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All MSI Z490 motherboards support PCIe 4.0 with new BIOS update!
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All MSI Z490 motherboards support PCIe 4.0 with new BIOS update!

by Vyncent ChanMarch 3, 2021
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MSI has just announced that their entire lineup of Intel Z490 motherboards will offer support for PCIe 4.0 with the 11th Gen Rocket Lake processors via a BIOS update. MSI has also listed out the BIOS versions that you will need for your specific MSI Z490 board to get PCIe 4.0 support.

MSI Z490 BIOSes with PCIe 4.0 support

BIOS Version
MSI MEG Z490 GODLIKE 7C70.v17
MSI MEG Z490 ACE 7C71.v17
MSI MEG Z490 Unify 7C70.vA7
MSI MEG Z490I Unify 7C77.v16
MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi 7C73.v17
MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge WiFi 7C79.v16
MSI MPG Z490M Gaming Edge WiFi 7C76.v27
MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Plus 7C75.vA6
MSI MAG Z490 Tomahawk 7C80.v17
MSI Z490-A Pro 7C75.v28

MSI Z490-A Pro PCIe 4.0

MSI provided proof of the MSI Z490-A Pro supporting PCIe 4.0 by adding in a CrystalDiskInfo screenshot of the Samsung 980 PRO running on the full PCIe 4.0 x4 interface.

MSI Z490 PCIe 4.0 features

It is interesting to see MSI provide even their entry-level boards like the MSI Z490-A Pro with an update to enable PCIe 4.0 on them, but what’s even more amazing is that MSI actually spent the extra cost to add the hardware necessary to enable PCIe 4.0 on even the low-end MSI Z490-A Pro. You can check out the SRP pricing of the MSI Z490 motherboards here.

Pokdepinion: Nice to have the option of affordable MSI Z490 boards if I want to upgrade to the 11th Gen Intel Core processors!

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Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.