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MSI MEG Z490 UNIFY LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel Z490
  • Supports 10th Gen Intel Core and Pentium Gold / Celeron processors

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MEG Z490 UNIFY
OUTSTANDING COOLING SOLUTION
MEG Z490 GODLIKE motherboard
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Frozr Heatsink Design with Zero Frozr Technology

Exclusive to MEG class Z490 models, an active cooling design is ready to spin up when the VRM is loaded with power.

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Aluminum Cover with 7W/mK Thermal Pad

A full aluminum IO cover and extended heatsink design provides the large heat dissipation surface.

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Heat-pipe

Connects the two MOS heatsinks to enlarge the heat dissipation surface.

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M.2 Shield Frozr

Sustain maximum high-speed M.2 SSD data transfer with M.2 SHIELD FROZR and prevent SSD thermal throttling.

MEG Z490 UNIFY
UNLIMITED CONNECTIVITY
UNLIMITED CONNECTIVITY of the motherboard
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Lightning USB 20G

Ultra-fast USB transfer speeds powered by the ASMedia ASM3241 USB 3.2 Gen2x2 controller.

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Latest Wi-Fi 6 Solution

Featuring the latest wireless solution, delivering speeds up to 2400Mbps and supports MU-MIMO and BSS color technology.

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2.5G LAN

Onboard 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet LAN with gaming LAN manager.

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Triple Turbo M.2 Connectors

3 x M.2 slots running at PCI-E Gen3 x4 bandwidth for ultra-fast NVMe based SSDs.

MEG Z490 UNIFY
STABLE CORNERSTONE OF YOUR SYSTEM
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6-Layer PCB Design

6 layer PCB improves signal transmission for high performance capabilities across the motherboard.

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PCIe Steel Armor

Reinforced and shielded PCIe slots for strength and stability.

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ISL Digital PWM, 16 Phases with 90A SPS

High quality power delivery components with ISL digital power, 90A Smart Power Stages, and titanium choke III reliably drive the CPU under the most extreme conditions.

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Smart Button

Onboard power and reset buttons.

z490-unify-thermal_solution of the motherboard
THERMAL SOLUTION FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE MULTI CORE PROCESSORS

Aluminum Cover, VRM Heatpipe, and Frozr Heatsink keep temperatures in check and let the CPU power delivery system sustain extreme performance.

TRIPLE TURBO M.2 of the motherboard
TRIPLE TURBO M.2 WITH SHIELD FROZR

Sustain maximum M.2 SSD data transfer with M.2 SHIELD FROZR. Prevent SSD thermal throttling with a heatsink that extends across the motherboard.

EXTREME POWER DESIGN of the motherboard
EXTREME POWER DESIGN

The power delivery system on MEG Z490 UNIFY is built with an ISL Digital PWM, 16+1 phases with 90A Smart Power Stages, and dual CPU power connectors. Exclusive to MEG class models is Mirrored Power Arrangement on the Vcore phases for releasing true power.

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ULTRA-FAST LIGHTNING USB 20G

Connect the rear USB Type-C port and quickly move large files including uncompressed video, raw images, and bulky simulation data, powered by the ASMedia 3242 chip. USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 reaches up to 20Gbps, four times faster than USB 3.2 Gen 1.

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PRE-INSTALLED IO SHIELDING

Pre-Installed IO Shielding makes handling the motherboard process easier and safer. The patent-pending design is grounded and protects the IO ports from potential electrostatic discharge damage from the external environment.

10G SUPER LAN of the motherboard
MAXIMIUM DATA TRANSFER WITH 2.5G LAN

MEG Z490 UNIFY features onboard 2.5Gbps Ethernet LAN, for gamers who demand high-bandwidth and low-latency network connectivity. Prioritize latency-sensitive applications with MSI LAN Manager for a superior online experience.

BLUETOOTH of the motherboard
WI-FI 6 & BLUETOOTH

Connect to a high-speed WIFI 6 network with onboard Wi-Fi 6. OFDMA and two-way MU-MIMO technology optimize data transmission and deliver speeds up to 2.4Gbps.

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UNMATCHED MEMORY PERFORMANCE

MSI takes memory stability and performance to the extreme. The memory circuit layout has been optimized for reliability and tested extensively in partnership with major memory manufacturers for compatibility.

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AUDIO BOOST HD

A dedicated audio processor, ESS audio DAC, and headphone amplifier have been integrated into isolated audio circuitry to deliver game-changing studio grade sound.

STEEL ARMOR of the motherboard
MULTIPLE GPU SUPPORT AND PCI-E STEEL ARMOR

MEG Z490 UNIFY supports both NVIDIA® SLI™ and AMD® CrossFire™ multi GPU technologies. PCI-E slot placements provide optimal airflow for graphics card cooling. MSI PCI Express Steel Armor slots are secured to the motherboard with extra solder points and support the weight of heavy graphics cards. When every advantage counts, Steel Armor shields the point of contact from electromagnetic interference.


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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great feature set, Fantastic for Overclocking 7/6/2020 2:52:01 PM

Pros: -Black PCB with silver/gray accents looks great in a Lian Li O11 XL
-Debug LED is godsend when you need it, shows temp when PC is on which is handy
-Tons of fan headers spread across the board
-Awesome memory support
-Plenty of PCI-E slots
-Plenty of USB Connectivity, Type-C port on rear I/O with additional front connector onboard
-Power, Reset, Clear CMOS hardware buttons are great when you need them
-Great RGB support options baked into the board
-The built in WiFI 6 works fantastic! Had to use it for a bit while I was sorting out the network and was shocked by the signal strength and speed in a multistory townhome far from the router. Not something I will need frequently, but great to know it works. 15 ms ping on wireless?!?!
-I have always been a big fan of MSI's bios implementation, and this hasn't changed with Click Bios 5

Cons: My only gripe is the inclusion of only one 19 pin internal USB 3.0 header. The O11 Dynamic XL has 4 front USB 3.0 so I need to pick up a PCI-E card to utilize all of my front case ports. Not worth dinging an egg for, but it sure would have been cool.

Overall Review: This was my first build in 6 years and I treated myself.

LIAN LI O11 Dynamic XL
MSI MEG Z490 UNIFY LGA 1200 Intel Z490
Intel i7-10700k
MSI RX 5700XT Gaming X (from previous build)
G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000) F4-4000C15D-16GTRS
Seasonic Focus PX-850
Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
Samsung 970 EVO SSD 1TB - M.2 NVMe SSD
2x - MSI Optix MAG321CQR

Notice all of the MSI? Over 19 years and a ton of their products, none of them have ever failed. My previous system was an i5-4670k that ran at 4.4GHz (stock was 3.4GHz) for it's entire life on a MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING. This thing was on 24/7. A few months ago the power supply begin to fail. It took out the AIO cooler and started to run HOT. You could see the heat on the PCB from the VRM to the CPU type of hot. PSU was toast, house smelled like burnt plastic for a week. Replaced the PSU and CPU cooler, kept the overclock and the computer is running just as good as it ever has. The board had all right to fail in that situation, but the power regulation on it was good enough to keep it going.

Point is, I value durability and reliability in a build. If it doesn't work it's useless, and MSI products have been bullet proof in my experience. This board has the features I was looking for and the power management that can handle far more of an overclock than I will ever throw at it. I will always buy MSI at whatever price point I am looking at as they have earned my trust. Hopefully it will be a Godlike next go round:)

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Loving this motherboard! 7/6/2020 2:39:44 PM

Pros: -CPU OC'ing
-Ram OC'ing
-VRM Cooling
-Stability

Overall Review: Replaced a Z270/7700k setup with this Z490 Unify mobo and a 10700k and could not be happier. Without any struggle at all I'm running at 5.3Ghz on all cores with my RAM oc'd to 4133Mhz CL18. My Gaming performance in VR has skyrocketed, and the pc is perfectly stable. There's a ton of features I haven't even taken advantage of yet, but everything is running cool and fast. That's all I ask for. Totally worth the cost in my opinion.

This review is for the MSI Review Rebate Program.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Overclocking Board. Powerful VRM. Sophisticated Design. 7/6/2020 9:44:53 AM

Pros: This board offers more than most at this price.
- Powerful 16 phase 90A VRM.
- Great for overclocking.
- Dual 8-pin CPU power connectors.
- Post Code.
- Sophisticated design.

Cons: - More USB ports would have been nice.

Overall Review: I have been able to overclock my i0-10900K to 5.2Ghz @ 1.295V on this board and the VRMs stay very cool Overall, it has performed very well and I would recommend it.

This review is for the MSI Review Rebate Program.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
This review is for the MSI Review Rebate Program 6/25/2020 9:31:39 AM

Pros: Very well made, beefy vrm, I’m new to msi bios coming from gigabyte... gotta say the quality of this product exceeded expectations. Lots of extras ie mounting power cable hardware included to help install. I’m glad I made the jump the msi.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Recommend for performance minded builds and plenty of helpful hardware included as a bonus.

Just incase my name doesn’t get displayed... my name is Elliot Massett and I love msi!

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Elliot,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MEG Z490 UNIFY! If you ever require technical assistance or warranty support, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Cheap enough compare to others 6/23/2020 9:25:36 PM

Pros: 90A
16+1 phases
USB-C 20Gbps
Stable

Cons: None onboard monitor output
No RGB
If get trouble need warranty will receive back a damage one (had experience), or bad condition.

Overall Review: Good enough motherboard for CPU K series 10 generation. Missing a monitor output is big problem with people who just want to run without GPU

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Thanh,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MEG Z490 Unify! If you ever require technical assistance or warranty support, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
High-performance Motherboard, Great Quality 6/20/2020 4:06:14 PM

Pros: Looks great on my Computer
3x Turbo M.2 slots with Shield Frozr
Multiple different types of USB ports
Two-way Nvidia SLI or three-way AMD crossfire
Game boost
8 channel 7.1 audio with Audio boost
Intel Wif-Fi 6
90A SPS power
16 Phases
6x SATA inputs
Easy to install

Cons: Cons for some people is that it doesn't have the LEDs but I Like it
No Thunderbolt port

Overall Review: Overall, this is a great Motherboard. It has a sleek design and offers the solution to all the previous issues with its easy install and setup. This motherboard gives very good performance and runs perfect.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Joe,

Thank you for reviewing the MSI MEG Z490 Unify! If you ever require technical assistance or warranty support, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great board. 6/18/2020 4:27:02 PM

Overall Review: Great mid tier board, you get postcode, debug, power and reset buttons. Great ram overclocking running a set of b-die at 4266mhz 16-18-18-36-300. Easy to use bios. I am having trouble getting a 10900k stable at anything above 5.1ghz could be an unlucky silicon.

This review is for the MSI Review Rebate Program.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Anthony,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MEG Z490 Unify! If you ever require technical assistance or warranty support, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great overall board 6/17/2020 3:26:17 AM

Overall Review: Great feature set for this price

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Stanislav,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the MEG Z490 Unify motherboard! If you ever require technical assistance or warranty support, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team
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