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MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC System Build Guide

By: Steven Bassiri | Guides | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon/AC Walkthrough

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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