MSI X299 MEG Creation Motherboard Review: Page 2 of 9

Posted by Damon Bailey on Friday, February 15, 2019 - 8:00am

Features & Specifications

MEG X299 CREATION - CREATE YOUR MASTERPIECE

MSI X299 MEG Creation

MSI X299 MEG Creation

MSI X299 MEG Creation

STAY COOL FOR ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE

Cooling your PC is essential for reliable performance. MSI motherboards feature excellent power design with a solid and heavy heatsink. We've made sure to include enough fan headers with full control to allow you to cool your system any way you want.

MSI X299 MEG Creation

USER-FRIENDLY DESIGN

MSI motherboards feature tons of convenient and smart design for DIY users, countless system tuning and troubleshooting tools are at your disposal to push your system to new heights and satisfy even the most demanding tweaker. Makes it so easy to install your own motherboard without any issue.

MSI X299 MEG Creation

MAXIMUM COMPATIBILITY

Every MSI motherboards are certified by a strict mechanic that feature convenient pin-header keep out zone, friendly SATA & USB location for compatibility with the widest range of components and devices, so DIY user can pick and choose the components they want. More than that, we offer a dedicated Qualified Vendor List (QVL) for the most critical part - memory. Combining with MSI DDR4 Boost technology, we provide the maximum compatibility even overclocking, so you confirm and choose any gaming rig as you want.

MSI X299 MEG Creation

APPS TO GREATLY IMPROVE EFFICIENCY

With years of experience in creating performance enhancing tools that are easy to use, only the highest quality applications are at your disposal. Use these tools to get the most out of your motherboard. Moreover, we made sure our BIOS contains all the latest options and is easy to use for everyone. The extensive features let you fine-tune your system to deliver reliable maximum performance.

MSI X299 MEG Creation

ENHANCED PERFORMANCE

MSI motherboards featured all the latest solution for enthusiast and prosumers. CPU and memory enhancement and fast storage and USB transfer speed are ready for everything.

MSI X299 MEG Creation

LOOKING COOL WHILE KEEPING COOL

High-quality materials and smart fan optimizations contribute to cooling all essential components, which is key to making sure your system runs stable and delivers the best performance at all times.

MSI X299 MEG Creation

UNMATCHED MEMORY PERFORMANCE

Optimized layout design and a fully isolated memory circuitry ensure perfect stability and performance. you never have to worry about your system crashing during games with MSI DDR4 BOOST.

MSI X299 MEG Creation

FAST AND FUTURE-READY STORAGE

MSI motherboards support all the latest storage standards, which allows users to connect any ultra-fast storage device. Start games faster, load levels faster and have a real advantage over your enemies.

MSI X299 MEG Creation

MAXIMIZE YOUR USB DEVICE PERFORMANCE

Read and write your files over USB faster than ever. MSI offers a wide variety of options to connect and boost your USB devices, delivering lightning-fast transfer speeds up to 10Gb/s

MSI X299 MEG Creation

IN-STUDIO ADVANTAGE

MSI motherboards provide the most fascinating in-studio advantages, designed to satisfy any professional workflow. Elevate your listening pleasure and network connection with MSI Audio & LAN. Enjoy extreme sound quality and uninterrupted online experience.

MSI X299 MEG Creation

PROFESSIONAL SOUND QUALITY

Deliver the highest sound quality through the use of premium quality audio components and get the most immersive sound experience. MSI motherboards let you enjoy breathtaking sound to create the most dynamic soundscapes.

MSI X299 MEG Creation

STABLE, SECURE & FAST NETWORKING

Optimized for content creation, professional and multimedia use, a high-quality network solution is equipped to get ready to serve you with 24/7 reliability and stability when transferring big data.

MSI X299 MEG Creation

CREATION

Good craftsmanship depends on the use of the right tool, this motherboard is tailor-made for designers and content creators, the features and design perfectly meet the demanding requirements for creating your own masterpiece.

MSI X299 MEG Creation

EXHILARATING AND INSPIRING

Each MSI motherboard is built based on a specific topic in order to match different tastes and favors. Furthermore, MSI also adopts the modern style to design the heatsink through the huge surface and sleek but simple cuts in order to make the heatsink and appearance look ripped and powerful. Combined with neutral colors, such as black, grey and silver, as the main background, MSI motherboard can perfect fit different RGB LED effects and strongly shows the gamers tunes.

MSI X299 MEG Creation

CREATE YOUR MASTERPIECE

MEG X299 CREATION comes with a unique look and feel inspired by the concept of element explosion. Packed with exclusive features to unleash the overall performance for incredible multiple cores CPU.

 

Tailor-made for designers and content creators, the features and design perfectly meet the demanding requirements for creating your own masterpiece.

MSI X299 MEG Creation

MYSTIC LIGHT

MSI Mystic Light provides a complete function to control the RGB light all around the ecosystem. Select the available colors from the palette to match your favorite and mood.

MSI X299 MEG Creation

LOYAL COMRADE 

MSI has developed the motherboard market for many years. With rich R&D experience and a long history, the company continuously creates the best performance and humanized motherboard to help users meet the pursuit of high-quality components and the stable, reliable and long-lasting system performance.

MSI X299 MEG Creation

BUILT ON EVERLASTING QUALITY

Using only the finest quality components and integrating the latest technological innovations delivers the best possible professional experience. Rigorous quality testing under the most extreme conditions ensures a super reliable, long-lasting and high-performance motherboard.

Specifications:

PROCESSOR

Supports Intel® Core™ X-Series Processor Family for LGA2066 Socket

 

CHIPSET

Intel® X299 Chipset

 

MEMORY

8 x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 128GB

Quad channel memory architecture with the CPU that supports up to 4-channels DDR42

X-series processor support DDR4 4200(OC)/ 4100(OC)/ 4000(OC)/ 3800(OC)/ 3733(OC)/ 3600(OC)/ 3466(OC)/ 3400(OC)/ 3333(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2933(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133 MHz1

Dual channel memory architecture with the CPU that supports up to 2-channels DDR42

X-series processor support DDR4 4133(OC)/ 4000(OC)/ 3866(OC)/ 3800(OC)/ 3733(OC)/ 3600(OC)/ 3466(OC)/ 3400(OC)/ 3333(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2933(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133 MHz1

Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

Please refer to Compatibility for more information on compatible memory

Please refer the DIMM Slots section for more details.

 

SLOTS

4 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots

Support x16/x0/x16/x8, x8/x8/x16/x8 mode with the 44-lane CPU.1

Support x16/x0/x8/x4, x8/x8/x8/x4 mode with the 28-lane CPU.1

Support x8/x0/x4/x4 mode with the 16-lane CPU.1

1 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slot

 

MULTI-GPU

Supports NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology

Supports AMD CrossFire™ Technology

 

STORAGE

Intel® X299 Chipset

8 x SATA 6Gb/s ports1,2

3 x M.2 slots (Key M)

M2_1 & M2_2 support up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s, 2242/ 2260/ 2280/ 22110 storage devices

M2_3 supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4, 2242/ 2260/ 2280 storage devices3

Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready for M2_1, M2_2 slots4

1 x U.2 port

Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe storage

The SATA1 connector will be unavailable when a SATA M.2 SSD has been installed in the M.2_1 slot.

The SATA2 connector will be unavailable when a SATA M.2 SSD has been installed in the M.2_2 slot.

M2_3 slot and PCIe slots share the bandwidth.

Before using Intel® Optane™ memory modules, please ensure that you have updated the drivers and BIOS to the latest version from MSI website.

 

RAID

Intel® X299 Chipset

Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices

Supports RAID 0, RAID 1 for M.2 PCIe storage devices

 

USB

Intel® X299 Chipset

4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports available through the internal USB connectors

6 x USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) ports(2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors)

ASMedia® ASM3142 Chipset

3 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) ports (1 Type-C and 1 Type-A port on the back panel, 1 Type-C internal connector)

ASMedia® ASM1074 Chipset

6 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports on the back panel

 

AUDIO

Realtek® ALC1220 Codecs

7.1-Channel High Definition Audio

Supports S/PDIF output

 

LAN

1 x Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN controller

1 x Realtek RTL8125-CG 2.5G LAN controller

 

WIRELESS

Intel® Wireless-AC 92601

Supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MU-MIMO Rx, 2.4GHz/ 5GHz (160MHz) up to 1.73Gbps

Supports Bluetooth® 2.1, 2.1+EDR, 3.0,4.0, 5

Only support windows 10 64-bit

 

INTERNAL CONNECTORS

1 24-pin ATX main power connector

3x 8-pin ATX 12V power connectors

1x flat 4-pin ATX 12V power connector1

8x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

1x U.2 port

2x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)

2x USB 3.1 Gen1 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports)

1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port

1x 4-pin CPU fan connector

1x 4-pin Water Pump connector

4x 4-pin system fan connectors

2x 4-pin extend system fan connectors

1x 3-pin Water Flow connector

1x Front panel audio connector

2x System panel connectors

1x TPM module connector

1x Chassis Intrusion connector

1x 2-pin Thermal Sensors connector

1x Virtual RAID on CPU connector

1x Thunderbolt Add-on Card Connector

Provides additional power to PCIe x16 slots

 

BACK PANEL PORTS

  1. Clear CMOS Button
  2. PS/2 Port
  3. USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports
  4. 2.5G LAN Port
  5. Intel® LAN Ports
  6. Intel® WiFi/ Bluetooth Module
  7. HD Audio Connectors
  8. BIOS FLASHBACK+
  9. USB 2.0 Ports
  10. USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports
  11. Intel Turbo USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A + C
  12. Optical S/PDIF-Out

MSI X299 MEG Creation

 

DIMENSIONS

12 in. x 10.7 in. (30.5 cm x 27.2 cm)

E-ATX Form Factor

MOUNTING

9 mounting holes

OPERATING SYSTEM

Support for Windows® 10 64-bit

 

BOX CONTENTS

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