Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Once again, MSI works its magic and brings high performance to a midrange price point without giving anything up. MSI really seems to like that extra little bit on the base clock and the only way to really go fully ‘stock’ per Intel specifications is to go fully manual and lock the base clock to 100.0MHz. The average user won’t really notice anything beyond a good level of performance with no real negatives, but more savvy over-clockers will need to keep this in mind.
As far as features go, there really isn’t anything left to want here. Lots of USB ports, Dual M.2 slots, Intel Ethernet and Wi-Fi, tons of fan headers, tons of RGB headers that includes one specifically compatible with Corsair addressable accessories and on-board Mystic Light RGB pretty well checks all the boxes for any gamer. If you want all of the above without the second mortgage, look no further.
Great Job MSI!