MSI are a brand known for being able to provide you with everything you need for a gaming setup. From monitors to mice, they provide high-quality products that can take you from zero to hero. The team at MSI recently reached out and sent us two of their latest motherboard offerings to check out.
MAG or MPG? You Decide!
So join me as I take a look at the MAG Z690 Tomahawk WIFI and the MPG Z690 Edge WIFI. Both motherboards have a ton to offer! But which one do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below.
Design & Build
Before diving into each motherboard’s specifications I wanted to talk about their design and build upfront. I can honestly say I’ve always gone for mid-ranged motherboards, just because I have never felt the higher end would offer me anything more when it came to my gaming experience. However, comparing these boards to my current (no names to be named!) the MSI Z90 boards feel 110% sturdier. They have a lot more weight behind them and have a more rigid feel. Obviously once it is in the case you don’t notice a difference. I can confirm they have an extremely premium feel.
The design of the boards is one thing that stood out the most to me on first inspection. The MAG Z690 Tomahawk WIFI has a sleek black look, perfect for RGB haters. Whereas the MPG Z690 Edge WIFI adorns the iconic MSI Dragon motif in RGB. To be honest, they are both stunning boards, if you like a cleaner/sleeker-looking build then the MAG range is for you. However, if you are an RGB lover the MPG offers something a little extra that will make your build pop.
MAG Z690 Tomahawk WIFI
As mentioned previously the MAG Z690 Tomahawk WIFI is the sleeker of the two boards and also comes in at a slightly lower price point. However, that does not mean it doesn’t pack the same punch. With a price point (at the time of writing) of around £30-£40 less than its MPG counterpart there isn’t much in it. My current motherboard has one M.2 slot, this comes with quadruple connectors so you can really up your internal storage game.
As we see the introduction of DDR5 more and more boards will become compatible and this is one of them. Not only that it is DDR4 compatible. Just in case you are looking to upgrade at a later date. The MAG Z690 Tomahawk WIFI also has the inbuilt capability to boost performance across, Memory and Audio, providing extra stability and a more immersive experience. A full rundown of the specification can be found here.
MPG Z690 Edge WIFI
The standout feature for me on this board is the cooling that’s available, the MPG Z690 Edge WIFI has a plated mosfet heatsink with heat pipe, MOSFET thermal pads and onboard an M.2 Shield Frozr. Not only does it have these, but they look great as well, obviously there are a ton of M.2 drives which come with their own heatsinks. However, If you get your hands on one of these boards I can safely say you will be stripping them down.
As mentioned previously the build quality on these boards are amazing. The MPG Z690 Edge WIFI has a copper-reinforced PCB for ultra durability. Featuring various boost types the MPG boards have the ability to boost overall performance across the board. Alongside this, it offers an abundance of high-speed connectivity from the inbuilt wireless to lightning/3.2 gen USB. A full rundown of the specification can be found here.
The MAG Z690 Tomahawk WIFI and the MPG Z690 Edge WIFI have a lot to offer and there is very little between them in terms of specification and pricing. They both have WIFI along with an insanely good motherboard specification. The one thing (as daft as this sounds) that might put gamers off the MPG range is the RGB. Personally, I think it looks pretty awesome and just as it could put people off, it might also draw people into it. I don’t think you can go wrong with either of these boards unless you have an AMD processor unboxed and ready to go. For obvious reasons this just will not work, Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Disclaimer: A sample was received in order to write this article.