MSI is launching at least seven Z490 motherboards.
MSI MAG Z490 Tomahawk
We have not seen a MAG Z490 model yet, so this is the first (and only) board from the series. The MAG Tomahawk is a standard ATX form factor entry-level motherboard. Overall, the Tomahawk received the biggest design change since the Z390 series for Coffee Lake-S series.
MSI Z490 Tomahawk (left) vs MSI Z390 Tomahawk (right)
MSI MEG Z490 ACE
The MEG ACE is the second-best Z490 model from MSI. This board is a member of the high-end MEG series. Unlike GODLIKE, it does not have 10Gb ethernet, but it does have both 1Gbe and 2.5Gb. The M.2 expansion card is not included with this board.
MSI Z490 MEG ACE (left) vs MSI Z390 MEG ACE (right)
MSI MEG Z490 GODLIKE
More pictures of the MEG Z490 GODLIKE are now available. This is the flagship model from MSI, featuring all bells and whistles a board manufacturer could possibly offer. This is the only MSI board with 10 Gbe ethernet, OLED screen, EATX form factor, or M.2 expansion slot.
We do not have a confirmation on pricing yet, but this board will definitely cost more than Intel’s flagship Core i9-10900K processor. So it is worth investing in a flagship LGA1200 board right now? MSI and Intel could help you with this decision by confirming PCIe 4.0 support and how many Core series will this board be compatible with.
MSI MEG Z490 GODLIKE (left) vs MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE (right)
MSI MPG Z490 GAMING CARBON
MSI has been teasing Carbon on social media, but we thought it would be better to just show you the whole board. The MPG Gamiing Carbon was probably designed for car tuning enthusiasts. Otherwise, carbon fiber texture has not really become very popular in PC hardware. Yet, MSI is releasing the Carbon series for few years now.
MSI MEG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi (left) vs MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon AC (right)