Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
7,842 Reviews & Articles | 58,383 News Posts

MSI X399 GAMING PRO CARBON AC (AMD X399) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket AM4 in Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: MSI

Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption

 

System power is measured at the wall with an AC power meter.

 

msi-x399-gaming-pro-carbon-ac-amd-motherboard-review

 

Note on Thermal Images: In the temperature section, we use our Seek thermal imaging camera to capture the surface temperatures of major components on the board. I look at the VRM and then all other things that light up the screen. If there is something to worry about, then I will state it. Otherwise, I will just show the hotter running parts of the board for fun. Unless some component is over 80-90C, then there isn't anything to worry about.

 

 

All systems will act differently, so I will look for commonalities, such as how far from the VRM the heat spreads through the PCB and the difference in temperature between the front side and backside of the PCB. Keep in mind, the majority of the heat from the VRM goes into the PCB as it is a giant soldered on copper heat sink. A larger difference in temperature between the back and front of the PCB points towards a more effective heat sink.

 

Thermal Testing at Stock Speeds:

 

The image on the left is always at idle, and the image on the right is at load. During ALL TESTS, There is minor airflow over the VRMs

 

 

msi-x399-gaming-pro-carbon-ac-amd-motherboard-reviewmsi-x399-gaming-pro-carbon-ac-amd-motherboard-review

 

Full frontal.

 

msi-x399-gaming-pro-carbon-ac-amd-motherboard-reviewmsi-x399-gaming-pro-carbon-ac-amd-motherboard-review

 

Up-close of the front of the VRM.

 

msi-x399-gaming-pro-carbon-ac-amd-motherboard-reviewmsi-x399-gaming-pro-carbon-ac-amd-motherboard-review

 

Up-close of the back of the VRM.

 

 

Thermal Testing at 4Ghz 1.3v OC:

 

The image on the left is always at idle, and the image on the right is at load.

During ALL TESTS, There is minor airflow over the VRMs

 

msi-x399-gaming-pro-carbon-ac-amd-motherboard-reviewmsi-x399-gaming-pro-carbon-ac-amd-motherboard-review

 

The X399 SLI PLUS has excellent performance when it comes to its VRM. For our thermal tests here we used MSI's fan holder with the same 120mm fan, we use in our other tests. Its little VRM was able to handle all the heat the VRM was putting out, and I have to say MSI had a great idea to include the mounting mechanism.

    We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.

Related Tags

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!
loading