MSI X399 Pro Gaming Carbon AC Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

MSI X399 Pro Gaming Carbon AC Review


No sooner have we all just taken a breath after the release of the Ryzen 7 series of CPUs and the accompanying X370 chipset than the Threadripper CPUs appeared. If you've been following along this influx of AMD products then you'll know that the Ryzen Threadripper has more cores and threads available than will be required by all but the most power hungry users. The combination of decent clock speed and umpteen cores means that it is an absolute calculative beast.

With a new CPU usually we get a new chipset and whilst the X370 is fresh off the assembly line the Threadripper has different requirements and thus we have the X399 chipset to sit alongside it and supply it with all the high bandwidth technologies it could need.

We first saw the X399 in the guise of the ASUS Zenith Extreme and now MSI are here with their range-topping X399 Pro Gaming Carbon AC. Taking all the loveliness that we saw on the X299 Pro Gaming Carbon and applying it to the X399 chipset should lead to a great product, so let's find out how it fares.

Technical Specifications

As you would expect from such a modern product the Pro Gaming Carbon ticks all the boxes. We have Quad channel DDR4 support up to 3600 MHz and 128GB ensuring that even the most demanding user wont find themselves leaning on the pagefile. Additionally there are four PCI Express slots for multi-GPU goodness and the Carbon supports both SLI and CrossfireX. Storage needs are met with three M.2 drive sockets, 8 SATA 6Gb/s ports and to keep all your peripherals happy there are fifteen (15!) USB 3.1 ports of both Type C and Type A styles. Let's take a closer look.

MSI X399 Pro Gaming Carbon AC Review  

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Most Recent Comments

13-09-2017, 16:56:47

Great review Guv. Those BIOS problems are pretty much on par with all the hell I had with my X370 Carbon on the original BIOS as well. I'd hope for MSI's sake, it won't take 6 months to sort this board out like it has done for mine.Quote

14-09-2017, 00:38:01

Great review Tom and we can always depend upon you to give an unbiased opinion, just wish Msi would get their S**T together as it's really letting down an otherwise reasonable product.Quote

14-09-2017, 01:54:16

Eddie long
Nice review Tom , i understand that the rapid development of new board and socket for this platform has put immense pressure on manufacturer to get there high end products to market , but since its is for the higher end , you would like to think they thoroughly test them before releasing a flawed bios, rather than waiting for a reviewer such as yourself to point out the flaws .Quote

14-09-2017, 04:23:54

The new BIOS actually makes it pretty decent, Id say the only flaw now is the VRM heatsink. I just hope that beta BIOS gets put on the website ASAP nowQuote

14-09-2017, 06:08:07

Fetchez La Vache
Any chance of a quick head up if that NH-U14S TR4 (I'm presuming that what it is and not the U12) cooler clears both the first PCIE slot and the VRM heatsink? CPU Cooler is the last thing I need for my upgrade.Quote

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