MSI Z690 EDGE WIFI (DDR4) review

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A large number of internal storage ports and headers are located on this side of the board. Here, you'll find six SATA III ports, an internal USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C header, and a USB 3.2 Gen1 header in addition to a USB 3.2 Gen1 header.


Additional storage capacity is available below, however, these are legacy USB 2.0 headers, therefore they are not recommended.


We do, however, have a variety of alternative headers, including 4-pin RGB, the FPH, an HD Audio header, and additional fan headers, among other things. In addition, a physical switch for the motherboard LED is located at this area as well. I'd much rather have a power button on this side of the table.


Just a hair short of perfection, the rear I/O port configuration falls short. In order for this board to be complete, I would need to see two USB 3.2 Generation 2x2 ports or additional Gen2 ports. Our network infrastructure, on the other hand, includes a 2.5GbE LAN and a Wi-Fi 6 NIC.


Here we remove the heatsink and you can see the four M2 slots. The lack of development of SATA3 to SATA4 and SATA5 is clear, M2 NVMe is taking the lead. 


The interfaces on the board are densely packed, and there are just a few of them to examine. Perhaps the location of the CMOS battery, as well as the lack of physical connectors for power users, are the things that are lacking here in this design. That's all I could think of at the time.


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