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Intel's Z270 chipset has some interesting CPUs to go along with it, and it seems many have the potential to reach 5 GHz for daily use, something many enthusiasts have only dreamed of until now. Of course, you do need that capable board to match that overly capable CPU, and MSI's Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON is fortunately more than just one of those boards.

The motherboard is one of the most important parts - if not the most important - of any PC build. It lays the foundation for the feature set on offer, provides the majority of the connectivity, and has all the slots for all the other hardware you plan to use. Everything else plugs into your motherboard, so its importance cannot be denied. Careful consideration must be given to ensure you get exactly what you are looking for, and if you are a slightly more discriminate buyer, the "carbon" moniker after the "GAMING PRO" bit should hint at something. Something decidedly exciting.

If you are into high-end cars that have prices in the six-figure range, you'll be more than aware of the fact that a full carbon version of any car is highly desirable and commands a price premium that will leave most wallets on life support. MSI, on the other hand, does not do so; you'll get this tweaked version of MSI's GAMING PRO motherboard for just a few dollars more. So what does MSI's CARBON mean, exactly? Let's find out.


CPU Support:7th/6th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors, Intel Pentium/Celeron processors
Power Design: CPU Power: 10 phase
Memory Power: 2 phase
Chipset:Intel Z270
Integrated Graphics:Dependent on installed CPU
Memory:4x DIMM, Max. 64 GB; supports 3866 MHz+(OC)
Expansion Slots: 3x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
3x PCIe 2.0 x1 slot
2x Ultra M.2 slot (32 Gb/s)
Storage: 6x SATA 6 Gb/s port (Intel Z270)
Networking:1x GigaLAN Intel I219-V
Rear Ports: 1x PS/2 mouse / keyboard port
4x USB 3.0 port
1x USB 3.1 Type-A port
1x USB 3.1 Type-C port
2x USB 2.0 ports
1x LAN port
1x Optical audio port
5x Audio jacks
Audio:Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec
Fan Headers:6x 4-pin
Form Factor:ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
Exclusive Features:
  • DDR4 Boost
  • VR Ready
  • VR Boost
  • Mystic Light
  • Mystic Light Sync
  • Twin Turbo M.2
  • Steel Armor
  • M.2 Shield
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready
  • Lightning USB 3.1 Gen2
  • Audio Boost 4 with Nahimic 2
  • GAMING LAN with LAN Protect
  • Military Class 5
  • Guard-Pro
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