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Review AMD Ryzen Ryzen 5 and 5 3500X 3500: Zen 2 for Russia and China

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Hardly anyone would argue with the fact that the processors Ryzen 3000 could significantly strengthen the position of AMD in the desktop segment. “Thank you” for this is to say microarchitecture Zen 2, which was much better than the Zen and Zen+ used in processors Ryzen before. The increase in specific productivity in Zen 2 noticeable 15% in the aggregate 5% increase in clock frequency,is provided with a 7-nm process technology, doubling the capacity of the cache memory of the third level and double extension block floating point operations gave an undeniable synergistic effect. As a result, processors Ryzen first and second generations, which until recently seemed pretty good options for desktop systems, now permanently dropped to the second League, speaking on background Ryzen 3000 exclusively in the role of “poor relatives”. Yes there past Ryzen, new members of the family is now possible even in a fair number of cases, to flout the actual mass Intel processors, offering at comparable price the best computational performance.

Illustrates that giant leap forward, which could make AMD, the situation with prices Ryzen different generations: the flagship CPU microarchitecture Zen+, Ryzen 7 2700X, now sold for $190, that is cheaper one of the youngest media micro Zen 2, Ryzen 5 3600. It turns out that the invisible hand of the market quickly pushed all of Ryzen the first and second generations, the solution below the average level, while the upper market segments were completely at the mercy of members of the family Ryzen 3000.

In fact, it is for this reason AMD did not release based on the microarchitecture Zen 2 processors priced below $200 – the emergence of such models would not allow her to sell the chips to past generations, which stocks in the warehouses of the company, obviously, is far from depletion. So do not expect that in the foreseeable future the market will be cheap Ryzen members of the series 3000, which, for example, to the class Ryzen 3. Strap the entrance to the club owners, the media micro Zen 2 will remain at a high level for a long time.

But even the strictest rules there are exceptions, and the situation with the new Junior model Ryzen 3000 – a case in point. The fact that AMD is a flexible company that continually analyzes market conditions and are ready to quickly make targeted decisions to strengthen their positions. In the result of this analysis, it was observed that in some regions a very high popular six-core processor-level Intel Core i5-9400 and i5-9400Fthat many users are willing to choose as the basis for a relatively inexpensive gaming builds. Among the current proposals like AMD for the price and gaming performance options initially was not provided, leading to loss of company of a certain share of the market.

AMD quickly realized that to resolve this situation it is necessary to release a slightly more affordable model Ryzen 3000, which would be an alternative to the Junior Intel shestiyaderny and pulled on his interest buyers cheap gaming PC. But in order not to undermine the implementation channel Ryzen past generations, to sell the Junior processors Ryzen 3000, it was decided not globally, but only in those countries where the popular Core i5-9400 and i5-9400F is really high. “Tricky” models, selectively opposed to the younger versions of the Core i5, steel Ryzen Ryzen 5 3500X 3500 and 5, as well as their target audience has been selected, users from China, Russia and some Eastern European countries, where demand has historically shifted towards cheaper models of CPU. And it could work: on the one hand, Ryzen Ryzen 5 3500X 3500 and 5 got the value of $150, allowing them to make Core i5-9400 and i5-9400F in one market segment, and on the other they have six cores Zen 2, providing a quite competitive level of performance, at least at first glance.

However, Ryzen Ryzen 5 and 5 3500X 3500 still differ markedly from the more expensive six-core processors Ryzen Ryzen 3600X and 5 5 3600. In their regional AMD chips shut off the SMT technology, that is, each core Ryzen Ryzen 5 and 5 3500X 3500 can perform only one and not a pair of computing threads. But their juxtaposition against the Core i5-9400 and i5-9400F it absolutely doesn’t, because six-core Intel processors also do not support Hyper-Threading. As for the difference between Ryzen Ryzen 5 3500X 3500 and 5, it is not too obvious and is not in clock frequencies, and the size of the cache memory of the third level: the Junior model L3-cache is reduced from 32 to 16 MB.

AMD’s original plan was to offer Ryzen 5 3500X in the Chinese market, and Ryzen 5 3500 in Russia. But in reality, domestic users are luckier because they can get their hands on as he and another processor. In particular, Ryzen 5 3500 gradually appears on the Windows of the large computer shops, while Ryzen 5 3500X you can buy on Aliexpress. As such, we felt duty-bound to conduct detailed testing of both processors in order to establish whether it was true, they can be considered a good alternative to Core i5-9400 and i5-9400F; how their performance is worse than the usual 5 shestiyaderny Ryzen Ryzen 5 and 3600X 3600; and whether it is necessary to deal with these artificially reduced native architecture Zen 2, when for the same or even less you can buy some of the full Ryzen processors of the previous generation.

#5 about Ryzen Ryzen 3500X 3500 and 5 more

With the advent of processors under Ryzen 5 3600 model number desktop media micro Zen 2 was better.

Cores/ Threads Base frequency, MHz Turbo frequency MHz L3 cache MB TDP, watts Chipley Price
Ryzen 9 3950X 16/32 3,5 4,7 64 105 2×CCD + I/O $749
Ryzen 9 3900X 12/24 3,8 4,6 64 105 2×CCD + I/O $499
Ryzen 7 3800X 8/16 3,9 4,5 32 105 CCD + I/O $399
Ryzen 7 3700X 8/16 3,6 4,4 32 65 CCD + I/O $329
Ryzen 5 3600X 6/12 3,8 4,4 32 95 CCD + I/O $249
Ryzen 5 3600 6/12 3,6 4,2 32 65 CCD + I/O $199
Ryzen 5 3500X 6/6 3,6 4,1 32 65 CCD + I/O ~$170
Ryzen 5 3500 6/6 3,6 4,1 16 65 CCD + I/O ~$155

Immediately evident that Ryzen Ryzen 5 3500X 3500 and 5 look at the background of Ryzen Ryzen 5 and 3600X 3600 5 somewhat alien. Senior and Junior model class Ryzen 5 close clock frequencies, but they have different nuclear formula. Although all of these processors – shestiyaderny in Ryzen Ryzen 5 and 5 3500X 3500 number of simultaneously executed threads is six, i.e. twice less than in 5 and 3600X Ryzen Ryzen 5 3600. Generally, users Ryzen for such a serious distinction of characteristics within the same class of processors is already accustomed to. For example, in the past generation of processors under the brand Ryzen 5 AMD offered at the same time and six-core and Quad-core CPU. Now the number of cores different Ryzen 5 remained the same, but in the younger members of the series of disconnected technology SMT (Simultaneous Multithreading), which previously were blocked by the manufacturer solely in the processor class Ryzen 3.

And it would be a quite normal approach for differentiating one class if he didn’t break the whole paradigm of AMD. Still the basis of the company’s strategy in the consumer market were to offer users the best possibilities of multi-threading compared to Intel in the same price category. New Ryzen Ryzen 5 3500X 3500 and 5 for the number of cores and threads fully on par with the Core i5 processors. However, this does not mean that AMD did a kind of “analogue Core i5-9400F” the microarchitecture Zen 2. In fact, considering the novelty is still superior to Intel processors for a number specification.

Ryzen 5 3500X Ryzen 5 3500 Core i5-9400 Core i5-9400F
The number of cores 6 6 6 6
The number of threads 6 6 6 6
Base frequency, GHz 3,6 3,6 2,9 2,9
Turbo frequency, GHz 4,1 4,1 4,1 4,1
L3 cache MB 32 16 9 9
TDP, watts 65 65 65 65
Memory, DDR4 2 x 3200 2 x 3200 2 x 2666 2 x 2666
Graphics core No No UHD 630 No
Average price 10 500 RUB 10 000 RUB 12 000 RUB 11 000 RUB

Speaking about the merits of Ryzen Ryzen 5 and 5 3500X 3500, AMD can focus on two things. First, younger Ryzen 5 compared to the Core i5 have more volume L3 cache, which is not inferior cache in the third level Refresh Coffee Lake from the point of view of latency. Moreover, this is true not only for Chinese Ryzen 5 3500X with a 32-megabyte L3-cache, but even for Russian Ryzen 5 3500, despite the fact that most affordable modification Ryzen 5 cache memory is reduced in volume by half.

Second, the AMD processors support faster memory. Formally, we are talking about DDR4-3200, but in fact Ryzen Ryzen 5 and 5 3500X 3500, like any other mass AMD processors based on the microarchitecture Zen 2 is compatible with faster memory, up to DDR4-3600. Moreover, due to improvements in Ryzen third generation memory controller, high-speed DDR4 SDRAM can be used in all motherboards, including those based on older chipsets X470, even B450 and B350. At the same time, for Intel Core i5-9400 and Core i5-9400F in the specs the performance is declared only with DDR4-2666. In part, this condition is also formally: if the Core i5 processor installed in the motherboard the chipset Z370 or Z390, the memory can operate at arbitrarily high frequencies – this is no problem. However, in low-cost platforms using chipsets H370, B360 (B365) or H310 specifications and the limitation starts to play a role in such cases to operate the memory with a higher than DDR4-2666 frequency will not work.

We should also mention the clock frequency. Although advertised for 5 Ryzen Ryzen 5 and 3500X 3500 base frequency values substantially higher than the Core i5-9400 and i5-9400F, in reality, all these processors are operating at the same frequency. Turbo mode in Core i5-9400 and Core i5-9400F even load on all six cores keep them running at 3.9 GHz, about the same frequency you can see at full load and at Ryzen Ryzen 5 or 5 3500X 3500.

Ryzen 5 3500X

Ryzen 5 3500X

Ryzen 5 3500

Ryzen 5 3500

As seen in the screenshots, and 5 3500X Ryzen, Ryzen 5 and 3500 under load on all cores develop the frequency of 3.95 GHz. And this is about 100-150 MHz below the frequency at which full load working shestiyaderny AMD higher class Ryzen Ryzen 5 and 3600X 3600 5, although younger shestiyaderny and stated exactly the same base frequency as for Ryzen 5 3600.

Speed L3 cache and the memory subsystem in the Junior six-core Ryzen there are no surprises. Despite the fact that Ryzen Ryzen 5 3500X 3500 and 5 differ dramatically in the amount of L3 cache, it is his capacity, not bandwidth or latency is a major cause of the difference in their performance. That is, a full-sized 32-magarity and trimmed the 16-megabyte L3-cache in this processor offers approximately the same performance.

Ryzen 5 3500X

Ryzen 5 3500X

Ryzen 5 3500

Ryzen 5 3500

However, with the synthetic CacheMem test from the Aida64 package to notice some differences in bandwidth and latency path is still possible. The cache is a smaller size Ryzen 5 3500 slightly faster than the full-size version, but at the same time at the speed of memory operation is a small the advantage is over Ryzen 5 3500X with full L3-cache capacity of 32 MB. However, the differences are in any case unimportant: if we talk about latency, it is no more than two bars.

The apparent lack of differences between Ryzen Ryzen 5 3500X 3500 and 5 is not surprising. These processors are based on the same silicon basis, common to all desktop AMD offerings to a class of Zen 2 and the number of cores not more than eight. Both CPU are under the CPU cover, two semiconductor crystal, one of which is the standard eight-core 7-nm crystal CCD, and the second on 12-nm crystal cIOD that contains the memory controller, the logical part of the tire Infinity Fabric and elements of the SoC. Lock for the considered models Ryzen 5 two “extra” cores and SMT technology, as truncating the cache Ryzen 5 3500 runs at the production stage logically, however, the possibility of restoring lost characteristics by the user hope not. The last time unlocking cores and cache, AMD has allowed the processors of the Phenom, and it was a very long time. In addition, you need to understand that processors like Ryzen Ryzen 5 and 5 3500X 3500 convenient for the manufacturer so that they can be widely applied in the sorting of partially inoperative semiconductor crystals with defects of single cores or cache.


We usually say that the overclocking Ryzen third generation is deprived practical sense: the manufacturer its technology Autonomous dynamic overclocking Precision Boost 2.0 already squeezed them dry. However, the nominal clock frequency Ryzen Ryzen 5 3500X 3500 and 5 are somewhat lower than more expensive counterparts, even in comparison with other shestidennomu. For example, Ryzen 5 3600X under load on all cores running at a frequency of about 4.1 GHz, and for 5 and 3500X Ryzen Ryzen 5 3500 that is the limit in turbo mode.

So deliberately expunged from consideration overclocking potential, referring to its insignificance, we will not. Moreover, the possibility of increasing the frequency above the rated values is another competitive plus Ryzen Ryzen 5 and 5 3500X 3500 in the fight against the Core i5-9400 and i5-9400F, which surely will be remembered as in advertising and in online discussions. And it’s true: the younger shestiyaderny Intel is certainly not dispersed, and all processors Ryzen, including today’s heroes, have a free multiplier, which gives a chance to further improve performance.

However, as shown, to a noticeable acceleration of the Junior shestiyaderny better not to hope. These processors can get quite “weak” semiconductor crystals capable of stable operation only in the neighborhood of the nominal clock frequency. So it was that we were able to sample Chinese Ryzen 5 3500X. It is with great difficulty mastered the frequency is increased to 4.05 GHz, which required to raise its voltage to 1.4 V – level, which is the case if acceleration is planned to be used constantly, is “on the verge”.

At higher frequencies the processor is not passed the stability check, which we traditionally hold in 29.8 Prime95 in Small FFT mode with enabled AVX instructions. But even at the relatively low frequency of 4.05 GHz heating during tests reached 86 degrees with that cooling system using a productive cooler Noctua NH-U14S.

But the second CPU, the Russian Ryzen 5 3500, by contrast, turned out to be overclocking very malleable. It easily managed to bring the frequency to 4.3 GHz, but this record acceleration for all tested until now, members of the family Ryzen 3000. Moreover, to ensure the stable operation of Ryzen 5 3500 at this frequency does not even require a particularly strong bully of his food. No stability issues have not arisen when choosing a voltage of 1.35 V.

Temperature Ryzen 5 3500 under load with the cooler Noctua NH-U14S reached 90 degrees, but we have long been accustomed that the 7-nm processors AMD hot chips. In addition, based on overclocking results, we can conclude that the inherited instance CPU has a fairly high leakage currents.

If you compile two fundamentally different result of dispersal Ryzen Ryzen 5 3500X 3500 and 5, we can conclude that in these AMD processors can use much different in quality of semiconductor crystals. They can get as second grade who couldn’t find use processors with higher clock frequencies and very good in the sense of the frequency potential of the chip. Here could be as lucky, so that cheap shestiyadernik can significantly disperse, it is better not to rely on.

The point here is in the fact that all of the model series 3000 Ryzen in fact designed to work about the same clock frequency in the neighborhood of 4.0-4.2 GHz. For the differentiation of varieties of AMD relies on other features – the number of cores, TDP and now the SMT technology and the size of the cache memory. Therefore the usual principle that the younger the processors is almost always possible to disperse the frequency to the level of a senior in this case means almost nothing. Acceleration of any Ryzen 3000, especially one that is not using the function Precision Boost Override, and synchronous across all cores, can bring performance improvements at best only a few percent.


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The new HEDT processors Intel core Cascade Lake-X and a dramatic decline in the rates has launched a major update motherboard connector LGA2066. No, of course, the old (or should I say “existing”) of the Board working successfully with the new Intel Core i9-10xxx, which is enough to update the BIOS. However, due to the markedly increased level of energy consumption (not stated in the specs, but real) to such boards now increased demands on nutrition and providing cooling. Even the Board is not averse to earn some money on the new models, which are often endowed with new possibilities.

The first one of these models was presented by MSI, without any hesitation calling it the Creator X299. It has much in common with the previously released pay – MEG Creator X299, which is an obvious gaming orientation and much more expensive. In turn, the Creator X299 designed for high-performance workstations with cards the Thunderbolt and M. 2 M3 Xpander-Aero. Let’s look at the new details.

#Specifications and cost

Supported processors Intel Core X in the performance LGA2066 (10000/9000/78xx);
support Turbo Boost technology 3.0 Max
Chipset Intel Express X299
Memory subsystem 8 x DDR4 DIMM UN-buffered memory up to 256 GB;
Quad channel memory mode;
support modules with frequency of 4266(O. C.)/4133(O. C.)/4000(O. C.)/3866(O. C.)/3800(O. C.)/
3733(O. C.)/3666(O. C.)/3600(O. C.)/3466(O. C.)/3400(O. C.)/3333(O. C.)/3300(O. C.)/3200(O. C.)/
3000(O. C.)/2933/2800/2666/2400/2133 MHz;
support Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile)
GUI Missing
Connectors for expansion boards 4 slot PCI Express x16 3.0, modes x8/x8/x16/x8 and x16/x0/x16/x8 processor with 48 PCI-E; x8/x8/x16/x8 and x16/x0/x16/x8 with the processor 44 with PCI-E; x8/x8/x8/x0 and x16/x0/x8/x0 with a CPU with 28 PCI-E
The scalability of the video NVIDIA 4-way SLI Technology;
AMD 4-way CrossFireX Technology
The storage interface Intel X Express 299 :
– 8 × SATA 3 bandwidth of up to 6GB/s;
– support RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10, Intel Rapid Start, Intel Smart Connect Technology and Intel Smart Response, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug;
– 1 × M. 2, bandwidth up to 32 Gbps (supports SATA and PCI Express storage devices ranging in length from 42 to 110 mm);
– support Intel Optane Memory.
– 1 × U. 2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe storage.
Intel Core i 9:
– 2 × M. 2, bandwidth of each up to 32 GB/s (both support only PCI Express memory length from 42 to 110 mm)
2 Gigabit Ethernet controller Intel I219-V (10/100/1000 Mbps) and Aquantia AQC107 (10 Gbps);
wireless controller Intel wifi 6 AX200 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax: frequency range 2.4 GHz and 5GHz, support Bluetooth 5, wireless communication standard 11ac (160 MHz range, a bandwidth of up to 2.4 GB/s)
Audio Shielded 7.1 CH HD audio codec Realtek ALC1220;
audio capacitors Chemicon (9 PCs.);
technology support 3 in speed and performance;
left and right channels are separated in different layers of the PCB;
isolated from PCB sound card
USB interface Intel X Express 299:
– 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 on back panel, 4 connected to the connectors on the system Board);
– 4 port USB 3.2 Gen1 (connect to the connectors on the system Board).
Controller ASMedia ASM3242:
– 1 USB port 3.2 Gen2x2 20G (Type-C rear panel).
Controller ASMedia ASM3142:
– 1 USB port Gen2 3.2 (Type-C, is connected to the connector on the system Board).
The controller ASMedia ASM1074:
– 7 ports USB 3.2 Gen1 (all on rear panel)
Connectors and buttons on the rear panel The button Clear CMOS and Flash BIOS;
two gold plated connector for the antenna of the wireless communication module (2T2R);
the PS/2 port and two USB 2.0 ports;
4 port USB 3.2 Gen1 (Type-A);
USB port 3.2 Gen2x2 20G (Type-C), USB port 3.2 Gen1 (Type-A) and LAN-socket RJ-45;
2 port USB 3.2 Gen1 (Type-A) and LAN-socket RJ-45;
optical S/PDIF output interface;
5 3.5 mm gold-plated audio connectors
Internal connectors on the PCB 24-pin ATX power connector;
3 × 8-pin power connector ATX 12 V;
4-pin power connector ATX 12 V;
8 × SATA 3;
3 × M. 2 port.
port U. 2;
2 USB 2.0 ports for connecting 4 ports;
2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 to connect 4 ports;
USB connector 3.2 Gen2 to connect port, Type-C;
4-pin connector for CPU fan;
4-pin connector for pumps DLC;
6 × 4-pin connectors for case fans with PWM support;
connector Water Flow;
a group of connectors for the front panel;
TPM connector;
connector Chassis Intrusion;
2 connectors for temperature sensors;
the Thunderbolt connector;
connector Virtual RAID on the CPU;
audio connector for front panel
BIOS 2 × 128 Mbit AMI UEFI BIOS with multilingual interface and the graphical user interface;
ACPI 6.1;
support SM BIOS 2.8
Controller I/O Nuvoton NCT6797D-M
Form factor, dimensions (mm) E-ATX, 305 × 272
Operating system support Windows 10 x64
The warranty of the manufacturer, years 3
Minimum retail value for you! 36 000

#Packaging equipment

MSI Creator X299 comes in a dazzling white box vertical orientation. On top of the box there is a plastic handle, which always comes handy, since the model is quite heavy.

The reverse side of the package is not overloaded with information, but everything you need is on it, including the list of interfaces.

The complete set is very rich and corresponds to the status of the product. In additional box is divided into compartments, contains numerous cables, the antenna of the wireless communication module 2T2R WLAN and a flash drive with drivers and software. Complement this set of detailed and brief instructions, stickers for your SATA cables as well as various bonus coupons.


But that’s not all. The main difference between MSI Creator X299 from other models on an Intel X299 Express are two cards in the set. The first – to-Board M. 2 Xpander-Aero, looks like the graphics card is entry level. It can be set from four drives of format M. 2 up to 110 mm, using only one connector PCI Express x16. Obviously, what drives this Board will be perfectly cool, and support for PCIe 4.0 x16 can be useful for the future.


The second expansion card – Thunderbolt M3 (PCIe 3.0 x4) support high speed interface of the same name. It is equipped with two ports USB 3.1 Gen2 and two video outputs DisplayPort 1.4.

The motherboard is manufactured in China and provides a three year warranty. Its cost in Russia starts with a mark of 36 thousand rubles – it is a typical price for motherboards of this level.

#Design and features

The design of MSI Creator X299 can be called calm. On the Board there is no bright inserts and some highly eye-catching components. It is all done in dark tones, including radiators and shrouds that is true, because the product is not gaming or youth and professional level with the corresponding cost.


And yet, on the PCB there were two places in order to slightly dilute the seriousness of the deliberate design of the Board: panels of mirror, plastic, made on the housing interface Board and the chipset.


Both of these area boards are equipped with led backlight. Add that to MSI Creator X299 made in the form factor E-ATX and has dimensions of 305 × 272 mm.

Traditionally, before a detailed analysis of all components of the Board will present its scheme of instruction manual.

Plate interface panel privernuty to the casing of the motherboard. And there literally is no space, so closely placed exits and connectors. However, it should be on the motherboard level MSI Creator X299.

So, it contains two buttons firmware BIOS and clearing the CMOS, two gold-plated connector antenna wireless module, combined PS/2 port, ten USB ports, two network sockets RJ-45, optical, and five gold-plated audio jacks.

In terms of disassembly fee is difficult because of attachment to her radiators and casings involved about 30 different screws. Pure MSI Creator X299 pleasing to the eye ideality soldering and density of the layout.

On the Board with a standard connector LGA2066 category which was developed by Foxconn and is compatible with any Intel Core microarchitecture, manufactured in this design.

Supports all Intel CPUs Sky Lake-Cascade Lake X or-X: Core i7-7800 to thunderstorm power supply Core i9-10980XE. The full list can be find by clicking the link.

In the power supply system of the processor involved in 13 phases: twelve ISL99360 (90 A) the given processor core and one TDA21472 (70 A) OptiMOS Powerstage for Uncore. Doublers on the PCB is not detected. Circuit used titanium chokes of the second generation with improved 30% efficiency.


Over the food placed as many as three eight-pin power connector, and the left – controller with marking Nova-1 QL3 BN4, recognize which failed. There is a suspicion that this is one of the Infineon controllers remarked.

In addition to three eight-pin connectors on the Board are soldered standard 24-pin connector and the additional connector PATA-the type that you want to connect when set to charge three or four graphics cards.


All eight DIMM slots for RAM standard DDR4 on an MSI Creator X299 have a metallic sheath of Steel Armor and extra soldering points on the back side of the PCB.

The total cost, it is possible to install 256GB of memory in eight modules, and if we talk about the maximum frequency, the application support modules with frequency of 4266 MHz, which now is no longer something extraordinary, but the effect on buyers will still produce. Of course, there is XMP support and an extensive list of officially qualified for this card modules.

For each of the four modules uses a dual-channel system power supply and a separate controller the Infineon IR35204.


Chipset Intel Express X299 (22 nm/6 W) is in contact with the radiator via a fabric pad impregnated with, the remains of which can be seen in the crystal after removal from the radiator.

It’s current flagship chipset Intel, although released two-and-a-half years ago. The recommended price is $ 74 US, it is not surprising that the price of a decent motherboard on this chipset is rarely below $ 300.

The MSI Creator X299 four full-size PCI Express 3.0, clad in Steel Armor sheath. Thus according to the soldering on the back side of the PCB is easy to determine that only the first and third can work at full x16 modes, and the lot of the second and the fourth is only x8.


This was confirmed by the specs of the Board, and more about the operation modes of the PCI Express slots for different processors and storage in ports, M. 2 says the following scheme.

Everything seems great (especially for processors with 48 lines PCI Express), but if you on-Board MSI Creator X299 will use the overall cooling system, it is next to the CPU socket slot will be blocked radiator (tested with supernumerary Noctua and Phanteks).

When using one graphics card it has no effect, because it can always be installed in the third slot, but a couple of graphics cards on this motherboard can be installed, only if your CPU waterblock, not supercooler.

Go on. Eight on-Board free chipset SATA ports 3 disposed in a horizontal orientation, and one port U. 2 (PCIe 3.0 x4). The last and previously was little demand, and now, in the era of high-speed and regularly falling SSD, it lost its relevance. But MSI apparently decided that a flagship Board should be all existing interfaces for drives.

In addition to the SATA on the Board has three port M. 2 with a capacity of up to 32 GB/s. the Upper is connected to the chipset and supports both SATA and PCI Express storage devices ranging in length from 42 to 110 mm.

Middle and lower are connected to the CPU and only supports PCI Express drives the same length. Over all ports of the installed plate-the implementation with the spacers.

In total, nineteen MSI Creator X299 USB ports. On the interface panel has 10 USB ports, including two USB 2.0 free chipset, seven USB 3.2 Gen1 (via ASMedia ASM1074) and one high-speed USB Gen2х2 3.2 Type-C implemented by the controller ASMedia ASM3242 and having bandwidth up to 20 GB/s.

Internal ports is represented by four ipsecname USB 2.0, four USB 3.2 Gen1 and one Gen2 3.2 USB Type-C (using ASMedia ASM3142) for the front panel of the system unit.

And let’s not forget about the additional ports on the expansion card Thunderbolt 3, which we told above.

On Board two wired network controller. First implemented by Intel I219-V c technology cFosSpeed.

The second is a high speed controller Aquantia AQC107 with a bandwidth of 10 Gbps.

The MSI Creator X299 there’s a wireless controller Intel wifi 6 AX200 supporting 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax and Bluetooth 5, which can operate in frequency bands 2.4 and 5 GHz (160 MHz) with a bandwidth up to 2.4 Gbps and support for multi-interface MIMO (MU-MIMO).

The main audio chip on the Board is 7.1 channel HD audio Realtek ALC1220P.

Next soldered the Japanese Chemicon capacitors and gold-plated needle connector internal audio connector.

Additional optimizations of the audio path select breeding left and right channels in different layers of the PCB and the isolation of all audio components from the rest of the elements on the PCB is non-conductive strips. Declared support technology surround 3 in speed and performance.

For the functions of the Super I/O and monitoring on the Board is provided by controller Nuvoton NCT6797D-M.

Facilities include 8 fans with the regulation voltage or PWM. Each fan is individually adjusted in the BIOS or in the app.

Besides them, the MSI Creator X299 there is a connector to the flow velocity of fluid in the DLC, seven internal temperature sensor and one connector for external. The set is more than sufficient for any task.

Dual BIOS on the Board, with the support of the technology of automatic image restore the main chip from the backup. In addition, through a separate USB 2.0 port, you can update the BIOS without installing a CPU and RAM.

Despite not overclocking the positioning of the MSI Creator X299, the Board has not only led Boot/VGA/DRAM/CPU, but the indicator POST-codes, as well as the switch of operating modes of the CPU OC GENIE 4 Knob.

He has eleven pieces, each of which for a particular model of processor sets its frequency. The line switch and frequencies for each processor model is given in the table.

The backlight on the motherboard installed in the upper part of the casing of the interface panel and over the chipset heatsink. In addition, there are three connectors for the led strips, and control of the lighting system Mystic Light Infinity is possible through the same application, which is available to 26 different modes.

Lighting really looks nice and, most importantly, unobtrusive. The two connectors of the backlight located on the bottom edge of the PCB Board where they are combined with the power connectors, USB 2.0 connectors for fans.

The cooling system motherboard has no complaints. On the chipset is placed a massive radiator, which are connected to three plate heat spreader M. 2 drives.

The radiator circuit VRM processor power is relatively compact, but it is connected to 6-mm heat pipe with a massive radiator mounted behind interface panel.

The radiator has multiple fins and is further cooled by airflow from the CPU cooler. It does its job 100%, since temperatures above 65 degrees on the VRM circuits during the tests we recorded.


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