MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon Review

👤by Vortez Reviews Comments 📅19-10-18

The Gaming Pro Carbon remains a popular choice for enthusiasts and gamers and under the Intel Z390 umbrella we can tell it will also have plenty of appeal.

A neutral theme is a route which many board designers are now opting for – especially with in the era of RGB when colour can be injected through lighting instead of permanent styling. Although this motherboard follows a monochrome type of design it still brings in some aggressive aesthetics which gamers tend to lean more towards.

Across this motherboard we have a large helping of well-known features – some of which are MSI’s trademark options. Mystic Light plays quite a central role, with various integrated RGB LEDs – along with dedicated RGB headers too. M.2 Shield Frozr, DDR4 Boost, Game Boost and Steel Armor all make an appearance, carried over from previous generations and still highly favoured.

There are a few features which could give the Gaming Pro Carbon the edge over others in the same price rage – MSI includes seven fan headers in key locations and there are a few more USB ports on the rear IO panel – which also has the cover pre-installed.

Shifting on to the performance, MSI’s efforts do not shy away from delivering great performance in a range of different scenarios. This motherboard gave us reliable performance in the range of tests we ran and we had no problems nudging up the frequency in our overclocking phase, pushing 9900K to 5GHz.

Having reviewed the Gaming Pro Carbon throughout many generations we were surprised to see it listed for £219 GBP $219 USD $339 AUD. There are plenty of good features on offer, but we’re reminded that this board is mid-range and should therefore have a price reflective of this.

The MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon does not disappoint – for those wanting to venture onto Intel’s 9th Generation then this motherboard should definitely be on the shortlist.

+ Black/silver theme looks great
+ Integrated RGB works well
+ Excellent performance
+ Great for overclocking
+ Uses strengthened PCI Express & memory slots
+ Comprehensive selection of fan headers
+ Features dual-M.2 with heatsink
+ Decent audio capabilities

- Pricey

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