Review: MSI MEG Z490I Unify

by Tarinder Sandhu on 31 July 2020, 14:01

Tags: MSI, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Test Setup

Comparison Configurations

Model
Firmware Version
7C77v11
0509
E7C73IMS.123
1302
Price
£255
£430
£260
£430
Chipset
Intel Z490
AMD X570
CPU
Intel Core i9-10900K
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
CPU Cores / Threads
10 / 20
12 / 24
CPU Base Clock / Turbo
3.7GHz / 5.2GHz
2.9GHz / 4.3GHz
CPU TDP
125W
105W
Memory
G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3200
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-4800 (OC)
Memory Speed
DDR4-2933
DDR4-3200
Memory Timings
14-14-14-34-2T
Graphics
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE (445.87)
Primary Storage Device
Corsair MP600 1TB PCIe 4.0
Secondary Storage Device
Corsair MP600 2TB PCIe 4.0
CPU cooling
Noctua NH-D15S single fan
Power Supply
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 (1,000W)
Operating System
Windows 10 v2004 (64-bit)
Windows 10 v1909 (64-bit)

Benchmark Suite

CPU Benchmarks
HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching benchmark stresses a single core by calculating Pi to 10m places
Cinebench Release 20 Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses all cores
Blender 2.82 Running the Classroom benchmark
Storage Benchmarks
CrystalDiskMark Free-to-use benchmark testing sequential storage performance.
Memory Benchmarks
AIDA64 Benchmark that accurately depicts memory bandwidth and latency
System Benchmarks
3DMark Time Spy DX12 graphics benchmark run using the Time Spy test
PCMark 10 System test using the standard preset
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm AI benchmark run at FHD to determine CPU involvement
Gaming Benchmarks
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm 1,920x1,080 ultra settings
Far Cry 5 New Dawn 1,920x1,080 ultra settings
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 1,920x1,080 highest settings
Miscellaneous Benchmarks
Power Consumption To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record system-wide mains power draw when idle, when rendering via Blender and while playing SOTTR

Notes

We chose to update Windows to v2004 for the MSI MEG Z490I Unify for the purposes of creating benchmarks that reflect the latest build. As you will see, benchmark performance is nigh-on identical to v1909.