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

For testing, I used the Intel Core i9-12900K and Core i5-12600K which were sent to us by Intel. The motherboards used included the MSI MEG Z690 ACE & MAG Z690 Tomahawk WiFi motherboards.

Processors Intel Core i9-12900K
Intel Core i5-12600K
Intel Core i9-11900K
Intel Core i9-10900K
Intel Core i7-10700K
Intel Core i5-10600K
Intel Core i9-10980XE
Intel Core i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900K
Intel Core i7-8700K
Intel Core i5-8600K
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
Motherboard Z690 AORUS Master
MSI MEG Z690 ACE
MSI MPG Z690 CARBON WIFI
MSI MAG Z690 Tomahawk WIFI
Power Supply ASUS ROG THOR 1200W
Solid State Drive Samsung SSD 980 PRO M.2 (1 TB)
Memory G.SKILL Trident Z5 32 GB (2 x 16GB) CL36 6000 Mbps
Video Cards MSI GeForce RTX 3090 SUPRIM X
Cooling Solutions Corsair H115i (With LGA 1700 Mounting Kit)
OS Windows 11 64-bit

Our test rig includes the Samsung 980 Pro 1 TB SSD that boots up our main OS while a 2 TB Seagate HDD is used for the storage of games and applications. In addition to these, we are running an MSI GeForce RTX 3090 SUPRIM X graphics card, an ASUS ROG Thor 1200W power supply. For this specific review, we used the G.Skill’s latest Trident Z5 DDR5-6000 memory kit running at CL36 timings. We also got an LGA 1700 mounting kit for the Corsair H115i to use as a cooling solution for our test setup. The cooling solution choices are very limited so far due to the availability of mounting kits but things are expected to get better by the end of November.