The concept and implementation of RGB can be a deal-breaker when buying a new motherboard. With many models to choose from, not many are brave enough to drop the rainbow lighting money spinning feature. The new MSI MEG X570 Unify takes a different approach with a unified all-black design and drops all integrated RGB LEDs and shares the same core feature set as the X570 Ace model with 2.5 gigabit Ethernet, a Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax wireless interface, and three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots.

The MSI MEG X570 Unify combines sleek and uniformed all-black aesthetics without the swathes of RGB LEDs which some users find garish. With similar specifications to the MSI MEG X570 Ace which we reviewed at launch, the MEG X570 Unify takes a more direct approach with some very interesting features. Not only has MSI dropped all of the fancy plastic on the rear panel cover and removes the integrated RGB LEDs, but the power delivery heatsink is incorporated into the large aluminium rear panel cover to create a massive and robust cooling solution for power users; the X570 Unify is using a 14-phase power delivery design and two 8-pin 12 V ATX connectors for power. The Unify is more focused towards enthusiasts and represents MSI's higher-tier of X570 models. 

Looking at the core feature set, the MSI MEG X570 Unify includes three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots which each come with individual heatsinks for improved cooling performance when used with NVMe based drives. Also included four SATA ports and for the networking, a Realtek RTL8125 2.5 GbE port, and an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax wireless interface. On the rear panel, there is a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec with three USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, one USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, two USB 3.1 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. Also present is a clear CMOS button, a Flash BIOS button, and a PS/2 combo port. There are three full-length PCIe 4.0 slots which operate at x16, x8/x8, and x8/x8/x4, as well as two PCIe 4.0 x1 slots. Supported memory speeds allow for DDR4-4600 and up to 128 GB to be installed.

The Ryzen 9 3900X at 5.85 GHz using the MSI MEG X570 Unify

Everything about this model screams enthusiast, but without all of the bells and whistles of the MEG X570 Ace. The MSI MEG X570 Unify even managed to push a Ryzen 9 3900X to 5857.01 MHz which is the current highest frequency for this processor on HWBot. That sends a very clear message that this model is suited for overclocking, but still provides users with the same premium desktop motherboard features as other competitive models in its product segment.

At present, there is no pricing information available for the MSI MEG X570 Unify, but it is expected to hit the shelves soon and it's likely the launch of this model was due to coincide with the launch of the 16-core 7nm AMD processor, the Ryzen 9 3950X which has been pushed back to November.

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  • 8lec - Monday, October 7, 2019 - link

    That is actually a great idea.
    If this mobo is actually released as shown above, I'd say well played MSI
  • hbsource - Monday, October 7, 2019 - link

    As soon as the 3950x launches and settles down to somewhere near MSRP, I'm sold on this board.
  • wr3zzz - Monday, October 7, 2019 - link

    No LED, yes! but wait, X570 and its active cooling...
  • mjz_5 - Monday, October 7, 2019 - link

    I have a x570 board. You don’t hear the fan at all
  • TheinsanegamerN - Monday, February 24, 2020 - link

    You didnt hear those old pentium III fans at first either. People seem to forget that.
  • rozquilla - Monday, October 7, 2019 - link

    Awesome, this one and the Asus Pro WS X570-ACE are leading the pack in the for-grown-ups-and-adults market. Glad to see some options for those of us that just want the latest in tech, but not to play games. I still have a 1st gen Ryzen system build around an Gigabyte 'Ultra Durable'-line motherboard, for development under Linux, which is another option, but doesn't have all the bells and whistles. Happily, it is working amazingly well and hopefully for 2-3 years more.

    I plan to upgrade until the PCIe5/DDR5 generation, I pray that there will be many (more than now) non-14-year-olds motherboards without LEDs and plasticky gimmicks by then to choose.
  • Ukyo - Monday, October 7, 2019 - link

    Finally, a mobo without the RGB. I'd get this for next gaming PC.
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - link

    MSI has provided proof that there are still a few adults with the power to make decisions on the payroll.
  • ballsystemlord - Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - link

    @Gavin "There are three full-length PCIe 4.0 slots which operate at x16, x8/x8, and x8/x8/x4..." Your math is off. 1/2 16 = 8, not 8x/8x/4x. Please clarify.

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