The World Record Breaker MEG MotherboardThe Z490 Godlike motherboard really is the god of all motherboards. The Godlike Z490 flagship model has been designed to push the boundaries of the 10th generation of Intel Core processors. The MEG godlike Z490 motherboard combines the strengths of MSI’s existing arsenal with new innovative technology resulting in significant improvements when gaming and working. Take complete control of the performance and personalise your motherboard with amazing features like the Dynamic Dashboard and MSI mystic light for amazing RGB lighting effects.
Please note: Z490 Motherboards are compatible with 10th Gen Intel Core™/ Pentium® CPUs for LGA 1200 socket. These Intel Z490 Motherboards do not share the same socket as Intel’s 300 Series Motherboards, they are electrically incompatible & will not work with 9th Gen Intel CPUs.
Intel Z490 Chipset
1200 CPU Socket
10th Gen Intel Compatible CPUs
E-ATX Form Factor
What is the Cooling like on the MSI Z490 GODLIKE Motherboard?
FULLY CONTROLLABLE FANS IN BIOS AND SOFTWARE M.2 Shield Frozr is the next generation M.2 thermal solution with a great design to make sure that SSD maintains maximum performance. MSI motherboards let you manage speeds and temperatures for all your system and CPU fans. Total Fan Control allows you check your primary system characteristics in a simplified graphical interface. You can also set up to 4 temperature targets for CPU and motherboard, which will adjust the fan speeds automatically. A dedicated water pump PIN header supports up to 2 amp, giving you full control of the water pump speed.
Dynamic Dashboard II Provides Live Feedback
The next level of onboard motherboard diagnostics is here! A colorful OLED screen panel that can display the status of the GODLIKE motherboard – view a hardware monitor, read debug codes, and find other useful information. Furthermore, you can customize the display with GIF animations. The patent-pending design protect your IO ports and also prevent electrostatic discharge damage whilst many other helpful features help you to troubleshoot and show error codes if you ever have a problem.
Many Smart ways to Protect your Motherboard
FORTIFY YOUR SYSTEM WITH PCI-E STEEL ARMOR MEG Z490 GODLIKE supports multiple GPU solution. Optimal PCI-Express slot placement allows for better fitting and airflow. That way, you can enjoy the best graphics at the highest framerate jumping from your screen when running the NVIDIA® SLI™ and 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. 8 PCB layers allow for higher bandwidth and faster transfer speeds which is also beneficial for reliable circuit transmission. A metal backplate also prevents bending and protects components which benefits your installation process while Double ESD protection doubles up the grounding layer around the mounting holes.
Give your Machine a Boost in 1 Second!
Unleash and sustain maximum performance with an aggressive VRM design Combining dual power connectors and exclusive Mirrored Power Arrangement, MEG series motherboard is ready for the challenge of the new Intel 10th Gen Processors. MSI Game Boost enables one-second overclocking, giving you the performance boost you need to get more FPS. Core Boost technology combines MSI’s premium layout and digital power design which allows for faster and undistorted current delivery to the CPU at pin-point precision which creates perfect conditions for overclocking your CPU.
Personalize Your Gaming Rig with Dragon Centre
MILLIONS OF MARVELOUS COLORS, GREAT SELECTION OF EFFECTSMSI brand new Dragon Center unifies a suite of MSI software utilities into a single centralized application. Create your own colourful masterpiece using the mystic light software Splash any color you want with just a few clicks! You can also optimise your monitor’s brightness, tweak overclock settings and control your fans. Take control of advanced motherboards features and unleash endless possibilities to tweak your machine the way you want it.
Fast and Future Ready Storage
BOOST YOUR HDD WITH INTEL OPTANE PC Enthusiasts can now enjoy the performance of an SSD on their HDD by coupling it with the new Intel® Optane™ Memory device. Intel® Optane™ technology provides an unparalleled combination of high throughput, low latency, high quality of service, and high endurance. MSI have also included M.2 Genie which is a brilliant feature to make setting up RAID 0 for M.2 and U.2 much easier and less time consuming.
3 x 32 Gbps
6 x 6 Gbps
many storage options for your PCMSI motherboards support all the latest storage standards, which allows users to connect any ultra-fast storage device. Higher efficiency makes your work easier.
Unmatched Memory Performance with DDR4 Boost
Advanced performance with DDR4 BOOST MSI OC LAB does not merely work hard on extreme overclocking. Compare to Z390 motherboard memory XMP profile, MSI does have great improvement on performance and efficiency for Z490. Easy to enable XMP profile with auto power settings to get the best memory speed and stability. The XMP (Extreme Memory Profiles) in MSI BIOS are tested and certified by MSI OC LAB. It is easy to enable with auto power settings to get the best memory speed and stability.
High Bandwidth and Low Latency Networking
SURFACING WITH THE REAL MU-MIMO TECHNOLOGY 10G Super LAN plus 2.5G LAN provides incredible data transfer speed faster than ever before. MSI LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive for your applications, giving you the best online experience with low latency. The WIFI 6 adopts the latest OFDMA and two-way MU-MIMO technologies and could provide up to 4X network capacity and efficiency in the high signal density environment. MSI GAMING LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games, giving you the best online gaming experience with low latency.
Hear your Enemies Approaching Before you See them!
GET CLEARER ORDER WITH VOICE BOOST Voice Boost automatically reduces the game’s audio when teammates speak, and sets volume back when no one speaks. Using separated layers in the PCB ensures equally pristine sound quality for both left and right audio channels. Audio Boost protects your ears by eliminating those annoying loud popping sounds when you plug/unplug devices or turn your PC on/off.
HD ALC1220 AUDIO PROCESSOR Supports DSD Super Audio CD playback & recording(64x better than regular CD quality) and 120dB SNR / 32-bit.
ESS AUDIO DACR creates the optimal natural analogue sound with ultra-low distortion to ensure a perfect, realistic display of sound.
HIGH QUALITY AUDIO CAPACITORS A high fidelity sound experience with exceptional acoustics and realism for studio level headphones is ensured.
GOLDEN AUDIO JACKS WITH S/PDIF Keep your sound perfect by transmit your audio with pure digital signal
DEDICATED HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER A dedicated headphone amp can drive audiophile headphones up to 600Ω impedance, delivering studio-grade sound quality.
Dual Thunderbolt™ 3 Ports
LIGHTNING FAST SPEEDS WITH THUNDERBOLT 3 Experience Thunderbolt 3 with unprecedented interface bandwidth speeds up to 40Gbp and support for up to six daisy-chained devices. Additionally, built in DisplayPort 1.4 output allows for compatible display devices to be attached. MEG Z490 GODLIKE features dual Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports for maximum productivity. MSI gaming motherboards support USB Front Type-C that allows gamers to connect with the latest USB devices. Built up a system with MSI PC case to have the most convenient experience.
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 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB 3.1 Type-C)2 x USB 3.14 x USB 3.02 x USB 2.0
Antenna Connectors 2 x SMA Antennas
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 3.1 header2 x USB 3.0 headers (supports 4 ports)2 x USB 2.0 headers (supports 2 ports)
Front Panel Connectors 1 x Front Panel1 x Front Audio
Cooling Fan Support 1 x CPU fan header1 x Water Pump fan header8 x System fan headers1 x Water Flow header
Chassis Intrusion Connector 1 x Chassis Intrusion header
TPM Header 1 x TPM header
Power Connector Port 1 x 20 4- pin ATX2 x 4 4-pin EPS1 x 6-pin PCIe
Other Connectors 2 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 Thermal Sensor headers1 x RGB LED header2 x RAINBOW LED headers1 x CORSAIR LED header
Memory Bus Speed Up to 5000 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 3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (@ x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4)1 x PCI Express 3.0 x1
Integrated Graphics Supported No
Integrated Sound Realtek ALC1220 Codec ESS E9018 combo DAC
Warranty 3 Years
Integrated Network Aquantia AQC107Realtek RTL8125B
Network Speeds Supported Aquantia AQC107: Up to 10GbpsRealtek RTL8125BL: Up to 2.5Gbps
Wireless LAN Yes
Wireless Network Speed Up to 2.4 Gbps
Bluetooth Version 5.1
Operating Systems Supported Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Software Included (may be trial or restricted) Yes
SLi/Crossfire Features Supports 2-Way NVIDIA SLI TechnologySupports 3-Way AMD CrossFire Technology
Form Factor E-ATX Motherboard
In The Box MEG Z490 GODLIKE MotherboardM.2 XPANDER-Z GEN4 SWi-Fi AntennaMetal Dragon BadgeUSB Pen Drive DriverPromotion CardGODLIKE Quick GuideUser ManualMSI Product CatalogProduct Registration CardQuick Installation GuideMSI Draw Pocket2 x Thermistor CablesCORSAIR RGB LED Extension CableRainbow RGB LED Extension Cable1 to 2 RGB LED Extension Y Cable3 x SATA CablesSATA Cable Labels
Width 305 mm
Length 277 mm
Motherboard Model MSI MEG Z490 GODLIKE
WiFi Speed 2400 Mbps
USB 3.1 Support Yes
Internal USB3.0 Header Yes
M.2 Support Yes
On-board RGB Control MSI Mystic Sync
Memory Speed 5000 MHz
RGB Header Type 3-Pin ARGB
Addressable RGB Yes
Internal USB Type-C Header Yes
Wireless Network Yes
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 Both
VGA Connection No
DVI Connection No
HDMI Connection No
DisplayPort Connection No
Motherboard Form Factor eATX
Motherboard Power Connectors 8 8-Pin
Motherboard Chipset Intel Z490
Graphics Chipset None