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Will there be a watercooled motherboard for VRMs or whatnot for maximum cooling? I'm talking about a motherboard completely covered in water reservoirs, of course with the pcie, cpu, etc slots uncovered.
 

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You only need to connect one. The other is extra power for overclocking.
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How can an extra panel connector (these are for the on/off - led lights, power reset...ect..) possibly aid on any type of O/C?
They do not provide power, they are mainly for push button on/off and reset switches and led connectors for the case led lights (meaning 99% of the time for the HDD and power) for the case itself????
Please explain if I misunderstand, and show an example of a case that requires two panel connectors, Thank you.
 
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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.

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MSI Z490 Gaming EDGE WIFI Motherboard
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Real question: Can we expect to see any improvements to base clock overclocking on these new boards?
Joke question: When can we expect to see RGB vrms, resistors, capacitors, and ports on your boards? When I want an RGB motherboard I want it all over.
 
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1-Why does CPU companies need to change the socket from time to time.
2-What is the difference between PCI Express generations and is the difference in interface type or in speed.
 

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Will there be a watercooled motherboard for VRMs or whatnot for maximum cooling? I'm talking about a motherboard completely covered in water reservoirs, of course with the pcie, cpu, etc slots uncovered.
I don’t think my question posted before, but will there be a completely watercooled motherboard, lf course with the PCIe slots and CPU slot and stuff uncovered?
Within the near future, there will not be a motherboard with a waterblock that covers the whole motherboard. However, a Z490 motherboard with a CPU+VRM waterblock will be released later. You can look up Z490 CARBON EK to see what that may look like.
 

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Real question: Can we expect to see any improvements to base clock overclocking on these new boards?
Joke question: When can we expect to see RGB vrms, resistors, capacitors, and ports on your boards? When I want an RGB motherboard I want it all over.
To my knowledge MEG Z490 GODLIKE has a clockgen.

About RGB, the closest you can have is to connect RGB devices to the RGB pin headers and you'll have full internal lighting.
 

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1-Why does CPU companies need to change the socket from time to time.
2-What is the difference between PCI Express generations and is the difference in interface type or in speed.
1. Very simply, it's for seamless compatibility. Sockets change so to allow for either or even both increased data transmission and increased power delivery.

2. That is a topic beyond the scope of this AMA, but is rather easy to lookup. The most important updates on PCI-E for motherboards is bandwidth.
 

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If an MSI motherboard (B360 Gaming Plus iTX) says it can handle 2666 MHz of RAM and my CPU (Intel i5-9400) says it can handle a faster speed of RAM, which should I follow?
 
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Is it possible to use skylake cpu with B360M MORTAR? Or it supports coffee lake only?

Btw big thanks for Afterburner software, Im using it every day even on my second pc without msi parts. Its cool that its not MSI proprietary. Keep on the good work.
 

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If AMD changes its mind with b450/x470 compatibility with ZEN 3 CPUs, will there be BIOS update for compatibility on all of those motherboards or only on newer MAX editions?
 

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If an MSI motherboard (B360 Gaming Plus iTX) says it can handle 2666 MHz of RAM and my CPU (Intel i5-9400) says it can handle a faster speed of RAM, which should I follow?
Check the memory compatibility list under the SUPPORT tab for your motherboard. There, it will list tested memory kits.
 

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Is it possible to use skylake cpu with B360M MORTAR? Or it supports coffee lake only?

Btw big thanks for Afterburner software, Im using it every day even on my second pc without msi parts. Its cool that its not MSI proprietary. Keep on the good work.
Coffee lake only.
 
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If AMD changes its mind with b450/x470 compatibility with ZEN 3 CPUs, will there be BIOS update for compatibility on all of those motherboards or only on newer MAX editions?
We cannot comment on a partner matter that has not reached a conclusion.
 

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How difficult is it to create an ITX version and what is the most challenging aspect?
It is very difficult. Mini-ITX was originally designed for the likes of Intel Atom platforms which didn't have very many features and the processors had low power draws.

Our MEG Z490I UNIFY, our only Z490 mini-ITX motherboard, has 10 PCB layers which is more than even our MEG Z490 GODLIKE. Add to the fact that there's Thunderbolt 3, two M.2 connectors, 8 direct phases of power delivery that has dedicated VRM cooling, 7.1 surround audio, and Wi-Fi 6, the surface of the motherboard is crowded with components.

If you have ever been to a densely populated city, imagine how difficult it would be to build a road or even a highway through a packed neighborhood.
 
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It is very difficult. Mini-ITX was originally designed for the likes of Intel Atom platforms which didn't have very many features and the processors had low power draws.

Our MEG Z490I UNIFY, our only Z490 mini-ITX motherboard, has 10 PCB layers which is more than even our MEG Z490 GODLIKE. Add to the fact that there's Thunderbolt 3, two M.2 connectors, 8 direct phases of power delivery that has dedicated VRM cooling, 7.1 surround audio, and Wi-Fi 6, the surface of the motherboard is crowded with components.

If you have ever been to a densely populated city, imagine how difficult it would be to build a road or even a highway through a packed neighborhood.
That's a great answer, I genuinely didn't know about the layering used. It's amazing what you can fit into a small space. I presume heat dissipation is also a challenge on a smaller board?
 

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How can an extra panel connector (these are for the on/off - led lights, power reset...ect..) possibly aid on any type of O/C?
They do not provide power, they are mainly for push button on/off and reset switches and led connectors for the case led lights (meaning 99% of the time for the HDD and power) for the case itself????
Please explain if I misunderstand, and show an example of a case that requires two panel connectors, Thank you.
There is a bit of misconception here that you were referring to the two 8pin ATX power supply connectors for CPU power. Our motherboards only really have one system panel connector section split into two parts JFP1 and JFP2. JFP1 has headers for your conventional connectors (Power, Reset, HDD LED, PLED) while JFP2 is just a row of 4 pins used for debugging speakers in order to hear beep codes if you wish to do so.

Regarding TPM modules, you can definitely find them online at places like Amazon.
 
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what do you think about current RTX technology? do you think we finally will be able to get high refresh rates at 1080p with ray-tracing enabled in the next 3000 series? and what about the myth that raytracing is a gimmick or a fraud?
 

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That's a great answer, I genuinely didn't know about the layering used. It's amazing what you can fit into a small space. I presume heat dissipation is also a challenge on a smaller board?
Yeah, heat dissipation on a smaller board has its own set of challenges relative to larger ATX form factors. Thankfully most CPUs are very power efficient keeping heat down as much as possible. You just mostly lose out on some overclocking potential when you have a less robust VRM design/cooling due to the limited real estate on the motherboard in comparison to a bigger board.
 
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