MSI MPG Z390I Gaming Edge AC Motherboard Review

BIOS

I love MSI BIOSes, it’s so simple to use. I can select EZ mode which allows me to setup the motherboard with only a few clicks. 

In Advanced mode, you get more options to adjust CPU ratios, voltages, memory speeds, timings, XMP profiles and more.

 

Test Setup

For our tests, we used a test rig which includes the MSI MPG Z390I Gaming Edge AC Motherboard, along with an Intel Core i7-8700K at default clock speed of 3.7GHz  boost 4.7GHz), as well as 16GB of TeamGroup T-Force XCalibur RGB DDR4-4000 ram in dual channel mode.

All tests were conducted at turbo clock speeds at a resolution of 1920×1080. High or Ultra settings enabled.

 

CPU Intel Core i7-8700K @ 3.7GHz / Boost @ 4.7GHz
Cooling Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler
Motherboard MSI MPG Z390I Gaming Edge AC Motherboard
Ram 2 x 8GB of TeamGroup T-Force XCalibur RGB DDR4-4000
XMP 2.0 profiles Memory timings : 18-20-20-44 @1.35v
SSD/HDD ADATA SX8200 M.2 PCIe Gen 3×4 SSD
PSU Thermaltake SmartPower Pro 750W PSU
VGA card Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 TI 8GB GDDR5
Nvidia Drivers Latest Game Ready Drivers – WHQL
OS Windows 10

 

CPU-Z Info

 

AIDA64 Info

 

Idle Temps

Using the Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler, we managed to get an idle temperature of 39 degrees Celsius.

 

Load Temps

Load temperatures reached a high of 78 degrees Celsius … it’s quite high, but our Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler Air Cooler was able to handle it. We do highly recommend you use an AIO liquid cooler or a custom loop.

 

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