MSI MPG Z490 CARBON EK X LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
Core Boost Technology
8+4 pin CPU power connectors and optimized power circuits let GAMING CARBON EK X unleash maximum performance.
6 layer PCB
6 layer PCB improves signal transmission for high performance capabilities across the motherboard.
A selection of the highest quality power delivery components lets the system run reliably even under extreme conditions.
PCIe Steel Armor
Reinforced and shielded PCIe slots for strength and stability.
PREMIUM THERMAL SOLUTION
EK Custom-Designed Monoblock
A custom-designed EK cooling solution offers unmatched cooling for both the CPU and VRM power delivery system.
M.2 Shield Frozr
Sustain maximum high-speed M.2 SSD data transfer with M.2 SHIELD FROZR and prevent SSD thermal throttling.
Pump Fan Support
Control watercooling pump speeds for flowrate and noise control.
Enlarged Chipset Heatsink
Large heatsink over the chipset for superior better heat dissipation.
Lightning USB 20G
Built-in USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port, up to 20Gbps transfer speed, 4X faster than USB 3.2 Gen 1.
2.5G Network Solution
Onboard 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet LAN with gaming LAN manager.
Intel Wi-Fi 6
Featuring the latest wireless solution, delivering speeds up to 2400Mbps and supports MU-MIMO and BSS color technology.
The memory circuit design has been optimized on a reserved section of the motherboard fully isolated from other circuits.
2 x M.2 slots running at PCI-E Gen3 x4 bandwidth for ultra-fast NVMe based SSDs.
EK CUSTOM-DESIGNED CPU + VRM WATER COOLING
Sustain high-performance 10th gen Intel core processors with a custom-designed EK cooling solution. Unmatched cooling for both the CPU and VRM power delivery system prevents thermal throttling allowing for maximum performance to be sustained. It's ready for anything!
CUSTOMIZE YOUR GAMING RIG
Personalize your PC with RGB LED lighting capable of 16.8 million colors with dynamic effects through the Mystic Light APP.
PRE-INSTALLED IO SHIELDING
Pre-Installed IO Shielding makes handling the motherboard process easier and safer. The design is grounded and protects the IO ports from potential electrostatic discharge damage from the external environment.
TWIN TURBO M.2 AND M.2 SHIELD FROZR
Sustain maximum M.2 SSD data transfer with M.2 SHIELD FROZR. Prevent SSD thermal throttling with a heatsink that extends across the motherboard.
4X FASTER LIGHTNING USB 20G
Connect the rear USB Type-C port and quickly move large files including uncompressed video, raw images, and bulky simulation data, powered by the ASMedia 3241 chip. USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 reaches up to 20Gbps, four times faster than USB 3.2 Gen 1.
12+1+1 DUET RAIL POWER SYSTEM
Unleash and sustain maximum performance with an aggressive VRM design built to supply stable and steady power delivery. Powered by 8 + 4-pin power connectors and exclusive Core Boost technology.
MAXIMIUM DATA TRANSFER WITH 2.5G LAN
MPG Z490 CARBON EK X features onboard 2.5Gbps Ethernet LAN, for gamers who demand on high-bandwidth and low-latency network connectivity. Prioritize latency-sensitive applications with MSI LAN Manager for a superior online experience.
WI-FI 6 & BLUETOOTH
Connect to a high-speed WIFI 6 network with onboard Wi-Fi 6. OFDMA and two-way MU-MIMO technology optimize data transmission and deliver speeds up to 2.4Gbps.
Core Boost combines a reserved zone of optimized circuits and premium power delivery components to create a highly efficient power system capable of precise current output to the CPU.
UNMATCHED MEMORY PERFORMANCE
MSI takes memory stability and performance to the extreme. The memory circuit layout has been optimized for reliability and tested extensively in partnership with major memory manufacturers for compatibility.
MULTIPLE GPU SUPPORT AND PCI-E STEEL ARMOR
supports both NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire multi GPU technologies. PCI-E slot placements provide optimal airflow for graphics card cooling. 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 counts, Steel Armor shields the point of contact from electromagnetic interference.
AMPLIFY YOUR GAME WITH AUDIO BOOST 4
Like a dedicated sound card, Audio Boost 4 offers a HD audio processor, dedicated amplifier and high quality audio capacitors, all physically isolated from the rest of the motherboard circuitry to ensure the purest audio signal to locate enemies with pin-point accuracy.
EZ LED CONTROL FOR RGB CUSTOMIZATION
A built-in LED switch on the motherboard instantly turns lighting on or off. Personalize your PC with RGB LED lighting capable of 16.8 million colors with dynamic effects through the Mystic Light APP.
|Model||MPG Z490 CARBON EK X|
|Onboard Video Chipset||Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic:
1 x HDMI port, supports a maximum resolution of 4096x2160 @30Hz
1 x DisplayPort, supports a maximum resolution of 4096x2304 @60Hz
Maximum shared memory is 1GB
|PCI Express 3.0 x16||3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, support x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4 mode|
|PCI Express x1||2 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots|
|Audio Chipset||Realtek ALC1220|
|Audio Channels||7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
Supports S/PDIF output
|LAN Chipset||Realtek RTL8125B|
|Max LAN Speed||10/100/1000/2500Mbps|
|Wireless LAN||Intel AX201
Supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, MU-MINO Rx, 2.4GHz-5GHz (160MHz) up to 2.4Gbps
WiFi 6 Pre-Certified
The Wireless module is pre-install in the M2 (Key-E) slot
|Bluetooth||Supports Bluetooth 5.1, FIPS, FISMA|
|Back I/O Ports||1 x DisplayPort / 1 x HDMI / 1 x LAN (RJ45) / 1 x Optical S/PDIF Out / 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo / 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C / 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 / 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A / 5 x Audio Jacks|
|Onboard USB||1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps Type-C port
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps ports)
2 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
|Other Connectors||1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector
1 x 4-pin water-pump fan connector
6 x 4-pin system fan connectors
1 x Front panel audio connector
2 x System panel connectors
1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
1 x 4-pin RGB LED connector
2 x 3-pin RAINBOW LED connectors
1 x 3-pin CORSAIR LED connector
1 x Serial port connector
1 x TPM module connector
1 x TBT connector
1 x RTD3 connector
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
|Dimensions (W x L)||12.0" x 9.6"|
|Power Pin||1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
|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
CPU + VRM Water Cooling: A custom-designed EK monoblock that offers pristine cooling for both the CPU and VRM power delivery section
Mystic Light: 16.8 million colors / 29 effects controlled in one click. Mystic Light Extension supports both RGB and Rainbow LED strip
Audio Boost 4: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
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
|Date First Available||August 21, 2020|
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