MSI MEG Z490 UNIFY Review & Specs

MSI MEG Z490 Unify LGA 1200 SLI/CF Triple M.2 Slots USB 3.2 Gen 2 Wi-Fi 6 ATX

MSI MEG Z490 Unify LGA 1200 SLI/CF Triple M.2 Slots USB 3.2 Gen 2 Wi-Fi 6 ATX


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  • Supports 10Th Generation Intel Core / Pentium Gold / Celeron Processors For LGA 1200 Socket
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR4 Memory Up To 128GB Total (4800Mhz)
  • Frozr Heatsink Designed With Active Cooling, Double Ball Bearings, And Zero Frozr Technology For High-Performance Heat Dissipation
  • Triple Turbo M.2 With M.2 Shield Frozr Delivers Transfer Speeds Of Up To 32 GB/S For Ultra-Fast Ssds
  • On-Board 2.5G LAN Plus Gigabit LAN With With Wi-Fi 6 (802.11Ax)
  • Pre-Installed I/O Shielding For Convenience And Protection From Electrostatic Discharge

Specifications Overview

Model MEG Z490 UNIFY
Release Date May 2020

* First availability for purchase, it may not correspond to the actual market launch date.

Socket LGA1200
Form factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z490
Supported Memory DDR4:
2133Mhz 2400Mhz 2666Mhz 2933Mhz 3000Mhz 3200Mhz 3300Mhz 3333Mhz 3400Mhz 3466Mhz 3600Mhz 3733Mhz 3866Mhz 4000Mhz 4133Mhz 4200Mhz 4266Mhz 4300Mhz 4400Mhz 4533Mhz 4600Mhz 4800Mhz
* High clock speeds may require enabling the XMP profile in the motherboard BIOS
** RAM support may also depend on the CPU memory controller
ECC RAM Support
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC1220
Audio Channels 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
Supports Optical S/PDIF output
LAN Chipset Realtek RTL8125B
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000/2500Mbps
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Back I/O Ports
  • 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
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
  • 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
  • 5 x Audio Jacks
Wireless LAN
Wi-Fi Generation 6
PCI-Express x16 Slots 3
PCI-Express x4 Slots 0
PCI-Express x1 Slots 2
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 6
SATA Express Ports 0
M.2 Ports 4
M.2 Devices support
  • 2242 / 2260 / 2280 / 22110 - M Key
  • 2242 / 2260 / 2280 - M Key
  • 2242 / 2260 / 2280 - M Key
  • 2230 - E Key
RAM Slots 4
Maximum Supported RAM 128GB
Onboard USB 2.0 2
Onboard USB 3.2 Gen 1 1
Onboard USB 3.2 Gen 2 1

Critic Reviews


We managed to nudge all 10-cores on our 10900K up to 5.3GHz with UNIFY without any difficulty. Some BIOS layouts can be complex and tricky to navigate but its great that MSI keep things simple with their design.


If you want a stealth motherboard, that has all the hardware necessary to run hard and fast, the MSI MEG Z490 Unify is both affordable and capable. It's just a shame that we couldn't quite squeeze that last 100 MHz from it.


The MSI MEG Z490 UNIFY is easily one of my favorite motherboards, that's also a bit personally and thus subjective as my opinion here is based on looks as well. features wise you get 90% of what the premium 400~500 USD boards offer. The phase design is impressive the looks great. You get one 2.5 Gbps Ethernet jack but do still get AX WIFI6. The res ...

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