With Intel finally announced it’s Comet Lake-H mobile processors earlier this month and rumors on the upcoming Comet Lake-S desktop processors, it’s just a matter of time before we see any information on the motherboards to pair with it, supposedly the Intel Z490 chipset motherboards.
The most recent leak we’ve seen regarding the Z490 motherboards is from Twitter users renowned for PC hardware related leaks, momomo_us, and KOMACHI_ENSAKA, revealing the price which is to be expected for these new motherboards.
The alleged price list of the upcoming MSI Z490 chipset motherboards in momomo_us’s tweet two days ago, showing not only the Z490 chipset motherboard lineup which is to be expected from MSI but the price as well.
— 188号 (@momomo_us) April 18, 2020
According to the list, the MSI MEG Z490 GODLIKE is definitely the top of the line model for this release, which is pretty obvious with that €960 price tag. Though you can expect to get more than just the basic features which the Intel Z490 chipset offers, just like any of the previous GODLIKE models that are heavily geared towards enthusiasts.
There’s hardly any information available regarding the specifications of the MEG Z490 GODLIKE as of now but KOMACHI hinted a 16+1+1 phase design, similar to the MEG Z390 GODLIKE, but with 90A powerstages from Intersil, possibly the ISL99390 instead of the 70A Infineon TDA21462.
Apart from the much to be expected yet impressive power delivery design, the MEG Z490 GODLIKE also features dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and a powerful network components combo – Aquantia 10GbE LAN and Realtek 2.5GbE LAN for wired connection, and Intel AX201 to take advantage of the benefits of Wi-Fi 6. It’s unknown whether the Z490 motherboard will come with PCIe Gen4 support, but it seems very plausible as MSI seems to have included the Xpander-Z Gen4 from the MEG X570 GODLIKE as one of the included accessories for the MEG Z490 GODLIKE.
For users who don’t really need that much of features on their Z490 motherboards, there’s also the least expensive MPG and MAG series that goes as low as €200. Unlike the MEG Z490 GODLIKE, information on the features and specifications of these boards are nowhere to be seen. Looking at these leaked images, we can hardly tell the power delivery design on both the MPG Z490 motherboards, except for the Z490 A-PRO, which could possibly be a 12+1+1 design.