MSI Z690 Godlike motherboard comes with a hellish price tag of $ 2,099

It’s finally here, folks; MSI’s MEG Z690 Godlike Alder Lake motherboard has been revealed in its angelic glory. Yesterday during a hectic livestream, MSI gave us all the critical details of the motherboard, including its sky-high price tag. How much, you ask? So what about $ 2,099 to team up with the best processors for gaming?

Before you start yelling at your monitor and curse the gods, let’s start by saying that MSI will only sell the MEG Z690 Godlike in one form: fully loaded. So not only do you get the largest mainstream motherboard we’ve seen in ages, but the feature-packed board weighs in at almost 7 pounds. Additionally, as we reported earlier, MSI will bundle the MEG Z690 Godlike with 32GB of Kingston Fury DDR5-6000 memory and a MEG CoreLiquid S360 CPU cooler.

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Unfortunately, getting a Godlike MEG Z690 will be an exercise in frustration for many. MSI states that only customers who have previously purchased a Godlike motherboard or one of its GeForce RTX 3080/3090 graphics cards will be eligible to secure the MEG Z690 Godlike. With a bit of humor, Eric Van Beurden of MSI exclaimed: “This is nobody” in reference to the GeForce RTX 30 requirement. And to further drain the pool of participants, MSI says you must have registered this product. in line.

This is probably a viable solution for MSI, given the motherboard development costs and the limited market for a set of hardware in excess of $ 2,000. And considering the costs associated with getting the previous generation Godlike motherboards and the current generation RTX 30 Series graphics cards, MSI knows its audience. He says he wants to reward his “loyal customers”, which is understandable.

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As we mentioned earlier, the MEG Z690 Godlike comes with a detachable ‘M-Vision dashboard’, which is a 3.5 inch (480 x 800) IPS touchscreen display that displays the system status, clock speeds and other relevant information. It can also adjust the processor speed on the fly. It attaches to the motherboard via a magnetic connection and has a speaker at the bottom for audio playback. The M-Vision dashboard can also be used outside the motherboard by connecting the supplied USB cable to the magnetic connector. Additionally, you can change the display orientation to portrait or landscape mode through a software utility.

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As for its other specs, the MEG Z690 Godlike is absolutely stacked. It supports DDR5 memory up to 6666MHz (overclocked), 20 + 2 direct power design, six M.2 slots (one Gen5, four Gen4 and one Gen3), eight USB 3.2 Gen2, four USB 3.2 Gen1 and four USB 2.0 ports. In addition, you will find an Aquantia AQC113CC 10GbE LAN adapter as well as an Intel I225-V 2.5GbE LAN. To complete the connectivity, an Intel Wi-Fi 6E module for wireless tasks.

If you’ve got a Core i9-12900K and you’re looking for the most feature-rich and complete motherboard to pair it with (and you also meet the MSI prerequisites), the MEG Z690 Godlike seems like a quick way to go. to spend $ 2,099 just in time for the holidays.

Eleanor C. William