Thursday, April 27th 2017

MSI Intros the A320M Gaming Pro Motherboard

MSI today introduced its entry-level gaming-grade socket AM4 motherboard, the A320M Gaming Pro. This board is based on the same exact PCB as the A320M Grenade, but tops it up with slightly more premium black capacitors, a pitch-black PCB (compared to brown on the A320M Grenade) and MSI's signature dragon red color scheme for some of the slots and connectors. The board could be priced slightly above the A320M Grenade. The feature-set of the two boards, however, appears to be identical.

Built in the narrow micro-ATX form-factor, the A320M Gaming Pro draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, and conditions it for the SoC using a 6-phase VRM. Expansion slots include one reinforce PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, and two PCIe gen 2.0 x1. Storage connectivity includes four SATA 6 Gb/s ports, and one 32 Gb/s M.2 slot. USB connectivity includes six 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 ports. 6-channel HD audio (Realtek ALC887 controller) and gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8111H controller) make for the rest of it. The board features red LED illumination and RGB LED headers, which can be controlled using the Mystic Light app. Expect a sub-$80 price.
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8 Comments on MSI Intros the A320M Gaming Pro Motherboard

#1
Aderbas
Where are the ITX's mobo guys =(
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#2
simlariver
It's weird to realise that every motherboards are now for "gaming". Where are the plain mobo ?
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#3
PowerPC
Now this is a really good looking board. But why a micro-ATX when it just has one PCI-e slot for a graphics card? :confused:
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#4
TheLostSwede
PowerPC, post: 3646204, member: 159951"
Now this is a really good looking board. But why a micro-ATX when it just has one PCI-e slot for a graphics card? :confused:
Because it still has two x1 PCIe slots and an M.2 slot?

simlariver, post: 3646161, member: 41021"
It's weird to realise that every motherboards are now for "gaming". Where are the plain mobo ?
They're only sold to system integrators now... You better like the gaming products or else...
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#5
Wattery Fowls
Buildzoid Ripped them a new One For the b350m gaming pro so this one is probably just as bad. Apparently the VRM's are cheap and bad
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#6
Caring1
btarunr, post: 3646052, member: 43587"
....slightly more premium black capacitors
So color defines quality now? :confused: :kookoo:
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#7
biffzinker
Wattery Fowls, post: 3646496, member: 158500"
Apparently the VRM's are cheap and bad
But those pretty red colored LEDs make up for it? Right? :rolleyes:

Need the LEDs on board who cares about the quality of the components sourced. /s
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#8
3rold
looks nice and everything, but as a power user, I wouldn't care about A320 chipset. lacks OC and PCIe lanes afaik. For 10-20$ more you get the same design but have more features.
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