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 - Thursday, January 21, 2021 - link

    Well, the world really needed a stack of 15 boards from just one motherboard company, too. Reply
  • James5mith - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    Awesome, Multi-GbE this generation! Remind me again which company sells Multi-GbE switches for less than $20/port? Reply
  • Tilmitt - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    We live in joyful hope. Reply
  • dtexo - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/compar...

    AX210 doesn’t seem to be CNVi, but PCIe+USB
    Reply
  • dtexo - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    Same with Killer Wi-Fi card(s)
    https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/produc...
    Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Thursday, January 21, 2021 - link

    So Intel can marry its "Killer" ethernet port to its skull-bearing SSDs for maximum performance in Edge. Reply
  • Harry Lloyd - Thursday, January 21, 2021 - link

    The price of the PRIME Z590-A cannot be right. That has always been the fully-featured variant of an entry-level Z-chipset model. The Z490-A costs just over 200 $ now. Is this because of the VRM setup? Who needs 16 phases on a board like this? You will not buy this for extreme overclocking anyway.
    All these ASUS prices seem ridiculous.
    Reply
  • Targon - Thursday, January 21, 2021 - link

    And I thought the X570 chipset boards were a bit crazy when it comes to prices, these are off the rails on the crazy train! I am all for having a POST code display, but OLED screens to see on the motherboard what this or that is also seems like a waste of money. If you can get the machine to POST in the first place, going to the BIOS to get data about what is going on with this or that is enough. A waterblock for those who plan to use liquid cooling will also add to the price, no question, and it isn't a bad idea, but some of these other things that just add to the price without adding functionality is what I have a problem with. Reply
  • PaulHoule - Friday, January 22, 2021 - link

    Ugh.

    I've never found motherboard reviews that helpful and the last article I read on this site makes me feel worse about it because now I know the performance of a system I build might depend more on the turbo behavior of the motherboard than on the CPU.

    I've often found that getting a motherboard is a crap shoot and frequently you find that a particular motherboard has limitations on what you can do with the PCI lanes, or a component that had 35 db of noise for the reviewer has 50 db of noise for me and so forth. I see that $1800 motherboard and I ask myself, "do they make enough of these that they really know that the analog audio path is clean?" and such.

    Last time I built a system I had to replace about half of the components at least once to get something I was happy with.

    These days I'm inclined to go to a system builder just to have somebody to RMA it to, but if reviews were useful I might go back to building a system myself.
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  • Ghostline91 - Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - link

    How's the Biostar Z590 board? It looks like they're going back to more high-end specs and this one might be a good one to try out. When will we see reviews? Reply

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