MSI has released another Gaming Pro motherboard based on AMD X370 chipset; this is the third X370 motherboard from MSI which bears the “Gaming Pro” name. Previous two boards are “X370 Gaming Pro Carbon” and “X370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC” which was released earlier this month with 802.11ac Wi-Fi built-in.
Now the new X370 Gaming Pro (without the “Carbon” brand) features few fewer goodies than Carbon series. The main difference began with storage options with just one 32 Gb/s M.2 slot with MSI M.2 Shield, though the board still has six SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Another significant change is lighting, with new X370 Gaming Pro only have red LED illumination, in place of RGB LED on the Pro Carbon boards. The Ethernet also gets a cut down with a Realtek RTL8111H controller, while the Pro Carbon boards feature Intel I211AT controllers.
Other than these features the new X370 Gaming Pro is identical to X370 Gaming Pro Carbon, with features the same 10-phase CPU VRM, identical expansion slot layout with two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x8/x8 with both populated) wired to the CPU, a third x16 (electrical x4) slot wired to the X370 chipset, and three other x1 slots, two USB 3.1 ports (with one type-C port), VR Boost USB ports and Audio Boost. The MSI X370 Gaming Pro will be available from 11th April, and the price is expected to be around $150 USD.