MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review

Packaging and Overview

MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC comes in a typical MSI motherboard box with naming and branding on the front and features description with a full spec list at the back.

Included all the necessary accessories in the box.

  • User’s manual
  • 1 x MSI Gaming logo sticker
  • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
  • 1 x Driver DVD
  • 1 x Back I/O Shield
  • 2 x dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas
  • 1 x SLI HB BRIDGE(2-WAY-M)
  • 1 x Cable label sticker
  • 1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips
  • 1 x Extension cable for Addressable LED
  • 1 x M.2 screws

The first impression, MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC looks quite good with printed matt black PCB with carbon fiber and silver accent.

The X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC features 12 phases, though VRM design powered by dual 8-pin EPS connector. All four RAM slots are protected with steel armor and MSI used a fully isolated circuitry for better stability (DDR4 Boost). I am happy to see happy to see MSI has implemented debug LEDs (EZ Debug LED) which help you to easily identify sources of the problem if your PC doesn’t post.

The MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC comes with three X16 PCI-e Gen3 slots, first one is wired to x16 and other two x8. Top tow x16 slots are metal reinforced for heavy graphics cards. There are three x1 slots as well. Between the PCI-e slots, there are two M.2 slots, the first one runs at PCI-e Gen 3 x4 speeds and the second one only limited to PCIe 2.0 x4 bandwidth, which will bottleneck modern NVMe SSDs. The top M.2 slot also features MSI’s Shield, which is a metal plate that helps to cool the SSD, which will test later. As a gaming motherboard, X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC features Audio Boost 4, which we can see has physically isolated from the rest of the motherboard with built-in DAC and headphone AMP that support headphones up to 600Ω impedance.

The X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC comes with eight SATA 6Gbps ports rather than the usual six, though MSI only gave two SATA cables in the box. Though the SATA ports bandwidth is shared with the second M.2 slot, so if you use a SATA M.2 SSD in the second M.2 slot one of SATA 6Gbps port will be unavailable. Another important thing, the top M.2 slot has its own x4 lane feed from the CPU so offers a full PCIe 3.0 x4 bandwidth, but it is not compatible with SATA SSDs.

The back I/O includes

  1. PS/2 Combo Port
  2. DisplayPort
  3. Wi-Fi / Bluetooth
  4. USB 3.1 Gen1
  5. LAN Port
  6. Golden Audio Connectors
  7. USB 2.0
  8. HDMI Port
  9. Clear CMOS button
  10. USB 3.1 Gen2
  11. Optical S/PDIF OUT

The board features RGB LED lighting on both I/O shroud and under the PCH heatsink along with the top right side that provides under glow effect. The X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC also comes with two 4-pin 12V RGB headers alongside a WS2812B Individually Addressable 3-pin 5V header. So no matter which LED strip you use MSI has you covered.