MSI H370 Gaming Pro Carbon Review

Published by Luca Rocchi on 04.07.18
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General   + -
It's quite obvious that the MSI H370 Gaming Pro Carbon is a product where the vendor is aiming for an attractive price point. This motherboard features a great looking design, which has been kept in black. Apart from that there are features like several 4-pin PWM headers and a good storage solution. The MSI H370 Gaming Pro Carbon is currently listed on Geizhals for 122 Euro, which is a bit too steep.   - Design
- Layout
- Features
- 2 x M.2 x4 Slot
Layout   + -

The layout of the MSI H370 Gaming Pro Carbon has been well thought. This model features six angled SATA connectors, which can be found in the bottom right corner. Since the H370 Gaming Pro Carbon is a mid-range motherboard, it's no surprise that there aren't any power- and/or reset-buttons. Apart from that we like the placement of the full-sized PCI-Express slots and one of them is being equipped with metal reinforcement plates. There is a total of two full sized PCI Express slots and three PCIe x1 slots. In addition there are two M.2 slots. Although the design has been improved, we still see cheap plastic covers all over the motherboard.

  - Space around the CPU socket - Cheap covers
Performance   + -

At the moment our test setup includes ten motherboards but during the next weeks we will add more models. Calculating the average of all benchmarks results we ran, we see that this board sits very close to our 100%. On another note, we had at energy efficiency where this board scores third.


Overclocking / BIOS   + -
MSI has put a lot of time and effort into making their BIOS look nicer and more user friendly. Especially when we compare this version of MSI BIOS to the first UEFI BIOS from MSI, it simply cannot be compared, since the two are worlds apart. What's almost self-explanatory is that you get a lot of tuning and tweaking options in order to optimize the system towards your needs. We also like the entry screen which displays a lot of useful information. .   - Sheer amount of options
- Design
Recommendation   + -
If you're looking to build a mid-range gaming system based on Coffee Lake processors, the MSI H370 Gaming Pro Carbon is a great place to start. Although the price at the moment is a bit too steep, the MSI H370 Gaming Pro Carbon is a well equipped H370 motherboard with a decent list of features. At the moment the board is available on Geizhals for 122 Euro excluding shipping costs.      
We give the MSI H370 Gaming Pro Carbon excellent 4 out of 5 stars.

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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