom features, and even an additional streaming card. While we weren't overwhelmed by their mid-range Z390 motherboards, the GODLIKE is totally a different story.
It is like an extreme OC board, last content production board, and extremely custom motherboard all-in-one package. It's very unique with the large LCD display and the infinity mirror, and RGB LED support is abundant.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: We reserve the Editor's Choice award for only the top best motherboards, and the MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE is one of the best Z390 motherboards we have seen.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and MEG Z390 GODLIKE Overview]
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- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
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