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MSI MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK WIFI ATX Motherboard for Intel LGA1700 CPUs

MSI MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK WIFI ATX Motherboard for Intel LGA1700 CPUs

CCL Code: MBD3341

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MSI MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK WIFI ATX Motherboard for Intel LGA1700 CPUs


Key Features:

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Intel Z790 Chipset
  • Socket 1700
  • DDR5 (Max: 128GB / 4 slots)
  • 4 x M.2 & 10 x USB & 7 x SATA
  • HDMI and Display Port
CCL Code: MBD3341

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The MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK WIFI is a gaming oriented ATX motherboard constructed around the latest Intel Z790 chipset that balances value with premium hardware.

Supports Intel Core 12th & 13th Gen Processors

The MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK WIFI motherboard supports 12th & 13th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold, and Celeron processors.

Socket Type: LGA 1700

Chipset: Intel Z790

16+1+1 Duet Rail Power System with 90A SPS

With its dual 8 pin power connectors and exclusive Core Boost technology, the MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK WIFI is able to sustain heavy CPU power loads to support system-demanding game settings:

  1. Digital PWM IC
  2. 16-Phase Duet Rail CPU Power (Smart Power Stage / 90A)
  3. 1-Phase GT Power
  4. 1-Phase AUX Power

Integrated Cooling Features

VRM Cooling: Features an extended heatsink and 7W/mK thermal pads.

PCB Cooling: Premium 6-layer server-grade printed circuit design with 2 oz. thickened copper improves heat dissipation & reliability.

SSD Cooling: M.2 Shield Frozr prevents thermal throttling.

System Cooling: Connect and synchronize cooling with strategically placed pin-headers - including a dedicated pump-fan header.

4 x DDR5 Dual Channel (7200 MHz OC)

Memory Boost: A fully-isolated DDR circuit delivers pure data signals for optimal gaming and overclocking performance.

XMP profiles in MSI BIOS are MSI OC LAB optimized and can be easily enabled with auto power settings for optimized memory speed and stability.

*1DPC 1R Max. overclocking frequency 7200+ MHz, supports Intel XMP.

Fortified PCI-e 5.0 x16

MSI PCI Express Steel Armor slots are secured to the motherboard with extra solder points to support the weight of heavy graphics cards. When every advantage in games counts, Steel Armor also shields the point of contact from electromagnetic interference:

1 x PCI-e 5.0/4.0/3.0 x16 slot (with Steel Armor**)

1 x PCI-e 4.0/3.0 x16 slot*

*Supports x16/x4

**MSI Surface Mount Technology (SMT) solder welding improves signal clarity.

Gen4 M.2 Connectors

The MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK WIFI motherboard features MSI's Gen4 M.2 slots:

4 x Gen4 x4 64Gb/s slots

M.2 Shield Frozr

Even the world’s fastest SSDs will automatically slow if thermal throttling firmware detects excessively high temperatures.

M.2 Shield Frozr is MSI's most advanced thermal solution, offering the best possible protection to ensure maximum SSD transfer speed performance.

Wi-Fi 6E & Bluetooth 5.2

2.5G LAN: An Intel 2.5Gbps LAN controller delivers a premium network gaming experience.

Wi-Fi 6E: Features the latest Wi-Fi 6E module (ultra-low latency, high-bandwidth) & Bluetooth 5.2 technology.

USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C: Connect to devices and transfer files at high bandwidth rates: 20Gb/s.

HD Audio: 7.1-Channel USB High Performance Audio with Audio Boost 5 & S/PDIF output.

Main Features

  • Supports 12th/ 13th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold and Celeron processors for LGA 1700 socket
  • Supports DDR5 Memory, up to 7200+(OC) MHz
  • Enhanced Power Design: 16+1+1 Duet Rail Power System, dual 8-pin CPU power connectors, Core Boost, Memory Boost
  • Lightning Fast Game experience: PCIe 5.0 slot, Lightning Gen 4 x4 M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2
  • Premium Thermal Solution: Extended Heatsink Design and M.2 Shield Frozr are built for high performance system and non-stop works
  • AUDIO BOOST 5: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • High Quality PCB: 6-layer PCB made by 2oz thickened copper and server grade level material


CPU Socket Socket 1700
CPU Brand Intel
Installed Processors (Max) 0 (1)
Supported Processor Manufacturer Intel
Supported Processors 12th/13th Gen Intel Core Processors, Pentium Gold and Celeron Processors
64-bit Support Yes
Socket LGA1700

Rear Panel I/O Ports

USB Ports 1 x USB-C 3.2
1 x USB-C 3.1
4 x USB 3.1
4 x USB 2.0
DisplayPorts 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
HDMI Port 1 x HDMI 2.1
RJ-45 Ports 1 x RJ-45
Audio Line In Ports 1 x 3.5mm Jack
Audio Line Out Ports 3 x 3.5mm Jacks
Microphone In Port 1 x 3.5mm Jack
S/PDIF Port 1 x S/PDIF Optical Out
Antenna Connector(s) 2 x SMA Antenna

Internal I/O Connectors

SATA Connectors 7 x SATA III
USB Connectors 1 x USB-C 3.1 header (supports 1 port)
1 x USB 3.0 header (supports 2 ports)
2 x USB 2.0 headers (supports 4 ports)
Front Panel Connectors 1 x Front Panel
1 x Front Audio
Cooling Fan Support 1 x CPU fan header
1 x Pump fan header
6 x System fan headers
Thunderbolt Port(s) 1 x TBT header (supports RTD3)
Chassis Intrusion Connector 1 x Chassis Intrusion header
TPM Header 1 x TPM header
Power Connector Port 1 x 24-pin ATX
2 x 8-pin EPS
Other Connectors 1 x M.2 slot, Type 2260/2280/22110 (PCIe Gen4)
1 x M.2 slot, Type 2260/2280 (PCIe Gen4)
1 x M.2 slot, Type 2242/2260/2280 (PCIe Gen4)
1 x M.2 slot, Type 2242/2260/2280 (PCIe Gen4 or SATA)
3 x 3-pin ARGB LED headers
1 x 4-pin RGB LED header
1 x Tuning Controller header


Memory Bus Speed Up to 7200 (OC) MHz
Memory Type DDR5
Maximum RAM 128 GB
Memory Slot 4 x DIMM


Northbridge Z790
RAID Supported Yes
RAID Format RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
SATA Supported Yes


Number of PCI Express Slots 1 x PCI Express 5.0 x16 slot
1 x PCI Express 4.0 x16 slot (@ x4)
1 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 slot

Graphics Device

Integrated Graphics Supported Yes


Warranty 3 Years


Integrated Sound Realtek ALC4080


Integrated Network Intel
Network Speeds Supported Up to 2.5 Gbps
Wireless LAN Yes (Wi-Fi 6E)
Wireless Network Speed Up to 2.4 Gbps
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Version 5.2

System Requirements

Operating Systems Supported Microsoft Windows 11 64-bit


Software Included (may be trial or restricted) Yes
Drivers Yes


Form Factor ATX Motherboard
In The Box Motherboard
Quick Installation Guide
2 x SATA Cables
EZ M.2 Clips
USB Drive
Cable Stickers
Wi-Fi Antenna
EU Regulatory Notice
Width 304.8 mm
Length 243.84 mm

Key Features

Wireless Network Yes
Motherboard Width 244 mm
Motherboard Height 305 mm
mSATA Supported No
U.2 Supported No
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Memory Channel Dual
On-board Audio Type 7.1
Number of SATA Ports 7 port(s)
Number of USB Ports 10 port(s)
SATA III Support Yes
USB 3.0 Support Yes
Multi GPU Support No
VGA Connection No
DVI Connection No
HDMI Connection Yes
DisplayPort Connection Yes
Motherboard Form Factor ATX
Motherboard (EPS) Power Connectors 2 x 8-Pin
Motherboard Chipset Intel Z790
Thunderbolt No
Motherboard Model MSI MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK WIFI
WiFi Speed 2400 Mbps
USB 3.1 Support Yes
Internal USB3.0 Header Yes
M.2 Support Yes
On-board RGB Control MSI Mystic Sync
Memory Speed 7200 MHz
RGB Header Type 3-Pin ARGB
Addressable RGB Yes
Internal USB Type-C Header Yes
Power Requirement (auto) 70 W
Max Memory Speed Supported (Non-overclocked) 5600 MHz
Max Memory Speed Supported (overclocked) 7200 MHz
CPU Power Pins (female) 16
Total M.2 Slots 4
Maximum NVMe M.2 ports 4
Maximum SATA M.2 ports 1
SATA ports 7
No. of front USB2.0 ports supported 4
No. of front USB3.0 ports supported 2
No. of front USB-C ports supported 1

Item Details

Manufacturer MSI
Manufacturer Code MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK WIFI
EAN 4711377025492
UPC 824142305690
Condition New

Warranty Information

Warranty 3 Years

Manufacturer Information

Manufacturer MSI
Manufacturer Code MAG Z790 TOMAHAWK WIFI
4.6 / 5 8 reviews


5 months ago

Impressed with this board, coming from a z490 unify I miss a few features, but the price is about the same and overall its nice to have the option for an igp again, 4 nvme slots are nice! To my surprise dropped in a 14600k and a 2x16gb corsair 7200mhz CL34 kit in and it just works. This must be the easiest motherboard I've used to overclock, ram much to my surprise works at 7400mhz, cpu just runs at pretty much whatever all core you want with the board seemingly getting most auto settings spot on. In my instance 5.8all core just works, 6.0 requires extra voltage and for me isn't worth it but seems almost too easy. Seems to be odd quirks on the per core overclocking settings in the bios, seemingly ignores per core settings and defaults to 5.3 all core when selected, Intel XTU lets me set different multipliers based on core loading allowing me to have 2 cores boosting 6.2 ghz. I'd recommend this board, but I also didn't realise there are 2 versions, i actually bought this after reading tomahawk max reviews not realising there are more variants! Hoping bios updates help with ram stability, a lot of trial on error to get stable, as i said xmp just worked and until I tried y cruncher had no indication it wasn't quite right, I'm sure that's more imc lottery, but after lots of posts saying 6600mhz plus kits don't seem to work well I'm happy with the results Ultimately I think this is a good board, I just wish MSI made figuring out which one you want a lot easier, so many variants of the same board. Can be a bit of a nightmare to figure out what is what.

Oliver Derouich

8 months ago

Great colour scheme and very solid build quality. Perfect for a new blacked out build. Also has new gen features such as DDR5 and Lightning Gen 5 which can be useful. Fast shipping even on a weekend also.


9 months ago

Cool Colour


11 months ago

Cracking motherboard. Very difficult to claim the 30 cashback though.

Chris Rutter

January 2023

I think this is a great board - four NVME slots - PCIE 5/0 ready - easy to install and set up - BIOS nice and easy to use - MSI are a great brand.

Elliot Nathan El-eini

January 2023

No problems (as of yet!) and everything worked out of the box.


December 2022

I chose this motherboard as MSI offered a fairly good overall package of ports, I/O and connectivity with this product as Z790 motherboards go, although it's difficult to call any of them more than fair value for money since they are all expensive. I did want a PCI-E 5 GPU slot, at least one USB 3.2 Gen2x2 slot, 2.5Gbps Ethernet, at least four M.2 slots and ideally Wi-Fi 6E, all of which this board delivers on. It's unfortunate that it doesn't have at least one PCI-E 5 M.2 slot, but all of the slots it does have are PCI-E 4, which is still good. It also has multi-channel audio out, which not all boards do around this price point. While other MSI motherboards do improve on many of these specs and offer improved VRM cooling, the additional cost is difficult to justify. It's been reliable in operation so far and has worked as expected. I did once run into a strange bug where the BCLK settings disappeared from the BIOS and didn't come back until clearing the CMOS, but that hasn't recurred so far. It's also been pretty good at recovering from bad memory overclocks, nearly always rebooting with safe settings rather than requiring a manual CMOS clear. When that is required, the button on the back panel makes that more convenient than opening up the system. If you're looking for a Z790 board I think this one is about at the sweet spot once you've accepted the already high entry prices, and I don't have any major complaints.


December 2022

Works fine. Probably a little expensive but I have no complaints after running it for one month.