MSI recently announced its partnership with EK, which is a premium liquid cooling system company. Together they have announced the world’s first inbuilt liquid cooled motherboard named- MSI MPG Z490 CARBON EK X.

MSI is always known for pushing the limits of gaming gadgets innovating new hardware to match the requirements of professional gamers. Founder of EK Edward Konig stated that “Our first collaboration was a liquid-cooled GPU, Sea Hawk EK X. This time we collaborated to bring a liquid-cooled motherboard to the mainstream. Where the Vice President of MSI, s CND Department said, “It’s a great and exciting moment for gamers seeking for the extreme performance with elegant and exquisite design.”

First Inbuilt Liquid Cooled Motherboard – MSI MPG Z490 CARBON EK X

PROCESSOR

Supports 10th Gen Intel® Core™ and Pentium® Gold / Celeron® processors for LGA1200 socket 

  1. Please go to intel.com for compatibility information.
  2. Onboard graphics output is disabled when using the F SKU processors.

See supported processors

CHIPSET

Intel® Z490 Chipset

MEMORY

  • 4 x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 128GB 
    • Supports 1R 2133/2666/2933 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
  • Supports Dual-Channel mode
  • Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
  • Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
  1. Please refer www.msi.com for more information on compatible memory.

See supported memory

EXPANSION SLOT

  • 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (from CPU)
  • 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (from PCH, supports x4 mode)
  • 3x PCIe x1 slots (from PCH)

ONBOARD GRAPHICS

  • 1x HDMI port, supports a maximum resolution of 4096×2160 @ 30Hz
  • 1x DisplayPort port supports a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2304 @ 60Hz

MULTI-GPU

  • Supports 2-Way AMD® CrossFire Technology

STORAGE

  • 6x SATA 6Gb/s ports 
  • 2x M.2 slots (Key M)
    • M2_1 supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s, 2242/ 2260/ 2280/ 22110 storage devices 
    • M2_2 supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s, 2242/ 2260/ 2280 storage devices 
    • Intel® Optane Memory Ready 
    • Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology for Intel Core processors
  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.
  3. Before using Intel® Optane memory modules, please ensure that you have updated the drivers and BIOS to the latest version from MSI website.

RAID

  • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices
  • Supports RAID 0 and RAID 1 for M.2 PCIe storage devices

USB

  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps ports (1 Type-A port and 1 Type-C port on the back panel)
  • 7x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps ports (2 Type-A ports on the back panel, 4 ports through the internal USB connectors, 1 Type-C internal connector)
  • 6x USB 2.0 ports (2 Type-A ports on the back panel, 4 ports through the internal USB 2.0 connectors)

AUDIO

  • 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
  • Supports S/PDIF output

LAN

  • 1x Realtek® RTL8125B-CG 2.5G LAN Controller

INTERNAL CONNECTORS

  • 1x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps Type-C port
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps connectors (support additional 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps ports)
  • 2x USB 2.0 connectors (support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
  • 1x 4-pin CPU fan connector
  • 1x 4-pin water pump connector
  • 6x 4-pin system fan connectors
  • 1x front panel audio connector
  • 2x system panel connectors
  • 1x Chassis Intrusion connector
  • 1x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1x 4-pin RGB LED connector
  • 2x 3-pin RAINBOW LED connectors
  • 1x serial port connector
  • 1x TPM module connector
  • 1x TBT connector 
  1. Thunderbolt cards need support RTD3

BACK PANEL PORTS

  1. PS/2 Combo Port
  2. USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps (Type-A)
  3. LAN Port
  4. HD Audio Connectors
  5. USB 2.0 Ports
  6. HDMI Port
  7. DisplayPort
  8. USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps (Type-C)
  9. USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps (Type-A)
  10. Optical S/PDIF OUT
MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS back panel ports

DIMENSIONS

  • ATX Form Factor
  • 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)

MOUNTING

9 mounting holes

OPERATING SYSTEM

Support for Windows® 10 64-bit


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