MSI MEG Z490 UNIFY LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard

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MSI MEG Z490 UNIFY LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard
Key Features
  • ATX Form Factor
  • Intel Z490 Chipset
  • Socket LGA 1200
  • 4 x Dual-Channel DDR4-4800+ (OC)
The MSI MEG Z490 UNIFY LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard is built on the Intel Z490 chipset, supporting 10th generation Intel Core and Pentium Gold/Celeron processors with an LGA 1200 socket. It has four memory slots for up to 128GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM, which can be overclocked up to 4800 MHz and above. For storage, it's equipped with six SATA III ports and three M.2 slots. There are three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots for graphics cards and two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots for other PCI-based hardware. Other integrated features include Realtek 8125B 2.5 GbE and Realtek ALC1220 7.1-channel HD audio with an ESS SABRE 9018Q2C combo DAC.
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MSI Z490 Unify Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Intel Z490 Chipset
  • 3Cooling
  • 4CPU
  • 5Memory
  • 6Storage
  • 7Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
  • 8USB 3.2 Gen 1 & Gen 2
  • 9Audio

The MSI MEG Z490 UNIFY LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard is built on the Intel Z490 chipset, supporting 10th generation Intel Core and Pentium Gold/Celeron processors with an LGA 1200 socket. It has four memory slots for up to 128GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM, which can be overclocked up to 4800 MHz and above. For storage, it's equipped with six SATA III ports and three M.2 slots. There are three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots for graphics cards and two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots for other PCI-based hardware. Other integrated features include Realtek 8125B 2.5 GbE and Realtek ALC1220 7.1-channel HD audio with an ESS SABRE 9018Q2C combo DAC.

Intel Z490 Chipset

The Intel Z490 chipset is designed around 10th generation Intel processors. Along with multiple improvements and a socket change, it also features increased PCIe lanes, which is beneficial for graphics cards, networking devices, NVMe drives, and more.

Cooling

The MEG Z490 UNIFY utilizes heavy-duty heatsinks on the MOSFETs for reliable processor power delivery and on the chipset to ensure the system stays operational under intense workloads. It's also equipped with multiple DC/PWM fan headers for users to connect additional cooling solutions. Users can set their cooling preference (Boost/Balance/Silence) as needed within the Dragon Center software or its UEFI BIOS. Moreover, MSI's M.2 SHIELD FROZR heatsink helps to prevent SSD throttling.

CPU

A combination of an optimized circuit layout and MSI's CoreBoost CPU power delivery system ensures performance and stability for high-end processors. Additional features include load-line calibration, overvoltage protection, a digital power deign, and double power connectors.

Memory

MSI motherboards feature an optimized memory circuit layout and extensive compatibility testing with major memory manufacturers. Users can also easily overclock their RAM with A-XMP profiles within BIOS.

Storage

This motherboard is equipped with three M.2 slots and six SATA III ports for traditional hard drives. Additional features include Intel Optane support and M.2 Genie for easily setting up RAID configurations.

Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)

Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is the next-gen Wi-Fi standard, improving a variety of features including data rates, capacity, performance in dense environments, and power efficiency.

USB 3.2 Gen 1 & Gen 2

USB 3.2 Gen 1 features a maximum throughput of 5 Gb/s. USB 3.2 Gen 1, USB 3.1 Gen 1, and USB 3.0 are synonymous. Doubling the speed of its predecessor, USB 3.2 Gen 2 features a maximum throughput of 10 Gb/s when used with compatible devices and is synonymous with USB 3.1 Gen 2.

Audio

The MEG Z490 UNIFY is built with multiple hardware and software enhancements to improve sound quality including a Realtek ALC1220 audio processor, ESS SABRE 9018Q2C DAC, high quality audio capacitors, HD audio connectors, and an isolated left- and right-channel design.

MSI Z490 Unify Specs

CPU
General
ChipsetIntel Z490
CPU SocketLGA 1200
Back Panel I/O
USB2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
2 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
3 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C
ThunderboltNone
DisplayNone
Audio5 x 3.5 mm
1 x S/PDIF
Ethernet / Controller1 x Realtek 8125B 2.5Gigabit
PS/21 x PS/2
Wi-Fi Antenna2 x Connector
ButtonsBIOS Flashback, Clear CMOS
Memory
Memory Slots4 x 288-Pin
Memory SupportDDR4 2133, 2666, 2933, 4000, 4266, 4400, 4800 MHz
Maximum Capacity128 GB
Channel ArchitectureDual Channel
ECC SupportNon-ECC, ECC (Non-ECC Mode) Unbuffered
Storage Expansion
SATA6 x SATA III
M.21 x M Key 2242, 2260, 2280, 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA III)
1 x M Key 2242, 2260, 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA III)
1 x M Key 2242, 2260, 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
U.2None
Optane Memory SupportYes
RAID SupportRAID 0, 1, 5, 10 (SATA)
RAID 0, 1, 5 (M.2)
Internal I/O
Expansion Slots3 x PCIe 3.0 x16
2 x PCIe 3.0 x1
USB1 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 Header (Supports 1 USB Type-C Port)
1 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1 Header (Supports 2 USB Type-A Port)
2 x USB 2.0 Header (Supports 4 USB Type-A Port)
Multi-GPU Support2-Way NVIDIA SLI
3-Way AMD CrossFireX
Air Cooling1 x 4-Pin CPU
6 x 4-Pin System
Liquid Cooling1 x 4-Pin Pump
Power Connectors1 x 24-Pin Mainboard
2 x 8-Pin CPU
SecurityChassis Intrusion
LED Header4 x RGB
AudioNone
DiagnosticsPower, Reset, Slow Mode
Front Panel I/O
I/O Connection HeadersAAFP, USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1
Audio
Audio CodecRealtek ALC1220 (7.1-Channel)
DACESS SABRE 9018Q2C
Wireless
Bluetooth5.1
Wi-FiWi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) (MU-MIMO)
Module Support1 E Key M.2
Software
Supported Operating SystemsWindows 10 (64-Bit)
Physical
Form FactorATX
Dimensions9.6 x 12" / 243.84 x 304.80 mm
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.72 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.6 x 10.8 x 3.5"
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