MSI has officially announced its Intel 400 series motherboards lineup alongside the Intel 10th gen Comet Lake-S processors, the MEG, MPG, and MAG series that is catered for different segments of users. To support the Intel 10th gen processors, MSI 400 series motherboards utilize the latest technology and the most advanced design.
The entire MSI Z490 motherboard lineup improves conductivity for thermal and OC performance by adopting multi-layer PCB from 6 layers to 10 layers. Multi-layer PCB is beneficial for higher bandwidth and reliable circuit transmission. It also features the latest Intel 2.5GbE LAN and Wi-Fi 6 AX solution that offer blazing-faster data transfer speeds for a responsive online experience.
Being the flagship segment, the MEG series focuses on the latest technology, aggressive cooling system, and exclusive features to achieve maximum performance.
Active Cooling and Premium Thermal Solution
MEG series motherboards feature active cooling system: Frozr Heatsink Design with double ball bearings fan, Zero Frozr technology, and venting on I/O shielding. MEG Z490 GODLIKE offers an even more powerful thermal design, including Stacked Fin Array, heat-pipe, and MOSFET Baseplate which are all adapted for extreme and overclocking performance.
All three M.2 slots are equipped with M.2 Shield Frozr. MEG Z490 GODLIKE provides patented double side M.2 thermal solution to ensure the best thermal condition.
Mirrored Power Arrangement
Compared to other designs, MEG series motherboards adopt Mirrored Power Arrangement with ISL Phases controllers to double the phases. 16x 90A Smart Power Stage Design with 16x Titanium Choke III are also used to ensure identical, consistent, and stable power delivery for 10th Gen Intel Core Processors.
MEG Exclusive Features
MEG Z490 GODLIKE and MEG Z490 ACE both feature Chest Plate, a rigid metal backplate, to prevent potential bending or twisting damage during the installation process.
Audio Boost HD is also used for MEG series motherboards with a dedicated ALC1220 audio processor, while the ESS Audio DAC and headphone amplifier deliver studio-grade sound experience.
MEG Z490 GODLIKE’s exclusive features include Dynamic Dashboard II, which upgrades it with a colorful OLED for better customization, 10G Super LAN and Thunderbolt 3 port to provide higher transfer speed, and M.2 XPANDER-Z GEN 4 S accessory card with Smart Fan Function.
For gamers who put heavy emphasis on high performance, MPG series motherboards are always the top choice to show personal style with unique looks and touches. All MPG series motherboards offer onboard Mystic Light LED with 16.8 million colors and 29 effects, controlled easily within MSI’s exclusive Dragon Center.
Premium Duet Rail Power Solution helps improve the stability of power delivery. With more processor cores, the thermal solution is essential to enhance heat dissipation effects. MPG Z490 GAMING CARBON WIFI features enlarged chipset heatsink and heat-pipe. MPG Z490 GAMING EDGE WIFI and MPG Z490M GAMING EDGE WIFI are both equipped with aluminum cover and MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS offers an Extended Heatsink Design, which is all well-prepared for the potential rise in temperature.
High-speed transmission for both the internet and intranet is considered increasingly important for gamers. 2.5G LAN with LAN Manager is a must with Wi-Fi 6 AX solution, offering the latest wired and wireless connection. Lightning USB 20G for MPG Z490 GAMING CARBON WIFI and MPG Z490 GAMING EDGE WIFI adopts ASMedia 3241 controller chip for up to 20Gbps transfer speed with Type-C connector.
Military styled looks symbolize a rigid and tough image. MAG series is performance-based with essential specifications to fulfill gamers’ needs. MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK features aluminum cover and MAG B460 TOMAHAWK has Extended Heatsink Design. Both enlarged heatsinks ensure better thermal effects. All M.2 slots are equipped with M.2 Shield Frozr to prevent throttling. Digital PWM with 12+1+1 Duet Rail Power System can guarantee stability and consistency for power delivery.
MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK is equipped with Dual LAN, including 2.5G LAN and Gigabit LAN with lower CPU overhead and long-term network usage.
For B460 chipsets, MSI also has a complete MAG series motherboard lineup including TOMAHAWK, MORTAR, and BAZOOKA motherboards with all equipping 12+1+1 Duet Rail Power System for more stability to meet entry-level gamers.
PRO series helps users work smarter. Z490-A PRO features stable functionality and high-quality assembly for better professional workflows. Extended Heatsink Design, M.2 Shield Frozr, and Digital PWM with 12 Duet Rail Power System lead to reliable processing. The network solution has also been upgraded to 2.5G LAN to offer faster networking experiences.