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Review: MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC

by Tarinder Sandhu on 6 February 2019, 14:01

Tags: MSI

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Test Methodology

Comparison Intel Motherboard Configurations

Model
Firmware Version
0802
F6f
7B17vA3
1101
Chipset
X299
Z390
Z370
CPU
Intel Core i9-7980XE
Intel Core i9-9900K
Intel Core i7-8700K
CPU Cores / Threads
18 / 36
8 / 16
6 / 12
CPU Base Clock / Turbo
2.6GHz / 4.2GHz
3.6GHz / 5.0GHz
3.7GHz / 4.7GHz
CPU TDP
165W
95W
95W
Memory
Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR4
Memory Speed
DDR4-2667
Memory Timings
16-17-17-36-2T
Graphics
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
Primary Storage Device
SK hynix Canvas SC300 (512GB)
Secondary Storage Device
WD Black NVMe M.2 (1TB)
Power Supply
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 (1,000W)
Operating System
Windows 10 (64-bit)

Comparison AMD Motherboard Configurations

Model
Firmware Version
7B92v11
T2b
Chipset
X399
X470
CPU
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
CPU Cores / Threads
16 / 32
8 / 16
CPU Base Clock / Turbo
3.0GHz / 4.2GHz
3.7GHz / 4.3GHz
CPU TDP
250W
105W
Memory
Corsair Vengeance 32GB DDR4
Memory Speed
DDR4-2933
Memory Timings
16-17-17-36-2T
Graphics
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
Primary Storage Device
SK hynix Canvas SC300 (512GB)
Secondary Storage Device
WD Black NVMe M.2 (1TB)
Power Supply
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 (1,000W)
Operating System
Windows 10 (64-bit)

Benchmark Suite

CPU Benchmarks
HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching benchmark stresses a single core by calculating Pi to 10m places
Cinebench R15 Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses all cores
Handbrake 1.0 Free-to-use video encoder that stresses all CPU cores
Storage Benchmarks
CrystalDiskMark Popular free-to-use storage benchmark, used to gauge read and write performance via M.2 (1TB WD Black NVMe), SATA (512GB SK hynix Canvas SC300) and USB 3.1 (512GB SK hynix Canvas SC300)
Memory Benchmarks
AIDA64 Benchmark that analyses memory bandwidth and latency
Gaming Benchmarks
3DMark Time Spy DX12 graphics benchmark run using the Time Spy test
F1 2017 1,920x1,080, ultra settings
Middle-earth: Shadow of War 1,920x1,080, ultra settings
Miscellaneous Benchmarks
Power Consumption Noted at idle, while running the HandBrake video-transcoding test and when playing Middle-earth: Shadow of War