MSI PRO Z490-A PRO LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard


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MSI PRO Z490-A PRO LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

MSI PRO Z490-A PRO

A performance- and feature-packed motherboard constructed with premium components, advanced circuit design and extensive heatsink, offering a solid foundation for your new powerhouse based on the 10th generation Intel Core processors. This ATX motherboard boasts a plethora of ports with ultra-fast transmission to meet your current build and future upgrade. And the support for Mystic Light Sync lets you customize and sync gorgeous lighting across your rig, so you can create a game machine that looks as great as it performs.

  • Supports 10th Gen Intel Core / Pentium Celeron processors for LGA 1200 socket
  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 4800(OC) MHz
  • Ready 4 the Future: Support Lightning Gen 4 Solution for the future
  • Premium Thermal Solution: Extended Heatsink Design and M.2 Shield Frozr are built for high performance system and non-stop works
  • 2.5G LAN: Upgraded network solution for professional and multimedia use. Delivers a secure, stable and fast network connection
  • Turbo M.2: Running at PCI-E Gen3 x4 maximizes performance for NVMe based SSDs
  • Intel Turbo USB 3.2 Gen 2: Powered by Intel USB 3.2 Gen2 controller, Turbo USB ensures an uninterrupted connection with more stability and fastest USB speeds
  • Audio Boost: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality
  • Multi-GPU: With Steel armor PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire

PRO series helps users work smarter by delivering an efficient and productive experience. Featuring stable functionality and high-quality assembly, PRO series motherboards provide not only optimized professional workflows but also less troubleshooting and longevity.

USER FRIENDLY DESIGN

MSI motherboards feature tons of convenient and smart design for DIY users. Countless system tuning and troubleshooting tools are at your disposal to push your system to new heights and satisfy even the most demanding tweaker. Makes it so easy to install your own motherboard without any issue.

THERMAL SOLUTION FOR MORE CORES AND HIGHER PERFORMANCE

With more cores integrated in processors, thermal and power design is more important to make sure the temperature is kept lower. MSI extended PWM heatsink with 7W/mK thermal pad ensures even high-end processors 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 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.

AUTODETECT DC OR PWM MODE WITH HYSTERESIS

MSI fan headers automatically detect fans running in DC or PWM mode for optimal tuning of fan speeds and silence. Hysteresis also makes your fans spin up fluently to make sure your system stays silent, no matter what.

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.

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.

XL CLIP

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

keep out zone

Circuits have been routed away from the case standoff keep out zones to minimize the damage impacts of misplaced mounting pieces.

* Please ensure to remove the unnecessary mounting stand-off when installing the motherboard into the case.

EASY TO ARRANGE YOUR CABLES

Not clever at cable arrangement? MSI Atypical PCB design is 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.

COMPATIBILITY

10TH GEN CORE PROCESSORS SUPPORT

EXTREME STABILITY & COMPATIBILITY TESTING FOR MEMORY

WINDOWS 10 CERTIFIED

MORE RELIABLE CIRCUIT TRANSMISSION

6-layer PCB 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.

MSI

DOUBLE ESD PROTECTION - BEST

BRAND A

SINGLE ESD PROTECTION - AVERAGE

BRAND G

SEMI ESD PROTECTION - POOR

CONNECTIVITY

The most important thing of DIY is expandability. MSI PRO series motherboards feature plenty possibility for prosumers’ need. Stable LAN, faster storage and USB transfer speed and other expandable connectors are ready to enlarge your flexibility.

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 NETWORK FOR LOWER LATENCY!

MSI LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications, giving you the best online experience with low latency.

MSI LAN MANAGER

  • Allows you to change applications' traffic priority
  • Allows you to customize bandwidth for each application

FAST AND FUTURE-READY STORAGE

MSI PRO series motherboards support all the latest storage standards, which allows users to connect any ultra-fast storage device. Higher efficiency makes your work easier.

MAXIMIZE YOUR USB DEVICE PERFORMANCE

Read and write your files over USB faster than ever. MSI PRO series motherboards offer a wide variety of options to connect and boost your USB devices, delivering 10Gbps transferring speed by both USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C.

USB FRONT TYPE-C

MSI motherboards support USB Front Type-C that allows gamers to connect with the latest USB devices. Build up a system with MSI PC case to have the most convenient experience.

EXTEND YOUR RGB EXPERIENCE WITH EASE

Add your color if you want! Mystic Light Extension pin header provides an intuitive way to control additional RGB strips and other RGB peripherals added to a system, without needing a separate RGB controller.

JRAINBOW

Connects 3-pin 5V Addressable LED strip

JRGB

Connects 4-pin 12V RGB LED strip

THUNDERBOLT M3 CARD SUPPORT

With the onboard TBT header, you can upgrade your Z490 system and enjoy state-of-the-art speed with MSI THUNDERBOLT M3 add-on card.

*THUNDERBOLT M3 card is not included in this package.

EXPERIENCE MORE

MSI PRO series motherboards are designed to satisfy any professional workflow. Elevate your listening pleasure and enjoy extreme sound quality. Moreover, with years of experience in creating performance enhancing tools that are easy to use, only the highest quality applications are at your disposal. The extensive features let you fine-tune your system to deliver reliable maximum performance.

12 + 1 +1 DUET RAIL POWER SYSTEM

Unleash and sustain maximum performance with an aggressive VRM design built with a total of 12 Duet Rail Power System (DRPS). Combining 8 + 4-pin power connectors and exclusive Core Boost technology, PRO series motherboard is ready to sustain heavy daily work.

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, ensuring 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

A HUGE STEP OF DDR PERFORMANCE

MSI OC LAB does not merely work hard on extreme overclocking. Compared 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.

LOWER LANTENCY AND MORE EFFICIENCY

RELEASE HIGHER MEMORY FREQUENCY

CORE BOOST

Core Boost technology combines MSI's premium layout and optimized power design which allows for faster and undistorted current delivery to the CPU at pin-point precision. Not only supporting multi-core CPU, also creating the perfect conditions for your CPU overclocking.

AUDIO BOOST

 

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.

HD AUDIO CONNECTORS

Keep sound perfect by transmitting your audio with pure digital signal.

ISOLATED AUDIO SIGNAL

ISOLATED AUDIO DESIGN

Like a dedicated sound card, audio components and circuits have been laid on a reserved motherboard section and electrically isolated.

SEPARATED AUDIO LAYERS FOR CLEAN LEFT & RIGHT CHANNELS

Using separated layers in the PCB ensures equally pristine sound quality for both left and right audio channels.

DRAGON CENTER

MSI brand new Dragon Center unifies a suite of MSI software utilities into a single centralized application. Take control of advanced motherboard 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!

  • CREATOR GENIE - Quickly overclock your CPU with a single button for more performance.
  • XMP - Choose from a preset XMP profile and automatically overclock compatible DDR memory.
  • M-FLASH - Conveniently flash or upgrade the BIOS in a few minutes from the CMOS Setup Utility.
  • HARDWARE MONITOR - Get immediate access to your critical hardware information in real-time including temperature, memory capacity, clock speed, and voltage.
  • MEMORY TRY IT - Get extreme speed out of your system memory and get more performance.
  • SEARCH & FAVORITES - A permanent search & favorite option in the top right corner moves you through the BIOS menus quickly.
Model
Brand MSI
Series PRO
Model Z490-A PRO
Supported CPU
CPU Socket Type  LGA 1200
CPU Type Supports 10th Gen Intel Core and Pentium Gold / Celeron processors for LGA1200 socket 1 2
1. Please go to intel.com for compatibility information.
2. Onboard graphics output are disabled when using the F SKU processors.
Chipsets
Chipset  Intel Z490
Onboard Video
Onboard Video Chipset  Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic:
1 x HDMI port, supports a maximum resolution of 4096x2160 @ 30Hz
1 x DisplayPort port supports a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2304 @ 60Hz
Memory
Number of Memory Slots 4×288pin
Memory Standard Supports 1R 2933/ 2666/ 2133 MHz
1DPC 1R Max speed up to 4800+ MHz
1DPC 2R Max speed up to 4266+ MHz
2DPC 1R Max speed up to 4400+ MHz
2DPC 2R Max speed up to 4000+ MHz
Maximum Memory Supported 128GB
Channel Supported  Dual Channel
Expansion Slots
PCI Express 3.0 x16 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (from CPU)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (from PCH, supports x4 mode)
PCI Express x1 3 x PCIe x1 slots (from PCH)
Storage Devices
SATA 6Gb/s  6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports 1
1. SATA2 will be unavailable when installing M.2 SATA SSD in the M2_1 slot.
M.2 2 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 1
M2_2 supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s, 2242/2260/2280 storage devices 2
1. SATA2 will be unavailable when installing M.2 SATA SSD in the M2_1 slot.
2. SATA5 & SATA6 will be unavailable when installing M.2 SATA/PCIe SSD in the M2_2 slot.
Intel Optane Ready Intel Optane Memory Ready 3
3. Before using Intel Optane memory modules, please ensure that you have updated the drivers and BIOS to the latest version from MSI website.
SATA RAID 0/1/5/10
Onboard Audio
Audio Chipset  Realtek ALC892
Audio Channels  7.1 Channels
Onboard LAN
LAN Chipset Realtek RTL8125B-CG
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000/2500Mbps
Rear Panel Ports
Back I/O Ports 1 x DisplayPort / 1 x HDMI / 1 x LAN (RJ45) / 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo / 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A / 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C / 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 / 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A / 6 x Audio Jacks
Internal I/O Connectors
Onboard USB 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps Type-C port
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps connectors (support additional 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps ports)
2 x USB 2.0 connectors (support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
Other Connectors 1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector
1 x 4-pin water pump 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 Clear CMOS jumper
1 x 4-pin RGB LED connector
2 x 3-pin RAINBOW LED connectors
1 x serial port connector
1 x TPM module connector
1 x TBT connector *
* Thunderbolt card need support RTD3
Physical Spec
Form Factor ATX
LED Lighting RGB
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
Features Supports 10th Gen Intel Core / Pentium Celeron processors for LGA 1200 socket

Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 4800(OC) MHz

Ready 4 the Future: Support Lightning Gen 4 Solution for the future

Premium Thermal Solution: Extended Heatsink Design and M.2 Shield Frozr are built for high performance system and non-stop works

Ready 4 the Future: Support Lightning Gen 4 Solution for the future

2.5G LAN: Upgraded network solution for professional and multimedia use. Delivers a secure, stable and fast network connection

Turbo M.2: Running at PCI-E Gen3 x4 maximizes performance for NVMe based SSDs

Intel Turbo USB 3.2 Gen 2: Powered by Intel USB 3.2 Gen2 controller, Turbo USB ensures an uninterrupted connection with more stability and fastest USB speeds

Audio Boost: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality

Multi-GPU: With Steel armor PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire
Additional Information
Date First Available April 23, 2020

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