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.
THERMAL SOLUTION FOR MORE CORES AND HIGHER PERFORMANCE
ALUMINUM COVER DESIGN - With more cores' processors, thermal and power design is more important to make sure the temperature keeps lower. MSI extended PWM heatsink and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end Intel CPU to run in full speed with MSI motherboards.
M.2 SHIELD FROZR
World's fastest SSDs can start to lower performance when getting hot. Part of the motherboards heatsink design, M.2 SHIELD FROZR is the next generation M.2 thermal solution to avoid this by offering the best thermal protection to make sure that SSD maintains maximum performance.
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.
12 + 1 +1 DUET RAIL POWER SYSTEM
Unleash and sustain maximum performance with an aggressive VRM design built with a total of 12 digital CPU power phases. Combining 8 + 4-pin power connectors and exclusive Core Boost technology, MAG series motherboard is ready to sustain heavy gaming loadings.
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 multi-core CPU while doing
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.
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.
CERTIFIED FOR GAMING
MSI motherboards has been built and tweaked for hardcore gaming. Feedback from the world's best esports players and rigorous testing sessions with demanding PC games has resulted in a motherboard that’s both powerful and reliable.
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.
OPTIMIZE ONLINE GAMING TRAFFIC FOR LOWER LATENCY!
MSI LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games, giving you the best online gaming experience with low latency.
DEDICATED HIGH DEFINITION AUDIO PROCESSOR - Make sure you enjoy the purest sound quality in both stereo and surround sound.
HIGH QUALITY AUDIO CAPACITORS - A high fidelity sound experience with exceptional acoustics and realism for studio level headphones is ensured.
HIGH QUALITY AUDIO JACKS WITH S/PDIF - Keep your sound perfect by transmit your audio with pure digital signal.
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.
TRUE COLOR MYSTIC LIGHT ON MOTHERBOARD
Splash on some color and vibrant RGB lighting effects using MSI Mystic Light with 16.8 million colors and 29 LED effects.
MYSTIC LIGHT EXTENSION
Still not satisfied with the decoration on the ecosystem? The Mystic Light Extension will help you to have more attractive way to decorate you gaming rig by the LED Strips and still under controlled by the Mystic Light application.
The JRGB pin header provides the max 3A(12V) power supply for the up to 3 meters 5050 RGB LED strips showing single color.
Operating System Support:
- Windows® 10, 64-bit
|Make and Model||MSI MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK 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||1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (from CPU)
1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (from PCH，supports x4 mode)
2x PCIe x1 slots (from PCH)
|Multi-GPU Support||Supports 2-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology|
|Onboard Graphics||1x HDMI port, supports a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 30Hz
1x DisplayPort port supports a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2304 @ 60Hz
|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® RTL8125B-CG 2.5G LAN controller
1 x Intel® I219V 1G LAN controller
|Audio||Realtek® ALC1200-VD1 Codec
7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
Support for S/PDIF Out
|Back Panel I/O||1x PS/2 Combo Port
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps (Type-A)
1x 1G LAN Port
1x 2.5G LAN
5x HD Audio Connectors
2x USB 2.0 Ports
1x HDMI Port
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbps (Type-C)
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps (Type-A)
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps (Type-A)
1x Optical S/PDIF OUT
|Internal I/O Connectors||1x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps Type-C port
1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps connectors (support additional 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps ports)
2x USB 2.0 connectors (support 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 Clear CMOS jumper
2x 4-pin RGB LED connector
2x 3-pin RAINBOW LED connectors
1x serial port connector
1x TPM module connector
1x TBT connector (Thunderbolt card need support RTD3)
|Operating System||Supports Windows® 10 64-bit|
|Form Factor||ATX Form Factor|
|Dimensions (LxW)||30.5 x 24.4 cm (12" x 9.6")|