MSI PRO Z690-A - DDR5 LGA 1700 Intel Motherboard
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MSI PRO Z690-A - DDR5 LGA 1700 Intel Motherboard

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Streamline performance of your business rig with the PRO Z690-A LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard from MSI. Featuring an LGA 1700 socket and Z690 chipset, this motherboard is compatible with Intel 12th Gen Core, Pentium Gold, and Celeron processors. Install up to 128GB of dual-channel RAM across four DDR5 memory slots, with speeds up to 6400 MHz supported via overclocking. Four M.2 and six SATA III connectors accommodate storage drives, while a PCIe 5.0 x16 slot, two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, and a PCIe 3.0 x1 slot can be used to install various adapter cards. This board also supports AMD CrossFireX for multi-GPU setups.

Connect accessories via a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C port, plus one USB 3.2 Gen 2, two USB 3.2 Gen 1, and four USB 2.0 Type-A ports on the rear I/O panel. An RJ45 port is also present, supporting wired 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet connections. Connect to monitors via the HDMI or DisplayPort outputs. Internal headers provide connections for liquid or air cooling, dual CPU power, a TPM module, chassis intrusion alarm, and more. Relying on the Realtek ALC 897 Audio Codec, the MSI PRO Z690-A LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard supports 8-channel audio.

LGA 1700 Socket

Utilizing the LGA 1700 socket and Z690 chipset, this motherboard is compatible with 12th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold, and Celeron processors.

Extended PWM Heatsink

MSI's extended PWM heatsink with 7W/mK thermal padding ensures even power-hungry processors run at full speed.

M.2 Shield FROZR

Featuring an integrated design, this heatsink ensures your M.2 drive isn't hampered by throttling due to high temperatures.

Fully Controllable in BIOS and Software

MSI motherboards let you manage speeds and temperatures for all your system and CPU fans. Total Fan Control allows you check your primary system characteristics in a simplified graphical interface. You can also set up to 4 temperature targets for CPU and motherboard, with automatic adjustment of fan speeds.

MSI AI Engine

Detect CPU and GPU temperatures and automatically adjust the system fans via MSI AI ENGINE. Take advantage of performance, silent, and manual modes for tailored operation.

Optimized for Liquid Cooling

Designed to support popular all-in-one and customized water cooling solutions, this motherboard features a dedicated water pump PIN header supporting up to 2A and giving you full control of water pump speed. A clearly marked keep-out-zone allows for easy and safe installation and a perfect fit.

EZ Debug LED

Onboard LEDs for key components will indicate the source of the problem so you know exactly where to look to get your machine up and running again.

XL Clip

The enlarged PCIe clip helps you swap or remove your devices with ease while also keeping the PCI-E slot stronger and safer.

EZ M.2 Clip

Install an M.2 SSD quickly and effortlessly using the EZ M.2 clips.

Keep Out Zone

MSI motherboard circuitry ensures the case standoff keep out zones are clear of contacts, preventing shorts or damage to the motherboard. Plus, an avoid-collision notification is printed in protective paint around each screw hole to prevent parts from being scratched.

Easy to Arrange Cables

MSI's PCB design is intended to make cable management a breeze.


In addition to being compatible with 12th Gen Intel processors, this motherboard is Windows 10 and 11 certified. Furthermore, it has been tested for compatibility and stability with a range of memory modules.

PCB Design

The PCB design is optimized for higher bandwidth and faster transfer speeds, as well as reliable circuit transmission. Utilizing a six-layers PCB, this motherboard sports server-grade materials and two ounces of thickened copper.

PCIe Steel Armor

MSI PCIe Steel Armor slots are secured to the motherboard with extra solder points. In addition to supporting the weight of heavy graphics cards, these slots are also intended to shield the points of contact from electromagnetic interference.

Double ESD Protection

Double ESD protection increases the grounding layer around the mounting holes, preventing static discharge surges from damaging the motherboard.

2.5 Gigabit Ethernet

Get fast internet connectivity via an RJ45 port supporting 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet.

Optimized for Lower Latency

MSI LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes latency-sensitive applications, giving you the best online experience with low latency. Change an application's traffic priority or customize the bandwidth for each application.

Speed Up Storage

MSI PRO series motherboards support a range of storage standards, allowing you to connect any storage device for improved efficiency and unfettered productivity.

SMT PCIe 5.0 Slot

A Surface Mount Technology (SMT) PCIe 5.0 slot diminishes interference and electrical noise, while also fully supporting the higher bandwidth and faster transfer speeds of PCIe 5.0 signal.

Intel Optane Support

PC Enthusiasts can now enjoy the performance of an SSD on their HDD by coupling it with an Intel Optane Memory device, available separately. Optane technology provides a combination of high throughput, low latency, quality of service, and optimized endurance.

Maximize USB Performance

Use the USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C port on the rear I/O panel to take advantage of transfer speeds up to 20 Gb/s.

Front-Panel USB Type-C Port

Use the internal header to connect a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port on the front panel.

Extend RGB with Ease

The Mystic Light Extension pin header provides an intuitive way to control RGB strips and other RGB peripherals added to a system without needing a separate RGB controller.

14+1+1 Power Design

Utilizing a VRM design built with a total of 14 digital CPU power phases, two 8-pin power connectors, and exclusive Core Boost technology, this motherboard is ready for intense workloads.

DDR5 Memory

Take advantage of DDR5 memory speeds up to 6400 MHz when overclocking. Plus, XMP memory profile support utilizes auto power settings for improved speed and stability.


The SMT welding process reduces the defect rate of slot solder joints, electromagnetism, and interference for a clean high-frequency DDR5 signal.

Core Boost

Core Boost technology combines a streamlined layout with an optimized power design, allowing for faster and undistorted current delivery to the CPU for precise multi-core computing and overclocking.

Isolated Audio Design

Like a dedicated sound card, audio components and circuits have been laid on a reserved motherboard section and electrically isolated.

Separate Audio Layers

Using separated layers in the PCB ensures accurate sound quality for both left and right audio channels.

MSI Center

MSI Center unifies a suite of MSI software utilities into a single centralized application. Take control of advanced motherboard features that include true color, live update, user scenario, hardware monitoring, profile setting, fan center, Mystic Light, and system diagnosis functionalities.

Click BiOS 5

Fine-tune your motherboard for gaming performance, efficiency, or overclocking in EZ or Advanced mode. Use the Creator Genie to overclock your CPU with the press of a button; employ XMP profiles or the Memory Try It feature to speed up compatible memory modules. Furthermore, M-FLASH conveniently flashes or upgrades the BIOS in a few minutes from the CMOS Setup Utility, and hardware monitoring lets you check on temperature, memory capacity, clock speed, and voltage. Finally, a permanent search and favorite option in the top right corner moves you through the BIOS menus quickly.

Re-Size BAR

Re-Size BAR is an advanced PCIe feature that enables the CPU to access the entire GPU frame buffer at once and improve performance.

System Safety

All MSI PRO series motherboards have integrated security functions in the BIOS to protect your private files from unauthorized access.

USB 3.2 Gen 2

Doubling the speed of its predecessor, USB 3.2 Gen 2 features a maximum throughput of 10 Gb/s when used with compatible devices and is synonymous with USB 3.1 Gen 2.
Chipset Intel Z690
CPU Socket LGA 1700
USB 4 x USB 2.0 Type-A
2 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C
Thunderbolt None
Display 1 x DisplayPort 1.4Output
1 x HDMI 2.1Output
Audio 6 x 3.5 mm
Ethernet / Controller 1 x Intel I225-V 2.5Gigabit
PS/2 1 x PS/2
Buttons BIOS Flashback
Memory Slots 4 x 288-Pin
Memory Support DDR5 4000, 4800, 5400, 6400 MHz
Maximum Capacity 128 GB
Channel Architecture Dual Channel
ECC Support Non-ECC Unbuffered
M.2 1 x M Key 2242, 2260, 2280, 22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x M Key 2242, 2260, 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x M Key 2242, 2260, 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA III)
1 x M Key 2242, 2260, 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4, SATA III)
U.2 None
RAID Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 (SATA)
RAID 0, 1, 5 (M.2)
Expansion Slots 1 x PCIe 5.0 x16
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 mode)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x1 mode)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x1
USB 2 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1 Header (Supports 4 USB Type-A Port)
2 x USB 2.0 Header (Supports 4 USB Type-A Port)
1 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 Header (Supports 1 USB Type-C Port)
Multi-GPU Support AMD CrossFireX
Air Cooling 1 x 4-Pin CPU
6 x 4-Pin System
Liquid Cooling 1 x 4-Pin Pump
Power Connectors 1 x 24-Pin Mainboard
2 x 4-Pin ATX
Security Chassis Intrusion, TPM Header
Diagnostics 2-Digit Debug LED
I/O Connection Headers AAFP, USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1, USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2
Audio Codec Realtek ALC897 (8-Channel)
Supported Operating Systems Windows 10 (64-Bit)
Windows 11 (64-Bit)
Form Factor ATX
Dimensions 12.0 x 9.6" / 30.5 x 24.4 cm
Package Weight 3.305 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.6 x 11.1 x 2.6"

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