MSI X399 Pro Gaming Carbon AC Review

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MSI X399 Pro Gaming Carbon AC Review

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The Pro Gaming Carbon packaging does everything we desire from our products. The main features - Threadripper support and MSI Mystic Light support - are clearly marked without the product shot become lost in a sea of technology icons that either wont mean much to the average person or are so obviously supplied with a high end product that mentioning them is needless. 

By default the Carbon comes with Carbon inserts on the heatsinks, but as we'll see on the next page the X399 Carbon supports the swappable panels we first saw on the X299 Carbon. Yes, AMD using the same naming style as Intel is extremely confusing, we'll all have to just try and keep up.

MSI X399 Pro Gaming Carbon AC Review  
MSI X399 Pro Gaming Carbon AC Review  

If you saw our review of the X299 Pro Gaming Carbon then you'll find the layout of the X399 Pro Gaming Carbon extremely familiar despite the switch from Intel to AMD chipset. Indeed this move has enabled MSI to insert a third M.2 connector between the PCI Express slots, whereas on the X299 there was just enough room for two.

All the slots are equipped with the Armor that has become a de facto standard feature on high end motherboards. It really ends an air of quality to proceedings and also accentuates the silver on the PCB. It's incredible how much MSI have managed to squeeze into such limited real estate. The TR4 socket is enormous and once you've added eight DIMM slots and four PCI Express slots it is miraculous how they've managed to stick three M.2 slots on too. Fantastic work by their design team.

MSI X399 Pro Gaming Carbon AC Review  
MSI X399 Pro Gaming Carbon AC Review  

Elsewhere we have a few fan headers at strategic points helping to power the cooling so vital to high Threadripper performance, as well as the headers that allow the MSI Mystic Light to work its rainbow magic. Below the USB front panel header are the elements of the onboard overclocking that have become such a mainstay of MSI products since it first appeared many years ago.

About the only area we're slightly disappointed is the somewhat small MOSFET cooler, particularly given the intense scrutiny that VRM temperatures are under in recent months. Hopefully it's capable of keeping things under control.

MSI X399 Pro Gaming Carbon AC Review  
MSI X399 Pro Gaming Carbon AC Review  
MSI X399 Pro Gaming Carbon AC Review  
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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