MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI motherboard review: combining Core i5-14600K and GeForce RTX 4070 Ti

The recent update of Intel’s desktop platform with the introduction of 14th-generation Core processors brought minimal accentuated improvements without any tangible overall progress in CPU performance. However, the manufacturer’s top chips already demonstrate decent performance in various disciplines. Current motherboards with the LGA1700 socket are suitable for using the brand new Raptor Lake Refresh chips, but obviously, taking this opportunity, manufacturers decided to revise their model lines by offering improved board options. Today we are reviewing MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI, an updated model with M.2 PCI-E 5.0 and high-speed Wi-Fi 7.

Model name MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI
Processors Intel Core 12/13/14th generations, Pentium Gold, Celeron
Connector LGA1700
Form factor m-ATX, 305×244 mm
Chipset Intel Z790
Memory 4×DIMM DDR5, up to DDR5-7800+; 196 GB max.
Expansion slots 1×PCI-E 5.0 x16; 1×PCI-E 4.0 x16 (x4 mode); 1×PCI-E 3.0 x1
Storage devices 1×M.2 PCI-E 5.0 x4; 4×M.2 PCI-E 4.0 x4; 6×SATA 6 GB/c
Network 1×2,5 GbE LAN (Intel i226-V); 1×Wi-Fi 7 (Qualcomm QCNCM865AX, 802.11be, Bluetooth 5.4)
Elements of the interface panel 4×USB 3.2 Gen2 (Type-A); 4×USB 3.2 Gen1 (Type-A); 1xUSB 3.2 Gen2x2 (Type-C); 1xUSB 3.2 Gen2 (Type-C); 1×HDMI 2.1; 1×DisplayPort 1.4; 2× Wi-Fi antenna; 5× audio; S/PDIF; Cler CMOS button; Flash BIOS button
Fans 8×4 foam (PWM/DC)
Sound Realtek ALC4020 codec
Estimated price 16 199 UAH (~$430)

Scope of delivery MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI

The board comes in a cardboard box with light colors and a minimalist design. The designers have moved away from traditional prints with a large photo of the device itself, preferring more laconic neutral shapes.

The board comes with two SATA interface cables, a set of three EZ M.2 Clip clips, a Y-shaped adapter for aRGB backlit fans, and a wireless module antenna. An extension cord for connecting the case controls and display will be very useful, and a set of cable labeling stickers and stickers with the manufacturer’s logo can also be useful.

It’s nice to see that the set of necessary drivers and related software is offered on the USB drive. MSI obviously supports the initiative to reduce the use of paper, so only a small brochure with basic information on how to connect the board is included. A detailed user manual can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.

MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI came to us for testing as part of a powerful gaming system with a Core i5-14600K processor, GeForce RTX 4070 Ti graphics card, and 32 GB of DDR5-6000 memory. The configuration is quite close to the one we recommend for a progressive gaming platform as part of the traditional PC of the Month. Therefore, after getting acquainted with the board’s capabilities, we will also evaluate the overall potential of the system assembled on its basis.

Design and layout

The MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI uses the classic ATX format with dimensions of 305×244 mm. The visual design of the board plays on the contrast between the black textolite base and the light silver elements of the cooling system, which covers a large part of the device.

With a similar design, MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI is quite versatile for systems with accentuated color design. It is suitable for both multi-colored platforms and PCs with light-colored components.

Returning from aesthetics to technical specifications, it should be noted that the model is based on the top-end Intel Z790 chipset and is ready to work with the entire range of 12th/13th and 14th generation Intel Core processors. MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI was introduced simultaneously with the appearance of Raptor Lake chips, so the model initially has support for these CPUs without requiring a preliminary BIOS update.

The power module of the board has a 16+1+1 configuration with ISL99390 (SPS) assemblies designed to operate with a peak current of up to 90A and the Renesas RAA229132 control controller. A powerful processor power stabilization subsystem is an absolute necessity for working with top-end Rapror Lake chips and updated Refresh versions, which can consume more than 300W when power limits are removed. For the same reason, the use of two 8-pin connectors for additional power supply is not surprising.

To cool the power elements, a rather complex design with large radiators is used. The main massive unit, which is mounted on the elements lined up along the interface panel, additionally serves as a decorative casing. MSI was the first to use radiators of this profile, which significantly increased the dissipation area. On the one hand, this increases the efficiency of heat dissipation and thus improves the temperature conditions of VRM operation, and on the other hand, it diversifies the external design of the board. The second unit is slightly more compact, but also has a molded profile that allows for better internal airflow.

In addition, both radiators are interconnected by a heat pipe, which allows to equalize the temperature load between both units. Among the details that the manufacturer pays attention to, we note the use of stickers with a thermal conductivity of 7 W/mK.

MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI has four slots for DDR5 memory modules. For even mid-range systems, DDR4 options are not really even considered, and for higher-end platforms, DDR5 has already become a definite choice. If a year ago, Intel Z790 models with DDR4 were still quite common, then after a significant reduction in the cost of DDR5, platforms for relatively powerful systems use this RAM standard exclusively.

The maximum memory capacity is 192 GB, which indicates support for 48/24 GB non-binary modules. As for the speed modes, MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI supports up to DDR5-7800+.

At the same time, I am impressed by the openness of developers who openly warn that when using two-ranked boards or four modules in a system, their maximum operating modes may be lower. This is true for all motherboards, but usually manufacturers do not like to emphasize this issue.

The MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI offers three expansion card slots – two full-size PCI-E x16 and one PCI-E x1. The main connector supports the PCI Express 5.0 standard and uses processor bus lines. The connector itself has additional Steel Armor metal “armor” to improve mechanical strength. The enlarged size of the clip (XL Clip) is also noteworthy, which is useful when using large video cards with protective panels on the back. In this case, the enlarged blades make it easier to reach the holder.

The second full-size slot operates in PCI-E x4 4.0 mode, and the compact slot operates in PCI-E 3.0 x1 mode. Both use the resources of the Intel Z790 chipset.

The updated MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI model, like its predecessors, allows the use of up to five high-speed M.2 drives. The corresponding number of connectors is provided on the PCB. This configuration greatly expands the possibilities for setting up the storage subsystem. This applies to both the total capacity and the variability of SSDs of different standards.

One of the significant innovations of the MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI is the support for the fastest PCI-E 5.0 drives. For the LGA1700 platform, this requires additional efforts from board manufacturers. In this case, it is necessary to provide for the possibility of separating PCI Expres 5.0 processor lines by allocating the necessary resource for the M.2 port. This functionality is usually implemented only on top-end expensive Intel Z790 motherboards. Now MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI has joined this list.

The first M.2_1 connector allows you to connect the fastest PCI-E 5.0 x4 drives. Even if such SSDs are still quite expensive and have increased power consumption with corresponding heating, the ability to use such models in the future will not be superfluous. However, it should be noted that when installing an SSD of any standard in the M.2_1 slot, the main PCI-E x16 5.0 slot will operate in PCI-E x8 5.0 mode.

As for the M.2 drives, it should also be noted that all SSDs of this format have additional coolers, which will allow you to get maximum performance even on powerful M.2 PCI-E 4.0 x4 models with hot controllers. Also, all five M.2 bays provide screwless SSD mounting using EZ M.2 Clips. However, you will still have to look for a screwdriver to attach the radiators.

The M.2_1 port is special not only because it supports M.2 PCI-E 5.0, but also because it uses a heatsink with a screwless mounting system.

In addition to PCI-E NVNe drives, one of the M.2 ports (M.2_3) also allows you to connect an SSD model with SATA data transfer. In this case, the two SATA ports on the board will be deactivated.

If you still have plenty of SATA drives and other devices with this interface, then MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI has as many as eight SATA 6Gb/s ports for connecting them. A six-connector block is located next to the chipset heatsink, and two more connectors are located on the bottom edge of the PCB.

MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI has as many as eight 4-pin connectors for connecting and configuring cooling system components. The nominal connector for the liquid coolant pump has a gain of up to 3 A, allowing you to connect devices with a power of up to 36 W. The CPU cooler connector is rated for up to 2 A, and the six ports for case fans offer a classic 1 A (up to 12 W). All ports support PWM and DC voltage modulation for speed control.

The board also offers a wide range of options for customizing the external backlight. The PCB provides one connector for RGB strips with 5050 elements (12 V), as well as three connectors for second-generation addressable aRGB strips.

In addition, the MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI has a special 7-pin connector (JAF_1) for connecting fans with built-in addressable aRGB backlighting (Gen1). A bundled Y-shaped splitter is provided for this purpose. Fans with such illumination are becoming more and more common, so a separate connector for such cases will not hurt.

In general, the developers took the topic of additional lighting quite responsibly, even providing a hardware toggle switch that allows you to reliably turn off all the lights. Such an option will be more useful on an open stand, but staunch opponents of additional illumination can find something useful for themselves.

Directly on the MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI itself, only the logo of the game series is highlighted. The unchanged dragon profile flickers on the casing panel next to the interface panel. In this place it will be clearly visible through the transparent side panel of the case. The guardian of gaming comfort is on guard.

Of course, the board provides the ability to synchronize the backlight using the proprietary MSI Mystic Light protocol. And this also applies to external peripherals.

There are few additional controls on the board, except for the already mentioned toggle switch to turn off the backlight, which is a set of four LEDs that help with diagnostics when the system starts up. If there are certain problems with key components, the corresponding indicators will be highlighted. This is a useful feature for cases when the system stops booting for some reason.

MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI also has additional equipment in the form of buttons for cleaning CMOS memory and using the mechanism of offline flashing the BIOS from a USB drive. The presence of the first one is a certain hint that the board is ready for experiments with abnormal CPU/memory modes. A desirable option for overclocking enthusiasts.

Among the additional useful equipment of the boards we can also mention the presence of a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 port with a bandwidth of 20 GB/s, which is located on the interface panel. However, its absence on a board of this level would rather surprise us. Therefore, MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI is ready to connect high-speed peripherals and, in particular, high-performance external SSDs that require increased bandwidth.

As usual, the board also has an internal USB Type-C port, which allows you to get a corresponding connector with USB 3.2 Gen2 (10 Gb/s) parameters on the chassis panel.

The MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI sound subsystem is built around the Realtek ALC4080 codec. Specialized capacitors are also used in the circuit, and an additional amplifier is provided to drive headphones with high input impedance.

The sound is bright, high frequencies sound a bit sharp. The bass is rich, deep and clear, but in some songs it is frankly too much. A separate USB DAC (Topping D10) provides a more balanced and softer sound compared to the motherboard, but in general, the sound of MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI is quite good and will suit all users who are not going to create a full-fledged speaker system on the basis of a PC.

The headphone jack on the front panel produces louder and more intense sound without additional settings than the line-out on the motherboard, even though the Realtek utility correctly detects that headphones are connected there, not active speakers. But if you change the Headphone Power parameter from Balance to Ultimate and raise the volume level to maximum, the difference between these jacks becomes minimal.

Another significant update to the MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI is the use of a new controller for working with wireless networks Qualcomm QCNCM865AX, which supports the new Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be) and Bluetooth 5.4 standard. This is already a bit of work for the future. Using the 2.4/5/6 GHz bands, expanding the channel width to 320 MHz, using a denser modulation scheme (4096-QAM) and multi-channel connection (MLO, Multi-Link Operation) will allow you to keep a higher data rate. Potentially, the target is 5.7 GB/s. The mass introduction of Wi-Fi 7 equipment is expected in 2024.

The wired network remains an important data transmission channel for desktops. The board uses the Intel i226-V controller, which provides speeds of up to 2.5 GB/s.

MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI has a well-equipped interface panel. Before examining the available ports, we note that the connector block is pre-covered with a protective metal cap with port markings. As for the composition, first of all, we note the presence of eight classic USB Type-A, half of which comply with the USB 3.2 Gen2 standard (10 GB/s), the other – USB 3.1 Gen1 (5 GB/s). In addition to the classic ones, the panel also has two compact symmetrical USB Type-C. One we have already mentioned is USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (20 GB/s), and the second supports the USB 3.2 Gen2 specification (10 GB/s). Such a composition of available USBs is pleasantly surprising and will surely satisfy most users even with a large list of peripherals.

The panel also features HDMI 2.1 (up to 4K@60Hz) and DisplayPort 1.4 (up to 8K@60Hz) video outputs, which can be used with a processor with integrated graphics.

Nearby are the Clear CMOS button for clearing CMOS memory settings and the Flash BIOS button for updating the BIOS firmware from an external USB drive. There is also an Ethernet socket on the panel, as well as jacks for the wireless module amplifying antenna. There are five 3.5 mm connectors and an optical S/PDIF for connecting speakers.

Setting up UEFI and software

For the initial setup of MSI motherboards, the Click BIOS 5 UEFI shell is used, which has not changed conceptually for quite some time.

For beginners, there is an EZ Mode that fully satisfies basic needs. You can activate the XMP profile, configure the cooling system, select the priority and sequence of drives to boot. Everything is at your fingertips and quite clear, which does not require additional efforts and a long familiarization with the “stuff” from the owner.

Advanced Mode is provided for fine-tuning the settings. MSI uses a minimalist approach with a minimum number of additional sections to make the shell easier to navigate. Initially, this can make it feel like a chaotic ribbon with an endless list of options. But it takes a little time to get used to it, and with it comes a sense of a certain structuredness of the parameters. In the case of MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI, the latter are generally more than enough for frequency experiments.

The current version of the BIOS already implements the CPU Fast Throttle Threshold option, which was recently introduced by MSI for certain models of Intel Z790/Z690 motherboards. Usually, when the temperature limit is set at 115C, certain throttling of the processor begins when the temperature reaches 107-108C. Taking into account the rapid change in temperature parameters under load, top-end 13th/14th generation Core chips can reach such values for a short time, which will slightly reduce their performance.

The CPU Fast Throttle Threshold option allows you to shift the actual threshold for starting throttling to 115C. The option is available only for 14th Generation Core chips with an unlocked multiplier, and for the mechanism to work, you must also activate CPU Over Temp. Protection.

The current version of the BIOS also supports Intel Application Optimization (Intel AOP). The latter involves redistributing the load to productive and energy-efficient processor cores and allows you to significantly increase fps in games in certain situations. However, this acceleration requires preliminary preparation of the relevant profiles by Intel developers.

Despite the timing of the announcement of Raptro Lake Refresh chips, the list of available games still includes only two projects (Metro Exodus and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege), so the speed of Intel AOP implementation leaves much to be desired. However, there is indeed a practical benefit from the technology, so it’s good that MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI is ready for the potential development of the technology in the future. But then again, it should be noted that Intel AOP is only available on 14th-generation Core chips, and Intel does not plan to extend it to 12th/13th-generation Core processors, although these CPUs also have P/E-Cores.

For software customization in Windows, the manufacturer offers MSI Center. There’s a whole list with options for system monitoring, cooling system optimizations, backlight synchronization, and other application tasks.

Test bench configuration

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-14600K (6/12+8; 3,5/5,3 Ghz + 2,6/4,0 Ghz)
  • Cooling: MSI MAG CORELIQUID E360
  • Memory: Kingston FURY Beast RGB DDR5-6000 32 GB (KF560C40BWAK2-32 2х16 GB)
  • Video card: MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Ti GAMING X SLIM WHITE 12G
  • Drive: MSI SPATIUM M480 2 TB
  • PSU: MSI MPG A750GF WHITE (750W)
  • Body: MSI MPG GUNGNIR 300R AIRFLOW WHITE

As we have already mentioned, the motherboard was tested in conditions as close to real as possible. MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI was the main powerful gaming platform.

The PC used a 14-core Core i5-14600K processor, which has 6 productive computers and 8 additional energy-efficient ones. Although this is actually a junior model of the Raptor Lake Refresh family with an updated architecture from the previous generation, this CPU is a great choice for a gaming system.

To remove heat from the processor, the system used a liquid cooling system MSI MAG CORELIQUID E360. A new three-section SRO model with good efficiency, bright fan illumination and a moderate price within its class.

The graphics subsystem was based on MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Ti GAMING X SLIM WHITE 12G. The “slim” version of the RTX 4070 Ti with a reduced overall adapter thickness and an accelerated GPU is another new product from the manufacturer. Of course, in this case, there were no restrictions on the size of the video cards, but the “blonde” was very much in line with the overall concept of a white PC.

For data storage and installation of test programs/games, the system was equipped with a 2 TB MSI SPATIUM M480 drive. It’s a fairly fast SSD based on the Phison PS5018-E18 controller with claimed transfers of 7000/6800 MB/s for reading and writing and performance when working with 4K blocks at the level of 650-700,000 IOPS. In a gaming platform, drive speed is not a priority, but 2 TB is the minimum reasonable capacity for a progressive configuration. Given that the MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI has as many as five free M.2 ports, there is potential for further increasing the total storage capacity.

It is logical to equip a high-end gaming system with 32 GB of RAM. Therefore, the two-channel Kingston FURY Beast RGB DDR5-6000 (KF560C40BWAK2-32) set is quite appropriate here. The 40-40-40-80 latency formula is not the best for DDR5-6000 mode, but you can experiment further here if you wish. But the white color of the radiators and RGB backlighting turned out to be appropriate in the proposed setup.

To provide power, the system was equipped with a MSI MPG A750GF WHITE (750W) unit. The external color of the PSU case played a role here, but the 750W modular unit with 80 PLUS Gold certification, based on the CWT platform, equipped with a 140mm fan and a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty is a perfectly reasonable option for a system of this configuration. But for experiments with overclocking the top 13th/14th generation Core and video cards, a higher power PSU will be useful. Let us remind you that the maximum efficiency of a power supply is achieved at a load of ~50% of the maximum.

The system is assembled in the MSI MPG GUNGNIR 300R AIRFLOW WHITE case, which is also a new tower with quite interesting options. Among the important parameters that should be emphasized right away are almost 11 kg of “live weight” in a steel chassis with a transparent side panel made of 3 mm tempered glass, four standard 120 mm aRGB fans, the ability to install liquid cooling systems with 360 mm radiators on both the top and front panels.

The case allows you to install video cards up to 360 mm long in horizontal and vertical positions. A standard bracket is provided to support large graphics adapters (also with backlighting!). Overall, it’s a fairly spacious case with good airflow and relevant options for modern desktops.

In operation

Having the system assembled, before checking the capabilities of the MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI motherboard, we made quick measurements of the overall PC performance. To do this, we used the usual set of tests, the results of which are available on the corresponding screenshots.

It should be noted that in normal mode, the Core i5-14600K processor scored almost 24,000 points on the multi-threaded stage of Cinebench R23. This figure is not that much different from what the predecessor Core i5-13600K could offer in this test. Although there is nothing to be surprised about. At the same time, both chips are ahead of the Core i7-12700K (~ 22,800 points) and are within arm’s reach of the 12-core Ryzen 9 7900 (~ 24,600 points).

We used Cinebench R23 to evaluate the platform’s load characteristics. During the multi-threaded test, the operating frequency of the productive processor cores was kept at 5300 MHz, and the energy-efficient cores operated at a stable 4000 MHz.

Typical values for the Core i5-14600K in the mode without power limits. Under load, the CPU power consumption was about 173W with a peak of 191W. At the same time, the MSI MAG CORELIQUID E360 cooler kept the chip temperature at 75C.

Looking at the temperature parameters of the motherboard, according to HWinfo64, under such conditions, the VRM power elements heated up only to 46C during the test (10 minutes). At the same time, the temperature of the Intel Z790 chipset rose to 39C. So for the MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI, the load created by the Core i5-14600K is a breeze.

Performance in games

Having a ready-made system unit with a configuration close to the one recommended for advanced gaming PCs, we used this opportunity to test the capabilities of the Core i5-14600K + GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12 GB combination in practice.

Such a combination will certainly be a bit excessive for Full HD mode, where even with the maximum picture quality settings (without RT) in rather “heavy” projects, the system provided an average of 150+ fps. With the exception of Metro Exodus Enchanced Edition, where ray tracing mode is mandatory. Of course, in general, the conditions for gaming are very comfortable, especially with a monitor with an increased refresh rate.

In 2560×1440 mode, the Core i5-14600K+GeForce RTX 4070 Ti combination also performs well, as evidenced by the fps with an average of 100+ fps. In Metro Exodus EE, you’ll have to endure 47/70 fps, but that’s the price of ray tracing.

4K mode for the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12GB platform is also available for the most part, except when the most resource-intensive games may not be able to run on the available 12GB of memory. But it is in such cases that DLSS scaling technology is effective, which reduces the memory requirement of the video card and increases fps.

During the gaming session, we also checked the operating mode and power consumption of the processor. The game Cyberpunk 2077 was used for the evaluation, which creates perhaps the highest load on the CPU. With the consumption limit removed, the operating frequencies of the Core i5-14600K remained at 5300/4000 MHz. At the same time, the chip consumed an average of about 105 watts. In this case, the liquid cooling system kept the processor temperature at 55C. It should be emphasized here once again that these are the figures for Cyberpunk 2077, while in other games the consumption ranged from 50-90 watts, and the operating temperatures of the CPU were even lower.

Core i5-14600K overclocking

The unlocked Core i5-14600K multiplier and the presence of a liquid cooling system provoke experiments with overclocking the processor. In express mode, we tried to determine the operating frequency ranges of the CPU.

By increasing the supply voltage of the computing cores by +0.05V and raising the temperature limit, we managed to get a stable operation of the chip at 5700 MHz for the productive cores and 4500 MHz for the energy-efficient ones. In this case, we have an additional +400 MHz for P-Cores and +500 MHz for E-Cores.

As a result, the score in the Cinebench R23 multi-threaded test increased from 23,920 to 26,858 points. So the overall increase here was a tangible ~12%, and in single-threaded mode – by 8% (2214 vs. 2045 points).

The 3DMark CPU benchmark shows a 9% increase for multithreading and 8% for single-threading.

However, the additional percentage is not given to the processor for free. After increasing the supply voltage and increasing the operating frequencies, the CPU power consumption increases significantly. Having made the appropriate measurements during testing in Cinebench R23, we got stunning results.

Core i5-14600K consumption under such a load increased to an average of 275 watts with peaks of 302 watts. That is, after overclocking we have at least +100 watts. At the same time, the processor temperature remained at 100-105C. To avoid trotting, we had to raise the temperature limits to 110C. And this is with a fairly efficient liquid cooling system. Whether the additional 8-12% of performance is worth the cost is a rhetorical question.

Nevertheless, it was a great opportunity to check the temperature conditions of the MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI power subsystem. Internal thermal sensors recorded an increase in the temperature of the power assemblies to almost 60C. Considering the 300W load, these are very decent figures. But even such values in comparison with the stock 49C give reason to think about the practical benefits and justification of an additional few hundred MHz and +10% to performance. Nevertheless, we can say that the board copes with such challenges.

Memory

After activating the appropriate XMP profile, the Kingston FURY Beast RGB DDR5-6000 dual-channel kit (KF560C40BWAK2-32) worked in its usual mode without any problems.

The basic latency formula of 40-40-40-40-80 does not allow us to count on any record-breaking minimum latency of the memory subsystem.

AIDA64 records a total latency of 74.7 ns. At the same time, the read, write, and copy throughput rates are quite good – 82-87 GB/s.

While experimenting with RAM, we decided to test the new Memory Extension Mode technology that MSI has recently introduced for motherboards based on Intel 700 chipsets. According to the developers, additional internal optimizations can improve latency and increase RAM bandwidth.

The corresponding option is available in the list of BIOS parameters in the Overclocking section. So, in addition to the normal mode, we also determined the performance in the proposed Performance Mode and Benchmark Mode.

Indeed, in both cases, the performance of the memory subsystem improved, and this happened without changing the key delays, the formula of which remained at the level of 40-40-40-80. So, the throughput increased from 82-87 GB/s to 89-93 GB/s, while the latency decreased from 74.7 to ~68 ns. The increase seems to be small, but, for example, a few additional free fps can make a big difference in the overall gaming score.

As for the frequency overclocking, we managed to get the DDR5-6600 operating mode without any additional changes to the parameters and supply voltage by following the path of least resistance.

Additional latency optimizations made it possible to apply the 34-39-40-72 latency formula. In the basic mode (without Memory Extension Mode profiles), this also led to an increase in ROM speeds up to 90-97 GB/s and a decrease in total memory latency to 67.6 ns.

Price

The new MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI is already on sale in Ukraine. The initial cost of the novelty is 16,200 UAH (~$430). In terms of price, the board can be attributed to the middle-top category, while in terms of actual equipment it tends to be a higher class model.

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Interesting exterior design with contrasting elements in the design; powerful VRM subsystem with efficient cooling; five connectors with additional radiators for connecting M.2 drives; PCI-E 5.0 support for M.2; Wi-Fi 7 module; interface panel composition; useful configuration tools in the BIOS; options for customizing RGB backlighting
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MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI is a new full-size motherboard based on the top Intel Z790 chipset for 12/13/14th generation Intel Core processors. The model successfully combines a versatile, restrained design with good equipment and efficient cooling of system elements. The new product has a powerful VRM unit for possible overclocking experiments and offers as many as five ports for M.2 drives, supporting the use of the fastest SSDs with PCI-E 5.0. The controller with Wi-Fi 7 is a good addition for the future for maximum speed wireless communication. MSI MPG Z790 EDGE TI MAX WIFI also has a rich interface panel, supporting, among other things, a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (20 GB/s) port. In general, we have a functional, reliable platform for a progressive gaming configuration. The only thing we can complain about is the high cost of the board, but this is a consequence of the additional equipment of the model.
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