AMA MSI Comet Lake Z490 Motherboard AMA and Giveaway

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Is the WiFI any good? Will the boards that come with built-in WiFi proide a better value than getting a standard motherboard and buying a separate WiFi adapter?
 

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How much it can hold RAM and Bus Speed??
All MSI Z490 can do at least DDR4-4800 dual channel. GODLIKE and Z490I Unify (mini-ITX) can do DDR4-5000+.
With high capacity like 128GB RAM (4x32GB), ACE/Unify/GODLIKE can do DDR4-4000.
CPU BCLK can hit nearly 400Mhz, depending on the CPU.
 
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Will there be a stock issue like there is with your X570 motherboards? (lots of them are out of stock especially the entry level models like the X570-A Pro)
We'll have sufficient Z490 stock to meet the demand. But when a new platform comes out, the stock may be decreased gradually. Always let us know if you need certain products.
 

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Is the WiFI any good? Will the boards that come with built-in WiFi proide a better value than getting a standard motherboard and buying a separate WiFi adapter?
All MSI Z490 WiFi models equip the latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax). Our suggest is go for a board with built-in Wi-Fi 6 if you need WiFi connection.
 
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Is there any difference between the MSI 2070 Super Gaming X and the Gaming X Trio apart from better thermals? Does the trio boast higher clocks?
 

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Is there any difference between the MSI 2070 Super Gaming X and the Gaming X Trio apart from better thermals? Does the trio boast higher clocks?
The main difference is thermal.
Besides, the size is different. And 2x8pin power connector for Gaming X Trio and 6pin+8pin for Gaming X.
They have the same boost clock and memory speed and size.
 

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With the new release of Z490 MoBos, the prominent aesthetics are mainly black with RGB LEDs here and there.
In the future, does MSI plan to release the true MSI theme black & red themed MoBos and GPUs as well? E.g like the aesthetics were with Z170 MoBos and GTX 1060 GPUs.
 

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With the new release of Z490 MoBos, the prominent aesthetics are mainly black with RGB LEDs here and there.
In the future, does MSI plan to release the true MSI theme black & red themed MoBos and GPUs as well? E.g like the aesthetics were with Z170 MoBos and GTX 1060 GPUs.
Probably not this year or next year. But we're not sure at this moment how the aesthetics will be for next year or in the future.
For the past couple of years, RGB is the trend for most PC components. But there are more and more consumers who favor non-RGB, like MSI Unify. This is also why we decided to put an onboard switch to turn the RGB off.
 
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Would an RTX 2060 be a useful replacement for a GTX 1070, or would it be more of a side-grade than an upgrade?
RTX 2070 is more an upgrade for GTX1070. Performance wise, the difference between RTX 2060 and GTX 1070 is not impressive. If you need ray tracing or DLSS, it worths a replacement.
 
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MSI boards have a great reputation for VRMs. Will we receive the same with the new Z490 boards?
 

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Have a question about Comet Lake or the new MSI Z490 motherboards? Now's your chance to speak with MSI directly!

Hey there Toms' Hardware members! We're proud to announce another exciting AMA with the fine folks from MSI. With Comet Lake Z490 motherboards finally out in the wild, MSI wanted to touch base with the Tom's Hardware community and answer any questions regarding any new features and the platforms overclocking performance. We have the following guests from MSI joining us:

Mark Tran – MSI Marketing Manager for Components, @MSIsouleet

David Yee – MSI Marketing Associate Manager for Components, @MSIDavY

Jorge Meza – MSI Technical Marketing Associate, @MSI_GeoX

Manny Chang – MSI CND Marketing, @yellowcardyc

Check out the full list of features on the MSI Z490 landing page.

This thread will be unlocked, open and live for 48 hours starting at 12:00 p.m. noon PDT on Wednesday May 13th. Questions will be moderated and supervised by Tom’s Community Manager Staff, as well as our full team of Senior Moderators.

MSI System Starter Giveaway
To help us celebrate the AMA, we have a massive starter build bundle up for grabs, courtesy of MSI. One grand prize winner will receive the following set of components:

MSI Z490 Gaming EDGE WIFI Motherboard
Gungnir 100 Case
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming X Graphics Card
MSI Optix MAG272CR Gaming Monitor

To enter all you have to do is comment on this thread with motherboard question for MSI. You can see complete instructions for how to enter on the giveaway widget, linked here.

The sweepstakes will run until May 29th. Please see the contest entry page for a full list of rules and ways to enter.

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The official representatives will reply periodically over the time the AMA is active, using a recognized and verified account.

Please join us on this date to throw your questions into the mix and ask MSI what you've always wanted to ask!

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When: Wednesday, May 11th, 12pm PDT

Where: The Tom’s Hardware Forums!

Who: The MSI Motherboard Product Team
So you guys said in a post that the b450 max will support all existing and future am4 products, will you keep your word and let zen 3 run on b450 boards or will AMD not allow that?
 

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MSI boards have a great reputation for VRMs. Will we receive the same with the new Z490 boards?
MSI offers powerful VRM for Z490. Buildzoid, a VRM master, describes VRM on Godlike mega overkill. ACE/ Unify share the same VRM as Godlike. It's 16-phase, 90A VRM. MSI offers powerful VRM for MPG/MAG series too.
 
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Why does this board provide 2x system panel connectors? I have never had a case that required more than one panel connector?
Also, while on the question subject, Your board provides a TPM module connector, but I never see any TPM chips to install on these connectors?
 

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Why does this board provide 2x system panel connectors? I have never had a case that required more than one panel connector?
Also, while on the question subject, Your board provides a TPM module connector, but I never see any TPM chips to install on these connectors?
You only need to connect one. The other is extra power for overclocking.
 
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