MSI MPG Z590 CARBON EK X – eTeknix

The MSI MPG Z590 CARBON EK X has a lot more to offer feature-wise than just the amazing EK CPU Block that it comes with! Being on the latest Intel Chipset, Z590, the CARBON EK X can also offer support for things like WiFi 6e, PCIe Gen4 and much more. Unfortunately, as with all of the Z590 boards we have seen, the PCIe Gen4 only works when using an 11th Gen CPU. It would have been nice to see some Gen 4 slots run off the chipset, but Intel seems to have given this a miss this time around.

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MSI MPG Z590 CARBON EK X – Overclocking

First of all, the performance, which is excellent with our i9-11900K and which is quite close to what we were able to achieve with the MEG Z590 ACE model. This “Carbon EK X” version also offers ultra-complete connectivity with three SSD slots as well as numerous USB ports as well as the presence of an HDMI and DisplayPort output. And not to spoil anything, the displayed price of 508.30 euros seems perfectly justified to us. If we perform a very fast calculation, we have a waterblock whose price we estimate at 175 euros, the EK-Leak Tester at 35.50 euros and a voucher from EK worth 50 euros, which makes us a total of 235.50 euros. 

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MSI MPG Z590 CARBON EK X – TechPowerUp

The MSI Performance Gaming line, or “MPG” for short, from MSI is generally pitched as the middle ground between the no-holds-barred MEG line and more value-oriented MAG line. The MSI MPG Z590 Carbon EK X is an exception. Developed in partnership with and distributed by EKWB, the MSI MPG Z590 Carbon EK X features a monoblock for CPU and VRM cooling as well as all the tools you need to integrate it into your custom water-cooling build.

The MSI MPG Z590 Carbon EK X features a 16-phase Vcore VRM on a 6-layer PCB. There is also 2.5 Gb/s LAN and built-in WiFi 6E, as well as three M.2 slot heatsinks and even a physical RGB LED off switch. EK is including a leak test kit with the MSI MPG Z590 Carbon EK X, so you can build with confidence.

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