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MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 review. Motherboard tests


The MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 motherboard studied today is focused on assembling gaming systems and installing flagship-level components. It is equipped with a 16 + 1 + 1 power subsystem, supports Core Boost and Memory Boost technologies, current Wi-Fi 6. This solution is presented in two versions depending on the type of memory supported.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

The version with DDR4 will cost an average of 26 thousand rubles.

Equipment

The back of the packaging box describes the main features of the motherboard and supported technologies. Here is the I/O panel layout diagram.


MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

Its kit includes two SATA cables, screws for M.2, external antennas, stickers with thematic symbols and the brand logo, a user manual and a flash drive with software.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4


MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 download

Appearance

Made in the ATX form factor on a 6-layer printed circuit board with a predominance of black. The almost complete absence of decorative design draws attention.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

Power is supplied to it through a 24-pin ATX and two additional 8-pin. This combination will provide a stable power supply to the Intel Core i9 operating in overclocking mode.


MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

Installed PWM controller Monolithic Power Systems MP2960. The assemblies are rated for 70A. The general power scheme is 16 + 1 + 1.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

Heat is removed by two massive radiators with fins. These are separate blocks without heat pipes, pressed tightly with screws.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

Four slots for DDR4 RAM. You can install up to 128 GB maximum with a frequency of up to 5400 MHz at stock voltage and more than 6400 MHz in overclocking.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

Above them are connectors for connecting a processor cooling system or a liquid cooling pump.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

Each of the four M.2s are accompanied by metal heatsinks with thermal interfaces. All but one support PCIe 4.0. Also for the disk subsystem, the MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 has six SATA.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

Armored PCIe 5.0 x16, PCIe 3.0 x1, PCIe 3.0 x4 and PCIe 3.0 x1 are allocated for expansion cards.

For the front panel of the case, one USB 3.2 gen.2 and USB 3.2 gen.1 are available, as well as four USB 2.0. There are outputs with 5V ARGB and 12V RGB.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

Shielded audio subsystem with Realtek ALC4080 controller. Intel I225-V network controller and separate board with Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

The I/O panel set includes HDMI, DisplayPort, two USB 2.0, two USB 3.2 gen.1, three USB 3.2 gen.2, USB-C, RJ-45, external antenna connectors, SPDIF, and five audio jacks.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

ВIOS

Graphical shell MSI Click 5. When turned on, the system offers a choice of consumption limits and the installed cooling system. The main screen allows you to configure the basic elements of the system.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

Detailed overclocking tools.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

Correction of the operation scheme of connected fans and liquid cooling pump.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

Soft

There is software for Windows, at the start of which the necessary components are selected independently.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

Mystic Light control.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

Monitoring the operation of the processor, memory and voltage on key elements.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

Tests and overclocking

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 was tested with an Intel Core i5-12600K processor and Asgard Bragi V3 DDR4-3600 MHz CL14 (3600 MHz 14-15-15-35) memory.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

A manual overclocking was also carried out. The processor frequency has been increased to 5200 MHz and 4100 for E-cores. The frequency of RAM is increased to 4000 MHz with timings 15-15-15-36.

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

For clarity, the results obtained during the tests will be summarized.

AIDA 64

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

GeekBench

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

3DMark 11

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

TimeSpy

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

FireStrike Extreme

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

3DMark CPU

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

WinRar

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

World of Tanks (Ultra)

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4

Results

MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 is a mid-range motherboard that allows you to build a high-performance system with Core i9 and RTX 3090 Ti graphics card. Efficient heat dissipation from the power harness, high-speed M.2 ports with heatsinks, a reinforced video card slot, a 2.5G network controller and Wi-Fi 6, overclocking tools. The features include the absence of backlit zones and a strict appearance.

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