Sunday, April 19th 2020

MSI Z490 Motherboard Lineup Leaked

A large selection of socket LGA1200 motherboards by MSI, based on Intel Z490 chipset, was leaked to the web. MSI is bringing at least 10 motherboard models based on the Z490, with prices starting around 200€ (likely inclusive of taxes). It looks like socket LGA1200 motherboards will be significantly pricier than the previous-generation, owing to steeper CPU VRM requirements, or Intel merely aligning its partners to march AMD X570 chipset in average motherboard pricing. The lineup begins with the Z490-A Pro at 200€. The Z490 Gaming Plus and Z490 Tomahawk are allegedly priced at 210€ and 240€, respectively. The Z490M Gaming Edge WiFi, Z490 Gaming Edge WiFi, and Z490 Gaming Pro Carbon go for 250€, 250€ and 330€, respectively. The premium MEG lineup includes the Z490I Unify at 330€, its ATX sibling, the Z490 Unify at 360€, the Z490 Ace at 520€, and the crown jewel, the Z490 GODLIKE, at a whopping 960€, according to pricing leaked by momomo_us.

Komachi Ensaka posted pictures of four motherboard models. Besides all the modern connectivity options you could possibly want, including Thunderbolt, 10 GbE, USB 3.2 x2 (20 Gbps), 802.11ax WLAN, and five M.2 slots, the MEG Z490 GODLIKE appears to have an HEDT-like 18-phase VRM that pulls power from two 8-pin EPS connectors, and enough overclocking muscle to try and justify its near-four-figure price. The MPG Z490M Gaming Edge WiFi forms the "mid-range" of the lineup, covering all the bases for serious gaming PC builds with any of the upcoming 10th generation Core LGA1200 processors. The MPG Z490 Gaming Plus is a fascinating board design, in that it finally sheds the red+black color scheme of its predecessors, trading it with a solid black color scheme with just a touch of RGB LEDs. It covers all the essentials that the platform has to offer. Lastly, there's the Z490-A Pro, the "entry level product that still appears to have a beefy VRM and platform essentials.
Sources: momomo_us (Twitter), Komachi Ensaka (Twitter), via VideoCardz
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10 Comments on MSI Z490 Motherboard Lineup Leaked

#1
bonehead123
Well, first it was $1-2K phones, now we see where that has led us: a $1K+ mobo.....will the intel-driven greeeed ever end ?????

Yea yea I know its pcie 4, R&D, marketing and all that, but we can easily buy several top-tier, full-featured X570/pcie 4 boards right now for a good bit less than these....
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#2
XL-R8R
I wish publications would stop adding "leak" to things that are clearly not a leak, but instead, a well-timed backdoor press release to generate a bit of hype (what bit may be available) for the upcoming Intel stuff....



Besides, the boards are offering nothing new to the average user vs the Z390.
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#3
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
A very Asus ROG looking board
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#4
E-curbi
FreedomEclipse
A very Asus ROG looking board
Asus ROG Maximus XII Apex and Extreme might price up to $549 or $599, but not $1000 like the MSI Z490 Godlike. But then, ya never know. :)

Crossing fingers Apex 12 is EATX and "loaded" like a baked potato. :p
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#5
Dammeron
Oh WOW! There's already an mATX board with all the goodies. Completely different from all those X570 boards for AMD, even though the chipset is way more advanced...

F*ck You MB manufacturers for this bullsh*t...
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#6
TheLostSwede
bonehead123
Well, first it was $1-2K phones, now we see where that has led us: a $1K+ mobo.....will the intel-driven greeeed ever end ?????

Yea yea I know its pcie 4, R&D, marketing and all that, but we can easily buy several top-tier, full-featured X570/pcie 4 boards right now for a good bit less than these....
No PCIe 4.0 on Z490.
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#7
Gmr_Chick
*looks at the price tag for the GODLIKE*

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#8
Adc7dTPU
The title should be like this: MSI Z490 Motherboard Lineup "Leaked".
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#9
Turmania
Since I seen the picture of MSI Z490 Micro Atx board, Mehify C Mini which I have on price watch, keeps blinking an eye to me constantly. I do not know how long I can resist the temptation.
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#10
ARF
TheLostSwede
No PCIe 4.0 on Z490.
This is the smallest problem. I would rather bother about the lack of competitive CPU and DoA of the whole platform.
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