MSI MPG Z390I Gaming Edge AC Motherboard Review

Today we’ll be taking a quick look at the MSI MPG Z390I Gaming Edge AC Motherboard.  This motherboard comes in a mini-ITX form factor and comes with a host of amazing features normally found on more expensive enthusiast motherboards. It features Intel’s Z390 chipset and it’s suitable for all 8th and 9th Gen Coffee Lake processors from Intel. 

Not sure what MSI has done to this motherboard … but they seem to have BOOSTED everything lol! You get Core Boost, Game Boost, DDR4 Boost, and even AUDIO Boost.

It supports DDR4 memory up to 4800(OC) MHz and Intel’s Optane Memory, there’s 2x TURBO M.2 slots for your SSDs, PCIE steel slot, on-board Gigabit LAN, Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2, HDMI port, Displayport, and you also get on-board AC wifi.



Thanks to Hornington computers for providing the sample, and for those not familiar with MSI here’s a little blurb taken from their website …

As a world leading gaming brand, MSI is the most trusted name in gaming and eSports. We’ve dedicated countless hours and committed numerous resources to the eSports community to support the world’s most aspiring and best gamers and use their knowledge and expertise in our products in return. MSI integrated all gamers’ aspirational functions in its gaming rigs, eliminating the tedious trial and error by themselves and pushing the performance beyond limits. The determination to surpass past achievements has made MSI a ‘True Gaming’ brand with gaming spirit throughout the industry!

Dedicated to gamer-driven innovation, MSI leverages its remarkable R&D strengths to craft top-notch, well-acclaimed notebook PCs, graphics cards, motherboards, and desktop PCs. Now, MSI GAMING Series receives gamers’ unanimous acclaim and the Pro Series has an excellent reputation for quality and durability. All these distinctive products have made MSI a forerunner in the high-end market. Also adding to the lineup are cloud servers, tailor-made IPCs, intelligent robotic appliances and human-centric vehicle electronics that further demonstrate MSI’s strengths and endeavors in artificial intelligence, commercial and IOT(Internet of Things) markets. 

With so many advanced enthusiast features, it’s no wonder MSI made history recently by breaking the DDR4 World Record using the Z390I Gaming Edge AC, with an overclock memory speed of 5608 MHz! 

It’ll be interesting to see how this motherboard will perform using our trusted old GTX 1070 Ti along with our Intel Core i7 8700K and 16GB of DDR4-4000 ram. I’m expecting some decent performance and it should compete fairly well against other Z390 motherboards on the market.

You can buy the MSI MPG Z390I Gaming Edge AC Motherboard from Amazon for around USD $159 –


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