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Erik C.

Erik C.

Joined on 03/29/09

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Another great product from MSI

MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PRO CARBON LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PRO CARBON LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Alright team here it is everything you will want to know: 1. Overclock - works and very easy to do with the msi bios. both cpu and ram running OC currently and showing very stable currently at 4.8 for cpu but slowly ramping it up to 5.0 ghz 2. Bios - updated easily, easy to navigate, no complaints here 3. Hardware/Install - plenty of room on the board for multiple gpu's, large coolers, and pci extras. included some sata cables, a couple M2 screws and SLI bridge. 4. RGBs- excellent, not overbearing nor under preforming adds just the right amount 5. Fan headers - BIG KUDDOS to MSI for having multiple fan headers, but also starting the incorporate other company proprietary headers on their board. Example Corsair. I am a big fan of Corsair products (my wallet isnt) and MSI has dedicated headers to corsair proprietary products such as RGB fans and hubs. This is great since if you dont want to use iCUE you can use the MSI drivers to control RGB and fan speeds instead. 6. Heat sinks/shields - around the VRMs and the secondary M2 slot. just remember to remove the protective film on your heat sinks on install especially on the underside of the secondary M2 heat shield (but probably not a big deal) 7. Z390 - yup new chipset not much else to say Overall very happy with this MSI product. You could get wireless for an extra couple bucks but I didn't need it thus I bought this one which I would like to add that I really appreciate as the price point on these boards are high and having extras that you dont use is annoying to pay for. I really like the quality of the board and materials as nothing on the board felt cheap. The fact that the IO shield is apart of the board is nice on install. So you can say I would highly recommend this board as a solid add to a mid level gaming build.

Cons: Things I would like to have seen (look forward to seeing in future MSI boards?): 1. More USB ports (both 2.0 or 3.0) and more USB headers (mainly 2.0) - As we move into the future of computer building I'm finding myself running out of USB ports and headers. The trend in components lately are not only RGB but SMART (ie requiring a USB header to control) . Therefore say you have a smart PSU and a smart PUMP you have already used the two USB headers on this mobo with no room for the front panel header etc etc. As for peripherals you can almost assume everything is USB. Mice, keyboards, mics, headsets, webcams, VR, flash drives, wireless dongles etc etc. So if new gaming specific mobos want to stay relevant I would like to see more USB ports and less outdated inputs such as PS/2 ports. 2. Different Audio drivers? -Honestly this isnt the worse thing in the world but I think we need to move on from Nahimic. Its a coin flip if it works for people and I personally dont think its that great. Dont get me wrong it works but it just seems blah. The software dosent have much customization and I can see this being a problem for audiophiles. Probably more of a con for Nahimic than MSI. both of these things were negligible thus still 5 star product

Overall Review: Specs for reference: i7 -9700k Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 16 GB (3000) EVGA GTX 1070 ti SC