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MSI X299 GAMING PRO CARBON AC Motherboard Review (Page 11)

Steven Bassiri | Jul 12, 2017 at 11:45 am CDT - 2 mins, 25 secs time to read this page
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: MSI

Here are key points about the MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

What's Hot

Uniquely Customizable: MSI sent us the motherboard with two customized sets of panels for the motherboard's heat sinks and panels. The board does come with a set of gold and silver panels, so anywhere you see carbon fiber you can physically change the color. We were provided a set of blue and gold with TweakTown written on the VRM panel. You can now customize your panels, and I hope MSI releases 3D printable templates for those who want to customize the motherboard even more. The RGB LEDs on the back and on the motherboard as well as the headers adds to the unique customizability of the motherboard.

Intel LAN and Wireless AC: I was surprised to find Intel network controllers on both the wired and wireless solutions for the motherboard. Intel's solutions are generally favored, especially on the wired side, and at this price point, many will be happy.

Solid Quality: The IR VRM components are best in class, and MSI used all the latest controllers for USB 3.1 and audio. The motherboard also uses re-drivers when required, which is something I like about MSI motherboards.

OC Features: The X299 Gaming Pro Carbon is mostly a gaming motherboard, but it does offer a decent amount of overclocking features to quench your thirst. You get a POST Code display along with buttons, and even rear clear CMOS and BIOS recovery buttons. For the novice, there is an OC Knob you can turn to get an automatic overclock.

What's Not

Hard to Remove Panels: I almost scratched the heat sinks when trying to remove the default carbon fiber panels, so make sure to take care when switching them out (I recommend something strong, sharp, and plastic).

No 4-Way SLI: Like a lot of other X299 motherboards, and only a few X99 motherboards, the X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC doesn't offer 4-way SLI.

Final Thoughts

The MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon is not at the high-end when compared to what else MSI has in store for us, the Gaming M7 costs more, which means MSI will release a slew of higher-end motherboards for future processors. That being said it is still high-end enough but strategically positioned as a sweet spot product in regards to price and performance.


While it isn't a cheap solution, it's in the mid-range between the cheapest and most expensive X299 motherboards on the market now, and I think it offers a very fair amount of features for that price. I really like the customizability of the motherboard, and MSI has done a nice job with the interchangeable panels; they are first to market with such a feature.

If you are looking for a sweet spot gaming motherboard for the X299 platform, the X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is definitely worth a look.

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

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The Bottom Line: MSI's X299 GAMING PRO CARBON AC does offer a fair amount of premium hardware features, but one of the coolest and unique features is the ability for you to physically change the color of the motherboard's heat sinks and panels.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Steven Bassiri

Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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