MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi Motherboard Review

System Overview & Testing Procedures

We will be running the MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi in the following setup.

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi Motherboard

Test System Specs
Processors: Intel Core i9-10900K
Motherboard: MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi
Graphics: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X
Memory: 16GB G.SKILL Trident Z Royal 3600 MHz
Storage: Crucial MX 300 750GB
Cooling: Noctua NH-U12A
Power Supply: Corsair AX860i
Case: Lian Li PC-T80

For motherboard testing we will running the processor and motherboard and the default optimized settings in the BIOS (as if you would restore the defaults on the board). We feel that this is how most users will have their systems configured. So everything will be on auto, except for setting our XMP profile for our memory. Here are the tests we’ll be running.

We will also be comparing the MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi to the following motherboards…

ASRock Z490 PG Velocita
– ASUS ROG Maximus XII Hero
Gigabyte Z490 AORUS Ultra

Overall System Testing
PCMark 10
PCMark 8
– Home Benchmark
– Work Benchmark
– Creative Benchmark

CPU Testing
SiSoftware Sandra
– Processor Arithmetic
– Processor Multi-Media
x264 HD Benchmark 5.0

Graphics Testing
– Time Spy Benchmark
– Fire Strike Benchmark
– 1080p High Benchmark

SATA, USB, Network & Power Testing
LAN Speed Test
Kill-A-Watt Meter

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