All New MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi ATX LGA1200 motherboard

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ModelMSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi
Supported ProcessorSupports 10th Gen Intel® Core™ and Pentium® Gold /Celeron® processors (LGA 1200)
Type of BoardATX
Memory Support4 DIMMs, Dual Channel DDR4-4800(OC)
Expansion slots2x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
3x PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots
Support 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ / 3-Way AMD®
Storage2x M.2 slots, support Intel® Optane™ Technology
6x SATA 6Gb/s
Rear USB1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 20Gbps (Type-C) + 5 x USB 3.2 Gen 2
10Gbps (1 Type-C + 4 Type-A) + 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps
(Type-A) + 6 x USB 2.0
Video portsDisplayPort, HDMI – Requires Processor Graphics
Network Realtek® 8125B 2.5G LAN; Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201, Bluetooth 5.1
AudioRealtek® ALC1220 Codec
7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
Supports S/PDIF output
RGB Headers2 X 4-PIN AURA RGB Headers
2 X 3-PIN Addressable GEN 2 RGB Headers

All about MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi

With Years of experience and continues R&D, MSI has built MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon Wifi to give you an amazing gaming experience. This ATX sized (Form factor) board runs with intel processors. one of the important features it offers is faster memory speed support DDR4 with 4 DIMMs slots. you can overclock up to 4800Mhz compared to 4400Mhz in previous-gen boards.

Generally, SSDs will give lower performance when they tend to get hot. MSI’s M.2 SHIELD FROZR is a next-generation thermal solution offered to reduce the heat and give users a better experience. This comes with fully controllable in BIOS and software, it lets you manage the speed of fans cooling your system & CPU. With MSI OC Labs you can easily overclock RAM up to 5000Mhz.

If we talk about connectivity 2.5Gbps LAN provides amazing speed and low-latency which makes that kill happen. That’s not all it comes with Wifi 6 support which is compared with Wifi 5 technology, which can only send the data packet to one device at a time on each channel, the Wi fi-6 could combine the packet, separate it into several devices, and allow signals from the different devices bundled together. This new technology provides all the devices in the same network environment with the same and equal traffic bandwidth in an efficient way.

TMSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi offers 2no of PCIe 3.0X1 slots and 3no of PCI-E 3.0×16 slots. We can add 2-Way NVIDIA SLI/3-Way AMD’s Crossfire to this board. It comes bundled with 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps(USB Type-A), 6 USB 2.0, 5 USB 3.2 Gen2 10Gbps (1 Type-C+4 Type-A), 1 USB 3.2 Gen (2X2) 20 Gbps (Type-C) which will be enough for all your USB port needs.

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi supports Intel Core processor models (LGA 1200), we recommend you use the 10th Gen processors series for maximum performance.  It comes with a Displayport and HDMI port, however, to get a display you need to install a dedicated graphics card. The RGB lighting effects is an oasis for sour eyes, this board packs 2x 4-Pin Aura RGB headers and 2×3-Pin addressable Gen 2 RGB headers give you amazing color effects.

white background with low poly digital lines connection

On the board, you will notice high definition Realtek ALC 1220 audio codec, which supports DSD Super audio CD playback & recording at 120dB sound to Noise ratio which is 64times better than CD playback quality. It has a high-quality audio capacitor that provides highly realistic & acoustic studio-level audio. 

This Intel board comes with over-voltage protection which prevents potential short circuits to your CPU and components. With Digital power design technology, your CPU will get undistorted and the fastest current delivery.

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi comes in a glossy cardboard box, well packed with an anti-static plastic sheet. Underneath the board, MSI has packed all the accessory components like User manual, Quick Installation Guide, MSI case badge, Product Registration card, 1 to 2 RGB LED extension Y cable, Driver DVD, Case screw guide, Corsair RGB LED Extension cable, 2nos of SATA cables, 1x Rainbow RGB LED Extension Cable, Promotion card, MSI Product catalog.

Once you install all the devices and install an operating system, we suggest that you use the latest drivers from the OEM website to efficiently run the components.

Pros & Cons of MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi

Pros Cons
1. Addressable ARGB Headers1. Too Expensive
2. Easy to Over Clock2. No PCIe Gen 4 slot
3. Comes with pin extender/splitters 
4. Pre-Installed IO shield 
5. Built in Wifi 

PCMRLabs_recommendedPCMR Labs recommendation: 

This is next best compared to Asus Maximus ll extreme. recommended for people who can spend money on a good rig.

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