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Update 2019.08.08 Installed NZXT Kraken x62 cooler. It barely fits with all 4 memory sticks installed, but it works.

Still using the Phanteks sleeved cable extensions, but planning to change these out for black cablemod cables in the future.

Original memory stated in the build part list would not work at advertised speed. I swapped it out for a 64GB G.Skill TridentZ Neo kit with part number F4-3600C16Q-64GTZNC and now it works at 3600 with the XMP profile selected.

Having some noise issues with the EVGA 2070 Super. It makes a loud clicking/grinding noise every time the fans spin up and has pretty bad coil whine. May replace this card if I can't get it sorted.

Original post: This is a work in progress. Waiting to install the NZXT Kraken X62, different sleeved cables and better cable combs.

I had a very hard time finding a case that would comfortably fit this motherboard, it's EATX and too wide for most cases without covering up the rubber grommets. I first tried a Fractal Design Meshify S2, it would have worked but just barely and not without causing difficulty in cable management. Then I tried a Phanteks Enthoo Pro M SE, motherboard would not fit at all.

Finally got a Lian Li 011 Dynamic Razer and it worked because the cable management cutouts/grommets are recessed and angled.

I don't recommend this motherboard unless you need all the USB or the included M.2 Xpander. The MSI X570 Creation is overpriced like a lot of other X570 boards, but it's also buggy. Mystic Light (RGB control software) is buggy and intermittently changes my RGB to solid red (the MSI default), even on devices that I have it set not to control the RGB for. Fan curves I have set manually randomly revert to default in MSI Dragon Center. There's no way to dim or turn off the bright red post code LED's.

Part Reviews

CPU

Amazing processor. I'm using it for editing with Davinci Resolve and it has been a champ so far.

Thermal Compound

Good nano carbon paste. Easy to apply with the included mini spatula. Temps seem fine. 4g is enough for at least 4 builds.

Motherboard

Overpriced. Buggy software, especially the RGB control (Mystic Light). It's always screwing up my lighting, not just on the board but also on my CPU cooler and RAM. BIOS is laggy and poorly organized. MSI makes good hardware but really needs some help with their software.

Included M.2 expansion card seems useful, but it's too large and blocks airflow to any normally installed video card.

Finally, the board is huge and won't fit in most cases. Even cases that claim to fit EATX boards will have trouble with this one due to it's width.

Would recommend any cheaper X570 board over this.

Storage

Amazing performance for the price. You can pick this up on sale for around $120.

Storage

Beefy copper heatsink keeps it running cool, but it's kind of an eyesore. Maybe it will match someone's build, but I think Gigabyte could have anodized it to a more neutral color like black.

Overpriced and not a huge performance gain when compared to PCIE Gen 3 drives, but that's expected with bleeding edge hardware. Diminishing returns here compared to something like ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB.

Video Card

Card performs well but has some noise issues. Fans make a loud clicking/grinding noise every time they spin up, which can be a lot under certain workloads. Very loud coil whine under full load, like excruciatingly head-splitting loud and shrill. This card has a massive heatsink and is marketed as being quiet because the fans stop, but this card is far from quiet. Apparently a common issue with EVGA 2070 Super/2080 cards. Can't recommend it.

Case

Fun case to build in. Different. Ok for air cooling even though it's really made for open loops. Unique design and layout is refreshing.

No problems fitting a massive EATX motherboard that no other case I tried would fit.

Power Supply

Excellent price on an excellent power supply. I've been buying Seasonic exclusively for 15+ years and haven't had a single one go bad yet.

Case Fan

RGB looks good and iCue software gives you an incredible level of control, even down to specific individual LED's.

Fans are not silent but not too loud either. They can move a lot of air at higher speeds, but then of course they do make a lot of noise.

Expensive for what they are.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that case. I'm planning on using it. Also +1 for the amazing build. Also can you make the front part with the razer logo red ?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

The case is awesome, really different and fun to build in. The design is clever and gives you lots of space for cable management, in my case loads of RGB fan wiring.

You can make the case colors whatever you want using Razer's software, including red. It even has some effects with motion that are pretty cool. The Razer logo doesn't show up much though, it's a bit dim.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Very interested to see if you're able to fit the x62 on the Creation with all dimms filled, I'm currently building a new video edit system and have a similar setup... The last thing I need to get is the CPU cooler... Never thought ram clearance would be an issue with an AIO - Also considering Noctua d15 SE Am4, but I hesitate to go with an air solution for heavy extended workloads. Do you feel like the board is just going through some growing pains, or did MSI just not deliver on the overall package? Great build by the way, I almost got that case as well, but ended up going a different direction at the last minute.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't installed the x62 yet, but I'll definitely report back when I do.

My issues with the MSI board are mostly BIOS related.... settings randomly reverting to the default without notice, can't run the memory anywhere near advertised speed without crashing, Mystic Light randomly changing colors on various RGB lights to solid red instead of my settings, fan curves set in Dragon Center randomly going full speed when the temps are no where near critical.

Hopefully MSI can iron out these kinks in a BIOS / Dragon Center update.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Got the Kraken x62 installed and while it was a tight squeeze, it fits with all 4 memory slots occupied. Updated pics in the build.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Finally someone liked MSU and doesn’t pay for overpriced ASUS boards

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

are you able to remove the copper heat sink that is on the gigabyte SSD, and use the one that comes with your motherboard?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes the Gigabyte copper heatsink is removable, but I found the mounting of the motherboard heatsink over the M.2 slots to be difficult and I suspect the cooling would not be as good, so I left it off.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

You said that you would recommend other x570 board over this, Which ones are you referring to ? would you have went for the MSI X570 Ace or different brand ? Also, I heard that asus have qc issues with their new boards based on reviews.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I made two builds after this one using Asus X570 TUF, and Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite. These boards are both under $200 and have been fine with Ryzen 3900X, unless you really need all the USB on the Creation or the M.2 addon card, I'd save the money and go for something like one of these. If you're not running a 3900X and don't need PCIE Gen4, then the MSI B450 Tomahawk Max should be perfectly fine and you can save even more money.

Only issue I had was the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite had one malfunctioning fan header, it would only run fans at 100% - not that big of a deal for me since the other headers worked and I used a fan controller anyway. Haven't had a single problem with the Asus X570 TUF.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Only cons is that the AMD version motherboards have chipset fans which last for 60k hours / around 4 years (depending on usage) until it gets replaced, so its not much of a future proof. Whereas the intel boards avoids that risk.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The B450 boards do not have chipset fans, so B450 Tomahawk Max is a good choice if you're worried about that. It's by far the cheapest as well, $115 on B&H at the moment.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello :) what is your pch(chipset temp) ? My temp idle 60c

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Chipset temp is currently 50c according to Dragon Center HW Monitor.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

lol that motheboard any cheap x570 would've mean you could up grade to 2080 super

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been using MSI's RGB software for 7 months now without any issues so I honestly can say this was just a case of bad luck or maybe I had a case of good luck

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How Loud exactly is the Video Card? Video would be appreciated.

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point