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MSI PRO Z390-A PRO LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Supports 9th/8th Gen Intel Core / Pentium Gold / Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
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MSI Z390-A PRO INTEL MOTHERBOARD

A solid foundation for your new powerhouse, this board is based on the Intel Z390 chipset and supports any 9th/8th generation Intel Core processor that has up to eight cores. With a plethora of slots and connectors including quad DIMMs, dual PCIe x16, an M.2, and two USB 3.1 Gen2, this board offers unlimited freedom to build and expand your dream system, while taking full advantage of the latest components and peripherals. Tons of tuning options offer tools for enthusiasts and power users to push boundaries. Premium components guarantee unrivalled stability and reliability to beat the harshest environments. You will also appreciate the large onboard heat sinks, DIY-friendly features, and professional-looking aesthetics that fit well with a wide variety of cases and components.

  • Supports 9th/8th gen Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 4400MHz (OC)
  • Turbo M.2: Running at PCI-E Gen3 x4 maximizes performance for NVMe-based SSDs
  • Set Core Power Free: Core Boost, 8 + 4-pin CPU power connector, Core Boost, DDR4 Boost
  • Audio Boost: Reward your ears with studio-grade sound quality
  • Extended Heatsink Design: MSI extended PWM and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed
  • Intel LAN: Premium network solution from Intel for professional and multimedia use. Delivers a secure, stable and fast network connection
  • Multi-GPU: Steel armor PCI-E slots; support for 2-Way AMD Crossfire
  • Intel Turbo USB 3.1 Gen2: Powered by Intel USB 3.1 Gen2 controller, Turbo USB ensures an uninterrupted connection with more stability and the fastest USB speeds
BUSINESS ELEGANCE
1 USB 2.0 & PS/2
2 DVI-D & VGA
3 DisplayPort
4 Intel Turbo USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A + C
5 USB 3.1 Gen1 & LAN
6 Audio Jacks
7 Extended Heat-sink Design
Larger heat-sink design for cooling and performance
8 DDR4 Boost
Optimized traces and isolated memory circuitry
9 Turbo M.2
Delivering speeds up to 32Gb/s using PCI-Express Gen3 x4
10 PCI-E Steel Armor
Shielded connector that also prevents graphics-card sagging
11 Heavy-Plated Heat Sinks
Designed for maximum cooling
12 PCI-E Steel Slot
Prevent graphic card sagging
13 Audio Boost
Reward your ears with studio-grade sound quality.
14 Intel CNVi Ready
Supports Intel CNVi Wi-Fi module, IEEE802.11 AC wave2
MSI PRO z390-a motherboard standing up, angled to the right with 14 marked points of interest
WANT MORE PERFORMANCE?
TRY MULTI GPU!
Z390-A PRO supports AMD Crossfire multi-GPU technology with optimal PCI-E slot-placement for better airflow.
Two MSI Graphics Card, One Behind the Other, Both Angled to the Right, the Back Graphics Card Has Its Fans Spinning, to the Top Right of This Image is the AMD CROSSFIRE TECHNOLOGY Logo and Text That Reads: *Works best with MSI graphics cards
CORE BOOST Technology Graphic Banner
Core Boost

Core Boost technology combines MSI's premium layout and optimized power design which allows for faster and undistorted current delivery to the CPU at pin-point precision. Not only supporting multi-core CPU, also creating the perfect conditions for your CPU overclocking.

MSI z390-a motherboard closeup of the extended heat sink
LARGER HEAT SINK FOR MORE VRM COOLING
A heatsink on top of the VRM helps to dissipate excessive heat. This extended heat sink has even more surface area for more thermal dissipation.
DESIGNED FOR UNLIMITED PERFORMANCE
MSI Z390 motherboards are optimized to maximize the performance of 9th gen Intel® Core™ processors. Choose MSI and unleash the full potential of your system with an optimized power-delivery design and load-line calibration.
MSI z390-a motherboard's premium power phases and a chart showing loadline calibration CPU voltage 8 modes and no OV
Unmatched Memory Performance
MSI motherboards are crammed with features to fuel your system's memory with more speed, higher overclockability and increased stability.
DDR4 BOOST Graph Showing a Clean Signal Compared to the Unreliable Signal of Others
Best compatibility
Optimized traces and a fully isolated memory circuitry ensures perfect stability and performance, so you never have to worry about your system crashing during games.
MSI DDR4 Compatibility List Is Larger Than Others
EXTREME STORAGE PERFORMANCE: TURBO M.2
Enjoy a blazing-fast system boot up and insanely quick loading of applications and data. Delivering speeds up to 32Gb/s per device using Gen3 x4.
Turbo M.2 Hits 32Gbps, SATA3 Hits 6Gbps and the NVM Express Logo
Graphic of a Reversible Type-C Connector Head
MAXIMIZE YOUR USB DEVICE PERFORMANCE
Transfer your favorite games, music and videos over USB faster than ever. MSI offers a wide variety of options to connect and boost your USB 3.1 devices, delivering lightning-fast transfer speeds!
Intel Turbo USB Icon, Intel Chipset Inside Badge, Blue Arrow That Reads Uninterrupted Connection to the Motherboard's Type-C USB and USB Type-A Ports
INTEL CNVi READY
Allow you to experience faster wireless network connection! Integrated Intel ® Wireless-AC (CNVi) Wi-Fi supports IEEE 802.11 AC Wave2, providing a high speed up to 1.73Gbps. Breaking the barrier with Intel CNVi WiFi while playing games and watching videos.
MSI PRO z390-a Motherboard Closeup of the M.2 WiFi Slot, a Graph That Shows 2T2R 802.11ac Hits 867Mbps and 2T2R 802.11ac Wave2 Hits 1734Mbps
MSI PRO z390-a Intel Brain Graphic Connecting Ethernet Internet
LOW-LATENCY LAN POWERED BY INTEL
This model comes equipped with a premium network solution from Intel®. The high-quality Gigabit LAN networking component is optimized for professional and multimedia use with outstanding performance to deliver a secure, stable and fast network connections.
XBOOST On and Off Graphic
X-BOOST YOUR USB PERFORMANCE
When enabled, X-Boost optimizes your devices for even better transfer speeds, saving a lot of time when transferring data. This handy tool is very easy to use and automatically detects & optimizes the USB devices connected to your system.
SUPER CHARGE YOUR PHONE & BATTERY-POWERED GEAR
MSI Super Charger USB ports charge any connected device faster. It delivers more power than regular USB ports to your smartphone, tablet, USB peripherals or other battery-powered gear.
Super Charger Compatible Devices: Bluetooth Speaker, Smartphone, Tablet and SteelSeries Wireless Headset
FORTIFY YOUR SYSTEM WITH PCI-E STEEL ARMOR
MSI PCI Express Steel Armor slots are armed with more solder points on the motherboard for a stronger hold, preventing any damage due to heavy-weight graphics cards. Steel Armor also protects PCI Express signals against electromagnetic interference to provide a pure and reliable signal for the best performance, even when turning it up a notch.
MSI z390-a motherboard's EMI Protected PCI-E Steel Slot, That's reinforced with heavy soldered connections
Amplify your Game with Audio Boost
Like a dedicated sound card Audio Boost offers a HD audio processor, dedicated amplifier and high-quality audio capacitors, all physically isolated from the rest of the motherboard circuitry to ensure the purest audio signal to locate enemies with pin-point accuracy.
AUDIO BOOST Logo with Images of Isolated Audio with LED Line, High-Quality Audio Capacitors and 600 Ohms versus the Traditional 32 Ohms
IMMERSE YOURSELF INTO VIRTUAL WORLDS
MSI motherboards are optimized for Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality devices. Through joint efforts with major VR brands, MSI brings gamers and professionals realistic and vivid experiences.
VR Ready, Vive and Microsoft HoloLens Badge Next to the Vive and Microsoft HoloLens Devices

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good budget ATX board. 5/19/2020 4:38:57 PM

Pros: The board has NO LEDs! Which is a plus or minus. (They can always be added, not always be taken away ...) It over clocks my i5-9600K perfectly fine to 48 without a hitch. I haven't dug into the settings too much to achieve a higher clock. The guide put out by MSI to reach 5Ghz is kinda garbage, bit only having owned the board for about a week, I will poke around the VAST amount of excellent setting the UEFI BIOS has. Which MSI has one of the top of the line BIOS setups. I has many fan header and a pump head. All being 4 pin. The pictures on here show the motherboard labeled as taking 2 8 pins. This is a mistake. The board takes a regular CPU 8 pin and a PCIe 6 pin (like a GPU would take) so don't let the pictures of the product confuse you. Zoom in and look close. It is labeled correctly in the specifications. I love the braced PCIe x 16 slot for heavy GPUs. The upper slot has more bracing then the lower PCIe x 16 for some reason. Which is fine because SLI is essentially dead/ I don't plan on using it unless someone hands me a free compatible GPU. I got my board early May 2020 and the BIOS was updated to the latest version (just a heads up for anyone on a need to know basis ...) Its a quality board.

Cons: It has 2 USB 3 (4 if you count the headers off the board), one USB 3.1 and a USB C which is very cool to have on board, but, I need more USB ports! I feel the video outs should have been taken off and replaced with 4x4 USB 3 box. That is what lost it an egg. 3 video outs is nice, but most people buying this board are probably running discreet graphics. (Also note, out of those 3 video out ports, there is NO HDMI! It has DVI,VGA, and Display Port. That is cool but again, I do not use them! I can also see people purchasing this board and using one of the display outs, but you might as well go mATX at that point. The box only comes with 2 SATA3 cables and the back-plate. I also would have liked to trade in some of those video outs for some more power phases but that is on me for picking this board. USB HUBs exist for a reason.

Overall Review: All in all I am happy with this board since it hasn't given me a hint of a problem, not that was I expecting it too. The quality shows. The overclocking is great. Hasn't given me ONE hiccup! For a $130 board, its stellar.

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Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI motherboard! If you would like further technical assistance, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
review 5/18/2020 1:27:27 PM

Pros: far delivery and a quality affordable product

Cons: i have no cons

Overall Review: I love your sight my pc builds become very easy with your fast and effecient service. Keep up the good work

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Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI motherboard! If you would like further technical assistance, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

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MSI Review Team
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Good for the price 5/15/2020 9:07:51 PM

Pros: Great board, plenty of features and slots.
Great board for the price.
I'm glad it came with a wifi m.2 slot on the board so I don't have to get a wifi card.

Cons: Not very flashy. Very bland to look at especialy the pcb color. Low price comes with a cost I guess.
Currently having an issue setting up my optane memory but MSIs technical support is giving excelent help.
Doesn't support SLI to my knowledge

Overall Review: Make the board a little less ugly and it would be perfect.

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Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI motherboard! If you would like further technical assistance, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Wouldn’t recommend 5/15/2020 1:10:30 PM

Overall Review: First one came with defective RAM slots and would refuse to post if more than one module was installed.

Also had to flash update the bios to even get it to recognize my gpu so you better have a vga or display port cable ready.

Headers for front panel connections could also be labeled better so you don’t have to constantly refer back to the manual.

Overall I was pretty disappointed with my experience trying to get this board operational.

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Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI motherboard. We are sorry to hear you are experiencing a problem with the product. If you have any further questions regarding this product or have any suggestions for improvement for us, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usrma@msi.com and we will be more than happy to assist you.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great product 5/14/2020 2:15:32 PM

Pros: -Recommend
-Everything you need
-M.2 slots

Cons: -None

Overall Review: Would recommend this product, very reliable.

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Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI motherboard! If you would like further technical assistance, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

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MSI Review Team
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Thumbs up 5/12/2020 7:51:24 PM

Pros: seems to be a really good part our my husband's gaming pc.

Cons: none that I can think ok

Overall Review: Awesome to deal with. My order shipped, and was relieved quickly.

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Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI motherboard! If you would like further technical assistance, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good mobo to save some money 5/12/2020 11:57:19 AM

Pros: 4 memory slots
works good, does it's job.

Cons: no lights

Overall Review: would add some lights

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Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI motherboard! If you would like further technical assistance, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good value board 5/12/2020 11:54:35 AM

Pros: -Easy BIOS tuning
-Good feature set for the price
-BIOS notification of settings changed
-Price per feature

Cons: I used the Auto-Overclock and notice it says 'disabling cpu fan'. Not really something I'd think you'd want done at all, much less when overclocking. Used my system for the day to work and in the evening fired up a game. Crash. I think the Noctua cooler was doing a good enough job without fans moving that even with this overclock (didn't see a Ghz change in HWMonitor) it didn't get hot enough to crash until a game eventually pushed it over the edge.

When I went back in and disabled the overclock the, nicely done part in the bios, said Turning on Fan 1,2,3,4 or something similar. Well, go figure things didn't go well with all of my fans off. TBH that speaks to the power of the Noctua, but as for now I'll leave the auto-overclock Off and either tune myself in the future or run stock.

Overall Review: I got this to run paired with an i7-9700K. I got a Noctua cooler to powerhouse and try and make use of the Auto-Overclock functions as well as fit my memory requirements.

The BIOS is pretty easy to navigate. It has a simple and advanced mode. One thing I really dig is that when you make a setting change in BIOS and go to save, it line-item lets you know exactly what it will be changing on save. So if you disable 1 thing that will in-turn disable perhaps 2 more things, it lets you know on save all things being changed. It's something I didn't know I wanted and now I wonder why no one else is doing it.

The board config works pretty well. Even with the massive noctua cooler I can fill all 4 DIMM slots. The M.2 slot is not buried under the cooler either, though it is close. I had to use a small screwdriver to get the screw tightened around the cooler.

This board has just a single m.2 slot which isn't a con but just make note of it. The m.2 slot is plain open as well. Some of the higher priced boards will have a little house for em, though unure if that's better heat wise anyway. However, this is in line with the price point.

It has some heat shielding and isn't going to blow your socks off on the appearance. This thing does just what it's supposed to do and it's been working well.

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Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI motherboard! If you would like further technical assistance, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

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MSI Review Team
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