Conquer the Battlefield Introducing the all new MAG Z490 Tomahawk Motherboard from MSI. The MAG series was born through rigorous quality testing and designed to be a symbol of sturdiness and durability. Focused on providing the best user experience, the MAG series has a simple installation process coupled with a friendly user interface making it the best choice for entry level gamers.
Intel Z490 Chipset
LGA 1200 CPU Socket
ATX Form Factor
Special Features of the Z490 Tomahawk
Core Boost TechnologyCombining 8 4 pin power connectors and premium layout design, that is ready for unleashing the maximum performance.
PWMHighest quality component digital power IC makes sure your system runs smoothly under the most extreme conditions.
PCB6 layer PCB provides higher performance and long-lasting system stability without any compromise.
Steel ArmorProtecting VGA cards against bending and EMI for better performance, stability and strength.
Next Generation Connectivity with MSI Tomahawk
Lightning 20GBuilt-in USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port, offers the 20Gbps transmission speed, 4X faster than USB 3.2 Gen 1.
2.5G Network SolutionFeaturing premium 2.5G LAN with LAN manager delivers better network experience.
DDR4 BoostThe Fully isolated DIMM slots to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming and overclocking performance.
Turbo M.2With 2 x M.2 slots . Running at PCI-E Gen3 x4 maximizes performance for NVMe based SSDs.
Unbelievable Power Solution
Time to Get Aggressive Unleash and sustain maximum performance with an aggressive VRM design built with a total of 12 digital CPU power phases. Combining 8 4-pin power connectors and exclusive Core Boost technology, MAG series motherboards are ready to sustain massive demand.
1 PhaseGT Power
8 4 PinCPU Power Connectors
1 PhaseSA Power
12 PhasesCPU Power
Digital PWM IC
Protect your Sensitive Components During Installation and Beyond
Extended Heatsink and Pre-installed IO ShieldThe MSI Z490 Tomahawk features a pre-installed I/O shield to make installing your motherboard simpler and safer and also protects your I/O ports from electrostatic discharge damage and with an all-metal extended heatsink to enlarge the surface area you can also expect more efficient heat dissipation allowing your new 10th Gen Intel CPU to perform as it should.
Experience Core Boost
faster and undistorted current deliveryCore Boost technology combines MSI’s premium layout and full digital power design which allows for faster and undistorted current delivery to the CPU at pin-point precision. Not only supporting multi-core CPU, also creating the perfect conditions for your CPU. MSI Z490 motherboards are optimized to maximise the performance on the 10th Gen Intel ® Core™ processors. Choose MSI and unleash the full potential of your system through optimized PCB and power delivery design with load line calibration.
Unmatched Memory Performance
Advanced performance with DDR4 BOOST MSI motherboards are crammed with features to fuel your system’s memory with more speed, higher overclockability and increased stability. The technical enhancements of DDR4 Boost allow for more stability at higher memory speeds compared to other brands. Enjoy the additional boost in operational performance or when working with large video and photography files. MSI conducts thorough memory testing with the most popular memory brands under extreme conditions to ensure your system runs stable no matter what.
Protecting your PCIe Slots
FORTIFY YOUR SYSTEM WITH PCI-E STEEL ARMOR The MSI Z490 Tomahawk supports multiple GPU solutions and also features optimal PCI-Express slot placement allows for better fitting and airflow. That way, you can enjoy the best graphics at the highest framerate when utilising an AMD® CrossFire™ setup. Steel Armor has more solder points on the PCB for more strength and protects the PCI-Express signals against electromagnetic interference for a stutter-free user experience.
Overclock Your System in One Seconds
MSI Game Boost Need more power from your CPU and memory to get more FPS? MSI Game Boost enables one-second overclocking, giving you the performance boost you need. Simply turn the dial or use the Gaming App and your PC gets another adrenalin shot!
Professional Gaming Audio
Amplify your game with Audio Boost MSI Audio Boost delivers the highest sound quality through the use of premium quality audio components. This lets you enjoy breathtaking, game-changing sound to create the most dynamic soundscapes dedicated to giving gamers true Hi-Fi sound offering a clear advantage over your opponents when gaming. Audio Boost offers a HD audio processor, dedicated amplifier and high quality audio capacitors, all physically isolated from the rest of the motherboard circuitry to ensure the purest audio signal to locate enemies with pin-point accuracy.
CPU Socket Socket 1200
CPU Brand Intel
Installed Processors (Max) 0 (1)
Supported Processor Manufacturer Intel
Supported Processors 10th Gen Intel Core and Pentium Gold / Celeron processors
64-bit Support Yes
Rear Panel I/O Ports
USB Ports 1 x USB 3.2 Type-C1 x USB 3.14 x USB 3.02 x USB 2.0
DisplayPorts 1 x DisplayPort
HDMI Port 1 x HDMI
Keyboard/Mouse Combo Port 1 x PS/2
RJ-45 Ports 2 x RJ-45
Audio Line In Ports 1 x 3.5mm Jack
Audio Line Out Ports 3 x 3.5mm Jacks
Microphone In Port 1 x 3.5mm Jack
S/PDIF Port 1 x S/PDIF Optical Out
Internal I/O Connectors
SATA Connectors 6 x SATA III
USB Connectors 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C header1 x USB 3.0 header (supports 2 ports)2 x USB 2.0 headers (supports 4 ports)
Front Panel Connectors 1 x Front Panel1 x Front Audio
Cooling Fan Support 1 x CPU fan header1 x Water Pump header6 x System fan headers
Serial Connectors 1 x COM header
Chassis Intrusion Connector 1 x Chassis Intrusion header
TPM Header 1 x TPM header
Power Connector Port 1 x 20 4-pin ATX1 x 4 4-pin EPS1 x 4-pin EPS
Other Connectors 1 x M.2, Socket 3, M Key (Type 2242/2260/2280/22110)1 x M.2, Socket 3, M Key (Type 2242/2260/2280)2 x RGB LED headers2 x RAINBOW LED headers1 x TBT header
Memory Bus Speed Up to 4800 MHz
Memory Type DDR4
Maximum RAM 128 GB
Memory Slot 4 x DIMM
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
RAID Supported Yes
RAID Format RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
SATA Supported Yes
Number of PCI Express Slots 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x161 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (@ x4)2 x PCI Express 3.0 x1
Integrated Graphics Supported Yes
Integrated Sound Realtek ALC1200-VD1 Codec
Warranty 3 Years
Integrated Network Realtek RTL8125B-CGIntel I219V
Network Speeds Supported Realtek RTL8125B-CG: Up to 2.5GbpsIntel I219V: Up to 1Gbps
Wireless LAN No
Operating Systems Supported Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Jumpers 1 x Clear CMOS
Software Included (may be trial or restricted) Yes
SLi/Crossfire Features Supports 2-Way AMD CrossFire Technology
Form Factor ATX Motherboard
In The Box MAG Z490 TOMAHAWKUser ManualQuick Installation GuideMSI Case BadgeProduct Registration CardMSI Product CatalogDriver DVDPromotion Card2 x SATA Cables
Width 305 mm
Length 244 mm
M.2 Support Yes
On-board RGB Control MSI Mystic Sync
Memory Speed 4800 MHz
RGB Header Type 3-Pin ARGB
Addressable RGB Yes
Internal USB Type-C Header Yes
Wireless Network No
Memory Channel Dual
On-board Audio Type 7.1
Number of SATA Ports 6 port(s)
Number of USB Ports 8 port(s)
SATA III Support Yes
USB 3.0 Support Yes
Multi GPU Support ATi CrossFire
VGA Connection No
DVI Connection No
HDMI Connection Yes
DisplayPort Connection Yes
Motherboard Form Factor ATX
Motherboard Power Connectors 4 8-Pin
Motherboard Chipset Intel Z490
Motherboard Model MSI MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK
USB 3.1 Support Yes
Internal USB3.0 Header Yes
Graphics Chipset None