Recently, Intel officially launched the 10th generation Core i CPU series for desktop PC platform. Along with the new processor is Intel LGA 1200 socket and Z490 chipset. For technology enthusiasts who want to experience the 10th generation Core i processor, a new motherboard is essential as Intel moves socket support from the all-new LGA 1151v2 to the all-new LGA 1200. And MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi is such a powerful motherboard, suitable for experiencing the latest 10th Gen Core i CPU.
MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi is one of the first motherboards to support socket 1200 10th Generation Intel CPUs, which is a significant upgrade over the 1151V2 socket predecessor Z390 series. That’s the higher RAM Bus support, 2.5G Ethernet port and support advanced WiFi 6 AX201 technology. The MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi retains the USB 3.2 Gen 2×1 port and a PCIe 3.0 slot that supports NVME SSD for storage expansion.
The MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi design is unmistakably the dominant black, combining carbon, gunmetal gray and RGB LEDs to create a sense of ruggedness and certainty.
With the standard dimensions of an ATX Gaming motherboard, MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi Suitable when fitted in mid-tower and above cases. The RGB LED on the MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi is now moved by the MSI under the chipset to emphasize the pit. This RGB LED has up to 16.7 million colors, users can fully customize to their liking through Mystic Light software.
Moving towards the RAM slots, MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi is equipped with 4 RAM slots supporting up to 128GB. According to MSI, the MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi supports the RAM bus from DDR4-4400 to DDR4-4800, suggesting Z490’s excellent overclocking capabilities.
On the right side, MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi is equipped with 6 SATA ports 3 bandwidth 6Gbps and one port supports USB 3.2 Gen1, all controlled by Z490 chipset. When it comes to expansion slots, the MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi has three PCIe 3.0 x16 expansion slots (x16, x8, x4), users can set-up up to 2 Nvidia video cards via SLI and 3 cards. AMD monitors via CrossFire.
Provides stronger power and better heat dissipation performance
Intel Core i7-10700K has up to 8 cores and 16 threads, 8 more threads than Intel Core i7-9700K, besides the official TDP also increased from 95W to 125W. This means the i7-10700K consumes more power and therefore can be a challenge for the motherboard VRM system to handle. To meet the needs of overclocking and users, MSI motherboard designers have equipped a more powerful VRM system on their MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi motherboard.
In addition to providing power, the MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi is equipped with an active cooling system around the socket that appears like the previous generation with a large I / O shield, connected to the heat sink to spread the heat. hot air easily. In addition, the MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi is equipped with an integrated cooling system for both M.2 slots to maintain the highest performance. Thanks to the help of powerful and efficient cooling fans, MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi motherboard temperatures are significantly lower than fans without aggressive cooling solutions.
MSI took advantage of the opportunity to enhance the high-speed connection port for MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi when adding a USB 3.2 G2 2×2 port with a maximum bandwidth of 20Gbps and remains the same USB 3.2 Gen2, USB3.1 Gen2, and USB 2.0 ports as the previous Z390 version.
Gigabit LAN is now replaced by 2.5G Ethernet port manufactured by Realtek, while WIFI uses the newer Intel AX201 chipset instead of AC-9560, raising the maximum speed from 1.73Gbps to 2.4Gbps. In addition, the MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi is also equipped with a 20Gbps USB Type-C port for the ability to connect to peripherals such as smartphones.
To test the performance of MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi, we tested it on a system including: Intel Core i7-10700K, Ram 16GB, MSI RTX 2070 Super Graphics Card.
fps min / max (yellow / green) is recorded on 2 systems
With a similar configuration (AMD chip) and using the main Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wifi, we recorded a system FPS using MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi which is always about 20% better.
Temperature measured on 2 systems
In terms of temperature, with the same cooling fan system, Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wifi is usually cooler and more stable.
MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi is truly a motherboard that converges many top advantages. For those who are planning to upgrade to a 10th generation Intel Core i chip, this is the perfect choice.