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This motherboard by MSI is built using the Intel Z490 chipset with the Intel 1200 for the processor. Of course, it has a sound card made for 8 channels For a faster computer, the MSI MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK offers compatibility with modern Intel Optane RAM. When housing this motherboard, you will need a PC case with the ATX format. It is a large motherboard for the extremely powerful assemblies, which will need rows of cards.

MSI MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK Motherboard Key Features

  • Has Intel 1200 socket and Intel Z490 chipset
  • Format of MSI MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK: ATX
  • Integrated audio card for 8 channels
  • Supports the fast Intel Optane technology
  • For RAM type DDR4 in DIMM form
  • The motherboard can hold 4 × modules of memory, which use Dual-channel

MSI MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK Motherboard Connectivity

For the extremely important RAM, this motherboard from MSI has a total of 4 slots. You'll be able to attach DDR4 type operating memory in the DIMM format. It is possible to connect them in Dual-channel mode. It can support models with a frequency up to 5000 MHz.

The MSI MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK and its adaptors

The motherboard will have no problem connecting to your 2 graphics cards using the PCI Express 16x slots. The internal interface also includes the popular M.2 connector. This motherboard has 2. In terms of USB adaptors, it has got 2 × for USB 2.0, 4 × for USB type 3.0 (3.1 gen1) and 1 × for the fast 3.1 (3.1 gen2) type. You'll also find it has TPM for greater security, an RGB LED Header, or Thunderbolt.


Socket and chipset

Socket Intel 1200
Chipset Intel Z490

Format & functions

Motherboard form factor ATX
Basic functions Integrated network card, Integrated sound card, M.2 , PCI Express 3.0, Support for Intel Optane, For CPU with integrated GPU, RGB backlight, Serial ATA III


Design DIMM
Memory type DDR4
Number of RAM slots 4 ×
Connection Mode Dual-channel
Max. frequency (OC) 5,000 MHz

Advanced parameters

Advanced features AMD CrossFire Technologies
Sound card type Realtek ALC1200
Number of sound card channels 8


External DisplayPort, HDMI, Jack, PS/2, RJ-45 (LAN) 1Gbps, RJ-45 (LAN) 2.5Gbps, S/PDIF , USB 2.0, USB 3.2 Gen 1, USB 3.2 Gen 2, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2, USB-C
Internal ARGB LED Header, COM header, M2 Socket, RGB LED Header, Serial ATA III, Thunderbolt header, TPM header, USB 2.0 header, USB 3.2 Gen 1 header, USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) header
PCI express x16
PCI express x1
M.2 slots
USB 2.0
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0)
USB 3.1 (3.1 gen2)
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2
Serial ATA III
Code:  AAz490a3
Warranty: 36 months
Product Number:  MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK
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