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Gaming Plus Motherboard
Gaming Plus Motherboard
Gaming Plus Motherboard
Gaming Plus Motherboard
Gaming Plus Motherboard
Gaming Plus Motherboard

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Plus Motherboard

Frys#: 9754584 Model: Z390 Gaming Plus
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Satisfying gamers with what they really need, MPG Z390 GAMING PLUS is equipped with Extended Heatsink Design, Core boost, Twin Turbo M.2, Game Boost, Turbo USB and Intel CNVi connector and MSI latest Dragon Center APP

  • Supports 9th / 8th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® Gold / Celeron® processors for LGA 1151 socket
  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 4400(OC) MHz
  • Lightning Fast Game experience: 2x TURBO M.2, Intel Optane Memory Ready. Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2
  • Set Core Power Free: Extended Heatsink Design, Core Boost, Game Boost, DDR4 Boost
  • Intel CNVi Ready: Supports Intel CNVi Wi-Fi module, IEEE802.11 AC wave2, providing a high speed wireless network connection
  • Audio Boost: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • Dragon Center: A brand new software which integrates all MSI tools like GAME MODE, VOICE BOOST, LIVE UPDATE with user friendly user interface.

Detailed Description
(Manufacturer # Z390 Gaming Plus )
Perform In Style
1. Intel Turbo USB 3.1 Gen2
2. Intel LAN
3. Keyboard / Mouse
5. Golden Audio Jacks
6. Extended Heatsink Design
Leading heatsink design, extended for maximum cooling and performance
7. Gaming heatsinks with Passion Red scheme
for maximum cooling and performance
8. DDR4 Boost
Optimized traces and isolated memory circuitry
9. Twin Turbo M.2
NVMe support, up to 32 Gb/s using PCI-Express Gen3 x4, ready for Intel® Optane™ memory
10. PCI-E Steel Armor
Protecting VGA cards against bending and EMI
11. Audio Boost with amplifier
Optimized gaming audio using best components
12. Intel CNVi Ready
Supports Intel CNVi Wi-Fi module, IEEE802.11 AC wave2
DIY Friendly

MSI motherboards feature tons of convenient and smart design, such as convenient pin-header keep out zone, friendly SATA & USB location and so on, so DIY users can pick and choose any gaming rig they want.
Stay Cool For Ultimate Gaming Performance
Cooling your PC is essential for reliable performance. MSI motherboards feature excellent power design with solid and heavy heatsink. We've made sure to include enough fan headers with full control to allow you to cool your system any way you want.
Thermal Solution For More Cores And Higher Performance
With more cores’ processors, thermal and power design is more important to make sure the temperature keeps lower. MSI extended PWM heatsink and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end Ryzen CPU to run in full speed with MSI motherboards.
Fully Controllable In Bios And Software
MSI motherboards let you manage speeds and temperatures for all your system and CPU fans. Total Fan Control allows you check your primary system characteristics in a simplified graphical interface. You can also set up to 4 temperature targets for CPU and motherboard, which will adjust the fan speeds automatically.
Autodetect DC OR PWM Mode With Hysteresis
MSI fan headers automatically detect fans running in DC or PWM mode for optimal tuning of fan speeds and silence. Hysteresis also makes your fans spin up fluently to make sure your system stays silent, no matter what.
Optimized For Water Cooling
Designed to support the most popular All-In-One & customized water cooling solutions on the market. A dedicated water pump PIN header supports up to 2 amp, giving you full control of the water pump speed. A clearly marked ‘keep-out-zone’ allows for easy and safe installation and a perfect fit.
User Friendly Design
MSI motherboards feature tons of convenient and smart design for DIY users, countless system tuning and troubleshooting tools are at your disposal to push your system to new heights and satisfy even the most demanding tweaker. Makes it so easy to install your own motherboard and gaming rig without any issue.
Easy to arrange your cables.

Not clever at cable arrangement? MSI irregular PCB design not only the identity of stylish but also makes SATA and USB cable routing easier. Arranges cable neatly even you are not familiar with system build.
XL Clip

The enlarged PCI-E clip helps you swap or remove your devices easier. Keep the PCI-E slot stronger and safer.
EZ Debug LED

Run into trouble? Onboard LEDs for key components will indicate the source of the problem so you know exactly where to look to get up and running again.
Maximum Compatibility
Every MSI motherboards are certified by strict mechanic that feature convenient pin-header keep out zone, friendly SATA & USB location for compatibility with the widest range of components and devices, so DIY user can pick and choose the components they want. More than that, we offer a dedicated Qualified Vendor List (QVL) for the most critical part - memory. Combining with MSI DDR4 Boost technology, we provide the maximum compatibility even over clocking, so you confirm and choose any gaming rig as you want.
9th and 8th Processors Support
MSI Z390 motherboards perfectly support Intel® 9th and 8th processors, so you can still enjoy latest MSI motherboard technology if you use 8th processors. Combining MSI Core Boost, you can release maximum performance no matter what CPU you use.
Extreme Stability & Compatibility Testing
MSI conducts thorough memory testing with the most popular memory brands under extreme conditions to ensure your system runs stable no matter what. Our memory partners include brands like Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, G.Skill and many more to optimize memory modules, configurations and even improve overclocking.
BIOS and Software
Apps To Greatly Improve Efficiency
With years of experience in creating performance enhancing tools that are easy to use, only the highest quality applications are at your disposal. Use these tools to get the most out of your motherboard and achieve victory when gaming. Moreover, we made sure our BIOS contains all the latest options and is easy to use for everyone. The extensive features let you fine-tune your system to deliver reliable maximum performance when gaming.
Dragon Center
The exclusive and brand-new UI merges all the MSI software functions into one specific application – MSI Dragon Center. Not only integrates all the MSI software functions, but also sync all the MSI desktop products to work together, providing the best user experience. No more messy programs or ICONs, just one click and you can enjoy all the functions in Dragon Center.
Gaming Mode

MSI Gaming Mode provides the most suitable setting for your whole gaming system, bring you the best gaming experience with one click!
Game Boost

Need more power from your CPU and memory to get more FPS? MSI Game Boost enables one-second overclocking, giving you the performance boost you need.
Gaming Hotkey

Easily program your most-used commands and execute them with a single keystroke. You’re free to choose any key you want, so choose wisely.
USB Speed Up

When enabled, it optimizes your devices for even better transfer speeds and can provide up to 20% increase in USB performance, saving a lot of time when transferring data.
OC Setting

With an intuitive interface, OC Setting allows you to tune settings to increase system stability, maximize performance and optimize your system’s cooling features.
Total Fan Control

Total Fan Control allows you to take control of your fans. You can also set up to 4 temperature targets for CPU and motherboard, which will adjust the fan speeds automatically.
VR Ready

A single click sets all your key components to their highest performance and makes sure other software applications won’t impact your virtual adventure.
Live Update

Never miss out on important updates. MSI Live Update automatically downloads and installs the latest drivers, BIOS and software so you can focus on your game.
MSI App Player
Developed under an exclusive partnership with BlueStacks, the MSI APP Player brings seamless gaming experience between mobile games and PC platform, and leverages customized features as specific keyboard lighting and better graphics with multi-task works.
Click Bios 5
We made sure our BIOS contains all the latest options and is easy to use for everyone. The extensive features let you fine-tune your system to deliver reliable maximum performance when gaming.
Game Boost
Safely overclock your CPU with a single button for more performance.
Extreme Memory Profiles which simplified RAM overclocking on Intel motherboards.
Allows user to conveniently flash, or upgrade the BIOS from the CMOS Setup Utility.
Hardware Monitor
Shows you critical hardware information in real-time; temperature, usage, clock speed, and voltage.
Total Fan Control
Check and manage speeds and temperatures for all your system and CPU fans.
Secure Erase+
Using an optimized formatting algorithm, lets you enjoy your SSD at maximum speed, making your system feel brand new!
Memory Try It
Best way to get maximum speed out of your system memory and gaming performance.
M.2 Genie
Brilliant feature to make setting up RAID 0 for M.2 and U.2 much easier and less time consuming.
Search & Favorites
A permanent search & favorite option in the top right corner can be used to find what you need.
Enhanced Performance

MSI motherboards feature all the latest solution for enthusiast gamers and prosumers. CPU and memory enhancement and fast storage and USB transfer speed are ready to be on the battlefield.
Looking Cool While Keeping Cool

High quality materials and smart fan optimizations contribute to cooling all essential components, which is key to making sure your system runs stable and delivers the best performance at all times.
Core Boost
Core Boost technology combines MSI's premium layout and optimized power design which allows for faster and undistorted current delivery to the CPU at pin-point precision. Not only supporting multi-core CPU, also creating the perfect conditions for your CPU overclocking. For Z390 Motherboards, MSI also adopt slightly boost technology under the Intel standard X.M.P to squeeze more performance on Intel Core series processors for gamers without damaging the hardware or adding the voltage.
1-second Overclocking!
MSI Game Boost enables one-second overclocking, giving you the performance boost you need to get more FPS.
More For Performance
Load-line Calibration

What you set, is what you get. LLC makes sure your CPU voltage remains 100% stable under any load. This greatly improves stability when demanding more CPU performance.
Overvoltage Protection

Prevents potential short-circuit damage to the CPU and other critical components.
Digitall Power Design

A fully digital power design allows for faster and undistorted current delivery to the CPU at pin-point precision. Creating the perfect conditions for CPU overclocking.
Unmatched Memory Performance

Optimized layout design and a fully isolated memory circuitry ensures perfect stability and performance. you never have to worry about your system crashing during games with MSI DDR4 BOOST.
For Higher Memory Speed: DDR4 Boost 2
Besides optimized PCB design, MSI OC lab has also co-worked with world-known memory brands, pushing memory speed to a peak. MSI Z390 motherboards are going to free the these selected memories’ performance with stability.
Dragon Alliance

These Selected DDR Modules Passed Critical Tests, They Are Highly Compatible With MSI Z390 Motherboards.

  • AX4U360038G17-DRZ
  • AX4U360038G17-SRZ

  • AX4U360038G17-DRS
  • AX4U360038G17-SRS

  • AX4U360038G17-DR80
  • AX4U360038G17-SR80

  • AX4U360038G17-DT41
  • AX4U360038G17-DR41
  • AX4U360038G17-ST41
  • AX4U360038G17-SR41

  • CMD16GX4M2B3600C18 ver 4.31

  • CMK16GX4M2B3600C18 ver 4.31

  • CMW16GX4M2C3600C18 ver 4.31

  • IM48GU88A30-FGGHMZ
A Huge Step Of DDR Performance
MSI OC LAB does not merely work hard on extreme overclocking. Compare to Z370 motherboard memory support, MSI does have great improvement on performance and efficiency.
  • Lower Lantency And More Efficiency
  • Release Higher Memory Frequency
Easy Overclocking With XMP Profile
The XMP (Extreme Memory Profiles) in MSI BIOS are tested and certified by MSI OC lab. It is easy to enable with auto power settings to get the best memory speed and stability.
Fast And Future-ready Storage
MSI motherboards support all the latest storage standards, which allows users to connect any ultra-fast storage device. Start games faster, load levels faster and have a real advantage over your enemies.
Optane: Boost Your HDD To Perform Like An SSD
Gamers and PC Enthusiasts can now enjoy the performance of an SSD on their HDD by coupling it with the new Intel® Optane™ Memory device. Intel® Optane™ technology provides an unparalleled combination of high throughput, low latency, high quality of service, and high endurance.
Storage Boost Your Storage Performance
This great little tool is very simple to use and automatically detects your storage devices connected to the system. When enabled, Storage Boost optimizes your SSDs to keep your system fast and maximize storage performance, saving you a lot of time when loading or transferring data.
Easy Raid Setup With M.2 Genie
Looking to go all out in terms of raw data speed and put multiple SSDs in RAID 0? Setting this up can prove to be quite the challenge. That's why we created M.2 Genie, a brilliant feature to make setting up RAID 0 for M.2 and U.2 much easier and less time consuming.
Maximize Your USB Device Performance
Read and write your files over USB faster than ever. MSI offers a wide variety of options to connect and boost your USB devices, delivering lightning-fast transfer speeds up to 10Gb/s
More Stability With Intel Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2
Featuring the Intel TURBO USB 3.1 GEN2, MSI motherboards offer never before seen USB speeds with more stability when connecting USB devices.
Type-C Reversible Connector For NEXT-GEN USB
Get all the performance benefits from USB 3.1 combined with the convenience of the USB Type-C connector. This reversible USB connector allows for effortless connecting of USB devices.
In-Game Advantage
MSI motherboards provide the most fascinating in-game advantages, allowing gamers to dominate any game anytime. Elevate your listening experience and network connection with MSI Audio & LAN. Enjoy extreme sound quality and uninterrupted online gameplay.
Dominate The Game With The Lowest Latency
Get ready to crush your enemies on the battlefield with MSI GAMING LAN. Featuring the highest quality components tuned to deliver the best online gaming experience without lag.
Low Latency Gaming LAN Powered By Intel®
Experience smooth gaming with Intel® LAN. Intel® LAN is optimized for championship level online and LAN eSports by reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput. This means your CPU can be used more effectively, giving you more FPS when gaming.
Optimize Online Gaming Traffic For Lower Latency!
MSI GAMING LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games, giving you the best online gaming experience with low latency.
Intel CNVI Ready
Allow you to experience faster wireless network connection! Integrated Intel® Wireless-AC (CNVi) Wi-Fi supports IEEE 802.11 AC Wave2, providing a high speed up to 1.73Gbps. Breaking the barrier with Intel CNVi WiFi while playing games and watching videos.
Sound That Pulls You Into The Game

Deliver the highest sound quality through the use of premium quality audio components and get the most immersive sound experience when gaming. MSI motherboards let you enjoy breathtaking, gaming-changing sound.
Audio Boost
Dedicated High Definition Audio Processor

Make sure you enjoy the purest sound quality in both stereo and surround sound.
High Quality Audio Capacitors

A high fidelity sound experience with exceptional acoustics and realism for studio level headphones is ensured.
Golden Audio jacks

Keep your sound perfect by transmit your audio with pure digital signal
Isolated Audio Design

EMI-shielded HD audio processors let you enjoy the purest sound quality in front and rear connectors.
Separated Audio Layers For Clean Left & Right Channels

Using separated layers in the PCB ensures equally pristine sound quality for both left and right audio channels.
DE-POP Protection
Audio Boost protects your ears by eliminating those annoying loud popping sounds when you plug/unplug devices or turn your PC on/off.
Dedicated Headphone Amplifier That Auto-Detects Impedance
The built-in dedicated headphone amplifier rewards audiophiles with headphones up to 600Ω impedance by delivering studio-grade sound quality from your gaming PC. Audio Boost 4 automatically detects the optimal impedance for your headphones and adjusts the output for the best sound quality.
Exhilarating And Inspiring
Each MSI motherboard is built based on the specific topic in order to match different tastes and favors. Furthermore, MSI also adopts the modern style to design the heatsink through huge surface and sleek but simple cuts in order to make the heatsink and appearance looks ripped and powerful. Combined with neutral color, such as black, grey and silver, as the main background, MSI motherboard can perfect fit different RGB LED effects and strongly shows the gamers tunes.
Industrial Design
Game In Style
Satisfying gamers with what they really need, MPG GAMING PLUS is equipped with all the crucial gaming weapons. A legacy spirits comes back to life with lightning fast performance enabled by an optimized design and high quality components. Red GAMING DNA lives on!
Loyal Comrade
MSI has developed the motherboard market for many years. With rich R&D experience and a long history, the company continuously creates the best performance and humanized motherboard to help users meet the pursuit of high quality components and the stable, reliable and long-lasting system performance.
Built On Everlasting Quality
Using only the finest quality components and integrating the latest technological innovations delivers the best possible professional experience. Rigorous quality testing under the most extreme conditions ensures a super reliable, long-lasting and high performance motherboard.
Fortify Your System With PCI-E Steel Armor
MSI PCI Express Steel Armor slots are armed with more solder points on the motherboard for a stronger hold, preventing any damage due to heavy-weight graphics cards. Steel Armor also protects PCI Express signals against electromagnetic interference for a pure gaming experience and even higher overclocking.
Super Stable Gaming With The Highest Quality Components
MSI uses the high quality components , which is shielded by the best protection to make sure your system runs smoothly under the most extreme conditions.
Solid Cap

With their aluminum core design and Japanese made quality, Solid CAPs are made for high-end design motherboard. Not only do Solid CAPs could provide lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR), but also work firmly for over-10-year.

A special core design allows the Dark Choke to run at a lower temperature offering better power efficiency and stability.
Ultimate Motherboard Protection
We’ve made sure you can enjoy your system endlessly. MSI motherboards feature Double ESD protection with double layer grounding around the motherboard mounting holes, preventing Electrostatic discharge (ESD) surges from damaging the motherboard.
Certified For Gaming
Each model is tweaked to deliver the best FPS for a stutter-free gaming experience. Tested in 24-hour on- and offline gaming sessions with the most popular gaming gear by the world’s best eSports players, so you can enjoy top performance and reliability in the world’s most popular games.
Windows 10 Certified
With MSI you benefit from great compatibility and a worry-free user experience when using Microsoft Windows 10.With a true dedication to performance, our R&D team has made sure everything works as intended when using the latest version of Microsoft Windows on any MSI product.
Back Panel Ports
1. PS/2 Combo Port
2. LAN
3. HD Audio Connectors
4. USB 2.0
5. DVI-D
7. USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A + C
8. USB 3.1 Gen1
Socket 1151
CPU (Max Support) i9
Chipset Intel® Z390 Chipset
DDR4 Memory 4400(OC)/ 4300(OC)/ 4266(OC)/ 4200(OC)/
4133(OC)/ 4000(OC)/ 3866(OC)/ 3733(OC)/
3600(OC)/ 3466(OC)/ 3400(OC)/ 3333(OC)/
3300(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC) / 2800(OC)/
2666/ 2400/ 2133 MHz
Memory Channel Dual
DIMM Slots 4
Max Memory (GB) 64
PCI-E X16 2
PCI-E X1 4
M.2 Slot 2
RAID 0/1/5/10
TPM (Header) 1
LAN 1x Intel® I219-V
USB 3.1 Ports (Front) 4(Gen1, Type A)
USB 3.1 Ports (Rear) 1(Gen2, Type C), 1(Gen2, Type A), 2(Gen1, Type A)
USB 2.0 Ports (Front) 4
USB 2.0 Ports (Rear) 2
Serial Ports(Front) 1
Audio Ports (Rear) Realtek® ALC892 Codec
Directx 12
Form Factor ATX
Crossfire Y
Operating System Support for Windows® 10 64-bit
Processor Supports Intel® Core™ 9000 Series family/ 8th Gen Intel® Core™ /
Pentium® Gold / Celeron® processors for LGA 1151 socket
Chipset Intel® Z390 Chipset
Memory - 4 x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 64GB
Supports DDR4 4400(OC)/ 4300(OC)/ 4266(OC)/ 4200(OC)
/ 4133(OC)/ 4000(OC)/ 3866(OC)/ 3733(OC)/
3600(OC)/ 3466(OC)/ 3400(OC)/ 3333(OC)/ 3300(OC)/
3200(OC)/ 3000(OC) / 2800(OC)/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133 MHz
- Supports Dual-Channel mode
- Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
- Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Slots - 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
- 4 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
- 1 x M.2 slot with E key for Integrated Intel® Wireless-AC(CNVi) module only
Onboard Graphics - 1 x HDMI™ port, supports a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24Hz
- 1 x DVI-D port, supports a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
Multi-GPU - Supports 2-Way AMD CrossFire™ Technology
Storage Intel® Z390 Chipset

- 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports[1]
- 2 x M.2 slot (Key M)[1]
a) M2_1 supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s,
2242/ 2260/ 2280/ 22110 storage devices

b) M2_2 supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s,
2242/ 2260/ 2280 storage devices Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready[2]

1: M.2 slots and SATA ports share the bandwidth.
Please refer user manual for details.
2: Before using Intel® Optane™ memory modules,
please ensure that you have updated the drivers and
BIOS to the latest version from MSI website.
Raid Intel® Z390 Chipset

- Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices
- Supports RAID 0, RAID 1 for M.2 PCIe storage devices
USB Intel® Z390 Chipset

- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps)
ports (1x Type-A port and 1x Type-C port) on the back panel
- 6 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports
(2 Type-A ports on the back panel,
4 ports available through the internal USB 3.1 connectors)
- 6 x USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) ports
(2 Type-A ports on the back panel,
4 ports available through the internal USB 2.0 connectors)
Audio Realtek® ALC892 Codec

- 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
LAN - 1 x Intel® I219-V Gigabit LAN controller
Internal Connectors - 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
- 1x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- 6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
- 3x M.2 slots (2 M-Key slots,1 E-Key slot)
- 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports)
- 2x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
- 1x 4-pin CPU fan connector
- 1x 4-pin Water Pump connector
- 5x 4-pin system fan connectors
- 1x Front panel audio connector
- 2x System panel connectors
- 1x Chassis Intrusion connector
- 1x TPM module connector
- 2x 4-pin RGB LED connectors
- 1x Serial Port connector
- 1x Clear CMOS jumper
Dimensions - 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
- ATX Form Factor
Mounting 9 mounting holes
Operating System Support for Windows® 10 64-bit
Brand MSI
Condition New
UPC 824142169643
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