• Socket: LGA 1151
  • Chipset: Intel Z370
  • RAM Slots: 4
  • RAM: Max 64 GB (4000+ MHz on OC)
  • Connectivity: 1x Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN
  • Ports: 2x USB 2.0 Type A, 1x USB 3.1(Gen 2) Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 4x USB 3.1(Gen 1) Type-A, 1x HDMI, 1x Display Port
  • Other: 2-way NVIDIA SLI, 3-way AMD Crossfire
  • Size: ATX
  • Pros:
  • Looks
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark8 Home: 4,316 points
  • PCMark8 Creative: 4,462 points
  • PCMark8 Work: 3,703 points

Gaming On Carbon

The Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon, as its name suggests, comes with carbon fibre parts around the motherboard, namely on the rear I/O shield and chipset heatsink.

Made for intensive gaming, this motherboard is endorsed by professional gamers and will have no issue staying on for 24-hours for those intense gaming sessions or raids. It has multiple features that will help you in gaming, such as Game Boost and Multi-GPU capabilities on the motherboard. The BIOS is also easy to use and can be configured to deliver greater performance when gaming. Aside from that, an Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN controller provides exceptional online gaming experience with low latency and better bandwidth management. To further boost your build’s gaming capabilities, it also supports 2-Way SLI and 3-Way Crossfire. In addition, it is equipped with the MSI Mystic Light utility that allows you to sync a plethora of other RGB components with the board’s lighting, so you show off your build’s colour in unison.

As for audio, it sports two Realtek ALC1220 Codec, the Audio Boost 4 that consists of a HD audio processor with a built-in DAC, and supports DSD Super Audio CD playback. It can also support output devices with up to 600 ohms of impedance, while its Chemi-Con audio capacitors help produce a warmer sound. Audio Boost also protects your ears by eliminating popping sounds when you plug or unplug your audio devices, or when it’s switch on and off.

You can fit up to 64GB of DDR4 memory on this board and overclock it to a whopping 4,000MHz if you tweak it correctly. A XMP LED highlight can also be seen on the board, so you can physically see when the XMP Profile is active.

As a board that is released the same time when Z370 is announced, it managed to keep its footing against other heavy hitters in the market right now. It should also be noted that it did not run into any crashes or weird errors during our testing.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall a great board that runs on the latest Intel 8th gen processor and comes with fantastic audio and gaming features.

(previously published in issue November 2017)