Intel’s 13th Generation CPU lineup, dubbed Raptor Lake, is almost here! As expected, a brand-new chipset that can better keep up with the demands of next-gen performance and technologies will accompany these new Intel CPUs.
Intel’s last-gen Z690 chipset already offered a host of modern features and hardware standards like PCIe 5.0 and DDR5. Now, the Z790 chipset builds around these technologies more effectively to ensure a no-compromise next-gen experience.
PCIe 5.0: Enabling Next-Gen Speeds Today
The next generation of PCIe 5.0 doubles the already-colossal bandwidth offered by PCIe 4.0. Not only does this enable a new generation of storage devices with lightning-fast read/write speeds, but it also prepares your PC for a new era of graphics cards.
Intel’s Z790 platform allows you to leverage PCIe 5.0 on both the PCIe x16 slots and the M.2 slots – allowing you to upgrade to next-gen tech with a simple swap-in upgrade! When combined with DDR5 memory, you can unlock a next-gen gaming and computing experience that only gets better down the line.
Robust Power Delivery: Get the Most out of your Intel Raptor Lake CPU
MSI’s Z790 motherboards boast robust power delivery components that allow power users and overclockers to get the most out of their hardware without affecting system stability. They improve on last-gen Z690 motherboards with up to 26+2 VRM phases and can feature up to 105A Smart Power Stages!
Wavy Fin Design with Cross Heatpipe
With great power, comes great…heat.
While our combination of a fin stack array heatsink and top-tier components already managed heat pretty well, we just can’t help but kick it up a notch with premium Z790 motherboards.
A wavy fin stacked heatsink now further improves heat dissipation, thanks to the additional surface area. That’s not all, though! We’ve also added a cross heatpipe to efficiently transport heat away from power delivery components – allowing for better thermals and stability.
LGA1700 Socket: Maintaining Compatibility with 12th and 13th Generation Intel CPUs
The Z790 chipset supports both 12th and 13th Gen Intel CPUs, thanks to the continued use of Intel’s LGA1700 socket. This allows you to install either 12th or 13th Generation Intel Core processors on a Z790 motherboard without hassle.
Toolless M.2: Upgrades and Installs Have Never Been This Easy
Installing or upgrading an M.2 SSD can become a headache, especially when dealing with a tiny screw that secures your device. Several MSI Z790 motherboards now offer completely toolless M.2 slots that allow you to install and remove M.2 SSDs without a screwdriver easily!
Introducing the MSI Z790 Lineup: Upgrade to 13th Generation Intel Raptor Lake CPUs in Style
In addition to the improvements that Intel brings to the table, MSI has been busy designing the best Z790 motherboards that can get the most out of these new 13th Gen Intel Core CPUs. We’re excited to showcase a few of them!
MEG Z790 GODLIKE: Rule Them All
As always, the MEG Z790 GODLIKE features the best technologies, components, and engineering we can muster.
It’s not chance that allowed GODLIKE motherboards to hold many benchmark world records over the years. Every aspect of a GODLIKE board is built and designed with a singular goal: delivering record-beating performance numbers bar none!
You can expect the same quality and robust design with the MEG Z790 GODLIKE – featuring a whopping 26+2 (28) VRM phases with a 105A Smart Power Stage! A wavy fin heatsink increases surface area for greater heat dissipation, and a cross heatpipe successfully carries heat away from your motherboard VRM to cool it more effectively.
At first glance, you’ll notice that the MEG Z790 GODLIKE comes equipped with a small screen – the M-Vision Dashboard. In addition to personalizing this gorgeous touch-sensitive IPS display. Not only can you personalize it to your liking and display system stats, but it also lets you interact with the screen and use it much more intuitively for finer control over your system.
You can leverage the full capabilities of your high-speed internet connection and/or local storage servers with built-in 10G and 2.5G dual LAN. The Z790 GODLIKE also features Wi-Fi 6E for rock-solid stability and high speeds, if you want to go wireless.
Whether gaming, working, or extreme overclocking, the MEG Z790 GODLIKE will ensure your PC is ready to go. If nothing but the best will suffice, your search ends with the MEG Z790 GODLIKE from MSI.
MEG Z790 ACE: The Ace up Your Sleeve
Although it might be shown up by the mighty GODLIKE, the MEG Z790 ACE can undoubtedly hold its own when it comes to performance and features. It offers 13th Generation Intel CPUs a powerful platform to sustain top-tier performance without abandoning the idea of value entirely. Whether you want to render complex scenes or push overclocks without sacrificing stability, this motherboard will have your back.
You’ll find a combination of 24 + 2 + 1 (27) VRM phases and a robust 105A Smart Power Stage to ensure steady, accurate power to your CPU at all times.
The Z790 platform’s support for next-gen technologies like PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 will also play a crucial role in readying your PC for the future. You’ll be able to upgrade to faster storage and next-gen graphics cards with a simple swap, without sacrificing performance.
Like the GODLIKE, the MEG Z790 ACE also offers a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20Gbps) port that can deliver up to 60W of power! Charge your devices or power them using a single cable from your front USB Type-C port, and reduce the clutter on your desk.
Networking performance won’t be a hassle either, thanks to the included 2.5G LAN and Wi-Fi 6E support for rock-solid stability and incredible speeds.
MPG Z790 CARBON WIFI: Stealthy, but Incredible
The MPG Z790 CARBON WIFI motherboard adopts a serious dark carbon look for serious performance. It boasts an incredible combination of top-tier features like DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 with affordability – making it an excellent fit for gamers and creators who demand future-ready hardware.
From a power delivery standpoint, the MPG Z790 CARBON WIFI can handle even the best CPUs Intel offers without faltering. It comes equipped with 19 + 1 + 1 (22) VRM phases with a 105A Smart Power Stage to deliver steady, reliable power to your processor. What’s more, it also features an extended heatsink with a heatpipe that dissipates heat and moves it away from the core power delivery components.
The MPG Z790 CARBON motherboard offers PCIe 5.0 support on both the PCIe slot and the M.2 slot – ensuring your PC is prepared for a next-gen upgrade when you are! Add to this the board’s USB 20Gbps (3.2 Gen 2x2) ports for both front and rear I/O, and you can strap in for a lightning-fast peripheral experience.
Onboard 2.5G LAN and Wi-Fi 6E support give you enough flexibility to pick between wired or wireless connections without giving up speed or reliability.
If you’re looking for a motherboard that will go the distance and offer a robust platform for even the best 13th Generation Intel CPUs, the MPG Z790 CARBON is what we call the sweet spot!
MPG Z790 EDGE WIFI: Striking the Perfect Balance
Gamers who want to balance incredible performance with affordability can also consider the MPG Z790 EDGE WIFI.
Although the MPG Z790 EDGE WIFI drops to a 16 + 1 + 1 (18) phase VRM with a 90A Smart Power Stage, it can still handle the best 13th Generation Intel CPUs without breaking a sweat. An extended heatsink and heatpipe facilitate the flow of heat away from core components to keep your power delivery components relatively cool even when under heavy gaming loads.
The M.2 slots on the MPG Z790 EDGE WIFI offer support for PCIe 4.0 devices, and you’ll be ready for next-gen graphics solutions with a full-length primary PCIe 5.0 slot on the MPG Z790 EDGE WIFI!
You can find both DDR4 and DDR5 versions of the MPG Z790 EFGE WIFI motherboard to ensure compatibility with previous-gen parts while also offering a future-ready option to gamers building a new PC in 2022.
The MPG Z790 EDGE WIFI boasts built-in 2.5G LAN and Wi-Fi 6E support for an incredible wired and wireless networking experience. It also features USB 20Gbps ports that allow you to transfer to and from external storage devices at breakneck speeds.
MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK WIFI: The Renowned Workhorse
The TOMAHAWK name has been synonymous with delivering best-in-class value among its peers for years. Now, the MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK keeps the trend alive by offering gamers and PC builders a way to access the Z790 platform while staying relatively affordable!
Like many previous TOMAHAWK motherboards, the MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK also comes equipped with robust power delivery. It can handle even the best 13th Generation CPUs Intel offers, thanks to a 16 + 1 + 1 (18) phase VRM design with a 90A Smart Power Stage.
You’ll find the MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK in both DDR4 and DDR5 flavors. Not only does the former keep costs low now, but it also ensures that buyers who aren’t excited about next-gen technologies like DDR5 can opt to hold off and wait. However, the motherboard does still offer PCIe 5.0 support on the primary graphics card slot to accommodate next-gen graphics solutions with zero performance loss.
The MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK features EZ M.2 Clips to make installation and maintenance painless – a novel design that allows you to install an M.2 SSD without turning screws.
Like all other MSI Z790 motherboards above, you won’t have to worry about networking performance on the MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK either. It boasts 2.5G LAN and Wi-Fi 6E – ensuring that your Steam downloads never keep you waiting for too long.
Find out more about the MSI Z790 motherboards on the Official MSI Z790 Motherboard launch page: https://www.msi.com/Landing/intel-13th-gen-raptor-lake-z790-b760-motherboard. Make sure you bookmark and follow it for the latest updates, new Z790 motherboards, and much more!