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MSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

( 4.6 Average / 21 Ratings )

Specifications

Manufacturer

MSI

Part #

Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON

Form Factor

ATX

CPU Socket

LGA1151

Chipset

Intel Z170

Memory Slots

4 x 288-pin DIMM

Memory Type

DDR4-2133 / 2400 / 2800 / 3000 / 3200 / 3600

Maximum Supported Memory

64GB

RAID Support

Yes

Onboard Video

Depends on CPU

CrossFire Support

Yes

SLI Support

Yes

SATA 6 Gb/s

4

SATA Express

1

Onboard Ethernet

1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps

Onboard USB 3.0 Header(s)

Yes

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Reviews

qom 8 points 11 months ago
from completed build "Karl" 29.04.16

Pro: Looks nice, has lights and easy to use/navigate BIOS.

Cons: USB Type-C connector (non-carbon edition has normal USB port), one straight and one angled SATA cable (would have preferred two angled) and can't completely turn off the rear IO panel lighting.

alasdairfraser8 7 points 9 months ago
from completed build Gaming PC

If you can get it cheap this is a lovely board. Works really well with my red and blakc theme. You need to get the Gaming APP to control the RGB LEDs amd only the top half is RGB.

abndoc 4 points 9 months ago

Couldn't have asked for anything better, this motherboard is exactly what i was looking for and MSI delivered. easy installation, and set up, and the bios is super easy to use, as well as the programs that came with it, make overclocking a simple click of the mouse!

the only thing i wish they would have done differently is the RGB's on the motherboard, they need some work, not as bright as i anticipated and are just lacking.

xDizza 12 points 8 months ago
from completed build Skylake 1070 | First Time Build

Lights are nice and its sturdy and has more than enough features. MSI applications are useful too.

Owenage 12 points 8 months ago
from completed build The Bottlenecker

Nice motherboard. Friendly bios. RGB lighting keep things interesting. Layout makes it friendly for service.

jalarson5 23 points 8 months ago
from completed build Penumbra v2

Great motherboard. Good amount of parts, black PCB, and great specs. Unless you are familiar with advanced BIOS/UEFI, plan on red LEDs in your build.

Fair warning, it only comes with 2 sata data 6gb/ sec cords. SLIing two 1080s might be a tight fit.

qbqurdi 12 points 7 months ago
from completed build My Kido

It got all the features i need and more. It supports Sli, it supports Raid, and it's all black!! incl. heat spreaders Rgb's on this board are discreet not to flashy. All connectors are in the right place, enough fan headers. and I love sata ports and usb 3.0 being at an angle made cable management look so cleaner. Highly recommend!!

DefaultBanana 36 points 6 months ago
from completed build The Meme Machine (Gaming Rig)

It was an all black mobo with the CPU socket I needed. That was my only criteria for mobos. Other than that the bios is fairly easy to navigate, although I wasn't all that impressed by the RGB LEDs on it. It mattered little with the HUE+ though.

arturlee 9 points 5 months ago
from completed build Metallic Black Box

I was hoping that the board could memorize the color I choose, because every time I turn on the computer the led it's always red.... Not compatible with all RAM disk

PopnOffAtTheF 10 points 4 months ago
from completed build Crimson Build

Looks great. I didn't want to overkill it with just red everywhere for my build, the nice neutral grey/silver tones look amazing with quality black PCB. Has PCI-E slot armor. I like that it has the SATA cables pointing to the side, not up, from the motherboard - it makes sense. Was very impressed with the BIOS/UEFI and the fan control - it really is the stand-out feature for me - would have liked to see better integration when paired with an MSI GPU (adjust the case fan speed depending on GPU temp.) - also the desktop app counter-part SUCKS, a lot (stuck at 50% min fan speed that you can't change without editing the saved profile file). Still plenty of connections/ports, it does what a motherboard is meant to and does it well.