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MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard Preview

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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The MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon board features a black PCB with carbon fiber overlay covering the board's heat sinks and rear panel cover. MSI also liberally sprinkled RGB LED-enabled components across the board's surface and under the board for an interesting ground effects type look. The board is designed around the Intel Z270 chipset with in-built support for the latest Intel LGA1151 Kaby Lake processor line (as well as support for Skylake processors) and Dual Channel DDR4 memory running at a 2400MHz speed. The Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon can be found in retail with an MRSP of $174.99.

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MSI integrated the following features into the Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard: six SATA III 6Gbps ports; two M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 32Gbps capable ports with Intel Optane support built-in; an RJ-45 Intel I219-V Gigabit NIC; three PCI-Express x16 slots; three PCI-Express x1 slots; a Realtek ALC1220 8-Channel audio subsystem; integrated DVI-D and HDMI video ports; and USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1 Type-A and Type-C port support.

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To power the Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard, MSI integrated a 10 phase (8+2) digital power delivery system dubbed Military Class V. The Military Class V integrated components included Titanium chokes, 10 year-rated Dark capacitors, and Dark chokes.

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Continue reading our preview of the MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard!

Technical Specifications (taken from the MSI website)

CPU Supports 6th/7th Gen Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processors, and Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® processors for Socket LGA1151

* This function will be supported depend on the CPU.

Chipset Intel® Z270 Chipset
Main Memory 4 x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 64GB*
7th Gen processors support DDR4 3800(OC) / 3600(OC) / 3200(OC) / 3000(OC) / 2800(OC) / 2600(OC) / 2400 / 2133 MHz*
6th Gen processors support DDR4 3800(OC) / 3600(OC) / 3200(OC) / 3000(OC) / 2800(OC) / 2600(OC) / 2400(OC) / 2133 MHz*
Dual channel memory architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

* Please refer www.msi.com for more information on compatible memory.

Slots 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (support x16/x0/x4, x8/x8/x4 modes)
3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
Onboard Graphics 1 x HDMI™ port, supports a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@30Hz(7th CPU), 4096x2160@24Hz(6th CPU), 2560x1600@60Hz
1 x DVI-D port, supports a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
Multi-GPU Supports 3-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology
Supports 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
Storage Intel® Z270 Chipset
6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports*
2 x M.2 slots (Key M)
Support up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s
Support PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe U.2 SSD with Turbo U.2 Host Card**
M2_1 slot supports 2242 / 2260 / 2280/ 22110 storage devices
M2_2 slot supports 2242 / 2260 / 2280 storage devices
Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready for all M.2 slots
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology for Intel Core™ processors

* M.2 and SATA ports combination details please refer user manual.
** The Turbo U.2 Host Card is not included, please purchase separately.

RAID Intel® Z270 Chipset
Supports RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices
Supports RAID 0 and RAID1 for M.2 PCIe storage devices*

* M.2 PCIe RAID volume can be created with M.2 GENIE. Please refer user manual for details about M.2 GENIE.

USB ASMedia® ASM2142 Chipset
1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) Type-C port on the back panel
1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) Type-A port on the back panel

Intel® Z270 Chipset
8 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports (4 Type-A ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB 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 connectors)

Audio Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
Supports S/PDIF output
LAN 1 x Intel® I219-V Gigabit LAN controller
Internal I/O Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports)
2 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector
1 x 4-pin water pump fan connector
4 x 4-pin system fan connectors
1 x Front panel audio connector
2 x Front panel connectors
1 x RGB LED connector
1 x TPM module connector
1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A ports
1 x DVI-D 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
Dimension 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
ATX Form Factor
Mounting 9 mounting holes

May 26, 2017 | 10:00 PM - Posted by khanmein

Overrated & overprice motherboard. The chokes & caps are only decent.

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