MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi Motherboard Review




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A Closer Look

It’s certainly an attractive motherboard, so long as you like matte blacks and greys peppered with carbon fiber-esque panels.

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The hardware is serious enough though, with a 12+1+1 Duet Rail Power System fed from an 8+4 pin CPU power connector. The VRM heatsinks are quite large, with some thicker fins stacked. However, there is also a heat pipe running between them for better heat dissipation.

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AT the bottom, you’ve got even more carbon on the chipset heatsink, as well as two heatsinks for the M.2 mounts. It all looks a little out of shape though, nothing really matches here and the M.2 covers look slimmer than usual. It’s all fine, but geometrically, it’s a mess.

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There are three full-size PCIe lanes, albeit the top two are armoured for supporting the weight of modern GPUs. There’s a pair of 1x slots in there too should you need them. Furthermore, audio hardware is amounted on the bottom left, with a separating trace to reduce interference.

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In additional to the M.2 mounts, there are six SATA ports for all your other hard drives.

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The rear I/O shield is pre-installed, so there’s no chance of you forgetting it. It’s well equipped too, with plenty of USB ports, including a Type-C. Networking comes from both the 2.5G LAN and 802.11 AX WiFi.

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