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Joshua L.

Joshua L.

Joined on 01/03/15

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Most Favorable Review

A+ Quality Product! This is what I expect from MSI.

MSI PERFORMANCE GAMING X470 GAMING PRO CARBON AM4 AMD X470 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI PERFORMANCE GAMING X470 GAMING PRO CARBON AM4 AMD X470 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: -Excellent build quality -Military class components -AMD X470 -Intel i211AT LAN -Realtek ALC1220 audio -Stable bios for 1st & 2nd Gen Ryzen 7 -DDR4 boost with easy to use XMP profiles -CORE boost offers a stable +200mhz OC

Cons: Honestly, At this point in this boards lifetime I don't have any real complaints. Everything has been incredibly stable. -The only con that I will mention is the proximity of the northern most "Carbon" labeled heat-sink to the CPU cooler mounting bracket. I personally found it very difficult to install an AMD Wraith Max air cooler, with how close the heat-sink is to the retention bracket clip. My solution was to loosen the 4 screws holding the bracket to the mainboard, properly fit the retention clips for the cooler to the bracket, then gently tighten the bracket screws back into place. I would consider myself an experienced builder, so I could see this potentially causing problems for someone with less experience, installing a similar product on this board.

Overall Review: For anyone that is interested, enabling an XMP profile in the bios was extremely easy. And, with the press of 1 button, CORE boost can add a quick and easy +200mhz to your CPUs base clock. There is absolutely more headroom for higher precision overclocking, but out of the box this board more than meets my requirements. 5 Eggs for this product until further notice! Out of the box speeds/specs: W/ MSI X470 GAMING PRO CARBON ----------------------------- AMD RYZEN 7 1800X 8-Core @3.8 G.SKILL Flare X DDR4 @3200, 14-14-14-34

5 Eggs for Sure

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-2974-KR 4GB SC GAMING w/ACX 2.0, Silent Cooling Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-2974-KR 4GB SC GAMING w/ACX 2.0, Silent Cooling Graphics Card

Pros: Hello all, I have been waiting to review this card for some time, and now I'm finally ready.. The truth is that I wanted to make sure that I gave it a fair chance out in the wild before I based my opinions. Be that as it may, I understand that $330-350 USD is a significant investment for many. And, I'm sure the first question you might ask yourself is, "I wonder if this is the right card for me?" I am pleased to say that this card is worth every penny. I stand behind the fact that this card remains one of the best price/performance GPUs available on the market. So, The first thing I have to say is that I'm not sure what all the fuss is about this coil whine. People must have really sensitive hearing because this is a very quiet card. The card performs at a perfectly normal volume and can be adjusted to your liking by setting a custom fan curve using the EVGA Precision X Software As far as the frame rates are concerned, I am seeing 60+ fps on High-Ultra settings @1080p on a variety of different titles including: Wolfenstein, Assassin's Creed: Unity, The Elder Scrolls Online, FarCry4, Shadow of Mordor, Alien: Isolation, Insurgency, Borderlands 2, Diablo III, and alot more. NOTE: I am currently using EVGA Precision X and have boosted the base core/mem clock speeds respectively, +139Mhz/+306Mhz @ +25mV As far as all of the complaints about this product being advertised as having 4GB of accessible VRAM, when in reality it only has 3.5... All I can say is that EVGA got themselves into a PR nightmare on that one. Although It is true, this card performs extremely well for what it was designed to do, and there is no way you will ever have an issue unless you are expecting 4K performance out of every game. If that is the case, then you are going to have to look for a higher end card. Long story short, this card from EVGA + Newegg service = Perfection for a 1080p gamer!

Cons: The only con worth mentioning here is poor driver support x2, x3 GTX970 SLI configurations. If this were to change, i would consider getting another, but current benchmarks keep me skeptical about if it's really worth investing in another one of these cards.

Overall Review: AMD Eight-Core FX8320 Vishera @ 3.5ghz CPU EVGA GTX 970 Superclocked 256-bit 4GB GPU MSI 990FXA-GD80 V2 MB G.SKILL Ripjaws X 16GB DDR3 1600 RAM WD Black WD5003AZEX 3x500GB 7200RPM 64MB HDD CORSAIR CX600W PSU