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MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE (Intel Z390) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 19, 2018 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: MSI

Circuit Analysis




The MEG Z390 GODLIKE shows us the goods with the heat sinks removed!




The VRM is a 16 phase configuration, yes you heard that right, there is no 14+2 or 12+4 or a secondary rail for the iGPU. That's because MSI basically figures anyone buying a motherboard costing over $500 will probably buy a GPU, and the rear IO has no iGPU outputs. Thermal tests and continuity tests confirm this. The motherboard's CPU VCore VRM is controlled by an IR35201 in 8+0 phase mode and uses IR3599 on the rear to double up to 16 phase in asynchronous mode, and each power stages are the very nice Infineon TDA21462, which is basically a newer version of International Rectifier's IR3555.




VCCSA and VCCIO come from single phases made up of PowerPAK On Semiconductor MOSFETs and use a Primarion digital PWM controller. A Monolithic Power Systems M2940 is used with two MPS drivers on the back to drive two phases made up of ON Semiconductor PowerPAKs.


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