If you want the innards of your PC to look like the living room in Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, MSI might just have the thing for you. You’re looking at the MEG X399 CREATION (yes, it’s intentionally all-caps), which is designed to be the most expensive and outrageously designed AMD Threadripper motherboard that money can buy. It is currently just in concept form, but it already looks amazing.
The MEG X399 CREATION is an extended ATX design for the Threadripper platform, featuring eight DDR4 DIMM slots for up to 128GB of memory and four PCIe slots for up to four graphics cards in AMD Crossfire, each with its own 16 lanes of PCIe connectivity. The rather wild heatsink design that covers the chipset probably can’t be used as a boomerang, but you do have to remove it to install an M.2 SSD into either one of the two slots on the motherboard. NVMe SSDs in an M.2 form factor don’t really need that much cooling, so it is more of a design frill.
The MEG X399 also has a ludicrous number of CPU power phases cooled by a second heatsink, with a 19-phase VRM design accompanying 19 chokes. There’s so much power available through this motherboard that it supports two 8-pin EPS connectors for up to 300W of power draw. The rest of the board is quite pedestrian in comparison. There’s a port 80 debug LED in the bottom right corner, MSI Audioboost sound on the bottom left, a lone PCIe 1x slot next to the CMOS battery, and eight SATA 6Gbps ports. It seems like ASUS anticipates that overclockers using this platform might not want to take out the GPU everytime they need to reset the BIOS, so there is a second, smaller CMOS battery on the top-right corner.
For connectivity, the MEG X399 CREATION has 5.1 surround sound with optical audio out, two Intel Gigabit LAN ports with an Intel 7650 WiFi providing 5.0GHz connectivity, six USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C port, and what might be three USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports as well. The two buttons on the back have very hazy focusing, but these might be the MEM OK and CLR CMOS buttons commonly found on MSI boards made for overclocking.
MSI hasn’t announced any plans to sell the MEG X399 CREATION just yet, but this is going to be a very expensive piece of kit once it arrives. With DDR4 prices as high as they are currently, you could pay for a year’s worth of college tuition just to fill up all the slots.