- Socket: LGA-1151
- Chipset: Intel B360
- RAM Slots: 4
- RAM: 2,666 / 2,400 / 2,133 MHz @ 64GB Max
- Ports: 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C (Front), 2x USB 3.1 Type-A (Front), 4x USB 2.0 (Front), 1x USB 3.1 Type-C (Rear), 5x USB 3.1 Type-A (Rear), 2x USB 2.0 Type-A (Rear)
- Others: Supports AMD Crossfire
- Size: ATX
Gaming With Speed
MSI is an established brand and household name when its comes to computer components, so it’s no news that they’re always trying to one up their competitors. One of the latest board that we’ve received for review is the MSI B360 GAMING PRO CARBON.
Being in the CARBON series, the design of the board is akin to a super car. Along with the additional RGB elements on the board, most notably on the right side of the board and under the M.2 cooler. You can also configure and set up the lighting capabilities of the motherboard with Mystic Light. If you wish, you can even add LED strips and configure it to light up your whole setup. There are also some carbon accents splattered here and there on the board.
Looks aside, you can equip the board with Intel’s 8th gen processors, and four DDR4 RAMs of a total of 64GB at a maximum clockspeed of 2,666 MHz. As for PCI-E slots, the board only sports two of them, so triple GPU setups are not possible on this ATX board. But luckily for AMD fans, you can still utilise two-way AMD crossfire for your GPU cards. The main PCI-E slot is even secured with Steel Armor to further protect your card from bending. In addition, there’s also two M.2 slots, with support for Intel Optane Memory as well.
Setting up the motherboard was fairly straightforward. The slots are easy to lock in, and don’t require much force to slot everything in. For all your display needs, you have a DisplayPort and HDMI port. It’s not much but it’ll make do in a pinch if you need to plug in additional displays when you’ve run out of ports on your GPU. For cooling enthusiasts, you can equip the board with up to a whopping 7-fan setup, and it supports watercooling as well.
For the hardcore gamer, the board comes VR-Ready, and is equipped with Gaming LAN that will boasts low latency gaming. It also has Audio Boost 4 with NAHIMIC that will offer you an immersive gaming experience, but you are better off with an external DAC/AMP for higher quality audio, no matter what device you are using.
CHIP CONCLUDE: This board is simply a no-fuss board that comes with only the essentials, and that includes RGB as well, and also slightly favours AMD GPU users with its Crossfire potential.
(previously published in issue May 2018)