MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon Review

Published by Marc Büchel on 02.01.18
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Connectors and I/O


In total, MSI equipped the Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard with six SATA 6Gbps connectors, which have all been natively wired to the PCH and two of them are straight and not angled. Above the first PCIe x16 slot there is the first M.2 slot and on top of the third full size PCIe slot, there is the second M.2 x4 Gen 3 slot. With this motherboard you get three PCIe x16 Gen 3.0 and three PCIe x1 Gen 3.0 slots and all of them have been painted black, while the first two of them received metal reinforcements. From top to bottom the full-sized PCIe slots have been wired using 16 lanes, 8 lanes and 8 lanes. This means you can build 16x/8x SLI/CrossFire and 8x/8x/8x CrossFireX (3-way). These are basically the standard options you get with any Intel Z370 based motherboard, that does not feature a PLX chip. The placement of the PCIe slots has been well-thought. Unfortunately there are no practical onboard power- and reset-buttons on this board but at least there are few diagnostic LEDs that can help in the case of a failure.

  • MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
  • MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
  • MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
  • MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC


The MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard features a total of six fan headers, which is enough to provide a normal gaming rig with enough fresh air. A closer look at the pictures below shows where they have been placed. All six fan headers feature 4-pin and support PWM functionality. Therefore it's possible to control fan speeds from within Windows as well as the BIOS.

  • MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
  • MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
  • MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC


Connectors

  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A ports
  • 1 x DisplayPort port
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A port
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
  • 5 x OFC audio jacks
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector


Page 1 - Introduction Page 11 - SiSoft Sandra 1
Page 2 - Specs and Delivery Page 12 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 3 - Features Page 13 - UC Bench
Page 4 - Layout Page 14 - Super Pi 1M
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 15 - Right Mark Audio Analyzer
Page 6 - BIOS Page 16 - Crystal Disk Mark 5
Page 7 - Test setup Page 17 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - Preview / Gallery Page 18 - Performance Rating
Page 9 - 3D Mark Page 19 - Price Comparison
Page 10 - Cinebench R15 Page 20 - Conclusion




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