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MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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The MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard features a black PCB with carbon fibre overlay accenting it's chipset heat sinks and rear panel cover. MSI also placed 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 Z370 chipset with in-built support for the latest Intel LGA1151 Coffee Lake processor line and Dual Channel DDR4 memory running at a 2667MHz speed. The Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon can be found in retail with an MRSP of $209.99.

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MSI integrated the following features into the Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC 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; an Intel 8265 802.11ac WI-FI adapter; three PCI-Express x16 slots; three PCI-Express x1 slots; a Realtek ALC1220 8-Channel audio subsystem; integrated DisplayPort 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 Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard, MSI integrated a 10 phase (8+2) digital power delivery system dubbed Military Class V. The Military Class V components include Titanium chokes, 10 year-rated Dark capacitors, and Dark chokes.

Continue reading our review of the MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard!

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Using the including Mystic Light utility, you have the ability to customize the behavior of the board-integrated RGB LEDs as well as LED strips attached to the RGB headers. The utility has a total of 16 operating modes that can be configured in any of the millions of colors available via the in app pallet.

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For added customizability potential, MSI designed mount points for 3D printed accessories into the Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC board located to either side of the SATA port block. Templates can be found on the product website.

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The Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC's rear panel contains the following integrated ports: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and 3.1 ports, an Intel I219-V RJ-45 GigE port, DisplayPort and HDMI video ports, and both digital and analogue audio ports.

Technical Specifications (taken from the MSI website)

CPU • Supports 8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors, and Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® Processors for Socket LGA1151
Chipset • Intel® Z370 Chipset
Main Memory • 4 x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 64GB
- Supports DDR4 4000+(OC) / 3866(OC) / 3733(OC) / 3600(OC) / 3466(OC) / 3400(OC) / 3333(OC) / 3300(OC) / 3200(OC) / 3000(OC) / 2800(OC) / 2667 / 2400 / 2133 MHz Memory
• Supports Dual-Channel mode
• Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
• Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

* Please refer to 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, 2560x1600@60Hz
• 1 x DisplayPort port, supports a maximum resolution of 4096X2304@24Hz, 3840X2160@60Hz, 1920X1200@60Hzz
Multi-GPU • Supports 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
• Supports 3-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology
Storage • Intel® Z370 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***

* M.2 and SATA ports maximum support 1x M.2 PCIe SSD + 1x M.2 SATA SSD + 5x SATA HDDs. Please refer to page 34 for M.2 slots with examples of various combination possibilities.
** The Turbo U.2 Host Card is not included, please purchase separately.
*** 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® Z370 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*
* M.2 PCIe RAID volume can be created with M.2 GENIE.
USB • ASMedia® ASM3142 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® Z370 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 • Dual Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
- 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
- Supports S/PDIF output
Wireless LAN & Bluetooth® • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 card
- Supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band (2.4GHz, 5GHz) up to 867 Mbps speed.
- Supports Dual Mode Bluetooth® 2.1, 2.1+EDR, 3.0, 4.0, BLE, 4.2
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
- 2 x 5050 RGB LED strip 12V connectors
- 1 x WS2812B Individually Addressable RGB LED strip 5V connector
- 1 x CORSAIR Individually Addressable RGB LED strip 5V 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 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
Dimension • 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.4 cm x 24.3 cm)
• ATX Form Factor
Mounting • 9 mounting holes

January 3, 2018 | 04:38 PM - Posted by Dark_wizzie

How about post time testing for the future?

March 26, 2018 | 10:03 AM - Posted by Marko (not verified)

Hello. When I start my pc, I can not hear that short beep, I think there's no problem, I changed the speaker on the motherboard and nothing. Do you know what might be the problem? I expect your opinion. Thank you

March 26, 2018 | 10:07 AM - Posted by Marko (not verified)

Hello. 3 days ago I took an i7 and https://www.pcgarage.ro/placi-de-baza/msi/z370-gaming-pro-carbon/ When I start my pc I can not hear the beep that short startup, I think there's no problem, I changed the speaker on the motherboard and nothing. What could be the problem? . Thank you

March 31, 2018 | 02:52 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Check the polarity and make sure that you are plugging the red wire from the speaker into the + pole in the header (I know that overly simplistic, but happens to me more often than you'd think).  However, if the board's booting OK, I wouldn't worry about it too much...

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