Packaging and Overview
The box and packaging are decent and offer plenty of protection for the motherboard.
The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s, WIFI antenna, RGB LED Y-splitter, addressable RGB LED extension cable, cable stickers, case badge, and M.2 screws.
MSI put seven fan headers on the motherboard; all of them are hybrid PWM/DC mode fans. By default, the two headers circled in red are in PWM mode while the five circled in blue are DC mode fans. However, you can change the mode of each header individually. The motherboard has a sleek black and gold aesthetic with an infinity display over the VRM heat sink. The back of the motherboard has a small number of features on it.
The rear IO panel features two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 3.1 (10Gbps) ports three type-A ports and one type-C, clear CMOS button, Flashback button, WIFI antenna, 1G LAN, 2.5G LAN, PS/2 keyboard and mouse, and 7.1 gold plated audio outputs with S/PDIF out.
Here we find the PCI-E slot arrangement, which is very similar to many other X570 motherboards. The first top two x16 slots operate at x16 PCI-E 4.0 or x8/x8 PCI-E 4.0. The bottom x16 slot is wired to the chipset at x4 PCI-E 4.0, and there are also two PCI-E 4.0 x1 slots. There are three x4 PCI-E 4.0 slots, the top one is wired to the CPU, and the other two are wired to the chipset.
There are four SATA6Gb/s ports routed to the chipset. There is also a USB 3.0 right-angled header on top of the SATA6Gb/s ports. There is also a USB 3.0 internal header as well as two USB 2.0 headers, and a type-Cc USB 3.1 10Gbps port at the bottom of the motherboard.
At the top right corner of the motherboard we find an RGB LED header, an addressable RGB header (custom to Corsair), and debug LEDs. At the bottom right corner of the motherboard, we find a POST code display, an OC knob, a power button, and a reset button near an addressable RGB LED header.
At the bottom left corner, we find another addressable RGB LED header. There is also a fan in the chipset heat sink, and it offers Zero Frozr technology.
The heat sinks are connected by a heat pipe, so the motherboard will balance cooling capacity between the VRM and the chipset.
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