Msi Z790 Project Zero
Z790 PROJECT ZERO

The Z790 PROJECT ZERO features a unique back-connect design that reduces the complexity of cable management, resulting in a neater and more aesthetically pleasing appearance for the system. It’s compatible with Intel 14th /13th/ 12th Processors, supports DDR5, and comes equipped with a 2.5G LAN and Wi-Fi 7 solution. This makes it an excellent choice among ATX motherboards.

Z790 PROJECT ZERO Z790 chipset
EXCLUSIVE FEATURE
THERMAL SOLUTION
CONNECTIVITY

EXCLUSIVE FEATURE

MSI Z790 Projecr Zero Exclusive Feature
Pump Fan Support

Pump Fan Support

6 Layer PCB 2oz Thickened Copper

6 Layer PCB with 2oz Thickened Copper

Back Connect Design

Back Connect Design

PREMIUM THERMAL SOLUTION

MSI Z790 Projecr Zero Thermal Feature
Extended Heatsink

Extended Heatsink

M.2 Shield Frozr

M.2 Shield Frozr

Heatsink with 7W/mK Thermal Pad

Heatsink with 7W/mK Thermal Pad

HIGH-SPEED TRANSMISSION

MSI Z790 Projecr Zero Connection features
2.5G Network Solution

2.5G Network Solution

Lightning USB 20G

Latest Wi-Fi 7

Latest Wi-Fi 7 icon

Lightning USB 20G

Memory Boost

Memory Boost

Lightning Gen 5

Lightning Gen 5

HARDWARE

Hardware
  • cooling
  • Power Solution
  • Diy Friendly
  • Protection
  • cooling overview
  • Fully Fan Control
  • Water Cooling

Cooling Overview

Z790 PROJECT ZERO
  1. Extended Heatsink

    Extended Heatsink enlarges the surface of heat dissipation, ensuring even high- end processors to run in full speed.

  2. M.2 Shield Frozr

    Keeps M.2 SSDs safe while preventing throttling, making them run faster.

  3. Heavy Plated VRM Heatsink

    The VRM heatsink covers the upper MOS and helps dissipate the heat.

  4. 7W/mK Thermal Pad & Additional
    Choke Pad

    High quality 7W/mK MOSFET thermal pads and extra choke thermal pads ensure all cores running in high performcance.

Fully Fan Control

CONTROL IN ONE CLICK
FROZR AI COOLING
AUTO DETECT YOUR FAN

MSI motherboards let you manage speeds and temperatures for all your system and CPU fans in BIOS and software with a simplified graphical interface. You can also set up to 4 temperature targets, which will adjust the fan speeds automatically.

msi fully control software

Detecting CPU & GPU temperatures and automatically adjusting fan duty of system fans to a proper value by adopting MSI AI ENGINE.

msi ai cooling feature

MSI fan headers automatically detect fans running in DC or PWM mode for optimal tuning of fan speeds and silence. Hysteresis also makes your fans spin up fluently to make sure your system stays silent, no matter what.

msi auto detect your fan

OPTIMIZED FOR WATER COOLING

Designed to support the most popular All-In-One & customized water cooling solutions on the market. A dedicated water pump PIN header supports up to 3 amp, giving you full control of the water pump speed. A clearly marked ‘keep-out-zone’ allows for easy and safe installation and a perfect fit.

msi x670 system cooling none atx
— TESTED TO WORK BEST WITH —
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  • STRUCTURE
  • PCB DESIGN
  • MORE FOR PERFORMANCE

14+1+1 DUET RAIL POWER SYSTEM

Unleash and sustain maximum performance with an aggressive VRM design built with digital CPU power system. Combining 8 + 8-pin power connectors and exclusive Core Boost technology, Z790 PROJECT ZERO is ready to sustain heavy gaming loadings.

14PHASE
CORE POWERDRMOS/55A
1PHASE
GT
POWER
1PHASE
AUX
POWER
Msi Z790 Project Zero Double Power
DOUBLE POWER CONNECTORS

DOUBLE POWER CONNECTORS

Two 8-pin connectors deliver adequate power even for an overclocked multi-core CPU.

Msi B760m Project  Zero Digital Power Power
DIGITALL POWER DESIGN

DIGITALL POWER DESIGN

A fully digital power design allows for faster and undistorted current delivery to the CPU at pin-point precision.

Msi B760m Project  Zero Digital Core Boost
CORE BOOST

CORE BOOST

Premium layout not only support the multi-core CPU, also create the perfect conditions for your CPU overclocking.

OPTIMIZED PCB SOLUTION

The PCB design has been optimized for higher bandwidth and faster transfer speeds, which is also beneficial for reliable circuit transmission.

MSI Z790 PROJECT ZERO OPTIMIZED PCB SOLUTION
  • 6 PCB layers
  • 2oz Thickened Copper

MORE FOR PERFORMANCE

LOAD-LINE CALIBRATION
OVERVOLTAGE PROTECTION
Flash BIOS Button
What you set, is what you get. LLC makes sure your CPU voltage remains 100% stable under any load. This greatly improves stability when demanding more CPU performance.
Dual BIOS
Prevents potential short-circuit damage to the CPU and other critical components.
  • Back-Connect Design
  • SYSTEM SAVER
  • MORE FOR DIY FRIENDLY

Back-Connect Design

The Z790 PROJECT ZERO features a back-connect design, which relocates the motherboard power, CPU power, fan pins, SATA, and other interfaces to the back of the motherboard. This allows for simpler cable management, while also providing a cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing appearance for the system.

Z790 PROJECT ZERO Back-Connect Design
Z790 PROJECT ZERO Back-Connect Design

BOOT UP GUARANTEED

Run into trouble when updating your BIOS or somehow corrupted it? Don’t worry, MSI motherboards offer multiple options to successfully boot your system again.

BOOT UP GUARANTEED
Flash the BIOS with only a connected power supply by following a few steps. CPU and memory not required. Leam more

MORE FOR DIY FRIENDLY

WINDOWS 11 CERTIFIED
PRE-INSTALLED I/O SHIELD
XL CLIP
EZ DEBUG LED
keep out zone
WINDOWS 11 CERTIFIED
With MSI you benefit from great compatibility and a worry-free user experience when using Microsoft Windows 11. With a true dedication to performance, our R&D team has made sure everything works as intended when using the latest version of Microsoft Windows on any MSI product.
MSI Z790 Project Zero installed
PRE-INSTALLED IO background

The design protect your IO ports and makes your installation process easier and safer.

PCI-E clip
The enlarged PCI-E clip helps you swap or remove your devices easier. Keep the PCI-E slot stronger and safer.
MSI B760M Project Zero EZ Debug led
Onboard LEDs will indicate the source of the problem so you know exactly where to look to get up and running again.
keep out zone
MSI motherboards circuitry ensure the case standoff keep out zones are pure and clean. Moreover, the protective paint is printed around each screw hole to prevent parts from being scratched or damaged to the motherboard.

* Please ensure to remove the unnecessary mounting stand-off when installing the motherboard into the case.

  • SOLID PIN DESIGN
  • STAINLESS STEEL IO
  • GROUNDING STRUCTURE
  • OCP Protection
  • TVS

solid pin design

The 4-pin, 8-pin, and 24-pin power connectors of MSI motherboards are all designed with solid pins. The solid pin design allows for a more stable transmission of 12V power to the CPU, even when handling high current loads.

Advantages of Solid Pin Power connector

  • Improved stability : Larger contact area enhances stability during power delivery.
  • Low impedance : Solid pins offer low impedance, enabling efficient power flow.
  • Strong durability : The solid pin design ensures strong durability, capable of withstanding demanding conditions.
  • Suitable for high-current applications.
solid pin design

Anti-corrosive Stainless Steel IO Shield

An extra layer of sponge materials along with corrosive resistance IO Shield to help improve static electricity and reduce electromagnetic radiation noise from the system as well as much more durable compare to traditional IO Shields.

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Stainless Steel IO

* The image above is an illustrative reference. Please refer to specification pages for more details.

The Grounding Structure of Power Phases

The grounding structure of power phases is the MSI's exclusive design. This patented design enables to suppress the electromagnetic interference (EMI) generated by the power phases and helps to efficiently conduct heat to the copper plane with grounding properties.

Z790 Grounding Board

Over Current Protection

MSI motherboards prioritize safety with the embedded Overcurrent Protection (OCP), ensuring crucial components such as the USB ports, DDR memory, PWM IC, and CPU are shielded from excessive current. This proactive defense mechanism curtails the risk of damage or malfunction due to power surges, promoting long-term system stability. This commitment to safeguarding your hardware underscores MSI's dedication to producing motherboards that prioritize durability and stability.

MSI CPU and PWN IC
CPU / PWM IC
MSI DDR Memory Slots
DDR memory Slots
MSI Rear and Front USB ports
Rear & Front USB ports

Transient Voltage Suppressors (TVS)

Transient Voltage Suppressors (TVS) are safety devices used to protect against excessive voltage. All motherboard models of MSI are equipped with TVS. When the voltage abnormally rises, the TVS switches from a high-resistance state to a low-resistance state, diverting the excessive voltage to ground. This helps prevent circuit damage caused by high voltage.

Transient Voltage Suppressors

PERFORMANCE

Performance
  • Expansion
  • memory
  • Bios & software
  • LIGHTNING GEN 5
  • STORAGE
  • USB

Lightning Gen 5 PCI-e with Steel Armor

LIGHTNING GEN 5 PCI-E

Doubling over the previous generation, the bandwidth of a x16 interface can reach 128GB/s.

SMT PCIE 5.0 SLOT

The advanced SMT(Surface Mount Technology) PCIE slot diminish interference and electrical noise, fully support the PCI-E 5.0 signal.

Msi Z790 Project Zero wifi lighting gen 5 pce-e with steel armor
MSI STEEL ARMOR
REINFORCED,
HEAVY SOLDERED CONNECTIONS

Secure to the motherboard with extra solder points and support the weight of heavy graphics cards.

FAST AND FUTURE-READY STORAGE

MSI PROJECT ZERO series motherboards support all the latest storage standards, which allows users to connect any ultra-fast storage device. Start games faster, load levels faster and have a real advantage over your enemies.

4x

lightening gen 4 m2
64 Gbps

6x

components
6 Gbps
Z790 PROJECT ZERO storage overview
lightning usb 20G
FRONT USB TYPE-C

DOUBLE BANDWIDTH WITH LIGHTNING USB 3.2 GEN 2x2 20G

Using USB 3.2 devices has never been faster! The Z790 PROJECT ZERO motherboards offer a wide variety of options to connect and boost your USB devices, offering never before seen USB speeds up to 20Gb/s when connecting the Rear USB Type-C.

lightning usb 20G

USB FRONT TYPE-C

The Z790 PROJECT ZERO motherboards support USB Front Type-C that allows gamers to connect with the latest USB devices. Built up a system with MSI PC case to have the most convenient experience.

USB FRONT TYPE-C
USB FRONT TYPE-C
  • DDR5
  • XMP

LATEST DDR5 MEMORY WITH SMT SLOT

A huge step of DDR performance enhancement with the latest DDR5 memory. Combines with dedicated SMT welding process and MSI Memory Boost technology,Z790 PROJECT ZERO is ready to deliver the world class memory performance.

The advanced SMT(Surface Mount Technology) welding process reduces the defect rate of slot solder joints, electromagnetism, and interference. Combining with exclusive Memory Boost technology allows MSI motherboards to deliver the clean and pure high-frequency DDR5 signal.

MSI LATEST DDR5 MEMORY WITH SMT SLOT

EASY OVERCLOCKING WITH XMP PROFILE

The XMP (Extreme Memory Profiles) in MSI BIOS are tested and certified by MSI OC LAB. It is easy to enable with auto power settings to get the best memory speed and stability.

  • CLICK BIOS 5
  • MSI CENTER
  • AIDA64
  • NORTON 360
  • RESIZABLE BAR

CLICK BIOS 5

Get more from a loaded BIOS designed for ease of use. Fine-tune the motherboard for gaming performance, efficiency, or overclocking world records!

EZ-mode
Advanced mode
MSI EZ Mode Pro Series MSI Advanced Mode Pro series
  • XMP

    Choose from a preset XMP profile and automatically overclock compatible DDR memory.

  • VMD (Volume Management Device)

    Enable direct control and management of NVMe SSDs from the PCIe bus without additional hardware adaptors.

  • M-FLASH

    Conveniently flash or upgrade the BIOS in a few minutes from the CMOS Setup Utility.

  • HARDWARE MONITOR

    Get immediate access to your critical hardware information in real-time including temperature, memory capacity, clock speed, and voltage.

  • MEMORY TRY IT

    Get extreme speed out of your system memory and get more performance.

  • SEARCH & FAVORITES

    A permanent search & favorite option in the top right corner moves you through the BIOS menus quickly.

MSI CENTER

MSI brand new MSI Center unifies a suite of MSI software utilities into a single centralized application. Take control of advanced motherboards features and unleash endless possibilities.

Mystic Light
True Color
User Scenario
Hardware Monitoring
Profile Setting
Fan Center
System Diagnosis
Mystic Light
Create your own colorful masterpiece with ease. Splash any color you want with just a few clicks!
True Color
Optimized monitor’s brightness and color in several modes for different situation, you can also customize by yourself.
User Scenario
One click for setting your computer, even customize own profile as your preference.
Hardware Monitoring
Get immediate access to your critical hardware information in real-time.
Profile Setting
Tune select motherboard settings in the OC Setting menu, where options to boost core performance and optimize system cooling are presented in an intuitive interface.
Fan Center
Assume complete control of your fans with Fan Center. Set up to four CPU temperature targets and the motherboard will adjust fan speeds automatically.
System Diagnosis
Restore and backup your MSI storage devices in one click to provide stable system usage, you can even monitor the storage status to prevent system crash or data missing.

Exclusive UI of AIDA64 Extreme

MSI motherboards provide 60 days free trial of AIDA64 Extreme - MSI edition. AIDA64 Extreme is an almighty application for system information, diagnostics and benchmarks. With the application, you can monitor the detailed hardware and software information on PC and save it to file in multiple formats such as CSV and HTML.

Opt-in to Cyber Safety with Norton 360 Deluxe

Multiple layers of protection for your devices, online privacy features including our Secure VPN, plus Dark Web Monitoring - all in a single solution. With MSI motherboards, you can enjoy a 60-day free trial of Norton 360 Deluxe.

  • Up to 50 GB PC cloud backup
  • Real time Threat protection and Smart Firewall
  • Password manager
  • PC SafeCam
Norton 360

The MSI trial offer is not available for existing Norton customers. If you have an active Norton subscription, you will need to opt-out of the existing subscription to be eligible for this offer. For Important Subscription, Pricing and Offer Details, please refer to NortonLifeLock License and Services Agreement. NortonLifeLock Product and Service Privacy Notices.

RESIZABLE BAR

Resizable BAR (Re-Size BAR) is an advanced PCI Express feature that enables the CPU to access the entire GPU frame buffer at once and improve performance.

Connectivity

Connectivity
  • audio
  • mystic light
  • networking
  • Audio Boost
  • Isolated Analogy Structure

Audio boost

  • HIGH DEFINITION AUDIO PROCESSOR
  • HIGH QUALITY AUDIO CAPACITORS
  • HIGH QUALITY AUDIO JACKS
  • ISOLATED AUDIO SIGNAL
  • DE-POP PROTECTION
Msi Z790 Audio Boost 3
Msi Z790 high quality audio capacitors
Msi Z790 audio high quality audio jacks
Msi Z790 audio isolated audio signal
Msi x690 Audio de-pop

The Isolated Analogy Structure for Audio Connectors

To provide clear voice, MSI develops a unique structure – Isolated Analogy Structure. The external metal framework of the audio connectors is separated from the internal layout, which ensures the sound quality crisp.

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MSI Isolated Analogy Structure for Audio Connectors

* The image above is an illustrative reference. Please refer to specification pages for more details.

  • Synchronize

EXTEND YOUR RGB EXPERIENCE WITH EASE

Add more color if you want! Mystic Light Extension pin header provides an intuitive way to control additional RGB strips and other RGB peripherals added to a system, without needing a separate RGB controller.

  • A-RAINBOW V2
  • RGB
  • AMBIENT LINK
Msi X670 motherboard with a-rainbow v2
Supports 5V Addressable RGB devices. Compatible with ARGB Gen2 / Gen1 devices.
*Gen2 device only supports 7 RGB themes
Msi X670 RGB
Supports 12V RGB devices.
Msi x670 rgbsync ambient device image
Synchronize lighting theme with compatible lighting devices.
  • 2.5G Lan & Wi-Fi 7
  • WIFI 7 Solution

HIGH-BANDWIDTH AND LOW-LATENCY NETWORK

MSI's premium network solution provides incredible data transfer speed for demanding users.

msi lan 2.5g icon wifi7 icon
Z790 PROJECT ZERO lan 2.5g wifi low-latency network with natenna
  • Wi-Fi 7
  • Bluetooth 5.4
  • 2.5G LAN

THE NEXT GEN WI-FI SOLUTION – WI-FI 7

Wi-Fi 7 is the latest wireless solution that takes a huge leap forward with multiple improvements to meet the traffic demand brought and the growing number of wireless devices.

*Windows 11 compatibility only

Upgrade to Wi-Fi 7
Data Transfer Rate
Channel Size
Higher Order Modulation
Multi-Link Operation

Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be) introduced higher speeds, wider channels, improved efficiency, and reduced latency over Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax). It also improved battery life and provided better performance in crowded environments.

The Wi-Fi 7 provides maximum speeds to a whopping 5.8 Gbps! 2.4 times faster than previous Wi-Fi 6/6E standards, Wi-Fi 7 is set to be the wireless standard of the future.

Previous Wi-Fi generations have had to make do with 160MHz channel widths. Wi-Fi 7 brings this width up to 320MHz (on 6GHz) – ensuring better reliability during simultaneous transmissions at max speeds.

The higher QAM(Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) value, the more data each packet can carry. Wi-Fi 7 improves the modulation scheme from 1024-QAM to 4096-QAM – boosting peak transmission rates and network capacity.

Wi-Fi 7 enables devices to simultaneously send and receive data across several frequency bands and channels to meet the traffic demand brought and the growing number of wireless devices.

We have many partners, working together to cultivate the Back-connect device ecosystem, and we warmly welcome others to join us in strengthening the entire system!

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Z790 PROJECT ZERO

  • Support Intel® Core™ 14th/ 13th/ 12th Gen Processors, Intel® Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors for LGA 1700 socket
  • Supports DDR5 Memory, up to 7200+(OC) MHz
  • Enhanced Power Design: 14+1+1 Duet Rail Power System, dual 8-pin CPU power connectors, Core Boost, Memory Boost
  • Lightning Fast Game experience: PCIe 5.0 slot, Lightning Gen 4 x4 M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2
  • Premium Thermal Solution: Extended Heatsink Design and M.2 Shield Frozr are built for high performance system and non-stop works
  • Audio Boost: Reward your ears with studio grade sound
  • High Quality PCB: 6-layer PCB made by 2oz thickened copper and server grade level material
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