MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review

Conclusion

MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review

Conclusion

With the launch of the 2nd Generation of Ryzen CPUs and their attendant Zen architecture AMD really placed their flag back in the thick of the action when it came to desktop solutions. Rather than stick to their philosophy of adding more cores because they couldn't compete in raw clock speed with the Intel rivals, or even pricing their products low enough to be of interest to those on restricted finances, they went back to the drawing board and, with the initial Ryzen release and particularly this refined model, come out with products which require no qualifying statements or caveats. It's not "the Ryzen range is great*" *if you're on a budget and understand it's going to be hotter, slower and with lower performance. It's just great. Full stop. End discussion.

Naturally any time a desirable product appears everyone goes off to their bank balance and checks out how likely it is that they can adopt it. Who wouldn't want to run an 8 core 4GHz monster at the heart of their system, yet still enjoy the benefits of USB 3.1, M.2 NVMe and DDR4? Perhaps, however, the pricing of the flagship X470 models is still a little outside of your income. If this is the case then the B450 chipset can provide all that you desire, and in the guise of the MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC we discover that the it puts out scores of sufficient quality that it's difficult to see why anyone with even minor budgetary restrictions would need the step up to the X470 unless they really needed somewhere to plug in eight storage drives, three GPUs and all the USB devices you can think of during a good pub lunch. Although if that sounds like you then you probably aren't in the kind of financial straights which would require a step down.

Thus the B450 is going to be of most interest to those of us with heavy burdens placed upon their purse, but who still consider sitting in front of a computer - gaming or creating - to be the most fun use of their leisure time. If you count yourself amongst those then you can rest assured that the MSI Carbon ticks a massive amount of boxes and doesn't leave you looking enviously at anything else and wishing you had another £50 to step up to the Gaming 7 or what have you. There are two M.2 slots if you're fortunate enough to own one of the blazing fast drives, as well as six SATA ports if you aren't. USB ports are probably the area you'll be tightest on, but even here if you make use of the onboard USB connectors to expand the selection at the rear then you still shouldn't run out. With the MSI Audio Boost 4 audio and Nahimic accessories the audio is really good too, and the inclusion of RGB lighting and plenty of fan headers mean that your system looks as cool as it performs.

Most impressive is the performance. Not only does the Carbon rock hard at stock but it is a breeze to overclock and the scores we saw in all of our benchmarks were such that the overclock isn't merely good for a lesser chipset, it's simply good for any 2nd Generation Zen setup. All of which means that if you've been seeking a step up from your current AMD rig or looking for your first go at a Ryzen arrangement the MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC ticks all the boxes a prospective purchaser could have and wins our OC3D Performance Award. 

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23-08-2018, 09:39:27

AlienALX
That's quite nice that. Almost like B350 Strix "I am cheap but I look expensive" nice.

I don't bother with wishlists though. I usually make them, then end up buying it all by the time the day is out lmao.Quote

23-08-2018, 13:35:36

Darkdayzzz
Just as a "warning" so to speak - when you use a M.2 NVME drive it disables 2 of the SATA ports from functioning. This applies each time you use another M.2 slot, atleast it does on the AsRock build I just made for my work.

Dual Samsung 970 NVMEs in Raid 1 and it causes me to lose 4 SATA connections. Which left me with 4 available SATA slots since the motherboard had 8 to start with. This would have happened regardless of RAID or not.

This is just a warning as I said since if I used both M.2 slots on this MSI board I'd not have enough room SATA plug wise to get all the HDDs in place due to the M.2 use disabling one set (2) SATA slots each.

Again, this is on my ASRock board for the build at work, I don't know if this affects all boards that have M.2 slots... just trying to help with this info is all :PQuote

23-08-2018, 22:47:19

NickOmega
Actually looked through this one quite intently because I have this mobo sat on my desk waiting for me to get around to building; Just need vendors/nvidia to stop with the rip-off prices for 2 year old GPUs

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Originally Posted by Darkdayzzz View Post
Just as a "warning" so to speak - when you use a M.2 NVME drive it disables 2 of the SATA ports from functioning. This applies each time you use another M.2 slot, atleast it does on the AsRock build I just made for my work.

Dual Samsung 970 NVMEs in Raid 1 and it causes me to lose 4 SATA connections. Which left me with 4 available SATA slots since the motherboard had 8 to start with. This would have happened regardless of RAID or not.

This is just a warning as I said since if I used both M.2 slots on this MSI board I'd not have enough room SATA plug wise to get all the HDDs in place due to the M.2 use disabling one set (2) SATA slots each.

Again, this is on my ASRock board for the build at work, I don't know if this affects all boards that have M.2 slots... just trying to help with this info is all :P
This is the block diagram from the user guide.
https://i.imgur.com/FGyPNp3.jpg


and in the specification:
Quote:
PCI_E2, PCI_E3, PCI_E4 and PCI_E5 slots will be unavailable when installing M.2 PCIe SSD in M2_2 slot.

SATA5 and SATA6 ports will be unavailable when installing a M.2 device in M2_1 slot.
M2_1 is the upper port, M2_2 is the lowerQuote
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