Powered exclusively by Intel X-Series processors, the Meg X299 Creation LGA 2066 E-ATX Motherboard from MSI is made for designers and content creators. Packed with features to unleash the overall performance of multi-core processors, its features and element-explosion design meet the demanding requirements for creating your own masterpiece. This motherboard will fit in E-ATX sized cases, supports the LGA 2066 socket and the Intel X299 chipset, and is compatible with Windows 10 (64-bit).
The E-ATX form factor of the Meg X299 Creation has eight 288-pin DDR4 slots that support up to 128GB of memory, although the top memory speed depends on the installed processor. Processors compatible with four-channel DDR4 support quad-channel memory architecture up 4200 MHz (OC) memory, while processors compatible with two-channel DDR4 support dual-channel memory architecture up to 4133 MHz (OC). For storage, there are eight SATA III 6 Gb/s ports, one U.2 connector that supports NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 storage, and two M.2 Socket 3 with M key that support type 2242, 2260, 2280, and 22110 SATA III and PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs, plus one additional M.2 slot that supports type 2242, 2260, and 2280 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs. The Meg X299 Creation supports Intel Optane Memory and allows its storage to be configured as RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10. SATA devices support RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10, while PCIe M.2 devices support RAID 0 and 1.
There is also one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port (rear panel), one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port (rear panel), six USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports (rear panel), two USB 2.0 Type-A ports (rear panel), and one USB 3.1 Gen 2 port (internal), plus more internal USB headers that support USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 2.0. For those looking to expand their system using PCIe, there are four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and one PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. The PCIe 3.0 x16 slots support different bandwidths depending on whether the installed CPU has 44 lanes, 28 lanes, or 16 lanes.
This motherboard does not support integrated graphics, meaning that users will need to purchase a dedicated and compatible graphics card of their choice. Or, install MSI's THUNDERBOLT M3 card, which delivers 4K video with dual Thunderbolt 3 and DisplayPort outputs. For users looking to take advantage of multiple GPUs, the Meg X299 Creation supports 4-Way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX technologies.
Using the Realtek ALCS1220 7.1-channel HD audio codec, the Meg X299 Creation can support audio with higher fidelity than standard controllers. Audio can also be output using the integrated five 3.5mm audio outputs, S/PDIF output, or front panel audio connectors. Protection is provided by a limited 3-year warranty.
Stay Cool for Improved Performance
M.2 Shield FROZR
Fully Controllable in BIOS and Software
Autodetect DC or PWM Mode with Hysteresis
Optimized for Water Cooling
Keep Out Zone
Easy Button 3
EZ Debug LED
Helps to restore the BIOS default settings which helps in 99% of the cases to successfully boot again.
Run into trouble? Simply flash the BIOS version and continue gaming within minutes with BIOS Flashback+. It even works without hardware!
Having two physical BIOS chips allows to have a plan B.
Stability & Compatibility Testing
BIOS and Software
Apps to Improve Efficiency
MSI Gaming Mode provides a suitable setting for your whole gaming system, bring you an improved gaming experience with one click.
Need more power from your CPU and memory to get more frames per second? MSI Game Boost enables one-second overclocking, giving you the performance boost you need.
Easily program your most used commands and execute them with a single keystroke. You're free to choose any key you want, so choose wisely.
USB Speed Up
When enabled, it optimizes your devices for better transfer speeds and can provide up to a 20% increase in USB performance, saving a lot of time when transferring data.
OC Setting With an intuitive interface, OC Setting allows you to tune settings to increase system stability, maximize performance, and optimize your system's cooling features.
Total Fan Control
Total Fan Control allows you to take control of your fans. You can also set up to four temperature targets for the CPU and motherboard, which will adjust the fan speeds automatically.
A single click sets all your key components to high levels of performance and makes sure other software applications won't impact your virtual adventure.
Never miss out on important updates. MSI Live Update automatically downloads and installs the latest drivers, BIOS, and software so you can focus on your game.
MSI App Player
Click BIOS 5
Safely overclock your CPU with a single button for more performance.
Extreme Memory Profiles which simplify RAM overclocking on Intel motherboards.
Allows the user to conveniently flash, or upgrade the BIOS from the CMOS Setup Utility.
Shows you critical hardware information in real time, including temperature, usage, clock speed, and voltage.
Total Fan Control
Check and manage speeds and temperatures for your system and CPU fans.
Using an optimized formatting algorithm, you can enjoy fast SSD performance.
Memory Try It
This is a good option to get faster speeds out of your system memory and gaming performance.
M.2 Genie makes setting up a RAID 0 for M.2 and U.2 more user-friendly and less time consuming.
Search & Favorites
A permanent search & favorite option in the top right corner can be used to find what you need.
Look Cool While Keeping Cool
13+1 Phase Power Design
DigitALL Power Design
Triple Power Connectors
Overclocking XMP Profile
Fast and Future-Ready Storage
Intel Optane - Boost Your HDD to Perform Like an SSD
Virtual RAID on CPU
VROC with M.2 XPANDER-AERO
Storage Boost Your Storage Performance
Easy RAID Setup with M.2 Genie
Maximize USB Device Performance
Good Craftsmanship & the Right Tools
10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2
Professional Sound Quality
Audio Boost 4
Supports Direct Stream Digital (DSD) Super Audio CD playback and recording (120 dB SNR / 32-bit).
High-Quality Audio Capacitors
A high-fidelity sound experience with strong acoustics and realism for studio-level headphones.
Golden Audio Jacks with S/PDIF
Keep your sound natural by transmitting your audio with a digital signal.