Should you go for the MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon or choose a new Z490 motherboard?
The MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon brings power to overclock your chipset, but should you look for a newer one now that we’re in Q2 2020? Remember that the Z490 motherboard was launched last month, coming with a new LGA 1200 socket and an increase from DDR4 2666 to DDR4 2933.
When the Core I9-9900K CPU got launched in 2018, gamers that wanted the best processor would want to grab this baby and put them on their gaming rig. The Core I9-9900KS that was launched in late 2019 was definitely an upgrade, but costed double. What really was important was that the best motherboard for the Core I9-9900K chipset was the MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon by MSI.
Not only it did a great job at keeping cool, it helped the CPU push the limit in terms of performance, and it was also bringing the RGB trend on board. Let’s take a closer look and talk about the technical specs, performance and features in our MSI MPG Z390 Motherboard Review.
MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon: Pros and Cons
+ Pros: good results for CPU overclocking, good voltage regulator, good price
– Cons: not as many I/O ports as its predecessor had, memory overclocking is mediocre
The MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon is what you’d look for if you want to have a balance between performance, features and price. Only a little more expensive than its predecessor and much cheaper than this year’s Z490, the Z390 from MSI is a promising board for those that haven’t upgraded their rig. For those building a new one, new generations of motherboards are usually the better option as they allow users a longer upgrade path.