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MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC System Build Guide (Page 2)

By: Steven Bassiri from Nov 14, 2017 @ 11:11 CST

MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon/AC Walkthrough


The accessory package offers a lot regarding getting your system setup. You get manuals, driver DVD, and even cable stickers, SLI HB bridge, wireless AC card, wireless AC card USB internal cable, four SATA6Gb/s cables, Corsair LED cable, Rainbow LED cable, LED Y splitter extender, Wi-Fi antenna, and IO shield. The motherboard itself has an 8+2 phase VRM, four DDR4 DIMMs, two internal USB headers, six SATA ports, two M.2 slots, and three full-sized x16 slots. The PCI-E slots operate at x16/x0 or x8/x8 for the top two reinforced slots, while the last slot always runs at x4 PCI-E 3.0. It has a sleek black and silver aesthetic as well.


The carbon fiber areas you see are textured. You can feel the carbon fiber criss-cross pattern, and it looks sleek as well. The IO panel offers two USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort, HDMI, USB 3.1 type-A, USB 3.1 type-C, 1Gbit LAN, 7.1 gold plated audio outputs, and S/PDIF out.


The CPU VRM is in an 8+2 phase configuration for the CPU VCore and the iGPU power rails. They use On Semiconductor MOSFETs in a SOP8 package and a UPI Semiconductor PWM controller. The VRM has a two-piece heat sink, and all MOSFETs make contact with the VRM heat sink. While there are many RGB LED headers on the motherboard, we also found a "JCORSAIR1" header, which has three pins and is supposed to be connected to support Corsair RGB LED products. It is a digital header, so it offers +5v, digital output, and ground.


The motherboard features two USB 3.0 internal headers, the one below the 24-pin connector is angled straight, while the one under where the GPU would come out is angled right. The motherboard also features four right-angled SATA6Gb/s connectors.


We also find MSI's JRAINBOW header in the bottom right corner of the motherboard; it offers digital RGB LED support. We then get two more SATA6Gb/s ports, two USB 2.0 internal headers, and from front panel headers.


The Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon/AC has built-in headers to provide the RGB LEDs with power then the board is off (5v), a button to change between colors and effects, and a jumper to change what the button does (between color and effects). We also find a TPM header, a normal RGB LED header, and our HD audio header. The main M.2 slot has MSI's M.2 Shield, which is designed to help cool down hot M.2 drives.


Another M.2 slot is located at the bottom of the motherboard, and both M.2 slots offer 32Gb/s of bandwidth as well as support for SATA6Gb/s based M.2 drives. The motherboard doesn't have a POST code display, but it does have an EZ Debug LED system, which will light up if either the CPU, DRAM< VGA, or boot devices fails.

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