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What a time to be a PC gamer! At the end of last year, AMD blew us all away with the incredible performance on offer from their Zen 3, Ryzen 5000-series processors. Not to be outdone, Intel have just counterpunched with impressive performance and much-needed PCIe 4.0 support from their latest 11th Generation of Core processors. For us consumers, this intense competition is win-win. Even better, no matter which way you go, MSI have a feature-packed motherboard to help you get the most out of your new CPU. And the new MSI Z590 motherboards are spectacular!
MSI have been leaders in the motherboard game for a long time, and for good reason. Over the years they have been perfecting motherboard design, and with their latest Z590 boards, all that know-how is on show. Performance and reliability are the cornerstones of what MSI do, so it’s no surprise to see an aggressive VRM power solution and high level PCB design across the MSI Z590 range.
That VRM solution is protected by an enlarged heatsink to provide better heat dissipation. Distinctive all-aluminium covers and backplates make it clear that the MSI Z590 boards are built to a high standard. MSI’s trademark M.2 Shield Frozr continue the performance party by preventing SSD throttling and keeping those performance drives operating at blisteringly fast (up to Lightning Gen 4 PCIe) speeds.
That Gen 4 PCIe support across the MSI Z590 motherboard range is welcome news too! AMD users have been able to take advantage of the extra speed on offer in the latest NVMe SSDs and it’s about time Intel joined the party.
Integrated Wi-Fi on supported MSI Z590 motherboards comes in the form of the latest Wi-Fi 6E, which brings huge improvements in both speed and latency to make wireless gaming performance better for those who cannot physically plug in. Those who do plug in can take advantage of the excellent 2.5G LAN connection. The blazing-fast connectivity continues on the back panel, in the form of USB 3.2 Gen 2×2, which offers data transfer speeds of up to 20Gb/s. Thankfully, the superior, reversible Type-C port is gradually becoming standard!
The MSI Z590 MEG Range
Those who seek out the absolute best in PC components will be salivating at the MEG range of MSI Z590 motherboards. These come fully-loaded with some of the finest components imaginable. At the top of the range sits the incredible MSI MEG Z590 GODLIKE.
This armour-plated (including aluminium backplate) beast packs quadruple M.2 connections, with 1x Lighting Gen 4 and a massive 3x Gen 3 connections. It also features high-bandwidth and low-latency 10G Super LAN, in addition to the 2.5G connection. To top it all off, the customizable Dynamic Dashboard II provides an enviable element of personalisation and prestige to the build.
Other motherboards in the MSI MEG range include the expansive MEG Z590 ACE, and the mini ITX powerhouse MEG Z590I UNIFY. And when I say “powerhouse”, I mean it. This diminutive motherboard just set a new DDR4 Memory Frequency World Record, achieving an incredible 7156MHz! Naturally, there was some extreme liquid nitrogen cooling involved to hit such an incredible frequency, but it still speaks volumes about the high-end capabilities of the MSI MEG Z590 products!
The MSI Z590 MPG Range
MSI know that DIY system builders come with a broad range of requirements (not to mention different budgets) and so they offer a vast range of motherboards to suit different needs. The MSI MPG Z590 range already has five different options, with at least three more coming soon.
MPG Z590 motherboards such as the CARBON EK X are designed specifically for water-cooling enthusiasts, with a custom-designed EK monoblock that blends in with the motherboard. This design certainly makes for an impressive-looking build! Those looking for an extreme point of difference in their custom build will do well to check out the MSI MPG Z590 GAMING FORCE. This motherboard is the world’s first violet black design, which will most definitely catch the eye with its glowing colour.
The MSI Z590 MAG Range
MSI MAG motherboards have a strong reputation for delivering quality where it matters, while stripping back the rest to find that ideal balance between features and cost. The MSI MAG line-up straddles the top-end Z590 and mid-range B560 motherboards, with the MSI MAG Z590 TOMAHAWK WIFI and MAG Z590 TORPEDO providing two very capable (but more budget-conscious) options.
Both of these MAG Z590 motherboards pack high quality components in both the thermal solutions and PCB design, ensuring that reliability and performance are still at the forefront. They also both include a generous three M.2 connections (1x Lightning Gen 4 and 2x Gen 3), to ensure that the latest standards in storage are well supported.
You can find out more about the full range of MSI Intel 11th Gen motherboards on the MSI website.