MSI To Launch New Z490 Gaming Motherboard With Integrated EKWB Monoblock

MSI has recently teamed up with EK Water Blocks (EKWB), a water cooling manufacturer to build a monoblock for the upcoming MPG Z490 motherboard. 

What Do We Know About The EKWB Monoblock?

MSI’s MPG Z490 Carbon EK X motherboard was recently announced as part of MSI’s lineup of new Z490 motherboards for the Comet Lake-S series of processors. 

So far, details on the new MPG Z490 motherboard monoblock are a bit vague. It seems that the monoblock will be one from EKWB’s Momentum series of coolers. 

If that’s the case, it will be manufactured with nickel-plated copper with an acrylic top and standard G1/4 inch ports. There should be some carbon fiber design too which should be a nice match for the new MSI MPG motherboards, especially if paired with some D-RGB lighting on the cards.

How Much Will The EKWB Z490 Monoblock Cost?

EKWB’s Z390 Momentum monoblocks usually sell for $189. We imagine that the new Z490 one will cost a little extra if it’s going to be used for the MPG Z490 Carbon EK X when compared to the MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi model. 

MPG Z490 Carbon EK X Motherboard Details

The MPG Z490 Carbon EK X is pretty similar to the previously announced MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi. 

The Z490 Carbon EK X motherboard will feature four DDR4 RAM slots which will support up to 128 GB of memory, with memory speeds that exceed 4,800 MHz.

There are six SATA II ports and two M.2 PCIe 3.0×4 ports that can handle drives with lengths of up to 110 mm. This is compared to the MSI Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi which has three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. 

There’s also plenty of USB options here too. There are two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type C port, and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C ports. 

This ATX motherboard will come with a 12 phase power delivery subsystem as well as an 8 pin EPS and a 4 pin power connector  

At the moment, we don’t know when this motherboard or the monoblock will be released and available for purchase. However, if we hear any details in the meantime, we will keep you updated.