PREMIUM HARDWARE DESIGN
With years of experience, MSI is no stranger to building high-performance motherboards. Our R&D and engineering teams have reviewed countless designs, evaluated a wide selection of high quality components, and developed products for reliability even under extreme conditions.
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, which will adjust the fan speeds automatically.
OPTIMIZED FOR WATER COOLING
Designed to support the most popular All-In-One & customized water cooling solutions on the market. A dedicated water pump PIN header supports up to 2 amp, giving you full control of the water pump speed. A clearly marked 'keep-out-zone' allows for easy and safe installation and a perfect fit.
16+1 PHASES ROBUST POWER DESIGN
Unleash and sustain maximum performance with an aggressive VRM design built with a total of 16+1 digital power phases. Combining dual power connectors and exclusive Mirrored Power Arrangement, MEG series motherboard is ready for the challenge of high-end processors.
Core Boost technology combines MSI's premium layout and digital power design which allows for faster and undistorted current delivery to the CPU at pin-point precision. This creates the perfect conditions for your CPU overclocking.
1-second overclocking! MSI Game Boost enables one-second overclocking, giving you the performance boost you need to get more FPS.
MORE FOR PERFORMANCE
PRE-INSTALLED IO SHIELDING
Featuring the pre-installed IO shielding, makes your installation process easier and safer. The patent-pending design protect your IO ports and also prevent electrostatic discharge damage, makes your motherboard a strong gaming foundation.
FLASH BIOS BUTTON
Run into trouble? Simply flash BIOS version and continue gaming within minutes with Flash BIOS Button. (works even without hardware!)
KEEP OUT ZONE
MSI motherboards circuitry ensure that the case standoff keep out zones are pure and clean, preventing any component contact or damage to the motherboard.
MORE USER FRIENDLY ENHANCEMENTS
MORE RELIABLE CIRCUIT TRANSMISSION
6 PCB layers allows for higher bandwidth and faster transfer speeds. This is also beneficial for reliable circuit transmission.
FORTIFY YOUR SYSTEM WITH PCI-E STEEL ARMOR
MSI PCI Express Steel Armor slots are secured to the motherboard with extra solder points and support the weight of heavy graphics cards. When every advantage in games counts, Steel Armor shields the point of contact from electromagnetic interference.
ULTIMATE MOTHERBOARD PROTECTION
Double ESD protection doubles up the grounding layer around the mounting holes, preventing static discharge surges from damaging the motherboard.
SUPER STABLE GAMING WITH THE HIGHEST QUALITY COMPONENTS
MSI uses high quality components rated for reliable operation even under extreme conditions.
High performance MSI motherboards are loaded with advanced features and the latest technology to overwhelm any challenge at hand no matter whether you're a gamer, prosumer, or PC enthusiast.
EXTREME STABILITY & COMPATIBILITY TESTING
DDR4 BOOST - MSI conducts thorough memory testing with the most popular memory brands under extreme conditions to ensure your system runs stable no matter what. Our memory partners include brands like Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, G.Skill and many more to optimize memory modules, configurations and even improve overclocking.
A HUGE STEP OF DDR PERFORMANCE
MSI OC LAB does not merely work hard on extreme overclocking. Compare to Z390 motherboard memory XMP profile, MSI does have great improvement on performance and efficiency for Z490. Easy to enable XMP profile with auto power settings to get the best memory speed and stability.
EASY OVERCLOCKING WITH XMP PROFILE
The XMP (Extreme Memory Profiles) in MSI BIOS are tested and certified by MSI OC LAB. It is easy to enable with auto power settings to get the best memory speed and stability.
FAST AND FUTURE-READY STORAGE
MSI motherboards support all the latest storage standards, which allows users to connect any ultra-fast storage device. Higher efficiency makes your work easier.
OPTANE: BOOST YOUR HDD TO PERFORM LIKE AN SSD
PC Enthusiasts can now enjoy the performance of an SSD on their HDD by coupling it with the new Intel® Optane™ Memory device. Intel® Optane™ technology provides an unparalleled combination of high throughput, low latency, high quality of service, and high endurance.
EASY RAID SETUP WITH M.2 GENIE
Looking to go all out in terms of raw data speed and put multiple SSDs in RAID 0? Setting this up can prove to be quite the challenge. That's why we created M.2 Genie, a brilliant feature to make setting up RAID 0 for M.2 and U.2 much easier and less time consuming.
BIOS & SOFTWARE
MSI brand new Dragon Center unifies a suite of MSI software utilities into a single centralized application. Take control of advanced motherboards features and unleash endless possibilities.
CLICK BIOS 5
Get more from a loaded BIOS designed for ease of use. Fine-tune the motherboard for gaming performance, efficiency, or overclocking world records!
MSI APP PLAYER
Developed under an exclusive partnership with BlueStacks, the MSI APP Player brings seamless gaming experience between mobile games and PC platform, and leverages customized features as specific keyboard lighting and better graphics with multi-task works.
* Hotkey backlighting will be available starting from Dragon Center ver. 2.3.1808.1001.
MSI motherboards are built with a variety of connectors to satisfy gamers. Enhanced audio, advanced LAN networking capabilities, USB and Mystic Light turn any gaming experience into an immerse one.
HIGH-BANDWIDTH AND LOW-LATENCY NETWORK
2.5Gbps LAN provides incredible data transfer speed faster than general Gigabit LAN. This is a premium solution for demanding users.
SURFACING WITH THE REAL MU-MIMO TECHNOLOGY
The WI-FI 6 adopts the latest OFDMA and two-way MU-MIMO technologies and could provide up to 4X network capacity and efficiency in the high signal density environment. Comparing to the WI-FI 5, 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 to several devices and allow signals from the different devices bundled together. This new technology provides all the devices in the same network environment with same and harmonious traffic bandwidth in an efficient way.
OPTIMIZE ONLINE GAMING TRAFFIC FOR LOWER LATENCY!
MSI GAMING LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games, giving you the best online gaming experience with low latency.
AUDIO BOOST HD
HIGH DEFINITION ALC1220 AUDIO PROCESSOR - Supports DSD Super Audio CD playback & recording(64x better than regular CD quality) and 120dB SNR / 32-bit.
ESS AUDIO DAC - Recreates the optimal natural analogue sound with ultra-low distortion to ensure a perfect, realistic display of sound.
HIGH QUALITY AUDIO CAPACITORS - A high fidelity sound experience with exceptional acoustics and realism for studio level headphones is ensured.
GOLDEN AUDIO JACKS WITH S/PDIF - Keep your sound perfect by transmit your audio with pure digital signal.
DEDICATED HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER - A dedicated headphone can drive audiophile headphones up to 600Ω impedance, delivering studio-grade sound quality by automatically.
NAHIMIC & VOICE BOOST
Hear your teammates perfectly but still enjoy your audio. Voice Boost automatically reduces the game's audio when teammates speak, and sets volume back when no one speaks.
ISOLATED AUDIO SIGNAL
Like a dedicated sound card, audio components and circuits have been laid on a reserved motherboard section and electrically isolated.
Using separated layers in the PCB ensures equally pristine sound quality for both left and right audio channels.
Audio Boost protects your ears by eliminating those annoying loud popping sounds when you plug/unplug devices or turn your PC on/off.
DOUBLE BANDWIDTH WITH LIGHTNING USB 3.2 GEN 2x2 20G
Using USB 3.2 devices has never been faster! Featuring the Lighting ASmedia 3241 USB 3.2 Gen2x2 controller, MSI motherboards offer never before seen USB speeds up to 20Gb/s when connecting the Rear USB Type-C™. The Lightning USB 20G connectors are covered with gold to ensure a better signal and performance.
USB FRONT TYPE-C
MSI gaming motherboards support USB Front Type-C™ that allows gamers to connect with the latest USB devices. Built up a system with MSI PC case to have the most convenient experience.
Operating System Support:
- Windows® 10, 64-bit
|Make and Model||MSI MEG Z490 UNIFY ATX Motherboard|
|CPU||Supports 10th Gen Intel® Core™ and Pentium® Gold / Celeron® processors for LGA 1200 socket1
1. Onboard graphics output are disabled when using F SKU processors.
|Chipset||Intel® Z490 Chipset|
|Memory||4x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 128GB1
Supports 1R 2133/2666/2933 MHz
Supports non-ECC mode, un-buffered memory
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
1. Please refer www.msi.com for more information on compatible memory.
|Expansion Slots||3x PCIe 3.0 16 slots (2 from CPU, 1 from PCH, support 16/0/4, 8/8/4)
2x PCIe x1 slots (from PCH)
|Multi-GPU Support||Supports 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
Supports 3-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology
|Storage||Intel® Z490 Chipset:
6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
3 x M.2 slots (Key M)
M2_1 supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s, 2242/ 2260/ 2280/ 22110 storage devices
Supports RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices
Intel® Z490 Chipset:
ASMedia® 3241 chipset:
|LAN||1 x Realtek® 8125B 2.5G LAN controller|
|Wireless Communication||Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201:
Supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, MU-MINO Rx, 2.4GHz-5GHz (160MHz) up to 2.4Gbps
Wi-Fi 6 Pre-Certified
Supports Bluetooth® 5.1, FIPS, FISMA
The Wireless module is pre-install in the M2 (Key-E) slot
|Audio||Realtek® ALC1220 Codec + ESS SABRE9018Q2C combo DAC
7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
Support for S/PDIF Out
|Back Panel I/O||1x Clear CMOS Button
1x PS/2 Keyboard / Mouse Port
1x 2.5G LAN
2x Wi-Fi /Bluetooth Antenna Connectors
5x HD Audio Connectors
1x Flash BIOS Button
2x USB 2.0 Ports
3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps (Type-A)
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps (Type-A)
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbps (Type-C)
1x Optical S/PDIF-Out
|Internal I/O Connectors||1x 24-pin ATX main power connector
2x 8-pin ATX 12V power connectors
6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
3x M.2 slots (M-Key)
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps Type-C port
1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps ports)
2x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
1x 4-pin CPU fan connector
1x 4-pin water-pump connector
6x 4-pin system fan connectors
1x front panel audio connector
2x system panel connectors
1x Chassis Intrusion connector
1x slow mode jumper
1x power button
1x reset button
1x 4-pin RGB LED connector
2x 3-pin RAINBOW LED connectors
1x 3-pin CORSAIR LED connector
|Operating System||Supports Windows® 10 64-bit|
|Form Factor||ATX Form Factor|
|Dimensions (LxW)||30.5 x 24.4 cm (12" x 9.6")|