MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Motherboard Review: Page 5 of 9

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Posted by Damon Bailey on Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 9:02am

System Configuration & BIOS

CPU: Intel Core i7-8700k

Motherboard: MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

RAM: 32GB GeIL EVO Spear 3200Mhz

GPU: Galax GTX 1070 HOF

SSD: SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB

OS: Windows 10 Professional X64

MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon

MSI’s Click BIOS 5 is subjectively one of the easiest UEFI’s to navigate. You first enter into the EZ Mode where you can view basic information and make basic changes such as enabling XMP or turning on Game Boost.

MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon

Enabling XMP is as easy as clicking the button on the top. It turns red when enabled.

MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon

Each tab along the left shows basic information about that system component.

MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon

Here you can see our drive is connected to SATA port #3.

MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon

Fan settings are shown here for each connected fan or similar device.

MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon

Clicking the hardware monitor button in the lower left corner brings up this screen. You can program each fan’s curve and set points quite easily.

MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon

If you need to dig in deeper, hitting F7 will bring you to the advanced mode area.

MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon

Most of your advanced settings are found under the first button.

MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon

Overclocking beyond XMP and Game Boost is found under the OC tab and its sub-menus.

MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon

Hardware monitor brings up the same screen here that it does in EZ Mode, and M-flash will reboot you into BIOS flashing mode, so the last area you want to check out is the Board Explorer. A picture of the board will show up and any device highlighted in red has something connected to it. Hovering over that red area will bring up more details about that device. Here we are hovering over the CPU socket, and you can see we have an i7-8700K installed at the moment.

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