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MSI MEG X399 CREATION (AMD X399) Motherboard Review (Page 9)

Steven Bassiri | Mar 25, 2019 at 11:53 pm CDT - 1 min, 35 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 92%Manufacturer: MSI

Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption

System power is measured at the wall with an AC power meter.

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Note on Thermal Images: In the temperature section, we use our Seek thermal imaging camera to capture the surface temperatures of major components on the board. I look at the VRM and then all other things that light up the screen. If there is something to worry about, then I will state it. Otherwise, I will just show the hotter running parts of the board for fun. Unless some component is over 80-90C, then there isn't anything to worry about.

All systems will act differently, so I will look for commonalities, such as how far from the VRM the heat spreads through the PCB and the difference in temperature between the front side and backside of the PCB. Keep in mind, the majority of the heat from the VRM goes into the PCB as it is a giant soldered on copper heat sink. A larger difference in temperature between the back and front of the PCB points towards a more effective heat sink.

Thermal Testing at Stock Speeds:

The image on the left is always at idle, and the image on the right is at load. During ALL TESTS, There is no airflow direct at the VRM

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Full frontal.

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Up-close of the front of the VRM.

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Up-close of the back of the VRM.

The MEG X399 CREATION has an excellent VRM, and while the heat spreads under load, the 70A power stages from Infineon keep things under control. The heat sinks could use some airflow around them, especially if you overclock, because the heat sink isn't the best. Overall, the motherboard has a solid VRM.

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

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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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