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