We took a tour of one of the world's most sane and understated electionsLGA1200 And the Z490 chipset
We are entering a summer of high gear hardware as the stores are filled with freshly launched hardware, despite the simple situation we are in. The latest big launch is a LGA1200 resident along with the Tenth Generation Series processors Intel, when are core The i9 10900K is the new flagship for this platform.
Quite routinely, motherboard manufacturers introduce the various product lines, which are based on the different chipsets. H410, B460, H470 and Z490 are chip sets whose main purpose is to create segmentation between different motherboard models. You will find it very difficult to find Motherboard Particularly advanced that contains H410 or B460 for example. This is apart from the fact that Intel is artificially restrictive Overclocking Only for the chipset Z490.
Among the various MSI motherboards with the Z490 chipset are motherboards such as the Z490-A PRO and the MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS at the bottom of the list. These motherboards are designed for most consumers who want a Z490 based system, especially with Processors Example core i7 10700K andcore i5 10600K, although you can see even those who want processors core i9 with Motherboard That does not cost four digits of NIS.
You will find the MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS in less than NIS 800 to 900 and it is aimed at users who want capabilities Overclocking Acceptable and solid cooling.
The configuration is ATX so the motherboard will fit in any standard Mid Tower chassis. The theme is very neutral which is a good thing, as this motherboard will work with whatever hardware you put with it. There are four slots DDR4 And MSI specifies memory support up to 4800Mhz and beyond. MSI points out that even if you use four sticks זיכרון At high volume, you can reach 4000Mhz and above. Very respectable.
The array of expansion interfaces is quite optimal, with the M.2 interface above the PCI-Express X16 of the graphics card. This interface comes with a heat sink and is directly connected to the processor. This means when they are launched Processors Owners ofPCI-Express In the 4.0 generation, this interface will be upgraded quickly. Now with the 3.0th generation processors, traffic will still be done in generation XNUMX. The same is true for the video card interface underneath. Other InterfacesPCI-Express They are in Generation 3.0 and they all come with the chipset, so they will not upgrade to the next version.
Spacing between the various interfaces is quite healthy, and even with the installation of a fairly thick video card, the possibility of using the X4 interface and access to the other M.2 interface is still available. The heat sink for the chipset is respectable and bigger than it should be, which is an advantage.
A trend we see in use here is four SATA ports for drives and the portUSB 3 per chassis are at an angle and slightly in the niche in the panel. This significantly reduces the headache in arranging cables and connecting to these interfaces, especially in slightly denser enclosures. AuthorUSB Type-C seen in the image slightly above, next to a connector USB Another 3 are an addition to enclosures that contain such an amount of connections, although there are not many on the market, yet ... you can always get them on back expansion cards, anyway.
This motherboard will receive 7.1 audio channels with optical port based on the Realtek ALC1200-VD1 controller, a fairly popular controller on advanced motherboards. The network input is at 2.5Gbps and based on the Realtek RTL8125B controller. These are mornings thatMSI Very loving because they exist on most boardsZ490 New ones.
There are two 5Gbps (blue) USB ports, two 10Gbps (one red, one Type-C) and two standard USB 2.0 ports. Anyone who decides an advanced motherboard is a great opportunity to use a built-in graphics core will find HDMI andDisplayPort. There is also a non-PS2 keyboard or mouse interface USB, If you decide to take this motherboard with you on a time machine to Nintiz.
In general, this interface is reasonable. I think two interfaces USB Others would make it "good". I understand that segmentation between different models is important, but keep in mind that this is a motherboard that costs over NIS 800, after all.
The motherboard processor power supply system is made up of 16 stages with 12 of them coming to the processing cores and the rest to the various controllers. The Power Controller is Richtek's RT3609BE and it delivers 12 steps to the cores by practical 6-signal transport with each signal having a split using a PWM splitter. What builds each stage is the 4C029 stabilizer and the ONsemi 4C024 stabilizer.
Such a power supply system typically characterizes a slightly cheaper motherboard in the spectrum, but also usually comes in a 6-8-step configuration, rather than 12. It's important to remember that part of what a power supply system builds for a processor is Cooling Stabilizers. Heat exhaust and temperature coping is what determines the current capability of a voltage stabilizer.
The heat sinks she designed MSI The power supply system is quite respectable and has a large surface area. When used with minimal airflow, there should be no problem here at all with all the resident processors LGA1200.
I tested this system with core i9 10900K When I allowed the board to exceed the official turbo limits, a state where the processor power is continuously in the 230W zone. I ran the test for an entire hour while measuring temperature with thermistors under the heat sinks and between the stages.
Even without active airflow on the system, it coped fairly well with the effort test. The mere fact that the frequency was not lowered to the processor means that we do not exceed the proper temperature range at an ambient temperature of 25 ° C. The highest specimen I ever saw was 77 ° C. This is a great result, and it is free of active airflow and with the most hungry processor under The fast.
The boss of MSI Similar to its format MSI Been using this for close to a decade, and I think that's a good decision. A winning horse does not replace. On the main screen, you can select XMP memory settings, see system details such as processor voltages and temperature, bios version and processor model, as well as boot order priority.
Fan profile building plans MSI It is also one of the most successful today, when unlike other manufacturers (ahm, asus), there is complete freedom in the relation between temperature and fan speed. Well done MSI.
By the way, those who are really worried about it have RGB on this black motherboard, in the form of LEDs under the chipset heat sink. They can be controlled and turned off even in bios, but also via RGB software MSI In the operating system.
Summary - Good value, understandable set of features
The MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS is not a motherboard that claims to be something it cannot be. This is a Z490 board that is low in the price spectrum of the various Z490 boards. You will not find controllers here Thunderbolt, Neither an advanced power system nor a serious amount of interfaces.
On the other hand, you will find what most users need here, which is two M.2 interfaces, a particularly good overclocking potential for 6 and 8 cores, and enough SATA and PCI-Express interfaces storage And expansion cards.
The visual design of the MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS is clean and without poses, mostly black on black with a bit RGB Because this is 2020 after all. The bios is familiar, intuitive and easy to navigate, and tuning the fan profiles for the various connectors is fantastic. By the way, there are 7 fan racks on the motherboard and all are controlled, not bad.
We can quietly recommend MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS as a great motherboard for the bracket for those who decide to purchase Motherboard Be friendly to the K processors for them. You could say that it would be a pretty good option even for a variety of lock-in processors, as its price is not significantly higher than the price of advanced motherboards with the H470 chipset, for example.
If you are looking Motherboard Solid in the chipset Z490, The MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS is a great option. You will not find particularly advanced connectivity here, but on the other hand you will not be required to pay huge sums. It is suitable for overclocking, it will integrate with hardware in various themes, it is configurable thanks to a great BIOS.