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Z490 Motherboards At A Glance

14 May 2020

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Launching soon are the latest Z490 motherboards designed to support Intel’s upcoming 10th Gen CPUs. 

 

 

Z490 vs Z390 Compared

 

Perhaps the most defining upgrade to Z490 is the support for 10th Gen Intel CPUs (Comet Lake-S) via the use of the new LGA 1200 socket. Previous Z390 motherboards utilise the LGA 1151 socket which supports only up to 9th Gen Intel Core CPUs. Otherwise, the Z490 chipset also provides improved memory speed support with many Z490 motherboards supporting even higher memory speeds (even up to DDR4 5000). Z490 carries over integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6 support from Z390 (dependent on the specific motherboard). 

 

Feature

Z490

Z390

Socket LGA1200 LGA1151
Max PCH PCIe 3.0 Lanes 24 24
PCIe Configuration x16,
x8/x8,
x8/x4/x4
x16,
x8/x8,
x8/x4/x4
Max PCIe Lanes 24 24
Max USB 3.1 (Gen2/Gen1) 6/10 6/10
Total USB 14 14
Max SATA 3.0 Ports 6 6
Memory Support DDR4 (up to 2933MHz) DDR4 (up to 2666MHz)
DIMMs per channel 2 2
Integrated Wireless* Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201* Intel Wireless-AC*
TDP 6W 6W

*Integrated Wi-Fi is dependent on the specific motherboard model

 

Additional Features

 

Many of the new Z490 motherboards include features over-and-above Intel’s feature set. Some Z490 motherboards include support for PCIe 4.0; however, to fully support the use of PCIe 4.0 devices, future CPUs must also support PCIe 4.0. USB 3.2 Gen 2 (20Gbps) is also featured on some motherboards - these ports typically managed by a third-party ASMedia controller. Other changes also include beefier VRMs and VRM heatsinks to provide power for the new 10th Gen Intel CPUs. 

 

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Intel Z490 Chipset Block Diagram


 

ASUS Z490 Motherboards

 

At launch, ASUS is offering Z490 motherboards catering for all 3 of the most common form factors - mini-ITX, microATX and ATX. 

 

Model

Form Factor

DRAM Slots

SATA Ports

M.2 Storage Slots

NIC

Wi-Fi

ASUS PRIME Z490M-PLUS mATX 4 5 2 1Gb No
ASUS PRIME Z490-P ATX 4 4 2 1Gb No
ASUS TUF GAMING Z490-PLUS WI-FI ATX 4 6 2 1Gb Yes
ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-H GAMING ATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb No
ASUS PRIME Z490-A ATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb No
ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-G GAMING WI-FI mATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb Yes
ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-A GAMING ATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb No
ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-F GAMING ATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb No
ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-I GAMING mITX 2 4 2 2.5Gb Yes
ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-E GAMING ATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb Yes
ASUS PROART Z490-CREATOR 10G ATX 4 4 2 2.5Gb +
10Gb (AIC)
No
ASUS ROG Z490 MAXIMUS XII HERO WI-FI ATX 4 6 3

1Gb +
10Gb

Yes
ASUS ROG Z490 MAXIMUS XII APEX ATX 2 8 2 2.5Gb Yes
ASUS ROG Z490 MAXIMUS XII FORMULA ATX 4 6 3 2.5Gb + 
10Gb 
Yes
ASUS ROG Z490 MAXIMUS XII EXTREME E-ATX 4 8 4 2.5Gb + 
10Gb 
Yes

 

 

GIGABYTE Z490 Motherboards

 

Gigabyte is also providing mini-ITX, microATX and ATX Z490 motherboards at launch. Gigabyte is also debuting their new VISION series of motherboards targeted at content creators. You can read more about their Z490 motherboards in our showcase article.

 

Model

Form Factor

DRAM Slots

SATA Ports

M.2 Storage Slots

NIC

Wi-Fi

Gigabyte Z490M mATX 4 6 1 1Gb No
Gigabyte Z490 UD ATX 4 6 2 1Gb No
Gigabyte Z490M GAMING X mATX 4 6 1 1Gb No
Gigabyte Z490 UD AC ATX 4 6 2 1Gb Yes
Gigabyte Z490 GAMING X ATX 4 6 2 1Gb No
Gigabyte Z490 VISION G ATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb No
Gigabyte Z490 AORUS ELITE ATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb No
Gigabyte Z490 AORUS ELITE AC ATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb Yes
Gigabyte Z490 AORUS PRO AX ATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb Yes
Gigabyte Z490I AORUS ULTRA mITX 2 4 2 2.5Gb Yes
Gigabyte Z490 VISION D ATX 4 6 3 2.5Gb 
+
1Gb
Yes
Gigabyte Z490 AORUS ULTRA ATX 4 6 3 2.5Gb Yes
Gigabyte Z490 AORUS MASTER ATX 4 6 3 2.5Gb Yes
Gigabyte Z490 AORUS XTREME E-ATX 4 6 3 10Gb +
2.5Gb
Yes
Gigabyte Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE E-ATX 4 6 3 10Gb +
2.5Gb
Yes

 

 

MSI Z490 Motherboards

 

ATX, microATX and mini-ITX MSI Z490 motherboards will also be available. 

 

Model

Form Factor

DRAM Slots

SATA Ports

M.2 Storage Slots

NIC

Wi-Fi

MSI Z490-A PRO ATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb No
MSI MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS ATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb No
MSI MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK ATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb +
1Gb
No
MSI MPG Z490M GAMING EDGE WIFI mATX 4 4 2 2.5Gb Yes
MSI MPG Z490 GAMING EDGE WIFI ATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb Yes
MSI MEG Z490i UNIFY mITX 2 4 2 2.5Gb Yes
MSI MPG Z490 GAMING CARBON WIFI ATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb Yes
MSI MEG Z490 UNIFY ATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb Yes
MSI MEG Z490 ACE ATX 4 6 3 2.5Gb +
1Gb
Yes
MSI MEG Z490 GODLIKE E-ATX 4 6 3 10Gb +
2.5Gb
Yes

 


ASRock Z490 Motherboards

 

Just like the other brands, ASRock will also be providing Z490 motherboards for mini-ITX, microATX and ATX form factors. 

 

Model

Form Factor

DRAM Slots

SATA Ports

M.2 Storage Slots

NIC

Wi-Fi

ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4 ATX 4 6 1 1Gb No
ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/2.5G ATX 4 6 1 2.5Gb No
ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ac ATX 4 6 1 1Gb Yes
ASRock Z490M Pro4 mATX 4 6 2 1Gb No
ASRock Z490M-ITX/ac mITX 2 4 2 2.5Gb Yes
ASRock Z490 Pro4 ATX 4 6 2 1Gb No
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend ATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb No
ASRock Z490 Extreme4 ATX 4 6 2 2.5Gb No
ASRock Z490 PG Velocita ATX 4 8 2 2.5Gb No
ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 mITX 2 4 2 2.5Gb Yes
ASRock Z490 Taichi ATX 4 8 3 2.5Gb Yes

 

 

Browse Mwave’s full range of Z490 Motherboards on our online store.

 

 

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