MSI MAG Z590 Tomahawk WIFI

The Tomahawk series has been well regarded as one of the most cost-effective boards when considering both features and price points. For Z590, MSI looks to have gone a slightly different route and equipped it towards the mid-range, with plenty of competitive controllers and specifications. The MSI MAG Z590 Tomahawk is advertised with a large 16-phase power delivery and follows a black and dark gray color scheme throughout. MSI has gone as far as numbering its M.2 heatsinks, which resembles a militaristic theme that is fitting, as it hails from its Arsenal gaming series.

The MSI MAG Z590 Tomahawk's features include two full-length PCIe slots, with one full-length PCIe 4.0 x16, a second full-length PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, and two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. Similar to its MPG series of boards, the Z590 Tomahawk WiFi has three M.2 slots, each with heatsinks, and includes one PCIe 4.0 x4 and two PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA slots. MSI splits up the location of the SATA ports, with four right-angled connectors in an X-shaped cutout on the PCB, with two straight-angled ports located at the bottom. All six of the SATA ports include support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. Memory support is impressive, with speeds of up to DDR4-5333 and up to 128 GB of capacity across four memory slots.

The MSI MAG Z590 Tomahawk WiFi includes 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. MSI includes a premium Intel pairing with its latest AX210 Wi-Fi 6E interface and a single I225-V 2.5 GbE controller for networking. Onboard audio is powered by an unspecified Realtek HD audio codec, with five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output included. Two video outputs include one DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0b. Finishing off the rear panel, which includes a pre-attached I/O shield, is a tiny BIOS Flashback button.

MSI has set an MSRP of $239 for the MAG Z590 Tomahawk WiFi, which is more than it was for the launch of Z490. Despite this, the Tomahawk is no longer a bridge between the entry-level and the mid-range; it's a solid mid-range model. It has plenty to offer for the price, including premium 2.5 GbE and Wi-Fi 6E networking, as well as three M.2 slots and USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C.

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  • DanNeely - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    I'm a bit surprised they went to an x8 3.0 link on the chipset instead of an x4 4.0 one, even if everything coming off of the chipset is still limited to 3.0 speed. Reply
  • QinX - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    Might be because it makes routing the traces easier, they don't have to adhere to the PCIe 4.0 signal requirements. Downside would be that more pins are required. Reply
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  • Eskimonster - Saturday, January 30, 2021 - link

    Get out of here liar Reply
  • Tek_Soup - Saturday, January 23, 2021 - link

    Cause intel, didnt make the Z590 Chipset Pcie 4.0 not gigabytes Fault. We can buy new boards again later this year. Reply
  • Chaitanya - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    Other being quite boring platform , there is noticeable lack of M-ATX offerings. Reply
  • Chaitanya - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    Also it seems like even with properly finned heatsinks Gigabyte Aorus master requires a fan to cool VRMs which is not a good sign. Reply
  • g85222456 - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    active fan on Z590? this is not X570 bro you must be joking lol Reply
  • haukionkannel - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    He is not joking,,, Reply

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