MSI Z690 CARBON WIFI Review part 1


Nov 15, 2021
MSI Z690 CARBON WIFI - review part 1

This is first part of my MSI Z690 CARBON WIFI Review. This is mostly just exterior observations I made after receiving the mobo. I can't do a performance review yet because I have to wait for DDR5 and a proper CPU.
Planning to get 12900K or the non K- version. Might get the non K-version, because of the extremely low TDP(65W).
Also trying to get G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6000 CL36 DC - 32GB or equivalent for my coming build.

First thing I noticed when I got the box, was that it is quite heavy mobo compared to my previous one(MSI Z390 Gaming Plus). The extra weight comes from all the added heatsinks for those 5 m.2 slots.
The mobo itself is very stylish and beautiful 😍😍😍
Heatsinks removed:
Heatsink with tape:
Important: Remember to peel of all the tapes from the heatsinks!!!

Package: Has the usual sata cables, stickers, warranty, manual, MSI badge etc. But there's added nice things like a MSI Brush to wipe the dust of your mobo, Corsair cable for the dedicated Corsair RGB socket, 1 to 2 RGB LED extension Y cable, RAINBOW RGB LED extension cable, screwdriver bundle, and MSI driver USB stick(16gigs)🎆🎆🎆
The WIFI antenna is very sturdy and has a magnetic base. 👏👏👏
The mobo has a good amount of RGB sockets: :cool:

  • 1x 4-pin RGB LED connector
  • 2x 3-pin RAINBOW LED connectors
  • 1x 3-pin CORSAIR LED connector (you can control Corsair ICue- dedicated products with MSI Center) :woohoo:
Backplate is solid, huge amount of ports: :D


  1. 1. USB 2.0
  2. 2. DisplayPort
  3. 3. 2.5G LAN
  4. 4. Wi-Fi/Bluetooth
  5. 5. Audio Connectors
  6. 6. Flash BIOS Button
  7. 7. HDMI
  8. 8. USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps Type-A
  9. 9. USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbps Type-C
  10. 10. Optical S/PDIF Out
Memory: 4x DDR5 memory slots, support up to 128GB Max speed up to 6666+ MHz (y)(y)(y)

I can't wait to build my next gaming setup with this and post part 2 of this very incomplete review!!! 🤩🤩🤩

Thanks for reading 😚