With the new 12th Gen Intel CPUs and the Z690 chipset that Intel launched with them being released. It also means that we get to check out the latest motherboard designs. This time around Intel only focused on the high performance focused CPUs so most of the options that came out were gaming, overclocking, or high-end workstation focused. The first board that came in was from MSI which was one of their gaming focused boards, the MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi. Today I’m going to check out what features they have included with this board and check out how the Z690 Carbon WiFi performs with the new i9-12900K as well. I’m also going to take a look at the MAG Coreliquid C280 AIO cooler that MSI sent over as well for LGA1700 testing. Let’s dive in!

Product Name: MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi

Review Sample Provided by: MSI

Written by: Wes Compton

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Supports 12th Gen Intel® Core™, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors 1

Processor socket LGA1700


Intel® Z690 Chipset


4x DDR5 memory slots, support up to 128GB1

Supports 1R 4800 MHz (by JEDEC & POR)

Max. overclocking frequency:

1DPC 1R Max speed up to 6666+ MHz

1DPC 2R Max speed up to 5600+ MHz

2DPC 1R Max speed up to 4000+ MHz

2DPC 2R Max speed up to 4000+ MHz

Supports Intel® XMP 3.0 OC

Supports Dual Controller Dual-Channel mode

Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory

Expansion Slots

3x PCIe x16 slots

-PCI_E1 & PCI_E2 slots (From CPU)

    -Support PCIe 5.0

    -Support x16/ x0, x8/ x8

-PCI_E3 slot (From Z690 Chipset)

    -Supports PCIe 3.0 x4

Onboard Graphics

1x HDMI 2.1 with HDR port, supports a maximum resolution of 4K 60Hz1/ 2

1x DisplayPort 1.4 port with HBR3, supports a maximum resolution of 4K 60Hz1/ 2

Available only on processors featuring integrated graphics.Graphics specifications may vary depending on the CPU installed.


Supports AMD® CrossFire™ Technology


4x SATA 6Gb/s ports - SATA5~8* (From Z690 Chipset)1

2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports - SATAA & SATAB (From ASMedia ASM1061)

5x M.2 slots (Key M)

M2_1 slot (From CPU)

Supports PCIe 4.0 x4

Supports 2260/ 2280/ 22110 storage devices

M2_2 slot (From Z690 Chipset)

Supports PCIe 4.0 x4

Supports 2260/ 2280 storage devices

M2_3 slot (From Z690 Chipset)

Supports PCIe 4.0 x4

Supports 2242/ 2260/ 2280/ 22110 storage devices

M2_4 slot (From Z690 Chipset)1

Supports PCIe 3.0 x4

Supports SATA 6Gb/s

Supports 2242/ 2260/ 2280 storage devices

M2_5 slot (From Z690 Chipset)

Supports PCIe 4.0 x4

Supports SATA 6Gb/s

Supports 2260/ 2280 storage devices

M2_2~5 support Intel® Optane™ Memory

Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology for Intel Core™ processors

SATA7 will be unavailable when installing M.2 SATA SSD in the M2_4 slot.


Supports RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices

Supports RAID 0, RAID 1 , RAID 5 and RAID 10 for M.2 NVMe storage devices


Intel® Z690 Chipset

  • 1x USB3.2 Gen2x2 20Gbps Type-C port on the back panel
  • 6x USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps ports (5 Type-A ports on the back panel, 1 Type-C available through the internal connector)
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps ports available through the internal connector
  • 4 USB 2.0 ports on the back panel

USB Hub-GL850G

  • 4x USB 2.0 ports available through internal connectors


Realtek® ALC4080 Codec

  • 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
  • Supports S/PDIF output


1x Intel® I225V 2.5Gbps LAN controller

WiFi & Bluetooth

Intel® Wi-Fi 6E module

  • The Wireless module is pre-installed in the M.2 (Key-E) slot
  • Supports MU-MIMO TX/RX, 2.4GHz/ 5GHz/6GHz 1(160MHz) up to 2.4Gbps
  • Supports 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac/ ax
  • Supports Bluetooth 5.22, FIPS, FISMA
  1. Wi-Fi 6E 6GHz may depend on every country’s regulations and will be ready in WIN10 21H1 and Windows 11.
  2. Bluetooth 5.2 will be ready in WIN10 21H1 and Windows11.

Internal Connectors

1x 24-pin ATX main power connector

2x 8-pin ATX 12V power connectors

6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

5x M.2 slots (M-Key)

1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps Type-C connector

1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps ports)

2x USB 2.0 Type-A connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)

1x 4-pin CPU fan connector

1x 4-pin water-pump fan connector

6x 4-pin system fan connectors

1x Front panel audio connector

2x System panel connectors

1x Chassis Intrusion connector

1x Clear CMOS jumper

1x TPM module connector

1x TBT connector (supports RTD3)

1x Tuning Controller connector

LED Feature

1x EZ LED Control switch

4x EZ Debug LED

1x 2-Digit Debug Code LED

1x 4-pin RGB LED connector

2x 3-pin RAINBOW LED connectors

1x 3-pin CORSAIR LED connector

Back Panel Ports

USB 2.0


2.5G LAN


Audio Connectors

Flash BIOS Button


USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps Type-A

USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbps Type-C

Optical S/PDIF Out


ATX Form Factor

12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)


9 mounting holes

Operating System

Support for Windows® 11 64-bit, Windows® 10 64-bit

Box Content


Wi-Fi Antenna
User Manual
Quick Installation Guide
EZ M.2 Clips
USB Drive
2x SATA Cables
1 to 2 RGB LED Extension Y Cable
Corsair RGB LED Extension
Rainbow RGB Extension Cable
Cable Stickers
MPG Stickers
Case Badge
Cleaning Brush
Reward Program
Registration Card
Product Catalog



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