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

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MPG Z390 GAMING PRO CARBON AC
PERFORM IN STYLE
1 Pre-installed I/O Shielding
2 Intel Turbo USB 3.1 Gen2
3 Intel LAN
4 Intel Wireless / Bluetooth
5 Golden Audio Jacks
6 Gaming I/O cover with Mystic Light
RGB lighting with 16.8 million colors & 17 LED effects
7 Front USB3.1 Gen2 Type-C
Reversible connector, easy to access
8 DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor
Optimized traces and isolated memory circuitry
9 Twin Turbo M.2
NVMe support, up to 32 Gb/s using PCI-Express Gen3 x4, ready for Intel ® Optane™ memory
10 M.2 Shield Frozr
Sustain maximum M.2 SSD performance
11 PCI-E Steel Armor
Shielded connector and prevent graphic card sagging
12 Audio Boost 4 with amplifier
Optimized gaming audio
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CUSTOMIZE YOUR GAMING RIG

Personalize your PC with 16.8 million colors and 17 effects through with the Mystic Light APP or a mobile device.

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CORE BOOST

Core Boost technology combines MSI's premium circuit layout and digital power design to deliver undistorted current to the CPU with pin-point precision. Core Boost not only sustains multi-core CPUs, but also creates the perfect conditions for CPU overclocking.

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8+4 POWER CONNECTORS

Tap into extra power when needed with 8+4 pin connectors and unleash more performance with extreme overclocking.

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.

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M.2 SHIELD FROZR: MAXIMIZE SSD PERFORMANCE, PREVENT SLOW DOWNS

The world's fastest SSDs can slow down when they get too hot. M.2 SHIELD FROZR extends the motherboard's heatsink over M.2 SSDs to prevent thermal throttling and sustain maximum performance.

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PRE-INSTALLED IO SHIELDING

Make the assembly process easier and safer. The design is grounded and protects the IO ports from potential electrostatic discharge damage from the external environment.

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YOUR IN-GAME ADVANTAGE

Outsmart and outperform your opponents in-game using an array of unique MSI GAMING tools. Clever hardware & software tools created to keep you one step ahead of the competition.

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AMPLIFY YOUR GAME WITH AUDIO BOOST 4

Like a dedicated sound card Audio Boost 4, powered by Nahimic, 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.

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UNMATCHED MEMORY PERFORMANCE

MSI motherboards are loaded with features to fuel your gaming rig's memory with more speed and increased stability.

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BEST COMPATIBILITY

Optimized traces and a fully isolated memory circuitry ensure stability so you never have to worry about your system crashing during games.

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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!

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DOMINATE THE GAME WITH THE LOWEST LATENCY

Get ready to crush your enemies on the battlefield with MSI GAMING LAN. Built with high quality components, MSI GAMING LAN is tuned to deliver the best online gaming experience without lag.

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INTEL ® WI-FI AC & BLUETOOTH

Use your LAN port for online gaming while using WiFi for other online applications. The Intel® Wi-Fi / Bluetooth solution uses smart MU-MIMO technology, delivering AC speeds up to 1.73Gbps.

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MSI is keen to hear from you! Share your product experience and get rewarded. Your feedback is appreciated. Become an MSI Dragon Fan today!

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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
Great product !

Pros: - Cheap
- Nice design
- MSI !
- Nice software for the lights control
- Thermal pad for the M.2

Cons: - The ram slot are to close from the CPU. With my cooler if i don't flip it it take 1 ram slots.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard! If you ever require 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
5/ 5
Excellent performance and features set.

Pros: From the perspective of system builder- we always look for the product that we can stand behind and recommend.
In the 390 chipset world there is no competition in price/performance but this board.
Easy installation, manual with enough information to find answers quickly.
Registration process very easy and once in BIOS you have ability to find the options you want or use presets.
RGB effects are there but just enough to attract attention but not "blind" the user.
I started to use MSI boards in my builds years ago since they advertise using military grade caps.Looks like they still do since the board performs well with light overclocking on i9 9700K running mostly 5GHz.
Memory from previous built accepted with XMP .

Cons: Initial connection on one of USB headers did not registered CPU cooler in software, used other and all well.

Other Thoughts: I hope I will not need to use the customer service, but if I do hopefully will be commensurate with initial quality of the board.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Andy,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MPG Z390 GAMING PRO CARBON AC motherboard! Glad to hear you are enjoying the motherboard's performance! If you ever require 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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Best Regards,
MSI Review Team
5/ 5
Good board really helped setup

Pros: -excellent fan connectors
-mystic light system works better than the fan's own rbg software
-great MSI trouble shooting component LEDs
-board RBG is a nice touch. Could be better, but better than nothing
-board looks good in an all glass case.

Cons: -Could have more USBs on IO
-M.2 drive currently isn't operating at full speed with the samsung 970 evo +. currently at 3000 write, 2000 read. Should be 3500/3500.
-M.2 heatsink looks awesome but a Gamer Nexus interview with an SSD manufacturer suggested operating flash memory below preferred operating temperatures can reduce the lifespan of a m.2 drive by 50%. For this reason i did not use the awesome looking m.2 heat sink the board came with.
-Drivers were not straight forward. MSI seems to not realize modern machines don't have optic drives. Website drivers were poorly organized & scattered making them hard to find. Mystic light driver for example was on a different webpage than the boards support drivers list.
-Oddly, ethernet didn't work pre-driver install but the wireless did? So fortunately was able to get the ethernet driver off the internet.
-Mystic light controlled my MSI board rbg, and Corsair Ram rbg and fans rbg quite well. It did not detect or control my cooler master 360 AIO or my Gigabyte graphics card RBG.
-Click bios wasn't intuitive. I easily found certain options but they were greyed out and unresponsive until I found the "right" way to find the same options through other screens.
-My board doesn't appear to wake up from sleep utilizing the keyboard/mouse. I have to use the box power switch.

Other Thoughts: -The optional extra CPU power connector scared me at first before I figured out it was optional
-I'd prefer rear rabbit years to the sit on top antenna for the on board wireless.
-The MSI software's auto fan calibration is an interesting feature but I wish it had different profiles. For example their stock calcibration seemed to over power the fans early but then wait too long to ramp them up to full power. So if I used their calibration my CPU would be over cooling most of the time but then under cooling when it mattered.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Craig,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MPG Z390 GAMING PRO CARBON! Sorry to hear you had trouble locating the drivers on the MSI website. You can use Mystic Light through the Dragon Center app downloadable in the utilities section of the motherboard's support page. If you ever require 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
5/ 5
Fantastic Motherboard

Pros: - Right off the bat, although it's not cheap, it's well worth the price you pay for it. The LED's on this this thing are magnificent. Not super bright, but not dark either. Installing drivers and the RGB software was as easy as 1-2-3. Just insert the disk the board comes with, and it'll show you what you need, including the software to control the RGB on the motherboard.

- I must say my favorite part about this board, is the multiple fan headers. It came in real handy for my build which solely relies on air cooling. I used the Cooler Master H500P Mesh case, and it's currently running 7 fans. I had to use a fan header splitter of course, but only for the front 3 fans. So I would definitely recommend this board, especially if you intend on having a lot of fans in your case.

- The onboard WiFi & Bluetooth works excellent, so far no issues with that.
- The pre-installed I/O shielding is really nice too, especially if you're forgetful like me and usually forget to put it on beforehand.

Cons: None so far.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MPG Z390 GAMING PRO CARBON AC motherboard! If you ever require 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
5/ 5
Great Beautiful Board

Pros: Flexible Compatibility, beautiful construction.

Cons: None. Buy it.

Other Thoughts: In regards to Thomas H.'s 1-star review: he was using RAM that didn't match his CPU, not the board. I have the i9-9900K. It's listed as compatible with the 2666 frequency. No others were listed in intel's own spec sheet. He bought the wrong RAM, and now he's salty. Don't listen to Thomas H. He doesn't know what he's talking about, and he's writing angrily.

3 out of 6 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI product! If you ever require 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
5/ 5
Everything you want plus lots more!

Pros: Unbelievable amount of expansion! Board contains everything you want placed within easy reach. Highly recommended. Easy build!

Cons: Absolutely None! If you can afford it buy it!

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI product! If you ever require 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 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Died after 5 months. Terrible Support. Probably going to buy new board.

Pros: Worked perfectly for 5 months.

Cons: This PC is my gaming rig and home office computer. I was working (typing an email) and the computer just kicked off. Wouldn't post after that. EZ Debugger says CPU failure. I replaced my i7-9700K with an i9-9900K thinking that was the issue. Still CPU failure. Tested with different power supply, still CPU failure. Tried swapping RAM sticks, still CPU failure. I called MSI support (which didn't allow me to dial the first 10 times) and talked to a technician. I explained it worked fine with no issues for 5 months. The tech had me look at their website for compatibility with all my parts...which is stupid if it worked fine. After confirming my i9-9900K works with the board (?????) we checked my RAM. I have Corsair RAM (CMW32GX4M2C3200C16W) which is not listed as compatible with the board...because...get this...it is painted white. That's right, that was the diagnosis. The painted black version is compatible. The technician refused to do any more troubleshooting because "your RAM is not compatible with this board". I was offered to RMA the board paying shipping out of my own pocket with a 30 day repair turnaround. This doubles as my work PC. I was livid. I have been using MSI boards for a decade, and this is insane. I am trying to decide if I should RMA, but I don't think I can go this long without my office PC.

Other Thoughts: Things go wrong with PC parts. I work in IT incident management, and understand the value in good support. This is unacceptable and disappointing.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI product. We certainly value your feedback and please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience you have experienced. 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 usreview@msi.com and we will be more than happy to assist you. 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 | JM04152019003 | usreview@msi.com
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
great motherboard

Pros: Just finished building my new pc. This is a great motherboard that has not given me any issues. It has a very useful oc button in bios to run my ram at 3200 without a problem. Bios is fairly easy to use and just a great looking board overall.

Cons: Zero cons here

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Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI product! If you ever require 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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