MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review

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The Carbon range from MSI has quickly established itself as a great looking and great value range of products and the B450 version certainly gives a great first impression. The packaging is clear and crisp with a minimalist aesthetic that doesn't quite lean fully towards something fresh from a designers portfolio it's still bold. Freeing the Carbon from its cardboard confines carries on this creative composition with monochromatic colouring contrasting charmingly with the multi-hued Microstar Mystic Light.

MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review  
MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review  

Although the B450 is a step below the X470 that doesn't mean that MSI have scrimped on the details, either in terms of the design or the hardware. There are plenty of fan headers including dedicated a pump header, whilst the power phases are well catered for in terms of both raw numbers and heatsink capacity to keep them cool.


MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review  

Down the bottom end we find the two M.2 slots as well as a pair of full length PCI Express slots and three PCIe x1 slots. We're not overly keen on the lines on the PCB itself. Although we can see what they were going for it reminds us too much of the old Windows 98 screensaver and doesn't quite match up to the carbon looks elsewhere.


MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review  

You can clearly see the trace that shields the audio components from the rest of the PCB in this picture. It still strikes us as incredible that you used to have to buy a sound card to get something other than simple beeps, then you had to buy one because onboard audio was atrocious in quality, and now onboard audio is so good - thanks to advances such as the aforementioned trace - that very few people run a dedicated sound card at all.


MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review  

Although the B450 has reduced connectivity when compared to its bigger brother, there is still more than enough ports to ensure that only the most over-stocked user will get close to filling them up. Indeed if you have got enough peripherals and drives to utilise all the ports then we suspect you also have the funds to go with the X470 in the first place.


MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review  
MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review  

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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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