All Intel Z590 motherboards at a glance

At CES 2021, the mainboard manufacturers presented their new products with the new Intel 500 chipsets. The PCIe 4.0 suitability and the four additional lanes of the Intel Rocket Lake-S processors result in new possibilities, which is why the boards are not just a new infusion of the Z490 boards. All Z590 boards are listed below to get an overview of the most important equipment items.

Not only do the Intel Rocket Lake-S CPUs bring innovations with them, but the Z590 also has a few changes ready and the new platform introduces changes. The chipset itself provides up to 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes, to which the 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes of a Rocket Lake-S CPU are added. The fact that the chipset itself does not offer Gen4 lanes means that a board provides more than one M.2 slot with Gen4, in which case GPU lanes are sacrificed. However, a slot is always connected directly to the CPU. With an Intel Comet Lake-S CPU, it should lie fallow. Another new feature is that Thunderbolt 4 can now be offered. This can only be found on the more expensive mainboards or z. B. Mini-ITX boards. The USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (20G) standard is also one of the innovations of the chipset. A maximum of three of these can be implemented directly.

Also, the network connectivity is usually drilled out. Most Intel Z590 motherboards use a 2.5Gbit NIC. If a WLAN adapter is installed, at least WiFi 6 is always used (AX200 and AX201), sometimes even Wii 6E (AX210). There is also a novelty in the audio codecs. Often the Realtek ALC4080 or 4082 can be found, which is an improvement on the ALC1220. Of course, the power supply was also made an issue again. MSI says, for example, that at least 12 phases are always installed. All further information is available on the following pages. We start with boards up to € 200.

Intel Z590 motherboards up to € 200

You can already see the change of platform on the entry-level boards. Almost all of them rely on a 2.5Gbit NIC. The Z490 motherboards did not yet have this in this form. There are also always at least two M.2 slots available. USB 3.2 Gen2x2 is not always installed, but very often. In some cases, the connection is offered as an internal header to a USB-C socket with high speed on the front panel. The ASRock Z590M-ITX / ax is interesting here, as the Mini-ITX mainboards are often only found in higher-priced regions.

 Mainboard  ASRock Z590M
Phantom Gaming 4 
ASRock Z590
Phantom Gaming 4 
 ASRock Z590M
Pro4
 MSI Z590-A 
Pro
 ASRock Z590
Pro4
 ASRock Z590M-
ITX / ax 
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 price  ~ 150 €  ~ 160 €  ~ 168 €  ~ 176 €  ~ 178 €  ~ € 184
 Form factor µATX  ATX  µATX  ATX  Mini-ITX
 VRM 8 + 1  12 + 1  12 + 2  12 + 2  8 + 1
 RAM (OC)
4x DDR4-4800  4x DDR4-5333  4x DDR4-4800  2x DDR4-5066
 PCIe
1x x16 (Gen4)
2x x1 (Gen3)
1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
3x x1 (Gen3)
 1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
2x x1 (Gen3)
 1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
3x x1 (Gen3)
  1x x16 (Gen4)
 M.2 1x M-Key (Gen4)
1x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x E-Key (CNVi)
 1x M-Key (Gen4)
2x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x E-Key (CNVi)
1x M-Key (Gen4 + SATA)
1x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x E-Key (CNVi)
 1x M-Key (Gen4)
2x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
 1x M-Key (Gen4)
2x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x E-Key (CNVi)
 1x M-Key (Gen4)
1x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
 SATA 4th 6th 4th 6th  4th
 USB 3.2 Gen2x2   1x internal  –  1x external  1x internal  1x external, 1x internal
 USB 3.2 Gen2 2x external  2x external  2x external  1x external, 1x internal  2x external  4x external
 USB 3.2 Gen1 4x external, 4x internal  2x external, 4x internal  2x external, 4x internal  2x external, 4x internal  2x internally
 Fan header 6th  8th  6th  3
 Audio codec ALC897
 LAN 1Gbit (I219-V)  2.5Gbit (I225-V)  2.5Gbit (RTL8125BG)
 WIFI prepared  –  prepared WiFi 6 (AX210)
 lighting  2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
1 zone,
2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
 1x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
 1 zone,
2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
1x 4-pin RGB,
1x 3-pin ARGB

The MSI Z590-A Pro also makes a good impression. Like the other boards in this price range, this one only uses the Realtek ALC897 audio codec. The better and newer codecs can only be found at the next price level. The two boards, which are equipped with a WLAN adapter, rely directly on Wifi 6E.

 Mainboard  ASUS Prime
Z590M-Plus 
 ASUS Prime
Z590-P
 ASRock Z590 
Steel Legend
 Gigabyte Z590 
Gaming X
 MSI Z590 
Pro WIFI
 image
 price ~ 187 € ~ 197 € ~ 198 € ~ 199 € ~ 199 €
 Form factor µATX ATX
 VRM 8 + 1 10 + 1 12 + 2 12+? 12 + 2
 RAM (OC)
4x DDR4-5333  4x DDR4-5133 4x DDR4-4800 4x DDR4-3200  4x DDR4-5333
 PCIe
1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
2x x1 (Gen3)
1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
2x x1 (Gen3)
 M.2 1x M-Key (Gen4)
1x M-Key (Gen3)
1x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x E-Key (CNVi)
1x M-Key (Gen4)
2x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x E-Key (CNVi)
1x M-Key (Gen4)
2x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
 SATA 5 4th 6th 6th 6th
 USB 3.2 Gen2x2  1x external 1x external 1x internal 1x external
 USB 3.2 Gen2 1x external 1x external 2x external 2x external 1x external, 1x internal
 USB 3.2 Gen1 2x external, 4x internal 2x external, 5x internal 2x external, 4x internal 5x external, 3x internal 2x external, 4x internal
 Fan header 5 5 7th 5 8th
 Audio codec ALC897
 LAN 1Gbit (I219-V) 2.5Gbit (RTL8125BG)
 WIFI prepared WiFi 6 (AX210)
 lighting  2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
3 zones,
2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
2 zones,
2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
 1x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB

Intel Z590 motherboards € 200 to € 300

The so-called gaming mainboards start from 200 €. Except for the Gigabyte Z590I Aorus Ultra, at least 12 phases are now always used. Three M.2 slots are now standard here. Also, USB 3.2 Gen2x2 is always on board.

Mainboard ASRock Z590
Extreme
 MSI MAG Z590 
torpedo
 ASUS TUF Gaming 
Z590-Plus (WIFI)
MSI MAG Z590 
 Tomahawk Wifi
 Gigabyte Z590 
Aorus Elite
 Gigabyte Z590 
Vision G
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 price ~ 218 € ~ 233 €  ~ € 236 (~ € 249) ~ 245 €  ~ 254 € ~ € 264
 Form factor ATX
 VRM 12 + 2 14 + 2 14 + 2  12+? 12+?
 RAM (OC)
4x DDR4-4800 4x DDR4-5333 4x DDR4-5133 4x DDR4-5333  4x DDR4-3200
 PCIe
1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
3x x1 (Gen3)
 1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
1x x1 (Gen3)
1x x16 (Gen4)
2x x16 (Gen3 x4)
 M.2 1x M-Key (Gen4)
2x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x E-Key (CNVi)
1x M-Key (Gen4)
2x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
3x M-Key (Gen4)
1x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
 SATA 6th
 USB 3.2 Gen2x2  1x internal 1x external 1x external, 1x internal
 USB 3.2 Gen2 2x external 1x external, 1x internal 2x external  1x external, 1x internal  2x external, 1x internal 2x external
 USB 3.2 Gen1 2x external, 4x internal 4x external, 2x internal 2x external, 3x internal 4x external, 2x internal  3x external, 2x internal 5x external, 2x internal
 Fan header 7th 8th 6th 8th 6th
 Audio codec ALC1220 ALC4080 ALC1200 ALC4080  ALC1220 ALC4080
 LAN 2.5Gbit (RTL8125BG) 2.5Gbit (I225-V)  2.5Gbit (RTL8125BG) 2.5Gbit (I225-V)
 WIFI prepared (AX201) WiFi 6 (AX210)
 lighting 4 zones,
2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
1 zone,
2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
2 zones,
2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
1 zone,
2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
 2 zones,
2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB

Compared to the previous price level, 2.5Gbit LAN is now always installed. You always come across at least one ALC1200, ALC1220, or the new ALC4080.

 Mainboard Gigabyte Z590I
Aorus Ultra
ASUS Prime
Z590-A
Gigabyte Z590
 Aorus Elite AX 
 MSI MPG Z590 
 Gaming Edge Wifi 
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 price ~ € 274 ~ € 274  ~ 278 €
 Form factor Mini-ITX ATX
 VRM 10 14 + 2  12th 14 + 1
 RAM (OC)
4x DDR4-3200  4x DDR4-5333 4x DDR4-3200  4x DDR4-5333
 PCIe
1x x16 (Gen4) 1x x16 (Gen4)
2x x16 (Gen4 x4)
1x x1 (Gen3)
 1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
1x x1 (Gen3)
1x x16 (Gen4)
2x x16 (Gen3 x4)
2x x1 (Gen3)
 M.2 1x M-Key (Gen4)
1x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x M-Key (Gen4)
2x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
 SATA 4th 6th
 USB 3.2 Gen2x2  1x external
 USB 3.2 Gen2 3x external, 1x internal 4x external  2x external, 1x internal  3x external, 1x internal
 USB 3.2 Gen1 2x external, 2x internal 3x internal 3x external, 2x internal 2x external, 2x internal
 Fan header 4th 8th 6th  8th
 Audio codec ALC1220 ALC4080
 LAN 2.5Gbit (RTL8125BG) 2.5Gbit (I225-V)  2.5Gbit (RTL8125BG)  2.5Gbit (I225-V)
 WIFI WiFi 6 (AX200)  Wifi 6 (AX201)  Wifi 6 (AX210)
 lighting 1 zone,
1x 4-pin RGB,
1x 3-pin ARGB
2 zones,
1x 4-pin RGB,
3x 3-pin ARGB
 2 zones,
2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
2 zones,
2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB,

Intel Z590 motherboards € 300 to € 400

Thunderbolt 4 is also to be found in this price range for the first time. It also gets interesting with the PCIe slots. There are now divisions so that you could also operate a multi-GPU team with two eight PCIe 4.0s, even if SLI or Crossfire currently no longer play a role. But you could also use other NVMe SSDs if the existing ones are not enough.

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 Mainboard ASRock Z590
PG Velocita
 MSI MPG Z590 
Gaming Force
ASUS ROG
 Strix Z590-A 
Gaming Wifi
Gigabyte Z590I
Vision D.
ASUS ROG
 Strix Z590-F 
Gaming Wifi
MSI MEG
 Z590I Unify 
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 price ~ € 309  ~ 312 € ~ 324 € ~ 324 € ~ 330 €  ~ 336 €
 Form factor ATX  Mini-ITX ATX Mini-ITX
 VRM 12 + 2 16 + 1 14 + 2 ? 14 + 2 8 + 2
 RAM (OC)
4x DDR4-4800  4x DDR4-5333  2x DDR4-3200  4x DDR4-5333  2x DDR4-5600
 PCIe
1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen4 x8)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
1x x1 (Gen3)
 1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen4 x8)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
2x x1 (Gen3)
1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen4 x8)
1x x16 (Gen4 x4)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
1x x16 (Gen4) 1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen4 x8)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
1x x16 (Gen4)
 M.2 1x M-Key (Gen4)
2x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x M-Key (Gen4)
1x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x M-Key (Gen4)
2x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x M-Key (Gen4)
1x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
 SATA 6th 4th 6th 4th
 Thunderbolt 2x TB4 2x TB4
 USB 3.2 Gen2x2  1x internal 1x external 1x external 1x external
 USB 3.2 Gen2 2x external  3x external, 1x internal 4x external 2x external 3x external, 1x internal 2x external, 1x internal
 USB 3.2 Gen1  6x external, 4x internal 2x external, 2x internal 3x internal 4x external, 3x internal 4x external, 2x internal 2x external, 2x internal
 Fan header 8th 4th 8th 3
 Audio codec ALC1220 ALC4080 ALC1220P
 LAN 2.5Gbit (E3100G),
1Gbit (I219-V)
 2.5Gbit (I225-V)
 WIFI WiFi 6 (AX1675x)  – Wifi 6 (AX200) Wifi 6 (AX210)
 lighting 2 zones,
2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
 2 zones,
2x 4-pin RGB,
1x 3-pin ARGB,
1x Corsair
1 zone,
1x 4-pin RGB,
3x 3-pin ARGB
1x 4-pin RGB,
1x 3-pin ARGB
2 zones,
1x 4-pin RGB,
3x 3-pin ARGB
1x 4-pin RGB,
1x 3-pin ARGB

 

The voltage supply is also becoming more and more opulent overall. You can now use up to 17 phases to elicit all the power from the CPU used. The MSI MEG Z590I Unify also sets the bar very high when it comes to RAM. Up to 5600 MHz should be possible.

 

 Mainboard  MSI MPG Z590 
Gaming Carbon
Wifi
Gigabyte Z590
Vision D.
Gigabyte Z590
Aorus Pro AX
Gigabyte Z590
Aorus Ultra
ASUS ROG
 Strix Z590-E 
Gaming Wifi
ASUS ROG
Strix Z590-I
Gaming Wifi
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 price  ~ 336 € ~ 343 € ~ 354 € ~ 370 € ~ 374 € ~ 374 €
 Form factor ATX Mini-ITX
 VRM 16 + 1 12th 16 14 + 2 8 + 2
 RAM (OC)
 4x DDR4-5333  4x DDR4-3200  4x DDR4-5333  2x DDR4-5133
 PCIe
 1x x16 (Gen4)
2x x16 (Gen3 x4)
2x x1 (Gen3)
1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen4 x8)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
1x x1 (Gen3)
1x x16 (Gen4)
2x x16 (Gen3 x4)
1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen4 x8)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen4 x8)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
1x x16 (Gen4)
 M.2 1x M-Key (Gen4)
2x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x M-Key (Gen4)
1x M-Key (Gen3)
1x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
3x M-Key (Gen4)
1x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x M-Key (Gen4)
1x M-Key (Gen3)
1x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
2x M-Key (Gen4)
1x M-Key (Gen3)
1x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x M-Key (Gen4)
1x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
 SATA 6th 6th 6th 4th
 Thunderbolt 2x TB4 1x TB4
 USB 3.2 Gen2x2  1x external 1x internal 1x external, 1x internal 1x external 1x external 1x external
 USB 3.2 Gen2  3x external, 1x internal 2x external 4x external 4x external, 1x internal 3x external, 1x internal 1x external, 1x internal
 USB 3.2 Gen1 2x external, 2x internal 4x external, 3x internal 4x external, 2x internal 4x external, 2x internal 4x external, 2x internal 1x external, 2x internal
 Fan header 8th 8th 3
 Audio codec ALC4080
 LAN  2.5Gbit (I225-V) 2x 2.5Gbit (I225-V)  2.5Gbit (I225-V) 2x 2.5Gbit (I225-V)  2.5Gbit (I225-V)
 WIFI  Wifi 6 (AX210) Wifi 6 (AX200)  Wifi 6 (AX210) Wifi 6 (AX210)
 lighting  2 zones,
1x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB,
1x Corsair
2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
2 zones,
2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
3 zones,
1x 4-pin RGB,
3x 3-pin ARGB
2 zones,
1x 4-pin RGB,
1x 3-pin ARGB

Intel Z590 motherboards € 400 to € 500

There are only four mainboards left here. But these belonged to the upscale section in the last series. It is interesting that except for the Gigabyte Z90 Aorus Master, all of them rely on Thunderbolt 4. In contrast to the others, this one offers a 10Gbit NIC. The rather rare killer network chips are used in the ASRock Z590 Taichi. WiFi 6 (E) is available in all.

 

 Mainboard ASRock Z590
Taichi
Gigabyte Z590
Aorus Master
MSI MEG
Z590 ACE
ASUS ROG
 Maximus 
XIII Hero
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 price ~ 434 € ~ 472 € ~ 478 € ~ 491 €
 Form factor ATX
 VRM 12 + 2 18th 16 + 2 14 + 2
 RAM (OC)
 4x DDR4-5000 4x DDR4-3200  4x DDR4-5600  4x DDR4-5333
 PCIe
1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen4 x8)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
1x x1 (Gen3)
1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen4 x8)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen4 x8)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
2x x1 (Gen3)
1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen4 x8)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
1x x1 (Gen3)
 M.2 1x M-Key (Gen4)
2x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x M-Key (Gen4)
2x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x M-Key (Gen4)
1x M-Key (Gen3)
2x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
2x M-Key (Gen4)
1x M-Key (Gen3)
1x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
 SATA 8th 6th 6th 6th
 Thunderbolt 2x TB4 2x TB4
 USB 3.2 Gen2x2  1x internal 1x external 1x internal
 USB 3.2 Gen2 2x external 5x external, 1x internal 2x external, 1x internal 6x external
 USB 3.2 Gen1 4x external, 6x internal 4x external, 4x internal 4x external, 2x internal 4x internal
 Fan header 8th 10 8th
 Audio codec ALC1220 ALC4082
 LAN 2.5Gbit (E3100G),
1Gbit (I219-V)
10Gbit (AQC113CS) 2.5Gbit (I225-V) 2x 2.5Gbit (I225-V)
 WIFI  Wifi 6 (AX1675x) Wifi 6 (AX210)
 lighting 3 zones,
2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
2 zones,
2x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB
2 zones,
1x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB,
1x Corsair
3 zones,
1x 4-pin RGB,
3x 3-pin ARGB

Intel Z590 motherboards over 500 €

Over 500 € is actually still poorly described. The four boards all cost over € 900. The ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Extreme becomes a Glacial with a water cooler and costs another € 500 more. The voltage supply is made up of 20 phases, whereby the MOSFETs always deliver at least 90A. 10Gbit LAN and Wifi 6E are always on board. The Realtek audio codecs are also supported by additional DACs. Thunderbolt 4 is also always there. The MSI MEG Z590 Godlike has an additional M.2, Xander, so that a total of up to six M.2 SSDs can be installed.

 

 Mainboard ASUS ROG
Maximus XIII
Extreme
MSI MEG
Z590 Godlike
 Gigabyte Z590 
Aorus Xtreme
ASUS ROG
 Maximus XIII
Extreme Glacial
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 price ~ 942 € ~ € 966 ~ 1029 € ~ 1489 €
 Form factor E-ATX
 VRM 18 + 2 20th 18 + 2
 RAM (OC)
 4x DDR4-5333  4x DDR4-5600 4x DDR4-3200  4x DDR4-5333
 PCIe
1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen4 x8)
1x x1 (Gen3)
1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen4 x8)
1x x16 (Gen3 x4)
1x x16 (Gen4)
1x x16 (Gen4 x8)
1x x1 (Gen3)
 M.2 3x M-Key (Gen4)
1x M-Key (Gen3)
1x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x M-Key (Gen4)
1x M-Key (Gen3)
2x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
1x M-Key (Gen4)
2x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
3x M-Key (Gen4)
1x M-Key (Gen3)
1x M-Key (Gen3 + SATA)
 SATA 6th
 Thunderbolt 2x TB4
 USB 3.2 Gen2x2  1x internal 1x internal 1x internal
 USB 3.2 Gen2 2x external 2x external, 1x internal 7x external 6x external
 USB 3.2 Gen1 4x external, 6x internal 6x external, 4x internal 4x internal 4x internal
 Fan header 8th 10 8th
 Audio codec ALC4802 ALC4082 ALC1220 ALC4802
 LAN 10Gbit (AQC113CS)
2.5Gbit (I225-V)
10Gbit (AQC107)
2.5Gbit (I225-V)
10Gbit (AQC113CS)
2.5Gbit (I225-V)
 WIFI  Wifi 6 (AX210)
 lighting 4 zones,
1x 4-pin RGB,
3x 3-pin ARGB
3 zones,
1x 4-pin RGB,
2x 3-pin ARGB,
1x Corsair
2 zones,
1x 4-pin RGB,
3x 3-pin ARGB
4 zones,
1x 4-pin RGB,
3x 3-pin ARGB

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