With the launch of Intel’s new 13-gen CPUs, they did also introduce a few new 700 series chipsets with the flagship Z790 chipset being the only one available at the time of launch. Like with the 600 series chipsets, Intel has left the memory to be flexible with motherboard manufacturers having the choice to go with DDR4 or DDR5 which means there are a LOT of options available and one of those is the MSI MPG Z790 Edge WiFi DDR4 which falls into the middle of the pack for MSI’s lineup overall but is their highest end DDR4 motherboard with a unique silver theme for its cooling. Today I’m going to check out more of what the Z790 Edge DDR4 has to offer, so let’s dive in.

Product Name: MSI MPG Z790 Edge WiFi DDR4

Review Sample Provided by: MSI

Written by: Wes Compton

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Specifications

Chipset

INTEL Z790

CPU support

Supports 12th/13th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors

LGA 1700

Memory

4x DDR4, Maximum Memory Capacity 128GB

Memory Support 5333-3333 (O.C.)/ 3200-2133(By JEDCE & POR)

Max. overclocking frequency:

• 1DPC 1R Max speed up to 5333+ MHz

• 1DPC 2R Max speed up to 4800+ MHz

• 2DPC 1R Max speed up to 4400+ MHz

• 2DPC 2R Max speed up to 4000+ MHz

Supports Intel® XMP3.0 OC

Supports Dual-Controller Dual-Channel mode

Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory

Onboard Graphics

1x HDMI™

1x DisplayPort

Support HDMI™ 2.1, maximum resolution of 4K 60Hz*

Support DP 1.4, maximum resolution of 8K 60Hz*

*Available only on processors featuring integrated graphics. Graphics specifications may vary depending on the CPU installed.

Expansion Slot

2x PCI-E x16 slot

1x PCI-E x1 slot

PCI_E1 PCIe 5.0 supports up to x16 (From CPU)

PCI_E2 PCIe 3.0 supports up to x1 (From Chipset)

PCI_E3 PCIe 4.0 supports up to x4 (From Chipset)

Storage

5x M.2 slot

M.2_1 (From CPU) supports up to PCIe 4.0 x4 , supports 22110/2280/2260 devices

M.2_2 (From Chipset) supports up to PCIe 4.0 x4 , supports 2280/2260 devices

M.2_3 (From Chipset) supports up to PCIe 4.0 x4 / SATA mode, supports 2280/2260/2242 devices

M.2_4 (From Chipset) supports up to PCIe 4.0 x4 , supports 2280/2260/2242 devices

M.2_5 (From Chipset) supports up to PCIe 4.0 x4 , supports 2280/2260 devices

7x SATA 6G port

RAID

Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices

Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for M.2 NVMe storage devices

* SATA_A1~A2 do not support RAID function.

USB

4x USB 2.0 (Front)

4x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A (Rear)

2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A (Front)

4x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type A (Rear)

1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C (Rear)

1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C (Front)

1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type C (Rear)

LAN

Intel® 2.5Gbps LAN

Wireless / Bluetooth

Intel® Wi-Fi 6E

The Wireless module is pre-installed in the M.2 (Key-E) slot

Supports MU-MIMO TX/RX, 2.4GHz / 5GHz / 6GHz* (160MHz) up to 2.4Gbps

Supports 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac/ ax

Supports Bluetooth® 5.3, FIPS, FISMA

Audio

Realtek® ALC4080 Codec

7.1-Channel USB High Performance Audio

Supports up to 32-Bit/384 kHz playback on front panel

Internal I/O

1x Power Connector(ATX_PWR)

2x Power Connector(CPU_PWR)

1x CPU Fan

1x Pump Fan

6x System Fan

2x Front Panel (JFP)

1x Chassis Intrusion (JCI)

1x Front Audio (JAUD)

1x TBT connector (JTBT, supports RTD3)

1x Tuning Controller connector(JDASH)

3x Addressable V2 RGB LED connector (JARGB_V2)

1x RGB LED connector(JRGB)

1x TPM pin header(Support TPM 2.0)

4x USB 2.0

2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A

1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C

LED Feature

4x EZ Debug LED

1x EZ LED Control switch

Back Panel Ports

Display Port

USB 3.2 Gen 1 5 Gbps (Type-A)

USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps (Type-A)

2.5G LAN

Wi-Fi / Bluetooth

Audio Connectors

HDMI™

Clear CMOS / Flash BIOS

USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps (Type-A)

USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps (Type-C)

USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbps (Type-C)

Optical S/PDIF Out

Operating System

Support for Windows® 11 64-bit, Windows® 10 64-bit

PCB dimension

ATX

243.84mmx304.8mm

Box Content

Motherboard

European Union Regulatory Notice
Quick Installation Guide
3x EZ M.2 Clip Packages

Wi-Fi Antenna
Cable Stickers

USB Drive

2x SATA Cables

Warranty

3-Years

 

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