MSI Teases MPG Z490 GAMING CARBON WIFI Motherboard with Specially Designed EK Water Block

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If you’re a fan of EKWB’s liquid-cooling solutions and are planning a jump to Intel’s 10th-gen Core-S platform, you may want to check out MSI’s upcoming MPG Z490 GAMING CARBON WIFI motherboard variant, which comes with an EK water block straight from the factory. All of the company’s current 115x-compatible CPU water blocks are already compatible with Intel’s new LGA 1200 socket, but the MPG Z490 CARBON EK X’s appears to be a custom design with some tailor-made aesthetics.

MSI hasn’t shared anything aside from two photos thus far, but the motherboard will presumably feature the same specifications as its standard SKU, which launched last week. “For gamers who put heavy emphasis on high performance, MPG series motherboards are always the top choice to show personal style with unique looks and touches,” wrote MSI. “All MPG series motherboards offer onboard Mystic Light LED with 16.8 million colors and 29 effects, controlled easily within MSI’s exclusive Dragon Center.”

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  • Supports 10th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® Celeron® processors for LGA 1200 socket
  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 4800(OC) MHz
  • Ready 4 the Future: Support Lightning Gen 4 Solution for the future
  • Enhanced Power Design: 12+1+1 Duet Rail Power System, 8+4 pin CPU power connectors, Core Boost, DDR4 Boost
  • MYSTIC LIGHT: 16.8 million colors / 29 effects controlled in one click. MYSTIC LIGHT EXTENSION supports both RGB and RAINBOW LED strip.
  • M.2 Shield Frozr: Both M.2 slots with Shield Frozr to built for high performance system and non-stop gaming experience
  • Lightning USB 20G: Powered by ASmedia 3241 USB 3.2 Gen2x2 controller, offering never before seen USB speeds up to 20Gb/s with USB Type-C
  • AUDIO BOOST 4: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • 2.5G LAN with LAN Manager and Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX Solution: Upgraded network solution for professional and multimedia use. Delivers a secure, stable and fast network connection
  • Pre-installed I/O Shielding: Better EMI protection and more convenience for installation
Tsing Mui
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