13 MSI MAG Z590 Torpedo

MSI MAG Z590 TORPEDO Motherboard Review

  1. About the MSI MAG Z590 Torpedo motherboard...
  2. Motherboard Layout and Features
  3. UEFI Overview
  4. Test Bench and Setup
  5. UL Benchmarks- 3DMark and VRMark
  6. UL Benchmarks- PCMark 10
  7. UL Benchmarks- Procyon
  8. CPU Benchmark- Cinebench R3 and RealBench
  9. Memory Benchmarks: AIDA64 and MaxxMem2
  10. Conclusion
  11. Online Purchase Links

Disclosure: The MAG Z590 TORPEDO is provided by MSI.

The story between a Torpedo and a Mortar’s shell…

MSI is traditionally known to provide a good motherboard in the mid-end segment irrespective of the chipset. While it seems I am generalizing it, the MSI Mortar series does enjoy a relatively good run of good motherboards for a while.

But this is a new series- Torpedo.

With the new chipset, MSI revealed a new series called Torpedo. Usually, this motherboard of this type would be called Tomahawk, judging by its lineup. With the Z590 chipset, it’s the Tomahawk WiFi and the Torpedo with no BT+ WiFi support. Except for the colour of the heatsinks and two of its DIMM slots, it is practically the Mortar without the name. Even the MSI’s manual is the same for both Mortar WiFi and Torpedo except for the WiFi+ BT M.2 offering. It would be interesting to see how MSI differentiates the Mortar and the Torpedo series. But as far as the Z590 is concerned- this is it!

The MSI MAG Z590 TORPEDO provides plenty of expansion options adequate for most mid-range end users and gamers. It’s an ATX motherboard with four DIMM slots and plenty of M.2, PCIe and SATA ports. Apart from the value, this motherboard can provide judging by its looks and feature list, what’s important is the future readiness. MSI must have assessed that providing the native chipset options is more than enough.

About the MSI MAG Z590 Torpedo Motherboard…

The MSI MAG Z590 TORPEDO is made for the LGA 1200 Intel Core i5/ Core i7/ and Core i9 11th generation Rocket Lake-S processors, depending on the pricing against the currently dominating AMD Ryzen platform. Motherboard combos play a vital role in decision making with the CPUs. This is not an exception. While you do not get the WiFi option in this, you do get PCIe 4.0 lane support with the 11th gen CPU, Type A on the rear and front- and a decent amount of USB ports.

Packaging and Content

Apart from a lot of reading materials, the contents are bare basic. You get 4 SATA cables which are plenty since most users would buy an M.2 drive for primary storage at best. MSI did provide additional M.2 screws which are already provided in the motherboard, securing the plate.


  • Supports 10th Gen Intel® Core™, 11th Gen Intel® Core™, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® processors
  • Processor socket LGA1200
Intel® Z590 Chipset
4x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 128GB

  • Supports 2133/ 2666/ 2933 MHz for 10th Gen Intel® CPU (by JEDEC & POR)
  • Supports 1R 2133/ 2666/ 2933/ 3200 MHz for 11th Gen Intel® CPU (by JEDEC & POR)

Max overclocking frequency:

  • 1DPC 1R Max speed up to 5333 MHz
  • 1DPC 2R Max speed up to 4700+ MHz
  • 2DPC 1R Max speed up to 4400+ MHz
  • 2DPC 2R Max speed up to 4000+ MHz

Dual-Channel mode
Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

  • 2x PCIe x16 slots
    • 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (from CPU)
      • Support up to PCIe 4.0 for 11th Gen Intel® CPU
      • Support up to PCIe 3.0 for 10th Gen Intel® CPU
    • PCI_E3 (From Z590 chipset)
      • Support up to PCIe 3.0 x4
  • 2x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots (From Z590 chipset)
Supports 2-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology
  • 1x HDMI 2.0b with HDR port, supports a maximum resolution of 4K 60Hz
  • 1x DisplayPort 1.4 port, supports a maximum resolution of 4K 60Hz
  • 6x SATA 6Gb/s ports (From Z590 chipset)
  • 3x M.2 slots (Key M)
    • M2_1 slot (From CPU)
      • Available only on 11th Gen Intel® CPU
      • Supports up to PCIe 4.0 x4
      • Supports 2242/ 2260/ 2280/ 22110 storage devices
    • M2_21 & M2_3 2 slot (From Z590 chipset)
      • Supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4
      • Supports SATA up to 6Gb/s
      • Supports 2242/ 2260/ 2280 storage devices
      • Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
    • Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology for Intel Core™ processors
  • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices
  • Supports RAID 0 and RAID 1 for M.2 PCIe storage devices
Intel® Z590 Chipset
  • 1x USB3.2 Gen2x2 20Gbps Type-C port on the back panel
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps ports (1 Type-C internal connector and 1 Type-A port on the back panel)
  • 6x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps ports (4 Type-A ports on the back panel, 2 ports through the internal connector)
  • 1x USB 2.0 Type-A port on the back panel
  • 5x USB 2.0 ports (1 Type-A port on the back panel, 4 Type-A ports available through internal connectors)
  • Realtek® ALC4080 Codec
  • 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
  • Supports S/PDIF output
  • 1x Intel® I225-V 2.5Gbps LAN controller
  • 1x Intel® I219-V 1Gbps LAN controller
  • 1x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1x 6-pin PCIe power connector
  • 6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 3x M.2 slots (M-Key)
  • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps Type-C port
  • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps ports)
  • 2x USB 2.0 Type-A connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
  • 1x 4-pin CPU fan connector
  • 1x 4-pin water-pump fan connector
  • 6x 4-pin system fan connectors
  • 1x Front panel audio connector
  • 2x System panel connectors
  • 1x Chassis Intrusion connector
  • 1x TPM module connector
  • 1x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1x TBT connector (supports RTD3)
  • 1x Tuning Controller connector
  • 1x EZ LED Control switch
  • 2x 4-pin RGB LED connectors
  • 2x 3-pin RAINBOW LED connectors
  • 4x EZ Debug LED
  • DisplayPort
  • USB 2.0
  • Gigabit LAN Port
  • 2.5G LAN Port
  • HD Audio Connectors
  • HDMI
  • Flash BIOS Button
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps Type-A
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 5Gbps Type-A
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps Type-A

USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 20Gbps Type-C
Optical S/PDIF OUT

ATX Form Factor
12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
Support for Windows® 10 64-bit

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