MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Plus Motherboard – First Look (9th Gen Intel)

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Were going to take a first look at the MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Plus Motherboard that supports Intels 8th Generation CPUs like the 8700K and Intels 9th Generation CPUs like the brand new 6 core 6 thread i7 9600K, 8 core 8 thread i7 9700K and 8 core 16 thread i9 9900K. What a time to be alive.

Alrighty were gonna take look at this new offering from MSI and chat about the new CPUs a little bit later in the video.

This is kinda like a lets call it a semi review. Lets talk about the specific features of the MPG Z390 Gaming Plus.

Like I mentioned previously. It supports Intels Optane memory modules and supports MSIs Twin turbo m.2 connectivity which gives you m.2 transfers speeds in the vicinity of 32gbps.

One thing I am immediately a fan of is the cutout for the SATA ports and the USB 3.0 header. I reckon every single motherboard should do this because it makes cable management a lot easier, especially with USB 3.0 connectors. We all love to hate them because they are just crazy thick and always awkward in cases and I think this is actually a pretty elegant solution.

Like I mentioned earlier as well the MPG Z390 gaming plus supports 2 way crossfire but no SLI support. I think crossfire scales pretty well for those team red GPU guys. We actually did a video about that a little while ago if youre interested you can check that out in the top right hand corner right now.

We do have a build coming later in the week with this motherboard however we cannot talk about any benchmark performance metrics with the new CPUs until a later date. Obviously we know how the chips perform but we cannot discuss that at all. So please do not ask. What I can talk about is the CPU that’s been tested with this board.

Its been tested with the new Intel i7 9700K which has a base clock of 3.6GHz, boosting up to around 4.9GHz. The i7 9700K has a TDP of 95W and its built on the 14nm Coffee Lake process with a soldered IHS. Thats right they soldered it. Delidding is now a thing of the past with the new chips. That’s it. That’s all the info I can give you at this stage until the performance embargo is lifted.

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