MSI MPG Z590 Gaming Carbon WiFi Review — blurring the lines

Vyncent Chan
19 Min Read
MSI MPG Z590 Gaming Carbon WiFi Review — blurring the lines
  • Appearance - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Features - 8.3/10
    8.3/10
  • Materials - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Performance - 8.2/10
    8.2/10
  • User Experience - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Value - 7.6/10
    7.6/10

Summary

The MSI MPG Z590 Gaming Carbon WiFi now straddles the previously clear-cut line between the flagship MSI MEG and mid-range MSI MPG motherboards.

Overall
8.1/10
8.1/10

Pros

+ Awesome package in the box
+ Design is subtler and more functional than predecessors
+ Good selection of rear I/O ports
+ VRM system is well designed to handle overclocked i9-11900K
+ Feature-rich BIOS
+ POST code readout and multi-colored EZ Debug LED makes troubleshooting a breeze

Cons

– Multiple screw sizes for M.2 heatspreaders can get annoying
– Needs additional PCIe connector to stabilize power-hungry GPUs
– M-Flash is still as clunky as ever
– No BIOS reset button makes benching a bit more cumbersome
– Significantly pricier than MSI’s last-gen motherboards

The Intel Z590 platform is pretty interesting. For starters, there’s now a wider 8-lane DMI 3.0 interface between the 11th Gen Intel Core CPUs and Intel Z590 chipset. That and it also enabled a few new connectivity options which are utilized to great effect on the latest Intel Z590 motherboards like the MSI MPG Z590 Gaming Carbon WiFi. Without further ado, let’s check it out.

Unboxing

MSI MPG Z590 Gaming Carbon WiFi Overview-19

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The box of the MSI MPG Z590 Gaming Carbon WiFi is a rather interesting departure from the previous generations MSI MPG Carbon motherboards. Instead of a race car-themed motif, they went with colorful lines instead. I don’t really mind the box and I do think it looks better than having a sports car on the box.