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MSI Z370 GAMING PRO CARBON AC Motherboard Review (Page 11)

Steven Bassiri | Nov 22, 2017 at 11:39 am CST - 2 mins, 30 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 92%Manufacturer: MSI

Here are key points about the MKSI Z370 GAMING PRO CARBON AC.

What's Hot

Solid Aesthetics: The carbon fiber style MSI has used here is one of the better ones they have implemented over generations. It has a raised texture, and it matches the rest of the motherboard quite well. MSI's dedication to bringing solid and simple black motherboards with integrated RGB LEDs is one that many gamers and builders alike have come to appreciate.

RGB Crazy: You do get integrated RGB LEDs in heat sinks, in the IO, and even underneath the motherboard, but the Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC also has three types of RGB LED headers. For starters you get two RGB LED headers, one at the top of the motherboard and another at the bottom. Then you get a JRAINBOW header, which is MSI's version of a digital or addressable RGB LED header. However, MSI wanted to add some extra special sauce and teamed up with Corsair to provide a JCORSAIR header, which works with Corsair's RGB LED products.

WIFI Card: With the WIFI card as an add-in card and not built into the motherboard you can reuse the card in the future when you upgrade to another platform, or you can even use the card in another machine if you please.

Re-drivers: Re-drivers are designed to take a signal and improve its quality, allowing the signal to traverse a longer distance without losing as much integrity. MSI is known for using re-drivers when many other vendors do not, and we find many of them near both internal USB 3.0 headers and even near two SATA6Gb/s port (straight angled ones).

What's Not

VRM Airflow: You should have either positive case air pressure or a fan blowing in the direction of the VRM is you are going to attempt overclocking with Intel's 6-core parts.

Final Thoughts

MSI's Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is a very well equipped, mid to high-end motherboard for the Z370 platform, and it has many surprised. Whether it's the three types of RGB headers with Corsair collaboration or the re-drivers that many people gloss over, the motherboard hits the nail on the head in many different areas. The motherboard is also only $10 more expensive than the non-WIFI edition, making it an excellent value.

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The only area where I felt MSI could have done better was in the VRM area. MSI's Z270 Gaming M7 and Gaming Pro Carbon had very similar VRMs to what I found here, meaning they didn't upgrade the VRM from their previous models. However, you should still be fine with this VRM and Intel's 6-core parts, but I would look a bit more at improving case airflow (positive air pressure) or have a fan pointed at the heat sink (which has been improved) if on a test bench when overclocking the new CPUs.

Overall, I was impressed with the motherboard and thought it provided an excellent balance of price, performance, and features.

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

TweakTown award
Performance89%
Quality90%
Features95%
Value95%
Overall Rating92%

The Bottom Line: MSI's Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC strikes an excellent balance between high-end features and a reasonable price.

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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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