MSI Z590-A Pro Overview

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MSI Z590-A Pro Overview

Continuing the Tour

The right hand corner has some fan headers for sucking cold air into your system without enduring cable spaghetti, as well as a couple of vertical SATA ports should you be overwhelmed with storage needs.

MSI Z590-A Pro Overview  

As well as some fan headers and the USB headers there is also the Mystic Light RGB LED Strip and Addressable LED strip headers.


MSI Z590-A Pro Overview  

Zoomed in like this the lines on the 6 layer PCB do seem a little busy, but once you've covered them up with hardware it's not a problem at all. These are the non-heatsink covered Gen 3 M.2 slots, for three M.2s in total.


MSI Z590-A Pro Overview  

Around the back you get a bit of an idea about the price point of the MSI Z590-A Pro but that doesn't mean you're missing anything important. There is still a 20Gb/s 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type C port, a couple of 3.2G2 ports and some USB 3.2G1 ports. The LAN is the Intel I225-V 2.5G LAN which is a hallmark of all the newest Intel motherboards, and there are display outputs for those of you who run iGPUs.


MSI Z590-A Pro Overview  

The curved nature of the VRM heatsink does an awful lot to help the looks of the CPU section appear way more expensive than it actually is. It is a blend of the full IO/Heatsink merged item you get on hugely expensive motherboards and the simple heatsinks you get on similar cost-effective models.


MSI Z590-A Pro Overview  

The heatsinks remind us of those we saw recently, being a nice curvaceous number that leaves plenty of room for airflow on the west side, whilst the northern one is a simple style reminiscent of the old days. Simple but effective.


MSI Z590-A Pro Overview  
MSI Z590-A Pro Overview  

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21-05-2021, 07:47:00

Peace
I've never seen a PCIe PWR connector directly on the board itself. What is that for? Additional power supply if you're overclocking your GPU? Does it need to be connected for "regular" use?

Also, I haven't built a new PC for a long time. Do you have to plug in both 8 AND 4 pin CPU inputs or is the 8 pin enough when using an i5 or i7 without overclocking, which is what Tom's text suggests to me.Quote
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