MSI MAG Z590 Torpedo

Over the years, we've seen motherboard vendors have tried out new styles and aesthetics. Some have turned into successful ranges, such as ASRock's Taichi. MSI has announced a new model to its MAG Arsenal Gaming series called the Torpedo, which aims to sink the competition with a new color scheme similar to ASRock's Extreme series of boards. The MSI MAG Z590 Torpedo uses dark metallic blue throughout, including on the rear panel cover, heatsinks, and two of the four memory slots. It also includes integrated RGB LEDs built into the chipset heatsink and has a follows a militaristic theme.

The MSI MAG Z590 Torpedo has two full-length slots, with the top slot featuring support for PCIe 4.0 x16, the second slot locked down to PCIe 3.0 x4, and two additional PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. For storage, the Torpedo has three M.2 slots with one operating at PCIe 4.0 x4, and two with support for both PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA, with six SATA ports capable of RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10. The board has four memory slots with up to 128 GB of capacity, but MSI hasn't provided any QVL lists at present, so JEDEC spec is listed at DDR4-3200.

On the rear panel is one USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. The board uses dual RJ45, coming via an Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE controller, and the other one by an Intel I219-V Gigabit one. A total of five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output are driven by a Realtek ALC4080 HD audio codec. In contrast, a DisplayPort and HDMI video output pairing allows users to benefit from Intel's integrated HD graphics. Finishing off the rear panel is a small but handy BIOS Flashback button.

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  • Oxford Guy - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    You’ll never be able to block all the spyware with a firewall. Windows is just one component of it. Don’t forget things like stealth CPUs that are built into the CPU, like the little friend on Lando’s shoulder. Etc. Reply
  • lmcd - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    What, the tinfoil hat isn't enough anymore? The "spyware" is just as present on any Windows era.

    If you want to disable built in telemetry, pay for pro and disable it in the registry. It's not hard if you're really that into privacy.
  • Spunjji - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    @lmcd - but that would require *effort* - why waste that effort on customising a modern OS, when he could expend more effort cobbling together a barely-working platform on a 12-year-old one? 😂 Reply
  • Makaveli - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    lol all I saw in my head reading those post are "old man yells at clouds" Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Friday, January 22, 2021 - link

    That’s due to the fact that the old man has just as much chance of getting the spyware out of Windows and CPUs (and the rest) as you lot have a chance of saying something relevant. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Friday, January 22, 2021 - link

    Call us when the shuttle lands, Pauline. Reply
  • Slash3 - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    Z590 only provides six native SATA ports.

    ASRock's Z590 Taichi has eight ports, with two via an ASMedia ASM1061 controller.
  • Silver5urfer - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    Got it thanks. I suppose that's how the EVGA Dark got it's 8 SATA ports too. Reply
  • weilin - Thursday, April 29, 2021 - link

    Z590, if i remember correctly... has 30 HSIO lanes total:
    6 of which are dedicated to USB (and can be ganged in pairs for 20Gb/s ports)
    4 more that is either USB 10Gb/s or 5Gb/s or PCIe.
    2 of them which can be Ethernet or PCIe,
    2 of them which can be SATA, Ethernet, or PCIe.
    6 of them which can be SATA or PCIe.
    10 dedicated PCIe

    So everything all together means theoretically maximum of:
    4 LAN ports
    8 SATA ports
    10 USB ports
    24 PCIe ports

    It's up to motherboard manufacturers to configure them as they see fit. It seems like the popular choice is to maximize USB, leave SATA at 6 and put the rest on PCIe ports (take 1 or 2 away for Ethernet, and 4 away for Thunderbolt if present).
  • weilin - Thursday, April 29, 2021 - link

    If anyone's interested in see the doc:
    On to left its under "Technical Documentation" -> "Intel® 500 Series Chipset Family Platform Controller Hub Datasheet, Volume 1 of 2" -> bottom of page 18

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