Whenever there is an event as large and as grand as COMPUTEX, we tend to drown ourselves with information and spectacles. This year is no different. For the first day of COMPUTEX2018, we managed to drop by a few of the booths. One of them being the MSI booth. Instead of your usual booth design, it sports an enclosure-like design, maybe to keep MSI’s mascot, Lucky caged in.
There were a plethora of products from MSI that were showcased, but only a few that were new to the brand. One of them being the MEG X399 Creation motherboard. Currently a lone star in its kind, but a representative from MSI has mentioned that it could be a series on par with GODLIKE in terms of features, but a new and different choice of features for the users. Attempting to differentiate themselves from usual motherboard design, they opted for a “shard-like” design for the coolers. In our opinion, it looks awfully similar to an enemy (Ravenous Crystal Lizard) that you could find in Dark Souls 3. Aside from the new cooling, the motherboard also has 19 power phases and can be used with a dual 8-pin power supply for multi-core CPUs. Bundled along with the motherboard is the XPANDER-AERO PCI-E card. Using the PCI-E slot, you can plug in an additional four M.2 SSD onto the motherboard. Allowing you to have a total of SEVEN M.2 drives on a single board for MAXIMUM STORAGE. The temperature of the motherboard is all in your hands. Allowing you to connect up to 10x PWM capable fans along with three dedicated thermal sensor on the board. With numerous ways to keep your component icy cold or sufficiently warm is up to you. Lastly, the board is designed with Dual Intel LAN along with Intel Wi-Fi for maximum bandwidth management.
Aside from the MEG X399 Creation, they also exhibited the MSI ThunderboltM3. Using the ThunderboltM3, you can plug in additional monitors onto the add-on card. It includes two additional Thunderbolt3 ports and can be daisy chained to support up to six thunderbolt devices at once. It also allows you to simultaneously drive two external 4K displays with this add-on card. This device allows content creators to have additional monitors on a single PC without worries.
Last but not least, they displayed the new B450 TOMAHAWK motherboard that sports a new design philosophy with its build. It comes packed with an extended heatsink design that ensures that your motherboard will stay cool whenever you are using it. The board also allows you to utilised AMD’s Turbo USB 3.1 Gen2 that can safeguard the stability and allows the fastest USB speeds. In the past, Ryzen had troubles with updates and will sometimes cause the motherboard BIOS to malfunction. MSI is now introducing BIOS FLASHBACK+ that allows you to flash the BIOS with just a click of a button, and can be used without a CPU installed. Now your worries can be quelled if you decide to update to a new BIOS on Ryzen.
For interested parties, an “only available in Russia” B360M motherboard was also displayed on the showfloor. In summary, it is similar to your regular B360M motherboard that comes with the new extended heatsink design, but dressed in Black, along with Russian accents and unique design along the heatsink. According to a MSI representative, the character on the box art of the motherboard is none other than Ilya Muromets, a Russian folk hero.