Thursday, April 7th 2016

MSI Intros X370 Gaming Pro Socket AM4 Motherboard

MSI now has three "X370 Gaming Pro" motherboards. The first one is the X370 Gaming Pro Carbon, which the company launched its socket AM4 lineup with, then the X370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC, released earlier this month, which is its variant with 802.11ac WLAN; and now we have the X370 Gaming Pro (without the "Carbon" moniker). This board is based on a different PCB, and has a lighter feature-set than the X370 Gaming Pro Carbon series. The board features the same 10-phase CPU VRM as the Pro Carbon boards. The expansion slot layout is identical, too, with two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x8/x8 with both populated) wired to the CPU, a third x16 (electrical x4) slot wired to the X370 chipset, and three other x1 slots.

The differences kick in with the storage options. You get six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, but just one 32 Gb/s M.2 slot with MSI M.2 Shield (the Pro Carbon boards have two M.2 slots). Another major difference is the lighting. The chipset heatsink, audio ground-layer isolation strip, and various other areas on the board have red LED illumination, in place of RGB LED on the Pro Carbon boards. You can still control the brightness and illumination of these red LEDs using the Mystic Light Sync software. Another area of cost-cutting is the gigabit Ethernet. This board features a Realtek RTL8111H controller, while the Pro Carbon boards feature Intel I211AT controllers. The rest of the board's feature set is the same as the Pro Carbon, including two USB 3.1 ports (with one typc-C port), VR Boost USB ports. The MSI X370 Gaming Pro goes on sale on the 11th of April, at a price we expect to be around USD $150.
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8 Comments on MSI Intros X370 Gaming Pro Socket AM4 Motherboard

#1
Boosnie
We the people want Mini-ITXes.
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PowerPC
Are they actively trying to fry the M.2 Drive under the first graphics card slot, just to have a reason to sell those stupid coolers?
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#3
Indurain
Another ho hum MSI X370 board, still no bclk gen.
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Athlonite
Who the hells buys a "high end gaming" mobo and sticks an cheapo APU in it just why would you want DVI/HDMI ports most people buying this (99.9%) will be using and DGPU not an apu
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Caring1
Athlonite said:
Who the hells buys a "high end gaming" mobo and sticks an cheapo APU in it just why would you want DVI/HDMI ports most people buying this (99.9%) will be using and DGPU not an apu
Just because it has "Gaming" and "Pro" on it, doesn't mean it is high end. This is just another basic X370 board.
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m0nt3
Athlonite said:
Who the hells buys a "high end gaming" mobo and sticks an cheapo APU in it just why would you want DVI/HDMI ports most people buying this (99.9%) will be using and DGPU not an apu
This was the deciding factor on me getting a Crosshair VI (and all the USB ports), no video output, even the $300 MSI Titanium has video out.
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Athlonite
m0nt3 said:
This was the deciding factor on me getting a Crosshair VI (and all the USB ports), no video output, even the $300 MSI Titanium has video out.
Yeah it seem like that's the way I'll be going aswell I don't need video outputs as I wont be running an APU ever

@Caring1 if you're buying a mobo for gaming that says gaming in the tittle then I would presume it would need an DGPU not an APU and as for "Pro" versions of a mobo I would also presume it's made for professional type work places not gaming so you know office/creative types where office work is predominantly that which you do you can get away with and APU because you don't require the power of a DGPU or if the creative type you use an APU or DGPU depending on your needs.... If I see Gaming in the name the first thing I think of is requires an DGPU
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#8
TheinsanegamerN
The full ATX market already has a winner, the asrock taichi.

Where are the x370 8 phase micro ATX boards, or the 6 phase mini ITX boards? Intel has them, so it is obviously possible.
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