MSI MEG Z490I UNIFY LGA 1200 Mini-ITX Motherboard

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MSI MEG Z490I UNIFY LGA 1200 Mini-ITX Motherboard
Key Features
  • Mini-ITX Form Factor
  • Intel Z490 Chipset
  • Socket LGA 1200
  • 2 x Dual-Channel DDR4-5000 (OC)
The MSI MEG Z490I UNIFY LGA 1200 Mini-ITX 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 two memory slots for up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM, with speeds up to 5000 MHz and above supported when overclocking. For storage, it's equipped with four SATA III ports and two M.2 slots. Intended for smaller builds, this motherboard only has a single PCIe 3.0 x16 slot for a graphics card. Other integrated features include Realtek 8125B 2.5 GbE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and Realtek ALC1220 7.1-channel HD audio.
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MSI Z490I Unify Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Intel Z490 Chipset
  • 3Cooling
  • 4CPU
  • 5Memory
  • 6Storage
  • 7Thunderbolt 3
  • 8Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
  • 9USB 3.2 Gen 1 & Gen 2
  • 10Audio

The MSI MEG Z490I UNIFY LGA 1200 Mini-ITX 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 two memory slots for up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM, with speeds up to 5000 MHz and above supported when overclocking. For storage, it's equipped with four SATA III ports and two M.2 slots. Intended for smaller builds, this motherboard only has a single PCIe 3.0 x16 slot for a graphics card. Other integrated features include Realtek 8125B 2.5 GbE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and Realtek ALC1220 7.1-channel HD audio.

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 Z490I 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 two M.2 slots and four SATA III ports for traditional hard drives. Additional features include Intel Optane support and M.2 Genie for easily setting up RAID configurations.

Thunderbolt 3

Thunderbolt 3 is a hardware interface that utilizes the reversible USB Type-C connector. Doubling the speed of its predecessor, Thunderbolt 3 features a maximum throughput of 40 Gb/s when used with compatible devices. The connector also transmits data via USB 3.1 at up to 10 Gb/s, and dual-bandwidth DisplayPort 1.2 allows you to connect up to two 4K displays simultaneously. Additionally, you can daisy chain up to six devices from a single Thunderbolt 3 port.

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 Z490I 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 Z490I 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
1 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
Thunderbolt1 x Thunderbolt 3
Display1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
Audio5 x 3.5 mm
1 x S/PDIF
Ethernet / Controller1 x Realtek RTL8125B 2.5Gigabit
Wi-Fi Antenna2 x Connector
Memory
Memory Slots2 x 288-Pin
Memory SupportDDR4 2133, 2400, 2666, 2933, 3000, 3200, 3300, 3333, 3400, 3466, 3600, 3733, 3866, 4000, 4133, 4200, 4266, 4300, 4400, 4533, 4600, 4800, 5000 MHz
Maximum Capacity64 GB
Channel ArchitectureDual Channel
ECC SupportNon-ECC Unbuffered
Storage Expansion
SATA4 x SATA III
M.21 x M Key 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA III)
1 x M Key 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
U.2None
Optane Memory SupportYes
RAID SupportRAID 0, 1, 5, 10 (SATA)
RAID 0, 1 (M.2)
Internal I/O
Expansion Slots1 x PCIe 3.0 x16
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)
1 x USB 2.0 Header (Supports 2 USB Type-A Port)
Multi-GPU SupportNone
Air Cooling1 x 4-Pin CPU
1 x 4-Pin System
Liquid Cooling1 x 4-Pin Pump
Power Connectors1 x 24-Pin Mainboard
1 x 8-Pin CPU
SecurityChassis Intrusion, TPM Module
LED Header2 x RGB
AudioNone
Front Panel I/O
I/O Connection HeadersAAFP, USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1
Audio
Audio CodecRealtek ALC1220 (7.1-Channel)
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 FactorMini-ITX
Dimensions6.7 x 6.7" / 170.18 x 170.18 mm
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.63 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9 x 7.6 x 3.3"
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