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Gigabyte Z490 AORUS ULTRA LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard

Gigabyte Z490 AORUS ULTRA LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard

MSI MPG Z490 GAMING CARBON WIFI Desktop Motherboard

MSI MPG Z490 GAMING CARBON WIFI Desktop Motherboard

MSI MPG Z490 GAMING CARBON WIFI Desktop Motherboard


The MPG series brings out the best in gamers by allowing full expression in color with advanced RGB lighting control and synchronization. Experiment on another level of personalization with a front LED strip that provides convenient in-game and real time notifications. With the MPG series, transform your equipment into the center of attention and top leaderboards in style.

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The MPG series brings out the best in gamers by allowing full expression in color with advanced RGB lighting control and synchronization. Experiment on another level of personalization with a front LED strip that provides convenient in-game and real time notifications. With the MPG series, transform your equipment into the center of attention and top leaderboards in style.

Exclusive Features

Core Boost Technology
Combining 8+4 pin power connectors and premium layout design, that is ready for unleashing the maximum performance.

6-Layer PCB
6 layer PCB provides higher performance and long-lasting system stability without any compromise.

Digital PWM
Highest quality component digital power IC makes sure your system runs smoothly under the most extreme conditions.

PCI-E Steel Armor
Protecting VGA cards against bending and EMI for better performance, stability and strength.

Premium Thermal Solution

Aluminum Cover
All-metal extended heatsink cover enlarges the surface of heat dissipation, ensuring even high-end processors to run in full speed.

M.2 Shield Frozr
Strengthened built-in M.2 thermal solution. Keeps M.2 SSDs safe while preventing throttling, making them run faster.

Pump Fan Support
Control watercooling pump speeds for best flow and noise control.

Heatsinks with 7W/mK Thermal Pad
7W/mK thermal pad provides better heat transfer to the heatsink

High-Speed Transmission

Lightning 20G
Built-in USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port, offers the 20Gbps transmission speed, 4X faster than USB 3.2 Gen 1.

Intel Wi-Fi 6
The latest wireless solution supports MU-MIMO and BSS color technology, delivering speeds up to 2400Mbps.

2.5G Network Solution
Featuring premium 2.5G LAN with LAN manager delivers better network experience.

DDR4 Boost
The fully isolated DDR circuit to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming and overclocking performance.

Twin Turbo M.2
With 2 x M.2 slots . Running at PCI-E Gen3 x4 maximizes performance for NVMe based SSDs.

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.


Aluminum Cover: Thermal Solution for More Cores and Higher Performance
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 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 Fan Control: 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 to 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.

System Cooling: DIY 2.0 - Integrating with the System Environment
Connect and synchronize with MSI coolers and cases with strategically positioned pin-header locations including a dedicated pump-fan header.

Power Solution

Structure: 12 + 1 +1 Duet Rail Power System
Unleash and sustain maximum performance with an aggressive VRM design built with digital CPU power system. Combining 8 + 4-pin power connectors and exclusive Core Boost technology, MPG series motherboard is ready to sustain heavy gaming loadings.

Core Boost
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.

Game Boost: 1-Second Overclocking!
MSI Game Boost enables one-second overclocking, giving you the performance boost you need to get more FPS.

More for Performance:

Load-Line Calibration
What you set, is what you get. LLC makes sure your CPU voltage remains 100% stable under any load. This greatly improves stability when demanding more CPU performance.

Overvoltage Protection
Prevents potential short-circuit damage to the CPU and other critical components.

Digitall Power Design
A fully digital power design allows for faster and undistorted current delivery to the CPU at pin-point precision. Creating the perfect conditions for CPU overclocking.

Double Power Connectors
8+4 pin connectors deliver adequate power even for an overclocked multi-core CPU

DIY Friendly

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 the case standoff keep out zones are pure and clean, preventing any component contact or damage to the motherboard.

More User Friendly Enhancements:

XL Clip:
The enlarged PCI-E clip helps you swap or remove your devices easier. Keep the PCI-E slot stronger and safer.

EZ Debug LED:
Run into trouble? Onboard LEDs for key components will indicate the source of the problem so you know exactly where to look to get up and running again.

EZ LED Control:
A built-in LED button on the motherboard to control your light effect. Turn on/off your light in a second!

Atypical PCB: Easy To Arrange Your Cables
Not clever at cable arrangement? MSI Atypical PCB design not only the identity of stylish but also makes SATA and USB cable routing easier. Arranges cable neatly even you are not familiar with system build.


6 Layers PCB: More Reliable Circuit Transmission
6 PCB layers allows for higher bandwidth and faster transfer speeds. This is also beneficial for reliable circuit transmission.

Steel Armor: 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.

Double ESD protection: Ultimate Motherboard Protection
Double ESD protection doubles up the grounding layer around the mounting holes, preventing static discharge surges from damaging the motherboard.

Certification: Lightning Gen 4 Support, Ready 4 The Future !!!
MSI Z490 motherboards adopt tons of components, enhanced layout placement and PCB design dedicated for PCI-E Gen 4 solution, ensure the higher bandwidth and faster transfer speeds stability, ready 4 the future!

• Reinforced PCIe 4.0 slot provides up to 64GB/s transfer bandwidth
• Dedicated PCIe 4.0 M.2 connectors for the fastest onboard storage solution
• PCIe 4.0 external clock generator provides better PCIe 4.0 overclocking performance
• Dedicated switches transfer both PCIe slot and M.2 4.0 signals
• Optimized PCB layout fully supports higher bandwidth and transfer speeds for PCIe 4.0

Enhanced Performance
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.


DDR4 Boost: Extreme Stability & Compatibility Testing
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.

DDR4 Enhancement: 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.

XMP: 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.

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.


2.5G LAN: 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.

WI-FI 6: Surfacing With The Real Mu-Mimo Technology
The WIFI 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.

MSI MPG Z490 GAMINGnCarbon WiFi Features

  • Supports 10th Gen Intel Core / Pentium Celeron processors for LGA 1200 socket
  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 5000(OC) MHz
  • Ready 4 the Future: Support Lightning Gen 4 Solution for the future
  • Enhanced Power Design: 12+1+1 Duet Rail Power System, 8+4 pin CPU power connectors, Core Boost, DDR4 Boost
  • Premium Thermal Solution: Aluminum Cover with Extended Heatsink Design and M.2 Shield Frozr are built for high performance system and non-stop gaming experience
  • Lightning USB 20G: Powered by ASmedia 3241 USB 3.2 Gen2x2 controller, offering never before seen USB speeds up to 20Gb/s with USB Type-C
  • 2.5G LAN with LAN Manager and Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX Solution: Upgraded network solution for professional and multimedia use. Delivers a secure, stable and fast network connection
  • MYSTIC LIGHT: 16.8 million colors / 29 effects controlled in one click. MYSTIC LIGHT EXTENSION supports both RGB and RAINBOW LED strip
  • Pre-installed I/O Shielding: Better EMI protection and more convenience for installation
  • Audio Boost: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality
Mfr Part#
General Specifications
North Bridge
Intel Z490
CPU Support
Socket Type
LGA 1200
Intel CPU Support
Core i7
Core i5
Core i3
Core i9
Memory Specifications
Maximum Memory Supported Per Slot
Memory Type
Memory Slots
4 x 288pin DIMM
Max Memory Supported
Memory Channel Support
Dual Channel
Video Specifications
Onboard Graphic Chipset
Requires CPU with Integrated Graphics
Multi-GPU Support
2-Way SLI
2-Way CrossFire
3-Way CrossFire
Storage Specifications
M.2 Port Type
SATA Express
2 x M.2 Socket 3
M Key
SATA 6Gb/s
RAID Support
Audio Specifications
Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC1220
Audio Channels
WiFi Support
Onboard WiFi
LAN Chipset
Realtek RTL8125B
LAN Speed
Wireless LAN Chipset
Intel AX201
Wireless Technology
Bluetooth v5.0
WiFi 4 (802.11n)
WiFi 5 (802.11ac)
WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
Expansion Slots
PCI Express 3.0 x16
PCI Express x1
Back Panel Ports
Legacy Ports
1 x PS/2
LAN Ports
1 x 10/100/1000/2500 RJ-45 LAN
Audio Ports
1 x 3.5 mm Microphone
1 x 3.5 mm Line-In
1 x 3.5 mm Line-Out
Specialty Ports
2 x WiFi Antenna Ports
USB 2.0
2 x USB 2.0 (Type-A)
USB 3.1
4 x USB 3.1 (Gen 2 Type-A)
1 x USB 3.2 (Gen 2x2 Type-C)
Video Connectors
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x HDMI 1.4
Digital Audio
1 x Optical
Internal I/O & Connectors
1 x CPU Fan Header
6 x System Fan Header
1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports)
2 x USB 2.0 Headers (supports 2 additional USB 2.0 ports)
1 x USB 3.1 Headers (supports 1 additional USB 3.1 Gen2 port)
Power Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX Connector
1 x 8-pin +12 V Connector
1 x 4-pin +12 V Connector
ATX Connector
24-pin ATX Power Connector
Physical Specifications
Form Factor
3 Years
3 Years
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