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EK-Quantum MSI MPG Z490 CARBON EK X D-RGB is a Z490-based motherboard that is a result of a partnership of EK and MSI. It comes with a monoblock manufactured by EK that offers unparalleled cooling for the VRM section and Intel® 10th Gen Core™ series CPUs. MSI's world-class engineering team and EK's industry-leading thermal engineers worked together to bringing you the technology that will improve your liquid-cooled PC and enhance its performance. This meticulously engineered hardware will now be available to everyone. The MPG Z490 Carbon EK X allows maximum performance without the noisy environment, providing you with countless hours of uninterrupted gameplay. And to top it all off, it looks awesome to boot!

EK-Quantum MSI MPG Z490 Carbon EK X

Its unique design, together with a monoblock that aesthetically blends in with it, is what sets this motherboard apart from the rest. The carbon fiber pattern is there to remind all hard-core gamers that pushing the limits is what gaming is all about. A powerful 12+1+1 Duet Rail Power System provides stable power to the CPU, of which 12 are for the CPU core and two for the integrated GPU and System Agent. The massive power delivery system allows for high overclocks and, by proxy, a great boost in performance for which the only downside is increased heat generation. This is where the EK monoblock kicks in, to cool down not just the CPU, but the power delivery system as well.

EK-Quantum MSI MPG Z490 Carbon EK X Award

"At this price point, you are trading some features for that fancy water block. While there is 2.5 Gb/s LAN, there is just one LAN port and controller. There are also only two M.2 ports. However, at $399.99, the MSI MPG Z490 Carbon EK X is by far the cheapest water-cooled board on the market and an excellent choice for those who want a custom water-cooled board at an excellent price." Highly Recommended - TechPowerUp - Read the full review: HERE

The cooling solution is tailor-made for the MPG Z490 CARBON EK X only – this bundle takes out all the guesswork from finding the right monoblock for your motherboard. The included Leak Tester will ensure you make no mistakes during the assembly of the cooling loop, even if you’ve never dealt with custom loop liquid cooling before! On top of all that, you get a free EK-Loop Leak tester, which is another $40 value!

All MPG Z490 CARBON EK X owners are entitled to a premium customer service that EK provides for all its customers worldwide. If you have any questions, problems, or just want to get in touch, reach out to us through our dedicated support channel. Even if you are just now getting into custom loop liquid cooling, our kind customer support will gladly help with your initial steps if there are any uncertainties.

The base of the monoblock is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality CNC-machined cast acrylic glass material, partially covered with a carbon fiber style pattern. The nickel-plated brass screw-in standoffs are pre-installed and allow for easy installation.

The addressable D-RGB is controlled directly via the MSI MYSTIC LIGHT software.

EK-Quantum MSI MPG Z490 Carbon EK X

A black POM piece covers the lighting solution, removing any unwanted hotspots, and providing a more uniform lighting experience. The block is equipped with 3-pin 5V Addressable D-RGB LED strip that is compatible with the motherboard’s 3-pin 5V Rainbow header. The arrow marking on the 3-pin LED connector is to be aligned with the +5V marking on the Rainbow header.


EK-Quantum MSI MPG Z490 CARBON EK X D-RGB motherboard + monoblock
- EK-Leak Tester
- User Manual
- SATA Cables
- WIFI Antenna
- Other Accessories


- Supports 10th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® Celeron® processors for LGA 1200 socket
- Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 4800(OC) MHz
- Ready 4 the Future: Support Lightning Gen 4 Solution for the future
- Enhanced Power Design: 12+1+1 Duet Rail Power System, 8+4 pin CPU power connectors, Core Boost, DDR4 Boost
- MYSTIC LIGHT: 16.8 million colors / 29 effects controlled in one click.
- M.2 Shield Frozr: Both M.2 slots with Shield Frozr to built for high-performance system and non-stop gaming experience
- Lightning USB 20G: Powered by ASmedia 3241
- USB 3.2 Gen2x2 controller, offering never before seen USB speeds up to 20Gb/s with USB Type-C
- AUDIO BOOST 4: Reward your ears with the studio-grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
- 2.5G LAN with LAN Manager and Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX Solution: Upgraded network solution for professional and multimedia use 
- Pre-installed I/O Shielding: Better EMI protection and more convenience for installation

Made in Taiwan


  • RAM modules are not included!
  • Due to an immense variety of fittings/barbs available on the market and no prescribed standards, we guarantee compatibility only for connectors bought from our website.
  • This product should NOT be installed with any aluminum Fluid Gaming parts!
  • The use of specifically engineered coolants that contain corrosion, scale, and biological inhibitors is mandatory to prevent damage to your nickel-plated water block! EK is offering a selection of such products in the coolant section.

Additional Info

Material / Design / Color option Nickel Plexi
Threads G1/4
Sockets Intel

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