Micro-Star International (MSI) today announced a new ATX standard MPG Z490 Carbon EK X motherboard. It is built on the basis of the Z490 chipset and is designed for the latest Intel processors of the 10th generation (Comet Lake-S)using the processor socket LGA 1200. A feature of the novelty is the presence of a complete water block type “monoblock”.
As you know, older models of these processors have a high level of TDP, so they need a very efficient cooling system. MSI, in partnership with the renowned liquid cooling system manufacturer EKWB, is ready to offer the right solution.
The MPG Z490 Carbon EK X comes with a massive candy bar to provide liquid cooling for the processor itself, as well as an enhanced power subsystem for the motherboard, built according to the 12 + 1 + 1 scheme.
This motherboard is designed to maximize overclocking of the older Comet Lake-S chips and building custom SVO. Help in organizing the latter will be able to offer the incoming delivery kit branded leak tester EKWB EK Leak Tester Kit with an analog pressure gauge, which will quickly check the tightness of the coolant.
Otherwise, the new product offers a standard layout for motherboards based on the Intel Z490 chipset. It has four slots for DDR4 RAM with a frequency of up to 4800 MHz and offers the installation of up to two video cards. Two M.2 PCIe 4.0 slots with Shield Frozr cooling radiators are also available.
The ASMedia 3241 USB 3.2 Gen2x2 controller provides data transfer rates up to 20 Gb / s and offers USB Type-C support. Realtek RTL8125B 2.5-gigabit controller is responsible for network capabilities, as well as support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. High-quality 8-channel (7.1) sound is provided by Audio Boost 4. The RGB-backlight completes the picture, which also illuminates the SJO monoblock.
The manufacturer estimates the motherboard MPG Z490 Carbon EK X at $ 400. A very reasonable price for a board of this caliber, given that a similar water block separately will cost the buyer about 150-200 dollars.
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