MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review

Conclusion

Starting off the X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC ticks all the ring boxes, this not the cheapest X470 board, but for the price, MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC almost has everything that a gamer want. Even though this not a high-end offing from MSI X470 line, still the X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC few cutbacks compared to other boards in the same price bracket. MSI has given pretty much everything on this motherboard, good VRM design, M.2 support, AC WiFi, great on-board audio with built-in AMP and RGB lighting. In fact, the biggest selling point for this motherboard is its aesthetics, offing full black motherboard with three different lighting zones and three RGB heads including an Individually Addressable 3-pin 5V header. The only thing it’s missing is a USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector, though it’s not a deal breaker as still, most cases don’t have it anyway.

MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review

Performance wise, the X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC perform better than my expectation, the VRM power design was great and it runs cooler than most other budget boards. Even though MSI implemented two 8-pin power connector, from our testing single 8-pin more than enough for running the board with overclocking. Talking about overclocking MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC didn’t disappoint either, well layout options on UEFI makes overclocking very easy and afford less. We achieved 4.2 GHz at all cores with 3000MHz memory, not bad for Ryzen 2700X, we can run the RAM @3600MHz overclock @ 4.0GHz without any issue. But for testing purpose, we stick with 4.2 GHz with 3000MHz memory. Just to give you a perspective the highest we get on our Ryzen 1700X was 4GHz with 2933MHz RAM in most motherboards.

MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review

Overall, the X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is a solid offing from MSI, with its vast feature set, few cutbacks and excellent overclocking performance make it a worthy choice for gamers. Yes, it’s missing out some features but not those that matter most, for the price MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC offer a great overall package, making it our choice of recommendation and we are giving it EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARD.

MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review

MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC offers a solid package of great design, build quality and features that gamers want

MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review
9.8 / 10 Overall
Pros
  • Great design
  • Solid build quality
  • Great Audio setup
  • Intel-powered LAN and AC WiFi
  • Plenty of Fan headers
  • Two M.2 slot
  • Three RGB zone lighting
  • Two RGB header
  • Individually Addressable header
  • 8x SATA ports
  • Cons
  • Second M.2 slot limited to PCIe 2.0 x4 bandwidth
  • No USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector
  • Build Quality10
    Performance10
    Features9.5
    Price9.5
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