LGA1700's Platform Intel With new motherboards for Alder Lake processors finally launched to the world air. In this review we examine Motherboard New with old memory support - the MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK's MSI Promises accessibility between advanced features and memory support that has been on the market for a long time.
We continue to cover the new LGA1700 platform of Intel When as in other platform launches we touch on several motherboard models to see what the engineering and design status of the various manufacturers and this time Torah of MSI.
In the LGA1700 generation, the manufacturers of motherboards have decided that there will be certain models that are also suitable for type memory. DDR4 Old and also for the new DDR5 memory that Eldar Lake processors support. Usually motherboards that supportDDR4 Will include DDR4 In their name, or sometimes D4 for a clear symbol. A rule of thumb we have come across so far from the motherboards of all the manufacturers is that apart from memory support all the rest of the motherboards are exactly the same. No changes were made to the various interfaces, heat sinks or anything else physical. As a result, you can take any part that is not directly related to memory from this review also to the MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI that supports DDR5 if MSI Decide to launch such a board.
To-MSI There are three series for gaming and overclocking of motherboards called MAG, MEG and MPG. The MPG series is the cheapest, MAG is the medium and MEG is considered the most prestigious. The MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI is in a good place in the middle with a tendency towards luxury as it is designed for overclocking and comes with a respectable printed circuit board.
This is how it looks in the bundle of accessories with the motherboard. Here are two SATA cables for hard drives, operating manuals and registrations, stickers, screws for docking M.2 drives, an antenna for WIFI andBluetooth And also a finger drive that contains all the necessary drivers. Thankfully we got rid of disks when we have been for many years in an age where computers of all kinds do not come with optical drives at all.
MSI's new TOMAHAWK is an ATX-configured motherboard that focuses primarily on neutral visuals when it does not come with bright RGB lights or bold colors. Everything we see here is mostly black on black and for that we prefer to give MSI credit. Some users prefer something that is not flashy and integrates with any other common hardware. The large heat sinks are one of the most prominent (literally) features of the Z690 TOMAHAWK. The chipset, the Z690, has a body Cooling Its own has a very respectable surface area.
Motherboards in the LGA1700 Z690-based bracket are known for the generous amount of M.2 interfaces for volume and the TOMAHAWK is no different. You will find here four M.2 interfaces where the bottom two have a body Cooling shared.
This is what it looked like when the heat sinks were removed. The top M.2 socket gestures to the processor directly when the other three sockets go through the chipset and from there the media goes through the processor. The heat sinks come with a thermal pad but if you are installing a drive that comes with a body Cooling On its own, the use of screws that came with the motherboard for anchoring the drives is required.
The TOMAHAWK interface array in this area of the motherboard is reasonable, with the location of the SATA connectors or at least four of them not particularly optimal when using large expansion cards. We would have preferred 90-degree interfaces like the two under the heatsink of the chipset on the right. PCI-Express 5.0 X16 interface for video cards wrapped in a steel-reinforced chassis to maintain the interface against particularly heavy video cards. The other two PCI-Express X16 interfaces operate with an X4-only indicator and 3.0 standard. Platform a bit confusing, but that's how it is in transition seasons. Three generations of PCI-Express on Motherboard one.
The bottom of the motherboard contains a pair of interfaces USB 2.0 per chassis, four controlled fan connections, connectors RGB For bulbs and also a control switch (close to the SATA interfaces) whether to turn the lights on or offRGB Which are connected to the board.
The niche she designed MSI In motherboards it is a habit of several years to create a situation where SATA cables reach their destination in the chassis and allow for easier wiring. Slightly disappointingly, only two interfaces are in this part. Admittedly, with the trend of moving to M.2 storage as exclusive or at least primary storage, some of the reasons can be understood.
The rear port panel of a fairly standard motherboard. It features 7.1-channel audio outputs as well as an optical output. There is a place where you will connect the antennas you received and you can use advanced WiFi 6E at speeds of up to 2.4Gbps. Somewhat ironically, in the not-too-distant past we asked "who needs such a fast internet?". Wired internet is currently offered for homes in Israel with a maximum download speed of 2.5Gbps. Apropos, there is a wired network connection in this motherboard at 2.5Gbps and it is controller based Intel That you will find in all Z690 boards. The array of USB interfaces is satisfying but not amazing. It includes two in the old 2.0 standard, alongside two at 5Gbps (blue), three at 10Gbps (red) and one Type-C interface at 20Gbps which is suitable for drives SSD External. Between the interfacesUSB For the display you will find a small button that allows burning of BIOS even without a processor in the holder when a drive is inserted USB To a specific interface marked for this.
The motherboard has an advanced 2.1 standard HDMI interface on the side DisplayPort 1.4 slower. If there is a critique of this part, as always and quite subjectively, two exits USB Others were harmless, even type 2.0. There is clearly room for that too.
Realtek is now considered a monopoly on audio controllers on motherboards. There is an absolute chance that mind Motherboard For the past five years a built-in sound card has contained one from Realtek. Basically we do not have many complaints, other than a little questionable software support at times. Our only problem is mainly that the motherboard manufacturers "trust" the users to either get by with such a simple sound card, or to use an external sound card inUSB And leave this system unused. We think there will be end users who will love Sound A little more is invested in motherboards, despite the engineering challenge of noise separation and proper amplification. The ALC4080 chip used here does not have an official data sheet but we think it is an inferior sound controller from the ALC1220 that manufacturers sometimes use. The ALC4080 may be a newer version of an older controller like the ALC898. Without proper documentation, it's hard to say. For electric filtration uses MSI In Nichicon capacitors made in Japan, capacitors specifically designed for sound cards and audio equipment. We have not seen any advanced means of amplification here.
If there is one thing where all the Z690 panels are characterized it is tremendous electrical systems, ones we have seen mostly in flagships only in the previous generation. Maybe you can thankCore i9 12900K for that and its alarming power consumption at maximum effort. MSI's investment in my body is evident Cooling Large with a respectable surface area for the TOMAHAWK board. Between these two bodies passes a copper pipe which dissipates the heat with increased efficiency.
This is what the system looks like after removing the heat sinks. A voltage of 12V goes into the sockets you see on the top left. From there, the electric current passes under the supervision of a main voltage controller on the stabilization stages which lower the voltage from 12V to 1.8V. From there, the current in its new voltage passes to the CPU socket for one last change inside the chip.
The voltage controller is a RAA229131 model from Renesas which is the most advanced you will find today for motherboards of this type. There are 18 voltage stabilization stages of the RAA229131 model from Renesas with a maximum current capacity of 75A. What's special about the RAA22931 controller is that we seem to have shattered a glass ceiling when it comes to how advanced can be voltage controllers on standard motherboards. Instead of pairing stages in pairs or passive quartets or using PWM splitters, there is complete control over the on and off of each stabilized stage. Thus, the amount of heat generated by the system is lower, and the quality of the voltage stabilization is higher. This is not the most advanced system that can be implemented in motherboards, but it is not far off. It is a very large engineering overkill and one that we would be happy not to see in cheaper motherboards just because of the considerable cost of using these components. Score 10 easily here. The filtration system may be a little better at entering and exiting this power system with the addition of capacitors, but this is not critical.
To MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI There are not many overclocking aids and buttons on the motherboard. There is no dual-digit LCD monitor on the motherboard which is a bit unfortunate. However, there are LEDs that turn on when the system is on to indicate the current phase of the system. A light bulb will stop at a certain point when there is a problem with the CPU, memory, video card or any other reason why the system does not boot properly.
The Z690 generation of motherboards did us good, and actually did not change the BIOS interface as we know it from the Z590 or Z490 boards. The Click BIOS 5 of MSI Quite simple and works without problems. On the main page you can see information about the system's quilts, as well as the arrangement of the volume in the importance of the system's increase.
The OC area is where all the system settings and system memory are determined. There is no need to log in here to activate an XMP memory profile, for which there is a button in the top area that is available from anywhere.
This motherboard review is a great opportunity to do a little research into DDR4 performance with 12th generation processors Intel. Specifically, we ran the Core i9 12900K with two kits DDR4 Pretty speed. One is the same memory kit in which we examined all the processorsDDR4 Ours so far, and the second is an XPG kit at 4133MHz faster.
Our exam system is the same exam system we use for auditors. You can find an example here. The memory kits we tested with are:
- Kingston Fury BEAST DDR5-5200 CL40
- G.Skill TridentZ Royal DDR4-3600 CL16
- ADATA XPG D50 DDR4-4133 CL19
In Borderlands 3 the DDR5-5200 kit leads slightly, when DDR4-4133 is left behind as a result of relatively loose timings.
In Horizon Zero Dawn the use of DDR5-5200 led but again, these are very small differences. UsingDDR4 Gaming, especially in faster kits, is an integral part of the praise that Elder Lake processors receive.
Exporting video on Davinci Resolve has a lot of interesting differences. Here, we saw a 12 percent difference between the slowest and fastest memory kit. Productivity is the significant part of the differences between memory choice DDR4 And DDR5.
During the load tests toCore i9 12900K, we measured the operating temperature for the voltage stabilizers. At the hottest point we saw 63 degrees Celsius versus an ambient temperature of 25 degrees and no active airflow to the heat sinks. With a maximum operating temperature of 105 degrees and with an air flow of Enclosures Today, we have no worries.
Now to the issue of price and value. The MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 Priced at $ 299. In Israel, this is expected to be around NIS 1,500, we hope a little less. The discussion remains mostly between DDR4 And DDR5 When moving to Elder Lake. Our advice is as follows:
If you do not have the relevant hardware and you want to switch to the LGA1700 holder of Intel, Possibly for your uses DDR4 Will fit without a problem and then you will enjoy financial savings that will be expressed perhaps in higher quality components, volume זיכרון Larger or virtually anything where you can increase your budget on a new computer system.
We are cautious about usingDDR4 For a 12th generation based system, but it is hard to deny the fact thatDDR4 It will not be long with us and not far from the day when computer systems will sell exclusively with DDR5 memory. Now, it may be worthwhile to use the financial difference to invest in a volume that you will not have to upgrade so quickly. Technically, a 32GB kit of DDR4-3600 costs half a system DDR5 Basic in the same volume.
MSI engineers have done a good job with this motherboard. It includes a large amount of interfaces and a system Cooling Seriously, especially for a very high quality CPU power supply system. A black-on-black color scheme benefitsMSI Points also in the aesthetic aspect. Is happy to see an LCD monitor and power buttons and boot on the board, but these are not critical measures in their importance to this market segment.