MSI Z790 vs. Z690 Motherboards: What to Expect?

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MSI Z790 vs.  Z690 Motherboards: What to Expect?

Intel’s 13th Generation CPU lineup, dubbed Raptor Lake, is almost here! As expected, new chipsets that can better meet the performance demands and next-generation technologies will accompany these new Intel CPUs.


Intel’s latest generation Z690 chipset has offered a number of modern features and hardware standards such as PCIe 5.0 and DDR5. Now, the Z790 chipset builds on this technology to more effectively ensure a next-generation experience without compromise.

PCIe 5.0: Enabling Next-Gen Speeds Today

The next generation of PCIe 5.0, doubles the already huge bandwidth offered by PCIe 4.0. This not only enables a new generation of storage devices with lightning-fast read/write speeds, but also prepares your PC for the new era of graphics cards.

The Intel Z790 platform allows you to take advantage of PCIe 5.0 in both the PCIe x16 slot and the M.2 slot – allowing you to upgrade to the next generation of technology with a simple upgrade! When combined with DDR5 memory, you’ll get an enhanced next-generation gaming and computing experience.

Powerful Power Delivery: Get the Most Out of Your Intel Raptor Lake CPU

MSI Z790 motherboards boast powerful power delivery components that allow power users and overclockers to get the most out of their hardware without compromising system stability. Upgrade to the latest generation Z690 motherboards with up to 26+2 VRM Phases and capable of displaying up to 105A Smart Power Stages!

Wavy Fin Design with Cross Heatpipe

With great power comes… great heat.

While the combination of our fin stack array heatsink and top-tier components has managed the heat pretty well, we couldn’t just chill about upgrading it with the premium Z790 motherboard.

Wavy fin stacked heatsinks now further improve heat dissipation, thanks to the additional surface area. That’s not all! We’ve also added cross heatpipes to efficiently transfer heat away from the power delivery components – enabling better thermal and stability.

LGA1700 Socket: Maintains Compatibility with 12th and 13th Generation Intel CPUs

The Z790 chipset supports 12th and 13th Generation Intel CPUs, thanks to the continuous use of Intel’s LGA1700 socket. This allows you to install a 12th or 13th Generation Intel Core processor on a Z790 motherboard without any hassle.

Toolless M.2: Upgrading and Installing Has Never Been This Easy

Installing or upgrading an M.2 SSD can be a headache, especially when dealing with the tiny screws holding your device in place. Some MSI Z790 motherboards now offer a tool-free M.2 slot that lets you easily attach and remove an M.2 SSD without a screwdriver!

Introducing the MSI Z790 Lineup: Upgrade to 13th Gen Intel Raptor Lake CPUs in Style

In addition to Intel’s improvements, MSI has been busy designing the best Z790 motherboards that can make the most of these 13th Gen Intel Core CPUs. We’re happy to feature some of them!

MEG Z790 GODLIKE

MEG Z790 GODLIKE: Rule Them All

As always, the MEG Z790 GODLIKE showcases the best technology, components and engineering we could muster.

It is no coincidence that GODLIKE motherboards have held many benchmark world records over the years. Every aspect of the GODLIKE board is built and designed with one single goal in mind: to deliver record-breaking performance figures without a hitch!

You can expect the same quality and rugged design with the MEG Z790 GODLIKE – featuring 26+2 (28) VRM phases with Smart Power Stage 105A! The wavy fin heatsink increases the surface area for greater heat dissipation, and the cross heatpipes successfully dissipate heat from your motherboard’s VRM to cool it more effectively.

At first glance, you will notice that the MEG Z790 GODLIKE is equipped with a small screen – the M-Vision Dashboard. In addition to personalizing this beautiful touch-sensitive IPS display. Not only can you personalize it to your liking and display system statistics, but it also allows you to interact with the screen and use it more intuitively for better control over your system.

You can take full advantage of your high-speed internet connection and/or local storage server with built-in 10G and 2.5G dual LAN. The Z790 GODLIKE also features 6E Wi-Fi for rock-solid stability and high speeds, if you want to go wireless.

Whether gaming, working or extreme overclocking, the MEG Z790 GODLIKE will make sure your PC is ready to go. If only the best is enough for you, your search is now over with the MEG Z790 GODLIKE from MSI.

MEG Z790 ACE

MEG Z790 ACE: The Ace up Your Sleeve

While it may have been demonstrated by the mighty GODLIKE, the MEG Z790 ACE can no doubt retain its performance and features as well. This motherboard offers 13th Gen Intel CPUs, a powerful platform to maintain top-tier performance without compromising value completely. Whether you want to render complex scenes or push overclocks without sacrificing stability, this motherboard has you covered.

You’ll find a 24 + 2 + 1 (27) VRM phase combination and a powerful Smart Power Stage 105A to ensure stable and accurate power to your CPU at all times.

The Z790 platform’s support for next-gen technologies such as PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 will also play an important role in preparing your PC for the future. You’ll be able to upgrade to faster storage and a next-gen graphics card with a simple swap, without sacrificing performance.

Like GODLIKE, MEG Z790 ACE also offers a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20Gbps) port that can deliver up to 60W of power! Charge your device or power it on using a single cable from your front USB Type-C port, and reduce clutter on your desk.

Network performance is also a no-brainer, thanks to the included 2.5G LAN and Wi-Fi 6E support for rock-solid stability and incredible speeds.

MPG Z790 CARBON WIFI

MPG Z790 CARBON WIFI: Stealthy, but Incredible

The WIFI MPG Z790 CARBON motherboard adopts a serious dark carbon look for serious performance. This motherboard boasts an incredible combination of top-tier features like DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 at an affordable price – making it a great fit for gamers and creators who want future-ready hardware.

From a power delivery point of view, the MPG Z790 CARBON WIFI can handle even the best CPUs Intel has to offer without wobbling. Equipped with 19+1+1(22) phase VRM with 105A Smart Power Stage to provide stable and reliable power to your processor. What’s more, it also features an extended heatsink with heatpipes that dissipate heat and transfer it away from the power delivery core components.

The MPG Z790 CARBON motherboard offers PCIe 5.0 support in both the PCIe slot and the M.2 slot – ensuring your PC is ready for the next generation of upgrades! Add to this the board’s 20Gbps (3.2 Gen 2×2) USB port for front and rear I/O, and you can plug it in for a lightning-fast peripheral experience.

Onboard 2.5G LAN and Wi-Fi 6E support give you enough flexibility to choose between wired or wireless connections without sacrificing speed or reliability.

If you’re looking for a motherboard that lasts a long time and offers a robust platform for even the best 13th Gen Intel CPUs, the MPG Z790 CARBON is what we call the ideal choice!

MPG Z790 EDGE WIFI

MPG Z790 EDGE WIFI: Strike the Perfect Balance

Gamers looking to balance great performance with affordability can also consider the Z790 EDGE’s MPG WIFI.

Even though the MPG Z790 EDGE WIFI drops to a 16+1+1(18) VRM phase with 90A Smart Power Stage, it can still handle the best 13th Gen Intel CPUs without a hitch. The extended heatsink and heatpipes facilitate heat flow from the core components to keep your power delivery components relatively cool even under heavy gaming loads.

The M.2 slot on the MPG Z790 EDGE WIFI offers support for PCIe 4.0 devices, and you’ll be ready for a next-gen graphics solution with the ultimate full-length PCIe 5.0 slot on the MPG Z790 EDGE WIFI!

You can find DDR4 and DDR5 versions of the MPG Z790 EDGE WIFI motherboard to ensure compatibility with previous generation parts while offering gamers future options assembling new PCs in 2022.

MPG Z790 EDGE WIFI offers built-in 2.5G LAN and Wi-Fi 6E support for a great wired and wireless network experience. It also features a 20Gbps USB port that lets you transfer to, and from, external storage devices at breakneck speeds.

MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK

MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK WIFI: The Renowned Workhorse

The TOMAHAWK name has been synonymous with providing best-in-class value among its peers for many years. Now, the MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK is keeping the trend alive by offering PC gamers and creators a way to access the Z790 platform while remaining relatively affordable!

Like many previous TOMAHAWK motherboards, the MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK also features powerful power delivery. It can even handle the best 13th Generation CPUs Intel has to offer, thanks to its 16+1+1(18) phase VRM design with Smart Power Stage 90A.

You’ll find the MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK in DDR4 and DDR5 variants. Not only does it keep costs low now, but it also ensures that buyers who aren’t interested in next-generation technologies like DDR5, can choose to hold off and wait. However, the motherboard still offers PCIe 5.0 support in the main graphics card slot to accommodate next-generation graphics solutions without losing performance.

The MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK features EZ M.2 Clips for easy installation and maintenance – a new design that lets you mount an M.2 SSD without turning a screw.

Like all the other MSI Z790 motherboards above, you also don’t have to worry about network performance on the MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK. This motherboard boasts 2.5G LAN and Wi-Fi 6E – ensuring that your Steam downloads never keep you waiting too long.

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Find out more about the MSI Z790 motherboard on the official launch page of the MSI Z790 Motherboard: Make sure you bookmark and follow for the latest updates, the new Z790, motherboard and more!

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