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MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

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MEG Z390 GODLIKE
ONE BOARD TO RULE THEM ALL
1 Pre-Installed I/O Shielding
2 Clear CMOS & FlashBack+
3 Killer™ xTend
4 6.35mm headphone out
5 Golden Audio Jacks with S/PDIF
6 Mystic Light Infinity
Customizable RGB lighting with infinity mirror
7 Solid heatsink with RGB LED
Stay cool and customize colors
8 Dynamic Dashboard
Built-in OLED display
9 DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor
Optimized traces and isolated memory circuitry
10 Triple Turbo M.2 with Shield FROZR
3x M.2 SSDs, sustain maximum M.2 SSD performance
11 Turbo U.2 with Steel Armor
NVMe support, up to 32 Gb/s using PCI-Express Gen3 x4
12 Game Boost Button
Shift to one of 8 preset gears for performance
13 Xtreme Audio DAC with 6.3mm headphone
Optimized gaming audio with Nahimic
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MYSTIC LIGHT INFINITY

Mystic Light Infinity brings together colorful lighting and an infinity mirror for deceptively endless light effects. Personalize your PC with 16.8 million colors and 17 effects with the Mystic Light APP.

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CORE BOOST

Core Boost technology combines MSI's premium circuit layout and digital power design to deliver undistorted current to the CPU with pin-point precision. Core Boost not only sustains multi-core CPUs, but also creates the perfect conditions for CPU overclocking.

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8+4 POWER CONNECTORS

Tap into extra power when needed with 8+4 pin connectors and unleash more performance with extreme overclocking.

DESIGNED FOR UNLIMITED PERFORMANCE

MSI Z390 motherboards are optimized to maximize the performance of 9th Gen Intel® Core™ processors. Choose MSI and unleash the full potential of your system with an optimized power delivery design and load line calibration.

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EXTREME STORAGE PERFORMANCE: TWIN TURBO M.2

Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely quick loading of applications and data. Delivering speeds up to 32Gb/s per device using Gen3 x4, TWIN Turbo M.2 is over 5 times faster than a regular SATA III connection!

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YOUR IN-GAME ADVANTAGE

Outsmart and outperform your opponents in-game using an array of unique MSI GAMING tools. Clever hardware & software tools created to keep you one step ahead of the competition.

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AMPLIFY YOUR GAME WITH AUDIO BOOST 4

Like a dedicated sound card Audio Boost 4, powered by Nahimic, offers a HD audio processor, dedicated amplifier and high quality audio capacitors, all physically isolated from the rest of the motherboard circuitry to ensure the purest audio signal to locate enemies with pin-point accuracy.

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UNMATCHED MEMORY PERFORMANCE

MSI motherboards are loaded with features to fuel your gaming rig's memory with more speed and increased stability.

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BEST COMPATIBILITY

Optimized traces and a fully isolated memory circuitry ensures perfect stability and performance, so you never have to worry about your system crashing during games.

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MAXIMIZE YOUR USB DEVICE PERFORMANCE

Transfer your favorite games, music and videos over USB faster than ever. MSI offers a wide variety of options to connect and boost your USB 3.1 devices, delivering lightning-fast transfer speeds!

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DOMINATE THE GAME WITH THE LOWEST LATENCY

Get ready to crush your enemies on the battlefield with MSI GAMING LAN. Built with high quality components, MSI GAMING LAN is tuned to deliver the best online gaming experience without lag.

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INTEL ® WI-FI AC & BLUETOOTH

Use your LAN port for online gaming while using WiFi for other online applications. The Intel® Wi-Fi / Bluetooth solution uses smart MU-MIMO technology, delivering AC speeds up to 433Mbps.

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MSI is keen to hear from you! Share your product experience and get rewarded. Your feedback is appreciated. Become an MSI Dragon Fan today!

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great board 2/6/2020 3:55:42 PM

Pros: After a few weeks using my MSI Z390 Godlike motherboard, here is my short review.
The board is amazingly beautiful and well throughout. Everything is labeled and the design is by far the best I have ever had. With RGB lights, infinity mirror, armored slots, and color of the board, this thing is pretty. (my prior board was a MSI Z97). Everything was a breeze to install and get running. Bios is very friendly and easy to overclock.

Cons: Before I installed the newest bios from MSI's website the dynamic dashboard only showed a few lines of any image which was unreadable. After the latest bios the dynamic dashboard does not show anything. I installed all the laster drivers/software from MSI website and then installed dragon center. Still no dynamic dashboard which was one of the reasons I purchased this board.

I have found a OLED update from a forum post on MSI's website but after a few tried which it said it updated, still no luck. May just have to wait for a newer bios update in the future.

Overall Review: I paired the board with an Intel I9-9900K, MSI RTX 2070 Super, Corsair HX100i, Corsair Vengeance RDG 2X16GB, Corsair Hydro H150i, (2) Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1T M.2, Samsung 860 Pro 1T SATA and stuffed it all it a Cooler Master H500M case. Of course I had to plug into a MSI Oculux monitor.
I plugged everything in and did my first boot up in the BIOS, made some changes and overclocked the memory with XMP, went to 5GHz super easy, Installed Windows 10 Pro and was up and running.

Other than the dynamic dashboard this an amazing motherboard and I'm extremely happy with it.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Carl,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE motherboard! If you would like further technical assistance, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Wow 10/11/2019 10:47:27 AM

Pros: very fast, works great easy over clocking.

Cons: I wish I bios was on desk top like gigabyte.

Overall Review: this is the best motherboard I have ever owned, I recommend this MSI motherboard

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Harold,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MEG Z390 GODLIKE! If you ever require technical assistance or warranty support, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
A very beautiful motherboard with some minor issues 9/7/2019 8:23:22 PM

Pros: This motherboard is truly beautiful. The ability to sync the many ARGB lights with other PC components using the MSI Mystic Light software is a sight to behold. The many lighting effects give you the ability to control the look of your PC build to be as flashy or as plain as you want. Fan headers and ARGB headers all over the place so clean wiring is very easy. The BIOS is very easy to configure and overclocking is easy to set up. The OLED panel is nice for being able to see the various temps and voltages of your hardware and looks nice. The build seems solid and the motherboard is very well-made. Lot's of USB ports and three M.2 slots for lots of hard drives. The clear CMOS button is very handy.

Cons: MSI Mystic Light software seems like it is in its infancy so getting the lights to perform exactly how you want can be a time consuming task. Switching between light effects isn't always a smooth process and some effects get stuck. Light effects don't always work correctly on startup and shutdown and sometimes the lights just turn off for no reason while the PC is running. The OLED screen has turned off on me and I was able to get it back although I have read forum posts where people haven't got theirs turned back on. I built a PC for a friend with this motherboard and his OLED screen is currently not working, so I hope MSI support can help him with that. For the price I would expect this board to be a little less troublesome, but this is usually what happens with cutting edge technology. The power boost USB 3.0 header doesn't seem to like my Razer Mamba Hyperflux mouse because on startup the mouse buttons act like they are held down and I have to unplug and replug to fix the issue. Moving the cable to the USB ports attached to the regular USB 3.0 front panel header as well as the motherboard ports solves this issue as well.

Overall Review: Besides the couple of issues I mentioned, this board has performed beautifully with my 9900KF and 32GB of DDR4 3600 RAM. Although the issues I mentioned are mostly cosmetic, I expect a more issue-free experience from such a premium product. The Mystic Light software feels like it is beta software at this point so if you care about syncing your ARGB lights and don't like dealing with issues, proceed with caution. I would still recommend this board though because it has ran perfectly solid besides the couple of cosmetic issues I listed, and when the lights work as intended, this motherboard is part of the most beautiful builds I have done to date.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Andy,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for the MEG Z390 GODLIKE! If you ever require technical assistance or warranty support, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
A disappointing product followed by disappointing customer service. 4/8/2019 8:32:35 PM

Pros: -hmmm...

Cons: - The board died within weeks of installation.
- Board returned following RMA was appalling.
- Overpriced.

Overall Review: The original board died within days of installation, no post, no lights, nothing. Certainly a bummer, but MSI's online RMA application was relatively straight forward. After spending $35 (insured postage) to send the board back to MSI, I patiently waited for the fixed or replaced board. Now, MSI is very clear that they don't send a new replacement board, but rather a "certified refurbished board." So I was prepared for minor cosmetic issues and the like. I was pleasantly (albeit briefly) surprised by the relatively quick turn around. The board they sent me had a different serial number, so it appeared that they 'refurbished' someone else's RMA'd board... so far no problem.

However, upon inspection of the board, 6 of the pins on one of the USB 3.1 headers were bent/mangled... Looking at the rest of the board it appeared that about a dozen or so pins shared a similar status. Such physical defects seam to fly at the face of "refurbished." Thankfully, I was able to unbend the pins (including the really mangled one). While irritated, I was curious if the board even worked... So I assembled everything and was again pleasantly (again, only briefly) surprised that everything booted. When I examined the bios settings I was again disappointed to find that the previous owner's (borderline hazardous) bios settings were still enabled.

...I called MSI, mostly just to let them know that my replacement board didn't exactly meet what a reasonable person would consider a "refurbished" status. The voice on the other end simply said: "well it works right?" "i guess we could RMA it again, if you want"... not even a feigned attempt at an apology for their failing, let alone any attempt to make the situation right.

Bottom line: I have long been a user of MSI products on my PCs and laptops. While this was my first time having a serious issue with one of their products, I am relieved that this is also the last time I will have an issue with them as I will not be using their products again in the future.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI product. We certainly value your feedback and please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience you have experienced with our RMA process. If you would like further technical assistance, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | JM04092019001 | usreview@msi.com
4/ 5
Great Board! Poor LED Bios firmware 4/8/2019 5:48:22 PM

Pros: The pros of this motherboard are that you can over clock the cpu really well and provide enough power to push this board further with Colder solutions like ln2 and helium depending on your situation you can invest in some kingpin stuff and go further depending on what kinda of tank you get. Right out of the gate the Dial lets me use a profile that came with the motherboard and you need to update bios firmware to get the more updated overclock profile that comes with the dial. I have a 360 mm AIO and it can keep this guy stable. at 4.9 GHz for a 8700k. The LED's were nice when they worked *Look at Cons* The 3 M.2 were awesome and the expander card has not been tested yet but its a nice addition. There are a lot of LED headers on this board and some specifically designed for corsair products. Its nice having a pump header. XMP works fine and Using the motherboard UEFI to do custom clocking is easy and there are alot of nice things like hardware monitor and the Wifi card with blue tooth on it was used alot.

Cons: So this is the Main con that has gotten me very upset. When I first got the motherboard the LED's Worked fine and then one night when I went to sleep the LED's were on when the computer was shut down and I couldn't sleep with them on. So I turned off the power from the power supply and now they do not turn on any more at all. The infinity led's are cut off and only 3 rows of leds are lit up at the top. the MEG LED no longer works and the Dragon logo on the South bridge no longer lights up the only thing on the board that lights up is the dragon fighting the ninja's every other LED is toast even the cpu temp LED doesn't work . The stream card is only really useful for streaming you mobile device it can't pass through hdcp and can not be used to stream your game on your own computer. other than that I haven't found a use for the Game stream card.

Overall Review: I originally bought this to put a 9900k and a custom loop in the system but now that some of the LED's don't work I might need to RMA the board. But I don't have a replacement board and I can't send this board in. So until I save up enough money to buy another MEG series board to replace this I can't RMA this board. I can't afford another $600 to buy another godlike so im gonna buy a cheaper board to tie me over until this board can be RMA's I bought this board in December of 2018 at retail store.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the motherboard. We certainly value your feedback and please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience you have experienced. You may want to consider pressing the "Clear CMOS" button for about 10 seconds to see if resetting the BIOS may help with this issue. If you would like further technical assistance, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | JM04092019004 | usreview@msi.com
1/ 5
Skip this board. MSI Software is bad. 3/19/2019 7:49:21 PM

Pros: +Comes with lots of stuff in the box

Cons: -Relatively light connectivity on the rear IO
-MSI Support
-Updates that break things on the board.

Overall Review: To use all the features on the board, you need to install MSI Dragon Center and that will install the suite of their software and their firmware for different things.

The issue is that you can't roll back to prior versions so when the most recent firmware ((from December) came out and promptly killed the OLED live dash you can not roll back to the prior firmware to install it. That is crazy to me as a solution and enough for me to really sour on this board.

Skip this board. I miss my Aorus Z390 Master.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI product. Please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience you have experienced with the software for the motherboard. We certainly value your feedback in this matter. If you have any further questions regarding this product or have any suggestions for improvement for us, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com and we will be more than happy to assist you. If you would like further technical assistance, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | JM03182019005 | usreview@msi.com
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
garbage 3/2/2019 3:18:39 PM

Pros: nothing so far

Cons: came dirty, fingerprints all over it, DOA. did an MSI RMA, the replacement had fingerprints all over it and blue stuff stuck to it, did a second RMA, (3rd board so far) came dirty. $600 a few months ago and now im stuck with a S#!&Y poorly refurbished chunk of slow junk.

even the slightest overclock and it wont boot. using the onboard overclock dial, if it is set to anything but 0 (goes to 10) it fails to boot, last MSI board i ever buy

9 out of 13 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI product. We certainly value your feedback and please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience you have experienced. If you have any further questions regarding this product or have any suggestions for improvement for us, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com and we will be more than happy to assist you. If you would like further technical assistance, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | JC03042019007 | usreview@msi.com
Anonymous
1/ 5
2 bad 1 month. 2/11/2019 12:57:58 PM

Pros: It lights up before it tells you it’s bad.

Cons: It’s bad.

Overall Review: I would love to boast about how awesome my board is. Except , I haven’t gotten a good one yet and I’m not trying a third time.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI product. We certainly value your feedback and please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience you have experienced. We recommend double-checking all power connectors are fully seated. This includes the 24-pin Motherboard power connector and the 4+4-pin CPU power connector. Once you have ensured that the connectors are fully seated, we recommend booting with a bare configuration, which means only the CPU, motherboard, power connectors, and a single stick of RAM. If this does not work, we would advise testing the power supply using either the "Paper Clip Test" or testing it on a secondary PC. Lastly, you can also attempt to build the motherboard outside of the case to prevent any potential grounding issues. If you have any further questions regarding this product or have any suggestions for improvement for us, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com and we will be more than happy to assist you. If you require further technical assistance, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | JC02112019006 | usreview@msi.com
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