This motherboard has three M.2 slots and six SATA 6Gb/s ports, for great storage expandability.  The M2_1 slot is connected directly to the CPU and is able to achieve PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe performance with 11th Gen Intel CPUs.  Otherwise, it will run at PCIe 3.0 with 10th Gen Intel CPUs.  The two other M.2 slots, M2_2 and M2_3 have their lanes pulling from the Z590 chipset and therefore only support up to PCIe 3.0 x4 no matter what. 

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The MSI MAG Z590 TORPEDO is made for the LGA 1200 Intel Core i5/ Core i7/ and Core i9 11th generation Rocket Lake-S processors, depending on the pricing against the currently dominating AMD Ryzen platform. Motherboard combos play a vital role in decision making with the CPUs. This is not an exception. While you do not get the WiFi option in this, you do get PCIe 4.0 lane support with the 11th gen CPU, Type A on the rear and front- and a decent amount of USB ports.

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TechSpot’s Intel Z590 VRM Test – Entry Level

Today we’re taking a look at the VRM thermal performance of 8 entry-level Intel Z590 motherboards, which does not mean these are affordable for everyone, but they are considered budget-conscious Z590 motherboards with prices starting at $170. If you’re spending Z590 money, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting a good one. As you’re about to see, going beyond the spec-sheet and when it comes to VRM performance, there are a few models that certainly lag behind the pack.

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MSI MAG Z590 TORPEDO – itndaily

Why is the MSI MAG Z590 Torpedo device of interest to an overclocker? Yes, because a solid Duet Rail power subsystem (14 + 2 + 1) is installed here, cooled by powerful radiators. The CPU has a pair of connectors (8 + 4-pin), so power problems during overclocking are excluded.

The MSI MAG Z590 Torpedo has a large number of drive connectors. These are six classic SATA III sockets , and as many as three M.2 sockets , one of which is called Lightning M.2, it is able to host a PCIe Gen4 x4 SSD.

By the way, only three mentioned connectors are protected by radiators, one remained completely bare , but in our opinion, this is an insignificant problem, given that many high  speed solid – state devices are equipped with miniature aluminum plates.

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MSI MAG Z590 TORPEDO – eTeknix

The Z590 TORPEDO is going to have most of the features users will want from the new 11th Gen processors when paired with the Z590 chipset. There are three M.2 slots of which one is PCIe 4.0, support for DDR4 RAM up to 128GB and 5,333MHz when overclocked, HDMI 2.0 and much, much more. When it comes to performance, don’t let that lower than most price tags fool you, the Z590 TORPEDO is ready to compete with the big boys and it does!

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MSI Announces Intel 500 Series Motherboards – Launch on January 27th

[Taipei, Taiwan] – When are new Intel 500 series platforms launched? This must be one of the frequently asked questions in recent times. All gamers and creators are looking forward to getting a glimpse at new motherboards. Fortunately, MSI, a world-leading motherboard brands, announces that new 500 series motherboards will make world debut on 27th January.

Unveil Outstanding Features for New 500 Series Platforms

To welcome the latest motherboards in 2021, MSI is ready to present new features of motherboards. With new 11th Gen Intel Core processors, all 500 series motherboards support Lightning Gen 4 PCIe, and the bandwidth is up to 64 GB/s. For network, Z590 Wi-Fi motherboards are equipped with the latest Wi-Fi 6E which has 6GHz band compared to Wi-Fi 6.

For Audio solution, MSI improves audio performance of MEG/MPG/MAG series for all gamers, including hardcore gamers and casual gamers. Z590 Gaming series motherboards are upgraded to Audio Boost 5 and are imported into Sound Tune. Due to new audio codec and system, Z590 gaming motherboards create a synergy effect which can amplify sound and have better gaming experience.

Moreover, in order to offer support for users, Dragon Center is comprehensively updated to MSI Center. MSI Center has brand-new UI design and fully-integrated functions, which help users manipulate overclocking and RGB lights sync more easily. Also, the new audio solution, Sound Tune, is integrated in MSI Center and users can turn it on by one click.

Own Personalized Appearances and Incredible Features

Apart from new features, 500 series motherboards have eye-catching and distinctive appearances. Here are some highlights and introduction by segments:

MEG – Exquisite and gorgeous are definitely the best descriptions for MEG series. Besides elegant designs, MEG Z590 GODLIKE has mighty specifications, including 10G Super LAN and Audio Boost 5 HD. Additionally, for better cooling effect, MEG Z590 GODLIKE has Stacked Fin Array and Frozr Heatsink Design. Furthermore, both MEG Z590 GODLIKE and MEG Z590 ACE have Aluminum backplate on the back of PCB, which can extend the surface of heat dissipation. Of course, MEG Z590 UNIFY and MEG Z590I UNIFY, well-known as the full black design, will also show up. At CES online press conference on 14th January, MEG series will come on the stage. Please remember to watch the live stream and get the relative information. If want to follow the event page, please click here.

MPG – MPG series motherboards are always popular for MSI users. MSI will have MPG Z590 GAMING CARBON WIFI, MPG Z590 GAMING FORCE, MPG Z590 GAMING EDGE WIFI and MPG Z590 GAMING PLUS, and so on. In addition to trendy appearances, all MPG series have M.2 Shield Frozr and K7 thermal pad, which will help sustain performance of motherboards.

MAG – MSI tries to refresh MAG lovers with new color matching. MAG Z590 TOMAHAWK WIFI and MAG B560 TOMAHAWK WIFI both have graphite extended heatsink. The color of MAG Z590 TORPEDO and MAG B560 TORPEDO is pacific blue, and MAG B560M BAZOOKA is midnight green. The concept of color derives from military colors in accordance with MAG—MSI Arsenal GAMING. The various colors give users more choices and users can personalize PCs based on their preferences.

PRO – For common use, including business and daily use, Z590-A PRO and Z590 PRO WIFI have matte black with linear designs and both have Extended Heatsink Design. Otherwise, most PRO series motherboards, including Z590, B560 and H510, will have new cooling solution—Frozr AI Cooling, which will detect CPU and GPU temperatures and automatically adjust system fan duty to a proper value. In order to dissipate heat effectively, Z590 PRO WIFI and Z590-A PRO both have M.2 Shield Frozr which is made up for giving out heat from M.2 Gen 4.