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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Back Panel I/O
2 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 2×2 Type-C
5 x 3.5 mm 1 x S/PDIF
Ethernet / Controller
1 x Realtek 8125B 2.5Gigabit
1 x PS/2
2 x Connector
BIOS Flashback, Clear CMOS
4 x 288-Pin
DDR4 2133, 2666, 2933, 4000, 4266, 4400, 4800 MHz
Non-ECC, ECC (Non-ECC Mode) Unbuffered
6 x SATA III
1 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)
Optane Memory Support
RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 (SATA)
RAID 0, 1, 5 (M.2)
3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 2 x PCIe 3.0 x1
1 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)
2-Way NVIDIA SLI
3-Way AMD CrossFireX
1 x 4-Pin CPU 6 x 4-Pin System
1 x 4-Pin Pump
1 x 24-Pin Mainboard 2 x 8-Pin CPU
4 x RGB
Power, Reset, Slow Mode
Front Panel I/O
I/O Connection Headers
AAFP, USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1
Realtek ALC1220 (7.1-Channel)
ESS SABRE 9018Q2C
Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) (MU-MIMO)
1 E Key M.2
Supported Operating Systems
Windows 10 (64-Bit)
9.6 x 12″ / 243.84 x 304.80 mm
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
14.6 x 10.8 x 3.5″
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