MSI MPG Z690 CARBON EK X Motherboard

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MSI MPG Z690 CARBON EK X Motherboard
Key Features
  • ATX Form Factor
  • Intel Z690 Chipset
  • LGA 1700 Socket
  • 4 x Dual-Channel DDR5 Slots
Take advantage of custom water-cooling loops with the MPG Z690 Carbon EK X LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard from MSI. Designed in partnership with EK, this motherboard uses a specialized thermal block that is focused on providing enhanced cooling capabilities for advanced builders without compromising overall system performance. Built on the Z590 chipset while utilizing the LGA 1700 socket, this motherboard allows users to leverage the power of Intel 12th Gen processors.
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MSI MPG Z690 CARBON EK X Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3Hardware Design
  • 4Performance Design
  • 5Connectivity Solutions

Take advantage of custom water-cooling loops with the MPG Z690 Carbon EK X LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard from MSI. Designed in partnership with EK, this motherboard uses a specialized thermal block that is focused on providing enhanced cooling capabilities for advanced builders without compromising overall system performance. Built on the Z590 chipset while utilizing the LGA 1700 socket, this motherboard allows users to leverage the power of Intel 12th Gen processors.

Quickly access your digital library with six SATA III ports and five M.2 interfaces. Experience enhanced multitasking with four dual-channel DDR5 slots giving you support for memory modules with speeds up to 6666 MHz overlocked. Two PCIe 5.0 x16 slots are available for resource-hungry components such as graphics cards, with support for two compatible graphics cards via AMD CrossFireX. Utility cards can be connected to the additional PCIe 3.0 slot. Connect your external drives and other demanding peripherals with USB 3.2 Gen 1 and Gen 2 Type-A ports. A Single USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C port provides up to 20 Gb/s data transfer speeds, ideal for high-powered devices such as mass storage arrays. Bluetooth 5.2 technology enables you to connect wireless devices such as controllers and headphones for a cable-free experience. Connect to a network with the onboard Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) or use the Intel 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port for a more stable wired experience. This motherboard is only compatible with Windows 10 & 11 (64-Bit) operating systems.

LGA 1700 Socket
Utilizing the LGA 1700 socket and Z690 chipset, this motherboard is compatible with 12th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold, and Celeron processors.
Hardware Design
Performance Solutions
The MPG Z690 Carbon EK X offers powerful performance thanks to a VRM design built with a total of direct 18+1+1 power phases. The two 8-pin CPU power connectors feature MSI's exclusive Core Boost technology enabling processor overclocking while keeping electrical loads down. Load-line calibration and overvoltage protection stabilizes the CPU's voltage and protects critical components from short-circuiting while under heavy operational loads. A fully digital power design allows for faster and undistorted current delivery to the CPU at pin-point precision, creating the ideal environment for overclocking.
EK Water Cooling
A custom-designed EK cooling solution that offers pristine cooling for both the CPU, VRM, and primary M.2 section is used to prevent thermal throttling, allowing gamers to sustain heavy gaming loads without the noisy environment.
Thermal Solutions
MSI provides multiple thermal solutions to keep your motherboard and components cool as you game. This motherboard is optimized for water cooling and includes a dedicated water pump header that supports up to 3 amps, giving you full control of the water pump speed. Additionally, the M.2 Shield FROZR is a specialized heatsink designed for M.2 PCIe NVMe solid-state drives, preventing damage caused by overheating.
Performance Design
DDR5 Memory
Multitask and render high-resolution videos with DDR5 memory architecture able to support up to 6600 MHz DIMMs and XMP 3.0, unlocking the full potential of your memory and enhancing system performance. The SMT slot reduces the defect rate of slot solder joints and lessens the effect of electromagnetism and interference.
Lightning Gen 5 PCIe
MSI's Lightning Gen 5 PCIe x16 slots support a bandwidth of 128GB/s, which is double the speed of the previous generation.
Connectivity Solutions
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20G
The MPG Z690 series motherboard offers a wide variety of options to connect and boost your USB devices, offering speeds up to 20 Gb/s when connecting to the rear USB Gen 2x2 Type-C port. Additionally, the motherboard features a USB Type-C front-panel header that allow users to connect USB Type-C devices to the front of their build.
2.5G LAN
2.5 Gb/s LAN provides data transfer speeds faster than general Gigabit LAN.
Wi-Fi 6E
The latest Wi-Fi 6E solution supports the 6 GHz spectrum, Bluetooth 5.2, two-way MU-MIMO, and BSS color technology, providing up to 4X network capacity and efficiency in the high-signal-density environment, delivering speeds up to 2400 Mb/s.
MSI LAN Manager
MSI LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games, giving you an online gaming experience with low latency.
UPC: 824142272633

MSI MPG Z690 CARBON EK X Specs

CPU
ChipsetIntel Z690
CPU SocketLGA 1700
Back Panel I/O
USB1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 Gen 2x2)
5 x USB-A (USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2)
4 x USB-A (USB 2.0)
ThunderboltNone
Display1 x HDMI 2.1Output
1 x DisplayPort 1.4Output
Audio5 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm
1 x S/PDIF
Ethernet / Controller1 x Intel I225V 2.5Gigabit
Wi-Fi Antenna2 x Connector
ButtonsBIOS Flashback
Memory
Memory Slots4 x 288-Pin
Memory SupportDDR5 4000, 4800, 5600, 6666 MHz
Maximum Capacity128 GB
Channel ArchitectureDual Channel
ECC SupportNon-ECC Unbuffered
Storage Expansion
SATA6 x SATA III
M.21 x M Key 2260, 2280, 22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x M Key 2260, 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x M Key 2242, 2260, 2280, 22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x M Key 2242, 2260, 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA III)
1 x M Key 2260, 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4, SATA III)
Optane Memory SupportYes
RAID SupportRAID 0, 1, 10 (SATA)
RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 (M.2)
Internal I/O
Expansion Slots2 x PCIe 5.0 x16 (x16 mode)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 mode)
USB1 x 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 Header (Supports 1 USB-C Port)
1 x 3.0 / 3.1/3.2 Gen 1 Header (Supports 2 USB-A Port)
2 x 2.0 Header (Supports 4 USB-A Port)
Multi-GPU SupportAMD CrossFireX
Air Cooling1 x 4-Pin CPU
6 x 4-Pin System
Liquid Cooling1 x 4-Pin Pump
Power Connectors1 x 24-Pin Mainboard
2 x 8-Pin ATX
SecurityChassis Intrusion, TPM Header
LED Header4 x RGB
AudioNone
Diagnostics2-Digit Debug LED, Clear CMOS
Add-On1 x Thunderbolt Header
Front Panel I/O
I/O Connection HeadersAAFP
Audio
Audio CodecRealtek ALC4080 (7.1-Channel)
Wireless
Bluetooth5.2
Wi-FiWi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) with MU-MIMO Support
Module Support1 E Key M.2
Software
OS CompatibilityWindows 11
Windows 10
*As of November, 2021: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Physical
Form FactorATX
Dimensions12.0 x 9.6" / 30.5 x 24.4 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight7.74 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)21 x 12.3 x 3.9"

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