MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon Review

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Posted by Heath Coop on Monday, February 13, 2017 - 8:13am

Introduction

Carbon fiber instantly sends visions of speed, performance, and exotic technology to many. Wrapped in carbon fiber look trim, Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon aims to instaill many of those same visions. Built on MSI’s Military Class 5 foundation, the Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon supports 6th Generation Intel Core processors and DDR4 memory up to 3800Mhz via four memory slots. There’s dual Turbo M.2 connectivity with transfer speeds up to 32 Gb/s with support for Intel Optane technology. Six SATA ports offer even more storage options. There dual USB 3.1 front panel connectors along with six USB 3.1 rear ports. The Intel i219V chip provides high quality network connectivity combined with 15KV anti-surge protection.

It seems that all the bases are quite well covered, but there are some additional features which add even more performance, flexibility, and value. DDR4 Boost gives your DDR4 memory a performance boost with a simple click of the mouse. Steel Armor PCI-E and memory slots offer additional strength to reduce tear out during transport and shield from EMI. Support for 2-way Nvidia SLI and 3-way AMD CrossFire is standard. Audio Boost 4 delivers thigh sound quality with premium quality audio components and an isolated audio PCB.

MSI has also paid close attention on the software side. They have revised their UEFI based Click BIOS to version 5, which has exclusive MSI Boost Overclocking features. There are also several applications that allows quite a bit of control over the BIOS, overclocking, LAN, and other various features from inside the Windows environment as well.

MSI's take on the Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon

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

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