MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY in the test: notice board without 10 GBit / s LAN

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With the UNIFY mainboards, MSI proves that upper-class mainboards without RGB-LED lighting are also popular. So it is not surprising that there are boards available for Intel’s Alder Lake S processors. MSI’s UNIFY series is also presented in the latest iteration through and through in black. Our test explains how the MEG Z690 UNIFY performs in practice.

As in the recent past, MSI also uses two UNIFY models for the Z690 mainboards. In addition to the MEG Z690 UNIFY, there is the MEG Z690 UNIFY-X. The latter again only offers two DIMM slots, which is intended, however. The MEG Z690 UNIFY-X is specially designed for users who want to open the hunt for high memory clocks, provided they get fast DDR5 memory at all.

However, this is the only difference between the two versions, the rest have been designed identically. In addition to the two PCIe 5.0 x16 slots on a mechanical level, this also includes numerous USB ports of the current generations, six SATA 6 Gbit / s ports and five M.2 M-Key interfaces. MSI immediately opted for two 2.5 Gbit / s LAN controllers from Intel. There is also Intel’s Wi-Fi 6E-AX210 module. In line with the MEG series, MSI naturally also provides the user with a lot of convenience, such as a power and reset button and more.

A mainboard can hardly be made any darker. UNIFY-typical is not only the PCB with ATX dimensions in deep black, but also the heat sinks have been kept in this dark color. In black through and through.

The technical characteristics

The MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY has the following technical properties:

The data of the MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY at a glance
Manufacturer and
designation
MSI
MEG Z690 UNIFY
Mainboard-Format ATX
CPU-Sockel LGA1700 (Core i5/7/9-12000)
Power connections 1x 24-Pin ATX
2x 8-Pin EPS12V
Phases / coils 21 pieces (19 + 2)
19x Renesas RAA22010540 (VCore, 105A)
2x Monolithic Power MP87992(AUX, 70A)
price MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY: ab 561 Euro
MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY-X: ab 639 Euro
website MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY
MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY-X
Southbridge-/CPU-Features
Chipset, cooling Intel Z690 chipset, passive
Memory banks and type 4x DDR5 (Dual-Channel), max. 6.666 MHz (UNIFY)
2x DDR5 (Dual-Channel), max. 6.800 MHz (UNIFY-X)
Memory expansion max. 128 GB (mit 32-GB-UDIMMs) (UNIFY)
max. 64 GB (mit 32-GB-DIMMs) (UNIFY-X)
SLI / CrossFire 2-Way-CrossFireX
Onboard-Features
PCI-Express 2x PCIe 5.0 x16 (x16 / x8) via CPU
1x PCIe 3.0 x4 (x4) via Intel Z690
SATA (e), SAS and
M.2 / U.2 interfaces
4x SATA 6GBit / s via Intel Z690
2x SATA 6GBit / s via ASMedia ASM1061
1x M.2 M-Key with PCIe 4.0 x4 via CPU
2x M.2 M-Key with PCIe 4.0 x4 via Intel Z690
1x M.2 M-Key with PCIe 4.0 x4 / SATA 6GBit / s via Intel Z690
1x M.2 M-Key with PCIe 3.0 x4 via Intel Z690
USB Chipset: 2x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (1x external, 1x internal), 3x USB 3.2 Gen2 (3x external), 2x USB 2.0 (2x external)
GL3590-Hub: 4x USB 3.2 Gen2 (4x external)
ASM1074: 4x USB 3.2 Gen1 (4x intern)
GL850G-Hub: 4x USB 2.0 (4x intern)
Graphic interfaces
WLAN / Bluetooth WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax über Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210, Dual-Band, max. 2,4 GBit/s, Bluetooth 5.2
Thunderbolt
LAN

2x Intel I225-V 2,5-GBit/s-LAN

Audio-Codec
and connections
8-Channel Realtek ALC4080 Codec
5x 3,5 mm Audio-Jacks
1x TOSLink
LED lighting 1x 4-Pin RGB-Header
2x 3-Pin ARGB-Header
1x 3-Pin Corsair-LED-Header
FAN and WaKü headers 1x 4-Pin CPU-FAN-Header
1x 4-Pin CPU-WaKü-Pump-Header
6x 4-Pin System-FAN-Header
Onboard-Komfort Status-LEDs, Flash-BIOS-Button (extern), CMOS-Clear-Button (extern), LED-Switch, Power-Button, Reset-Button, Debug-LED
Manufacturer guarantee 3 years (only through dealers)

The supplied accessories

  • Mainboard manual
  • Driver and software USB stick
  • Quick-Installation-Guide
  • MSI-Shout-Out-Infokarte
  • MSI-Reward-Infokarte
  • MSI-Produktflyer
  • MSI-Dankkarte
  • four SATA cable
  • RGB-LED-Y-Adapterkabel
  • RGB-LED extension cable
  • Corsair RGB LED extension cable
  • EZ-FrontPanel-Kabel
  • 2T2R WiFi antenna
  • two M.2 clips
  • two M.2 spacers including screws
  • diverse MSI-Sticker
  • MSI gaming case sticker
  • two screwdrivers
  • Cleaning brush

MSI gives the MEG Z690 UNIFY (-X) a number of accessories that we were able to discover with the MPG Z690 CARBON WIFI (Hardwareluxx test). For the MEG Z690 UNIFY (-X), MSI also puts two additional SATA cables, two M.2 spacers including screws and a connection cable for the housing front panel in the box.

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