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MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE (Intel Z390) Motherboard Review (Page 3)

Steven Bassiri | Dec 18, 2018 at 10:00 pm CST - 0 mins, 51 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: MSI

Circuit Analysis

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

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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.

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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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Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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