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MSI Unlocks PCI-E 4.0 Support on Z490 Motherboards

MSI has officially unlocked PCIe Gen 4.0 support for Intel’s upcoming Rocket Lake CPUs that will soon vie for a spot on our list of Best CPUs. The update comes through new BIOS updates for MSI’s entire Z490 lineup, following up on Z490’s potential to bring PCIe 4.0 support to Rocket Lake platforms. 

MSI says it designed its Z490 boards specifically for Gen 4.0 support from the very beginning by implementing ” PCIe 4.0 ready clock generator, lane switch, redriver, PCIe slots, and M.2 connectors.” You can see the list of supported motherboards below. 

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Of course, other manufacturers have designed their Z490 motherboards for Gen 4.0 support, but it remains to be seen whether these manufacturers will fully support PCIe 4.0 in all areas or if it will be supported in a limited capacity, say only on certain slots. We’ve reached out to MSI for clarification on the matter. 

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