MSI MPG Z490 Carbon EK X Review & Specs

MSI MPG Z490 Carbon EK X LGA 1200 DDR4 SLI CFX Dual M.2 Slots USB 3.2 Gen 2 2.5G LAN DP/HDMI Mystic Light RGB ATX

MSI MPG Z490 Carbon EK X LGA 1200 DDR4 SLI CFX Dual M.2 Slots USB 3.2 Gen 2 2.5G LAN DP/HDMI Mystic Light RGB ATX


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  • Supports 10Th Gen Intel Core / Pentium Celeron Processors For LGA 1200 Socket
  • Supports DDR4 Memory, Up To 5000(OC) Mhz
  • Ready 4 The Future: Support Lightning Gen 4 Solution For The Future
  • CPU + VRM Water Cooling: A Custom-Designed EK Monoblock That Offers Pristine Cooling For Both The CPU And VRM Power Delivery Section
  • Mystic Light: 16.8 Million Colors / 29 Effects Controlled In One Click. Mystic Light Extension Supports Both RGB And Rainbow LED Strip

Specifications Overview

  • 7C73-008R
Release Date August 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 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 DisplayPort
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45)
  • 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
  • 4 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 2
M.2 Devices support
  • 2242 / 2260 / 2280 / 22110 - M Key
  • 2242 / 2260 / 2280 - M 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

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