Thursday, August 30th 2018

Create Your Masterpiece With MSI MEG X399 Creation

MSI, the world-leading motherboard manufacturer, announces that MSI MEG X399 CREATION is on shelf now. MSI MEG X399 CREATION is the ultimate motherboard for creators, with design inspired by the concept of element explosion and packed with exclusive features to unleash the overall performance for incredible 32 cores CPU. This time, MEG X399 CREATION also creates incredibly OC records to highlight its maximum performance, with stunning NO.1 records on 9 benchmarks, as table shown below.
MAXIMUM POWER
19 phases digital power with heat-pipe design
Featuring an incredible 19-phases PWM power design for the extreme 32 cores CPU, MEG X399 CREATION can fulfill the most demanding requirement for designers to keep stable and reliable conditions while creating contents. It combines premium PCB design with 16 DrMOS phases for the CPU and 3 phases for SOC.

Dual 8 pin power supply
Double power connectors deliver adequate power supply for multi-core CPU, which unleashes the ultimate performance for the best user experience and extreme overclocking conditions.
MAXIMUM COOLING
10 x PWM fan control & 3 x dedicate thermal sensor
With total of 10 fan connectors and 3 extension thermal headers, MEG X399 CREATION allows designers to set up a cool & silent system through automatic or manual fan controls, which means the temperature control is perfectly taken into consideration for maximum cooling.
Metal Shields & M.2 SHIELD FROZR
The exclusive Metal Shields on the heat-sink are made from metal for better protection, enlarging the thermal surface for the maximum performance! M.2 SHIELD FROZR also prevents M.2 devices from throttling and offers higher maximum SSD speeds.
MAXIMUM STORAGE
7 x Turbo M.2 with M.2 XPANDER-AERO
MEG X399 CREATION is equipped with triple Turbo M.2 with M.2 SHIELD FROZR on the board and can be expanded to 7x Turbo M.2 with another exclusive accessory can be found in the packaging: the M.2 XPANDER-AERO. This PCI-Express card offers four extra M.2 slots to increase your storage capacity at maximum speed. Featuring graphic card level thermal solution and brand new design bring the heat from M.2 to the bracket, keep your NVMe SSD cool with maximum performance.
AMD StoreMI technology
Shipped with the new AMD SSD technology 'StoreMI', and MSI's exclusive X-Boost, MEG X399 CREATION provides an optimized transfer experience. StoreMI helps create a virtual SSD by blending storage capacity, treats flash as primary storage and optimizes data access with continuous monitoring. Combined with MSI's X-Boost, transfer performance can be increased up to 10%, significantly boosting data transferring speeds.

8 x SATA plus 15 x USB ports support
With AMD Turbo USB, Front USB 3.1 gen2 Type-C and tons of USB 3.0 / 2.0, MEG X399 CREATION provides sufficient expansion ports for your multiple devices, allowing designers not to worry about ports for professional equipment.
MAXIMUM DATA TRANSFER

Dual Intel LAN with Intel Wi-Fi
Experience smooth and stable Intel networking. The MEG X399 CREATION features dual Intel gigabit LAN and dual-band Wi-Fi to deliver smooth and stable network connection that supports prioritization for applications, providing the maximum data transfer experience.

MEG X399 CREATION is tailor-made for designers and content creators, satisfying all the demanding requirements to allow them to create their own masterpiece.
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40 Comments on Create Your Masterpiece With MSI MEG X399 Creation

#1
bonehead123
$500 smacker roonies@ da 'egg :eek::kookoo::wtf:
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#2
altcapwn
It's beautiful, until you see the price tag. But that thing is premium.
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#3
Dinnercore
Am I the only one that is positively surprised by the price? I expected anything ABOVE 500$. This beats my lowest expectation.
I tought VRM was one of the more expensive components to build, and looking at how previous X399 boards were priced up to 500$ already, I thought it must be a bit above that.
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#4
_UV_
Dinnercore said:
Am I the only one that is positively surprised by the price?
Nope. But trying to sell it for more only possible for EVGA or ASUS :)
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#5
silentbogo
Dinnercore said:
Am I the only one that is positively surprised by the price? I expected anything ABOVE 500$. This beats my lowest expectation.
Not really, if you consider that they've spent lots of BOM resources on "fluffing-up" the bare board. You have a few extra USB ports, you get one Gen2 port wired from AsMedia controller, you get dual-1GbE Intel LAN, you get tons of heatsinks and an extra M.2 expansion board with a full-blown GPU cooling solution, but what you don't get is what's expected off a decent modern $500 workstation board (or even a $400 workstation board), which is:
1) At least one 10GbE interface (or a dedicated card)
2) At least a combo-PS/2 port for nerds and enthusiasts
3) More than one USB3.0 Gen2 port

My wishful thinking would also add TB3, but ekhm-khm... Intel...
There aren't many x399 boards that fit my criteria (only 2 or 3 to be more specific), unfortunately, but I hope it gets fixed in the future.
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#6
MrGenius
silentbogo said:
2) At least a combo-PS/2 port for nerds and enthusiasts
While I do still use and appreciate them...they're hardly a necessity. It'd be nice if they'd throw one of these in the box though(and possibly save me the ~$5 it costs to buy one...if I didn't already own 2 of them).
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#7
Berfs1
“For creators”, yet it can’t support 4 full sized graphics cards... ok...
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#8
xkm1948
Sooo late. Already have one of these up and running for several days on a 2990WX. Pretty good board.
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#9
Cybrnook2002
xkm1948 said:
Sooo late. Already have one of these up and running for several days on a 2990WX. Pretty good board.
Mine came in yesterday, this weekends project :-)
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#10
kastriot
At least it looks gorgeous :)
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#11
robot zombie
ooof... that thing is f-in gaw-JUS oh mah gahhd. I dunno how functional those heatsinks are (I assume there is some decent surface area hiding behind/underneath?) but damn they are beautiful. Wow man. I'd populate the fuck out of that board. Put my components in all the right slots.

Why don't I need this :/ Is it too much to ask for an AM4 board styled like this? I guess that would make it less special though.
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#12
Imsochobo
altcapwn said:
It's beautiful, until you see the price tag. But that thing is premium.
when I was in japan last week I got to see the board on hand, had to wear some gloves when handling it but it is screaming quality and the weight of that thing!!!!
unfortunately my wallet says no :(
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#13
DeathtoGnomes
With total of 10 fan connectors and 3 extension thermal headers, MEG X399 CREATION allows designers to set up a cool & silent system through automatic or manual fan controls, which means the temperature control is perfectly taken into consideration for maximum cooling.
if thats true PWM, like most CPU headers, thats would be awesome.
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#14
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
So does this use Doublers for the VRMs?
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#15
silentbogo
eidairaman1 said:
So does this use Doublers for the VRMs?
Buildzoid already has a breakdown w/ detailed pics.
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#16
R-T-B
Raevenlord said:
with design inspired by the concept of element explosion
Go home MSI marketing, you are drunk.

MrGenius said:
While I do still use and appreciate them...they're hardly a necessity. It'd be nice if they'd throw one of these in the box though(and possibly save me the ~$5 it costs to buy one...if I didn't already own 2 of them).

Those don't implement true PS/2 and thus no true n-key rollover (or OCing benefits, if benchmarking to the point of USB instability is your thing) either. You literally get none of the benefits of PS/2. PS/2-only keyboard-controllers also don't work with them.

I seriously won't buy a keyboard without a PS/2 port. A real one.
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#17
DeathtoGnomes
R-T-B said:
Go home MSI marketing, you are drunk.



Those don't implement true PS/2 and thus no true n-key rollover (or OCing benefits, if benchmarking to the point of USB instability is your thing) either. You literally get none of the benefits of PS/2. PS/2-only keyboard-controllers also don't work with them.

I seriously won't buy a keyboard without a PS/2 port. A real one.
but...but... all those features only USB can offer :rolleyes::rolleyes:
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#18
silentbogo
This board pops-up almost everywhere... What I don't get is why (I'm not even gonna start on)?
Tailor-made for designers and content creators, the features and design perfectly meet the demanding requirements for creating your own masterpiece.
MSI targets content creators and designers with this motherboard, yet the most prominent feature is a total-overkill-VRM with an ability to push Threadripper 2 to nearly 1000W under LN2, while lacking in most areas useful for "creators", and having either average or sub-average config for everything else.
It's still a relatively decent board, but there were many things that MSI could've done differently to make this a perfect board (or cut all the bullshit to make it significantly cheaper).

MrGenius said:
While I do still use and appreciate them...they're hardly a necessity. It'd be nice if they'd throw one of these in the box though(and possibly save me the ~$5 it costs to buy one...if I didn't already own 2 of them).
I'm talking real PS/2. Dunno if you've ever owned an MSI motherboard w/ UEFI firmware, but they suffer from one big problem (I mean, a lot more than others): you can't get into UEFI settings w/ USB keyboard easily (either need to do it from Windows Recovery Mode, or reboot 5-6 times until your KB gets detected before POST is complete). PS/2 solves that problem. Every time I need to go there (change boot settings for example), I have to dust-off my 20y.o. Logitech keyboard.
Also, since they've mentioned extreme overclocking in their press-release voluntarily, then it's not a stretch to say in this context that PS/2 is mandatory and not optional.

DeathtoGnomes said:
if thats true PWM, like most CPU headers, thats would be awesome.
Yep, those do seem like individual PWM fan headers. Each one has its own Nuvoton fan driver IC.
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#19
ypsylon
Berfs1 said:
“For creators”, yet it can’t support 4 full sized graphics cards... ok...
It very much can. Please stop spreading false propaganda. ;)

If you referring to x16x8x16x8 layout. This setup cannot be altered, AMD enforces that kind of lane split on manufacturers, only lanes coming from PCH are "free" to chop and change as company X Y Z sees fit. There is nothing outside super-computer stuff that can saturate Gen.3 x8 bandwidth at the moment anyway. Was running quad 1080Ti on X99 all in x8 mode without any adverse effects on anything - gaming, rendering, encoding. I had 3 AMD Pro WX cards in my other X99 rig working in x8 mode also without issues. Now running X399 system and haven't seen shred of evidence that card in x8 slot is slower than in x16.

I only hope that MSI offers that Quad M.2 card as a separate product. It seems way better thought out that Asus Hyper x16 or AsRock weird diagonal slot placement, while Gigabyte for now locked theirs to server market only :kookoo:.

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As a side note, WTH all VRM heatsinks have too look like fashion statement instead being actually heatsinks? Threadripper rips through power bill faster than light, when OC it can draw truly obscene amount of power and neither of these "heatsinks" can deal with that heat (across all vendors).
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#20
DeathtoGnomes
silentbogo said:



Yep, those do seem like individual PWM fan headers. Each one has its own Nuvoton fan driver IC.
we shall see.
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#21
hat
Enthusiast
silentbogo said:
I'm talking real PS/2. Dunno if you've ever owned an MSI motherboard w/ UEFI firmware, but they suffer from one big problem (I mean, a lot more than others): you can't get into UEFI settings w/ USB keyboard easily (either need to do it from Windows Recovery Mode, or reboot 5-6 times until your KB gets detected before POST is complete). PS/2 solves that problem. Every time I need to go there (change boot settings for example), I have to dust-off my 20y.o. Logitech keyboard.
Also, since they've mentioned extreme overclocking in their press-release voluntarily, then it's not a stretch to say in this context that PS/2 is mandatory and not optional.
Huh? Never had trouble getting into UEFI/BIOS setup with a USB keyboard, ever. The only time I *needed* a PS/2 keyboard was when I had a shitty ECS 775 board that wouldn't OC, and I did the BSEL mod on one of my chips to bump it up to 266 from 200. The board detected an "error" with the CPU, and I had to press F1 to continue, but that was before USB was initialized, so I could not press F1, and I could not continue. :(

Of course, that is pretty rare circumstances, even among us at TPU.
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#22
silentbogo
hat said:
Huh? Never had trouble getting into UEFI/BIOS setup with a USB keyboard, ever.
And was it on an actual UEFI install, or CSM? Cause I have a B150 board and a B350 board in my house, about 5 various LGA1150 boards from MSI in my office, and over 80 similar boards that went though my workshop last year. Only MSI H81M-P33 did not have this issue. The rest (incl. architecturally identical B85M-P33), had the same issue if you have either Windows or Ubuntu installed on GPT disk (USB KB won't init until the OS logo appears).
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#23
hat
Enthusiast
Pretty sure it's actual UEFI.

That said it's not too difficult to do it from Windows anyway, unless there's some horrible error that needs fixed in UEFI setup that causes it to crash on startup... though it's an annoying unnecessary step at best.
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#24
Chloe Price
I miss a PS/2 port as much as AGP, PCI, ISA, PATA etc. legacy connectors. :rolleyes:
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