MSI MEG Z690 ACE & MAG Z690 Tomahawk Motherboards Review – High-End & Mainstream Tier In Action!

The MSI MAG Z690 Tomahawk WIFI comes in the standard cardboard package. The front is themed in a very simple black and silver color theme. The front side also lists down support for Intel’s 12th generation Core processors. The motherboard clearly lists down support for Windows 11 & TPM 2.0 along with Lightning Gen 5 marketing on the packaging.

The backside of the package lists down the specifications and special features of the motherboard such as Direct 16+1+1 phase power delivery, DDR5 support, Lightning Gen 5, and Lightning USB 20 GB/s slots/ports, WiFi 6E/Bluetooth 5.2, Audio Boost 5, Mystic Light and the overall look that this motherboard has to offer.

The top of the box opens up to reveal a cool “MPG” branding within the package itself. This is a very high-end motherboard and little things like this do make up for the extra cash you will be spending on a board like this.

Inside the package is another box that contains the accessories and is located right below the box holder for the board itself. It is very easy to access although the accessories are a bit scattered and things could get messy sorting out the various additions.

There are several accessories included in the package such as a Wi-Fi antenna module, two SATA III cables, screws for the M.2 storage devices, a USB stick with drivers and software, a driver disk, a manual for the board, and even a few stickers. Following is the full list of accessories in the package.

  • Quick Installation Guide
  • User Manual
  • USB Drive (With Drivers/Softwares)
  • MSI Case Badge
  • WiFi Antenna
  • MAG Stickers
  • Reward Program / Shout Out Flyer
  • Product Catalog
  • Registration Card
  • M.2 Screw / Standoff Set
  • EZ M.2 Clips
  • 2 x SATA Cables

The motherboard is housed within the cardboard package and has anti-static wrapping to protect it from any built-up electrical resistance that can affect the board.

The MSI MAG might not be the flagship but it has a design that screams high-end and the addition of an all M.2 heatsink design makes it look even better.