60points

ASRock Z490 Steel Legend

55points

MSI Z590-A Pro

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ASRock Z490 Steel Legend vs MSI Z590-A Pro

ASRock Z490 Steel Legend
MSI Z590-A Pro

Why is ASRock Z490 Steel Legend better than MSI Z590-A Pro?

  • 1 more PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
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    2vs1
  • Supports ECC memory
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  • Has S/PDIF Out port
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  • 1 more PCIe x1 slots
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    3vs2

Why is MSI Z590-A Pro better than ASRock Z490 Steel Legend?

  • 267MHz higher ram speed
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    3200MHzvs2933MHz
  • 1067MHz higher overclocked RAM speed
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    5333MHzvs4266MHz
  • 1 more fan headers
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    8vs7
  • 1 more PCIe 4.0 x16 slots
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    1vs0
  • 1 more M.2 sockets
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    3vs2
  • 1 more audio jack connectors
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    6vs5
  • 2 more USB 2.0 ports
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    4vs2
  • 36.01% cheaper
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    173.56 €vs271.24 €

Price comparison

MSI Z590-A Pro

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$170

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General info

1.supports Wi-Fi
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend
MSI Z590-A Pro
The device can connect to Wi-Fi.
2.Has Bluetooth
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MSI Z590-A Pro
Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows you to easily transfer data between different devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.
3.Easy to overclock
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend
MSI Z590-A Pro
Overclocking your system is normally quite a complicated procedure, but some manufacturers provide a button or a program where one click will automatically overclock your computer, giving you increased performance.
4.has RGB lighting
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend
MSI Z590-A Pro
RGB lighting allows you to choose between millions of colors and customize the look of your PC components.
5.Easy to reset BIOS
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend
MSI Z590-A Pro
The motherboard has a button or switch on the rear panel to clear the CMOS, which resets the BIOS to factory settings. This is useful if something goes wrong with the BIOS which stops your computer from booting, as you can reset the BIOS without opening the case to access the CMOS jumper.
6.multi-GPU

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The number of GPUs supported when using a multi-GPU configuration. Using more than one GPU in parallel can give increased performance.
7.Has dual BIOS
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend
MSI Z590-A Pro
The motherboard supports dual BIOS. If you flash a new BIOS to your motherboard and something goes wrong, you can switch to the backup BIOS so that you can still boot your computer.
The motherboard has more CPU sockets. Multiple CPUs are typically used in servers.
9.Has integrated graphics
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend
MSI Z590-A Pro
With integrated graphics you don’t need to buy a separate graphics card.

Memory

The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.
2.RAM speed

2933MHz

3200MHz

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.
The motherboard supports overclocking the RAM to a higher speed. By increasing the speed at which the memory runs, you can boost the performance of your computer.
More memory slots (also known as DIMM slots) allow you to add more RAM to your computer. It is also useful when upgrading, as you can add RAM to an empty slot instead of replacing an existing memory module.
More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.
6.Supports ECC memory
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend
MSI Z590-A Pro
Error-correcting code memory can detect and correct data corruption. It is used when is it essential to avoid corruption, such as scientific computing or when running a server.

Ports

1.USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports

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Introduced in 2013, the USB 3.1 Gen 2 supports speeds of up to 10Gbps.
2.USB 3.0 ports

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More USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is an improved version of USB 2.0 which offers faster transfer rates.
More USB 2.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 2.0.
4.has an HDMI output
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend
MSI Z590-A Pro
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
Allows you to connect to a display using DisplayPort.
Thunderbolt is a connection that allows you to attach external peripherals to a computer, and can carry both data and display signals. Using a single port you can connect up to six devices through a hub or daisy chain configuration.
RJ-45 ports are used for LAN (Local Area Network) connections. With more ports you can achieve increased bandwidth across a LAN, or connect to multiple networks. It also has the added benefit of not losing connection to the network if one fails.
8.Has USB Type-C
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MSI Z590-A Pro
The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.
eSATA is an external version of SATA, an interface designed for connecting a computer to mass storage devices such as hard drives.

Connectors

SATA is an interface used to connect mass storage devices such as hard drives and Blu-ray drives. SATA 3 has a native transfer rate of 6 Gbit/s, which is twice as fast as SATA 2, the previous revision. This is particularly useful if you use an SSD as it can perform at higher speeds.
Fan headers are connection points on the motherboard that cooling fans can be connected to. Fans can also be connected straight to the power supply, but when connected to the motherboard you gain much finer control over them through software.
The motherboard has USB 3.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.
The motherboard has USB 2.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.
M.2 is an interface used to connect different types of devices, mainly mass storage devices like M.2 SSDs. It is a revision of mSATA and can support much higher data transfer rates.
6.Has TPM connector
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend
MSI Z590-A Pro
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a component that significantly increases security. One example is that it allows encryption keys to be created in a secure environment, minimizing the risk of a hacker gaining access.
U.2 is an interface used to connect different types of devices, mainly mass storage devices. It has the same performance as M.2, but U.2 SSDs come in the form of regular 2.5" SATA drives and could therefore support much higher capacities than mSATA drives.
8.Has mSATA connector
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend
MSI Z590-A Pro
If a motherboard has an mSATA connector, you can connect an mSATA SSD drive to it that acts as a cache between the motherboard and your primary hard drive. This gives increased performance when using a traditional hard disk drive (HDD) instead of an SSD as your primary storage device.
SATA is an interface used to connect mass storage devices such as hard drives and Blu-ray drives. SATA 2 has a native transfer rate of 3 Gbit/s.

Expansion slots

PCIe slots allow you to connect various components to the motherboard, such as graphics cards and sound cards. The number after the 'x' represents the number of lanes, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates. PCI Express 3.0 has a bit rate of 8 GT/s, delivering 985 MB/s per lane.
PCIe slots allow you to connect various components to the motherboard, such as graphics cards and SSDs. The number of data-transmission lanes (specified by the number after the 'x') determines the data transfer rate. PCIe 4.0 provides a 16 GT/s bit rate that doubles the bandwidth provided by PCIe 3.0.
Using PCIe slots, you can connect different components to your motherboard, such as graphics cards and RAID cards. The number after the 'x' represents the number of data-transmission lanes. More lanes result in faster data transfer rates. A PCIe x1 slot has one lane and can move data at one bit per cycle.
PCI slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. PCI has been superseded by PCI Express which offers faster data transfer rates, but many cards today still use PCI.
PCIe slots allow you to connect graphics cards, SSDs, and other components to the motherboard. The number after the 'x' represents the number of lanes, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates. PCI Express 2.0 has a transfer rate of 5 GT/s, providing 500 MB/s per lane.
PCIe slots enable you to connect various components to your motherboard, for example, graphics cards, RAID cards, SSDs. The number of data-transmission lanes (specified by the number following 'x') determines the data transfer rate. A PCIe x4 slot has 4 lanes, with a speed of 4 bits per cycle.
PCIe slots allow you to connect components such as graphics cards and sound cards to the motherboard. The number after the 'x' represents the number of data-transmission lanes. More lanes result in faster data transfer rates. A PCIe x8 slot has 8 lanes and can move data at 8 bit per cycle.

Audio

1.Signal-to-Noise ratio (DAC)

110dB

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When a digital signal is converted to an analog one (for example when playing audio through speakers or headphones), a certain amount of noise is carried in the signal. A higher SNR means that there is less noise and the audio quality is better.
Each channel is a separate stream of audio information. More channels can provide a more realistic experience, such as providing surround sound.
3.Has S/PDIF Out port
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend
MSI Z590-A Pro
S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.
More connectors means that more audio devices such as speakers or microphones can be connected.

Storage

1.Supports RAID 1
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend
MSI Z590-A Pro
RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 1 mirrors the data across the drives. This gives you greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.
2.Supports RAID 10 (1+0)
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend
MSI Z590-A Pro
RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 10 (1+0) stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. It gives increased capacity and performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.
3.Supports RAID 5
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend
MSI Z590-A Pro
RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 5 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another due to the use of parity.
4.Supports RAID 0
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend
MSI Z590-A Pro
RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance and capacity compared to a single drive. The drawback is that if one drive fails, you lose the data on all drives.
5.Supports RAID 0+1
ASRock Z490 Steel Legend
MSI Z590-A Pro
RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0+1 stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. This gives increased capacity and performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security in case one drive fails, as the data will still be accessible from another.

Miscellaneous

1.Price (global median value)

271.24 €

173.56 €

Updated on Wed Apr 13 2022
The global median price is determined by calculating the median value of all the prices available for a product, taking into account all markets.

Price comparison

MSI Z590-A Pro

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MSI Z590-A Pro amazonMSI Z590-A PRO ProSeries Motherboard (AT...MSI Z590-A PRO ProSeries Motherboard (ATX, 11th/10th Gen Intel Core, LGA 1200 Socket, DDR4, PCIe 4, M.2 Slots, USB 3.2 Gen 2, 2.5G LAN, DP/HDMI)
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$170

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