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MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard Review

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Posted April 23, 2017 by Josh Jackson in CPU & Motherboards

Overview

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Price at time of Review: $154.99 on Newegg
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Sturdy Construction, Great Performance, Good Overclocking, Excellent Aesthetic Design, Superb Software, M.2 Shield!
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Can't Control LEDs from BIOS, but settings do remain the same through power cycles after being set once in the OS.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If gaming's your thing (which it probably is if you're shopping for a Z270), then the MSI Gaming Pro Carbon is the best board to consider due to it's rich amount of features and performance, at a price that's impossible to ignore.
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Features and Specifications

I already kind of mentioned that MSI has it’s own particular way of being a premier motherboard manufacturer. In light of that, there’s two features I think we should pay close attention to. For starters, there’s MSI’s M.2 Shield. I did all I could to get an M.2 drive that I could thoroughly test this with, but I couldn’t get the stars to align this time around. Still, we’ll be taking a closer look at that and the Nahimic 2 audio software. If you’re like me, you haven’t heard of this before, but it will certainly come to play later in the review.

  • Supports 7th / 6th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1151 socket
  • Supports DDR4-3866+(OC) Memory
  • DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
  • VR Ready and VR Boost: Best virtual reality game experience without latency, reduces motion sickness
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync: 16.8 milliom colors /17 effects controlled in one click with GAMING APP or mobile devices.
  • Lightning Fast Game experience: Twin Turbo M.2, Steel Armor, M.2 Shield. Intel Optane Memory Ready, Lightning USB 3.1 Gen2
  • Audio Boost 4 with Nahimic 2: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • GAMING LAN with LAN Protect, powered by Intel® : The best online gaming experience with lowest latency and bandwidth management
  • Military Class 5, Guard-Pro: Latest evolution in high quality components for best protection and efficiency
  • MULTI-GPU: With Steel Armor PCI-E slots. Supports NVIDIA SLI™ & AMD Crossfire™
  • In-Game Weapons: Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost, Xsplit Gamecaster
  • EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot
  • Click BIOS 5: Award-winning BIOS with high resolution scalable font, favorites and search function
  • GAMING CERTIFIED: 24-hour on- and offline game and motherboard testing by eSports players

I added the full specs list below in case there’s something you wanted to see about the Gaming Pro Carbon. If the type is small, you can click on the image to enlarge it.

MSI Z270 Carbon Specs (1) MSI Z270 Carbon Specs (2) MSI Z270 Carbon Specs (3) MSI Z270 Carbon Specs (4) MSI Z270 Carbon Specs (5)

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