MSI Z370 GAMING PRO CARBON AC LGA 1151 (300 SERIES) ATX INTEL MOTHERBOARD

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MSI stands for Micro-Star Int’l. When it comes lớn the high-end enthusiast PC components MSI is a name needing no introduction. They have established themselves among the đứng đầu leading manufacturers of the PC stuff. MSI was established in 1986 and was manufacturing the motherboards. It was not until 1997 when MSI announced their first graphics card & barebone product. They become a public company in 1998. In 2000 they announced their first vps product. In 2003, they announced their first Notebook product. MSI CE products won IF thiết kế Award in 2005 & 2006. There has been no stopping when it comes lớn continuous innovation, breakthrough designs & gamers focus in mind. Keeping up with the industry trend they have ventured into the Peripherals, CPU Cooler and PC Chassis lines as well. They are focused on building & supporting the eSports community. MSI Gaming is a brand that has excelled in providing some cool solutions to the gamers & PC users alike. Dedicated lớn gamer-driven innovation, MSI leverages its remarkable R&D strengths to craft top-notch, well-acclaimed notebook PCs, graphics cards, motherboards, và desktop PCs.

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PRODUCT INFO
MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon
ManufactureMSI
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All these distinctive products have made MSI a forerunner in the high-end market. Also adding to lớn the lineup are cloud servers, tailor-made IPCs, intelligent robotic appliances và human-centric vehicle electronics that further demonstrate MSI’s strengths và endeavors in artificial intelligence, commercial and IOT (Internet of Things) markets.

Today, I will be taking a look at the Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard from MSI in the Z370 chipset from Professional Gaming category. It’s another variant is also available which is MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC that comes with the WiFi module. Here are the highlights of the salient features of this motherboard:

Product: Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon Manufacturer: MSI Price: $199.99/-

Packaging & Unboxing

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The motherboard comes inside a cardboard box. The vị trí cao nhất side of the box has an MSI brand logo và name printed on the top left. The motherboard has intel Z370 chipset and is Optane Memory Ready. The text Motherboard MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon is printed in the middle section. It is MSI Mystic Lighting (RGB) enabled.

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The backside of the box has motherboard’s mã sản phẩm printed in enlarged font form size on the top. There is a labeled picture of the motherboard on the left side highlighting the salient aspects lượt thích Steel Armor for reinforced PCIe slots strength, M.2 shield for better thermals and aesthetics, DDR4 boost. More features of the motherboard have been printed on the right side. Major specifications are printed below the motherboard’s picture. Rear I/O connectivity is shown in the picture printed towards the right side of the specifications.

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This side has salient features of the motherboard printed in 18 different languages.

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This side of the box has an MSI brand logo & name printed on the left side followed by the model information of the motherboard. This is the opening side of the box.

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The left side of the box has the MSI brand logo & name printed on the left side followed by the motherboard’s model.

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The right side is almost identical to the left side in layout except that there is an info label printed at the bottom showing the serial no, UPC, EAN labels.

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Opening the box will show the motherboard placed inside the anti-static container.

Contents

Following is included:

User ManualQuick Installation GuideInstallation DiskRear I/O ShieldSLI BridgeLabeled Sticker SheetSATA CablesRGB 4/3 pins cables

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Closer Look

The Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon from MSI is one cool looking thiết kế with a plethora of features tuned towards ultimate gaming experience. This is a feature-rich motherboard và given the extent of these features in this price, this is too good a deal. Let’ start taking a closer look at the motherboard.

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As the name indicates, there are carbon wraps on two areas on this motherboard. The I/O shroud has typical dark colored carbon wrap on its top. The chipset cover’s middle portion has a carbon wrap over it. The PCB’s stenciling is in black/gray colors và this overall combination of the colors & carbon wrap speaks for itself. Taking a quick look at the overall motherboard, we can see 4 SATA ports in a standard thiết kế whereas two ports have been implemented at the bottom as well. Seems like this approach was taken to lớn save some space on the right side’s connectivity options of the PCB but I am not sure about this particular design. We have two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.1 ports with one in 90° angle. Total 6 PCIe slots can be seen. Two M.2 ports và 4 DIMM slots are visible. Steel reinforcement on DIMM and PCIe X16/x8 slots can be seen. The PCB has ATX form factor measuring 30.5cmX22.5cm and it is compatible with Microsoft Windows 10. The audio solution is on a dedicated PCB layer and so is the thiết kế of the DIMM slots. There are lighting zones on this motherboard as well which can be controlled using the MSI Mystic Lighting. The wire tracing is done in a particular kiến thiết which looks that good in person but there is one caveat to this approach. Any negligence while handling the motherboard could easily damage these traces that would render the motherboard damaged beyond repairs. So, take care while handling the board.

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The MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon features hãng sản xuất intel LGA1151 socket. Yup, the same socket with the third revision. The Z370 socket can host the Intel’s 9th generation of bộ vi xử lý core processors for which BIOS update is mandatory. Though the socket is same, the user can’t use Intel’s Skylake và Kabylake series of the CPUs on this socket. Only the Coffeelake và 9th generation of the Intel vi xử lý core processors can be used on this socket. As the name indicates, this socket is using the Intel’s 300 series of the Chipset which is another different comparing khổng lồ the 100 series chipset for the Skylake & 200 series chipset for the Kabylake. The socket has four pre-drilled mounting holes on the nearby area. No surprise there as these are for the installation facilitation of the CPU cooler.

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This motherboard has a stylish shroud on the rear I/O side which extends toward the MOSFET side on the top. Though it is a uni-body design, please take a chú ý that two aluminum heatsinks under the shrouds are not inter-connected using any heat pipe. The heatsinks are in silver màu sắc which is typical for the aluminum ones. These heatsinks have cutouts & bear stepped design making sure that airflow would come handy in keeping the overall temperatures in check. The vị trí cao nhất side aluminum heatsink has a slim design và this is where I believe MSI should not have skipped a full toàn thân heatsink. I will discuss it in the testing section when discussing the power và thermals. The motherboard is using 11 nguồn phases though I could not kiểm tra for further details lượt thích which PWM VRM cpu is being employed & if the solution is using doublers or actual phases though from the looks of it. This is due to the restriction from the source that is why I did not remove the heatsink cover.

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The CPU nguồn connector is located on the vị trí cao nhất left side which is the standard ATX implementation. There is an RGB connector located before the EPS connector. It is labeled as JRGB2. It has 4 pins & is in +12V GRB pin format (5050 RGB). Keep in mind that this is not an addressable RGB header so take care while plugging in the RGB device. The maximum current rating is 3A with a 2m length of the strip.

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The MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon has a total of 4 DIMM slots in the black color. For two modules configuration, use the DIMM slots no 2 và 4 (A2 và B2) starting from the socket. These slots are steel reinforced. The latches on both ends of the DIMM slots are khổng lồ be opened khổng lồ install the RAM which is unlike the typical thiết kế these days in which one kết thúc is fixed & the other is used to secure the installation of the RAM. The motherboard supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory with dual channel architecture using non-ECC, un-buffered memory. The maximum supported speed or frequency on this motherboard is 4000 (OC) which is indeed a better offering and it supports hãng intel XMP. DDR4 Boost is printed on the left side of the DIMM slots. Optimized traces & a fully isolated memory circuitry ensures perfect stability and performance on MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon. These slots have LEDs on vị trí cao nhất notches. These LEDs indicate the installed memory module on each slot. LED will not light up if the memory is not installed in that slot. On the lower right side of the DIMM slots, there is an LED labeled as XMP LED. This LED lights up if the XMP profile is loaded and activated.

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The CPU fan hâm mộ header is located between the DIMM slots and the CPU socket on the upper side. It is a 4-pin PWM fan hâm mộ header. It is labeled as CPU_Fan1. There is no other CPU tín đồ header or CPU_Opt header on this motherboard. The location of this header makes it convenient to lớn connect the fan of the cooler lớn the power nguồn source.

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There is a header on the đứng top right side of the motherboard labeled as JCORSAIR1. It has a sạc format of +5V DG (3-pin header, addressable RGB) and is used to host a multitude of the Corsair RGB lighting devices lượt thích Node Pro, Commander Pro that would allow the user khổng lồ control & sync those devices using the MSI Mystic Lighting. To trang điểm for this, MSI has bundled their proprietary RGB cable that connects the Corsair devices to lớn the JCORSAIR port. This is something new for me và I appreciate this approach as many peeps have been asking on how lớn sync the Corsair devices with the motherboard’s lighting solution and I think other manufacturers should take chú ý of this implementation.

We have a 24 ATX connector located on the right side of the DIMM slots. It is labeled as ATX_PWR1. There are two more headers towards the right side of the ATX connector. The topmost is the 4-pin pump header labeled as Pump_Fan1. The user can connect their loop’s Pump or AIO’s pump power nguồn cable to lớn this header. The PWM header below this pump header is labeled as Sys_Fan4 indicating that this motherboard has 4 system fan hâm mộ headers in addition khổng lồ the CPU và Pump tín đồ headers.

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There are two USB 3.1 headers on the left side of the ATX power nguồn connector. One of these is implemented in 90° angle. They are labeled as JUSB3 and JUSB4. Next, to lớn them, we have 4 SATA ports labeled as SATA 1_2 và SATA 3_4. These are rated 6 Gbps. The motherboard supports RAID 0,1,5, và 10. On their left side, we have a Sys_Fan3 PWM header.

From what we can see on the right side of the DIMM slots we have a single phase memory VRM using MOSFET with one high & two low configurations.

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This motherboard does not have a debug LED to display the codes that are very helpful in troubleshooting in case something goes wrong. Similarly, we don’t have clear CMOS dedicated button on the rear I/O or on the board but a two sạc pin jumper configuration. Still, MSI has implemented what they refer khổng lồ as EZ Debug LED. There are 4 LEDs located on the right side of the ATX nguồn connector. They are labeled as CPU, DRAM, VGA, BOOT in that order starting from the top. This is the troubleshooting mechanism provided on this motherboard. In case of any issue or error, the corresponding LED will lit up continuously until the problem is resolved. This has been my complaint with the motherboard manufacturers as lớn how expensive the actual debug LED would be that we only get to lớn see them on the high-end offerings alone!

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Let’s take a look at the bottom connectivity options of the MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard. Starting from the right side, we have a JRAINBOW1 lighting header. As the name indicates, this is an addressable RGB header using the pin format of +5V,D,,G. The user can connect addressable RGB LED strips using WS2812B with a maximum power rating of 3A. We have two more SATA ports labeled as SATA 5 và 6 on the left side of the ARGB header. Next, we have two 9-pin USB headers labeled as JUSB1 and JUSB2.

Next, we have two front panel connectors labeled as JFP1 và JFP2. If you are wondering why two then JFP1 will host your chassis’s front panel system cables excluding the speaker. The speaker is to lớn be connected to the JPF2. There is no accessory bundled with this motherboard that would ease the installation of the system panel cables lớn the front panel header. Even the Gigabyte Z370 HD3 Ultra Durable motherboard has that! Next, we have kiểm tra LED button and LED Power đầu vào header labeled as DEMOLED1 & JPWRLED1. There is also a two-pin jumper labeled as JSEL1 right above the DEMOLED1 button. These are used by retailers khổng lồ demonstrate onboard LED light effects. If JSEL1 is short then pressing the kiểm tra button will change colors on the onboard lighting zones. If this jumper is open then pressing the chạy thử button will change lighting effects.

Next, we have 11-pins TPM header followed by Sys_Fan2 PWM tín đồ header. Next, we have JRGB1 RGB lighting header using +12V,G,R,B sạc pin format. The MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon has two +12V RGB lighting headers and one +5V addressable RGB lighting header. The front panel audio connector is located on the leftmost side.

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The location of the CMOS jumper is inconvenient as it is located between the first PCIe 3.0 x16/18 full-length slot & second PCIe x8 full-length slot. Using a graphics thẻ with a slot width of 2.5 or more will cover this jumper và the user will have khổng lồ remove the graphics card to access it. It is labeled as JBAT1There is no dedicated clear CMOS button on the rear I/O. In order to clear the CMOS to lớn reset the settings, shut down the PC, disconnect it from the power nguồn source & touch both pins with something like a tip of the screwdriver or by using a jumper if available khổng lồ short the circuit. Take off the jumper or the screwdriver & power up the PC.

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The MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard is using Nuvoton NCT6795D-M as a super I/O controller chip. The Nuvoton 3947SA chips are located next to lớn each fan header.

USB Ports

The MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon is using ASMedia ASM3142 chipset for USB connectivity provision in addition to lớn the USB support from intel Z370 chipset. 1x USB 3.1 Gen-2, Type-C, và 1x USB 3.1 Gen-2, Type-A ports on the rear I/O panel are from ASMedia chipset. 8x USB 3.1 Gen-1 ports with 4x Type-A ports on the rear I/O panel & 4x from the mid-board are from the hãng sản xuất intel chipset. Similarly, 6x USB 2.0 ports with 2x from the rear I/O panel and 4x from the mid-board are from the hãng sản xuất intel Chipset.

PCIe Slots

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The MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard has a total of 6 PCIe 3.0 rated slots. Three slots are PCIe 3.0 X1 rated. There is only one dedicated PCIe 3.0 X16 slot which is electrically wired to lớn the CPU socket. The second full slot PCIe 3.0 is x8 whereas the third full slot is X4 rated. The third one is electrically wired lớn the chipset. The motherboard supports Nvidia two-way SLI và AMD three-way Crossfire. The X16 & X8 rated slots are steel reinforced to provide additional strength lớn bear the heavyweight graphics card(s). EMI protection is also provided. In two way-SLI, both slots will be in x8/x8 configuration. These slots have LED indicators on them. Red color on the LED means the first slot is in x16 mode. The white màu sắc would mean a combination of speed like x8/x8 or x8/x4 is in use.

Audio

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The MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon is using Realtek ALC1220 Codec supporting high definition audio & 2/4/5.1/7.1 channels. It has support for S/PDIF output. The audio section is implemented on two dedicated layered PCBs. Audio Boost 4 is powered by an EMI-shielded High Definition audio processor with built-in DAC, ensuring the purest sound chất lượng in both stereo & surround sound. It has tư vấn for 120dB SNR / 32-bit and supports DSD Super Audio CD playback và recording (64x better than regular CD quality). The built-in dedicated headphone amplifier rewards audiophiles with headphones up khổng lồ 600O impedance by delivering studio-grade sound quality from gaming PC. Audio Boost 4 automatically detects the optimal impedance for your headphones và adjusts the đầu ra for the best sound quality. By dedicating golden audio capacitors khổng lồ the front output, a high fidelity sound experience with exceptional acoustics và realism for studio level headphones is ensured. The circuitry is using Chemi-Con audio capacitors. The rear panel has golden audio connectors to lớn give the best possible signal đầu ra with the least chance of distortion. Using gold also prevents any corrosion or oxidation in the long run, which could impact signal quality.

At the bộ vi xử lý core of its sound technology, the MSI is using Nahimic Sound Technology. This tech is known for its unique and precision in projects undertaken by the Military and the Aeronautics Industry. Chất lượng features, including a sound tracker which visually shows where the enemies are making noise in game, truly allows the người chơi to get the upper hand on the battlefield. Audio Boost operates like a dedicated soundcard by being physically isolated from the rest of the motherboard circuitry khổng lồ ensure the purest audio signal possible. A bright border illuminated by LEDs showcases and protects the Hi-Fi audio unit.

LAN Connectivity

The MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon is using intel NIC with 1219-V LAN controller. This controller is Gigabit rated hence it supports data connectivity speeds of up to 1000 Mbps. There is one LAN port on the rear I/O panel. It has two LEDs on the đứng top left và right sides. The left side LED indicates the link/activity status. If it is off then there is no link, in case of a successful link, it will turn yellow and blinking will show the activity. The right side LED indicates the speed of the link. If it is off then we have 10 Mbps connection. Green would mean 100 Mbps connection and Orange would mean 1 Gbps connection.

M.2 Port

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The MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon has two M.2 slots labeled as M2_1 và M2_2. The đứng top slot right below the CPU socket is M2_1 và it has an M.2 shield to lớn keep the thermals of the M.2 drive in check. This shield has a beautifully designed top cover which blends in well with the overall theme of the motherboard. Both slots tư vấn M-Key type with support up khổng lồ PCIe 3.0 x4 as well as SATA 6Gbps. M2_1 supports 2242/2260/2280/22110 type storage devices. The M2_2 supports 2242/2260/2280 type storage devices. Hãng intel Optane memory is tư vấn on both slots as well U.2 drives using the Turbo U.2 host card. There are certain limitations in terms of the available SATA connector(s) depending upon the storage drives being used. Here is a rundown of the possible combinations:

If 1x M.2 PCIe SSD và 1x M.2 SATA SSD are connected at a time then SATA port no 5 will be disabled.If 2x M.2 SATA SSDs are connected at a time then SATA 1 & SATA 5 connectors will be disabled.If 2x M.2 PCIe SSDs are connected at a time then SATA 5 and SATA 6 connectors will be disabled.If 1x M.2 PCIe SSD is connected then all SATA connectors will be available for connectivity.

BIOS

The MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon is using Click BIOS 5. The BIOS is UEFI AMI one using ACPI 6.0, and SMBIOS 3.0. There is a single 128 Mb flash chip hosting the BIOS. There is no dual BIOS on this motherboard. Multi-language support is available in the BIOS.

Thermal Monitoring & Cooling Solution

This motherboard has total of 6 fan headers. One is the dedicated CPU_Fan1 header located on the top right side of the CPU socket and by default, it is in PWM mode. The topmost header on the right side of the PCB is Pump_fan1 header which is also in PWM mode by default. Rest of the headers are labeled as Sys_Fanx where x shows the number corresponding lớn the header no on the board. These headers are in DC mode by mặc định which is kinda strange. All of these headers are 4-pin ones. The user can switch the header type from DC khổng lồ PWM and vice versa from the BIOS. This shows the DC control is also available on these headers. There is a dedicated Hardware Monitor section in the BIOS that lets the user monitor the temperature of the CPU và change the control type & speed of the connected fans accordingly. It is good to lớn know that there is a sensor for the VRM temperature on this motherboard. Hardware Monitor will be discussed in the BIOS section later.

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Power Components

The MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon has 11 nguồn phases. A fully digital power design allows for faster & undistorted current delivery to the CPU at pin-point precision. Creating the perfect conditions for CPU overclocking. Prevents potential short-circuit damage lớn the CPU & other critical components. The MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon is using Titanium Chokes that run much cooler and deliver a 30% improvement in power efficiency, allowing for better overclocking and stability. Dark Capacitors are in use having lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) & an increased lifespan of over 10 years. A special vi xử lý core design allows the Dark Choke to run at a lower temperature offering better power nguồn efficiency và stability.

Rear I/O Panel

1x PS/2 Port for keyboard/mouse2x USB 2.0 ports1x Display Port1x USB 3.1 Gen-2 Type-A VR-Ready port1x USB 3.1 Gen-2 Type-C VR-Ready port2x USB 3.1 Gen-1 VR-Ready ports1x HDMI Port1x LAN Port2x USB 3.1 Gen-1 PortsAudio Ports with Optical S/PDIF

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Here is a labeled diagram of the motherboard.

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Here is the picture of the motherboard’s backside.

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BIOS

This is my first time with the MSI motherboard và I must say, I have found the BIOS interface và layout lớn be user-friendly và intuitive as I did not find any difficulty in locating the desired setting plus the one-click options for the novice users are spot on.

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The main interface has a summary of the system being displayed at the đứng đầu right side. There are two buttons on the left side. One is for the trò chơi Boost which is off by default và the other is the XMP which is also off by default. The user can click on the XMP button to lớn load the XMP profile on the DDR4 kit of the system. It is that easy! The game Boost will overclock the CPU a bit và will load the performance settings for the system which will boost the gaming performance. This is lượt thích one-click overclocking. The total options and settings have been categorized in 6 different categories which are displayed on the left và the right sides of the MSI logo in the main section. Boot priority information is presented in a visually aiding format on the đứng top below the summary. It will display the devices in the first boot preference, second boot preference & so on.

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Pressing F7 will load the Easy (EZ) mode which is handy for the novice users. In this interface, the vị trí cao nhất layout is the same as is on the advanced mode. Clicking on the CPU will show the CPU related information.

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Clicking on the Memory will show the system memory information like populated DIMM slots, XMP information, speed/frequency of the kit, manufacturer of the kit, DRAM capacity and voltage, etc.

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The storage will list the connected the SATA devices on the corresponding SATA ports. AHCI is the mặc định onboard device mode.

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Fan info will show the graphs of the connected fans lớn the motherboard’s fan hâm mộ headers. Clicking on the numbers 1,2,3,4 will load the graph for each of the selected headers. The user can change the settings of the fan hâm mộ as well.

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Help will show the menu of the shortcuts and their descriptions. In order lớn take the snapshot of the BIOS current interface, the user is required lớn press F12. The FAT32 file system is needed on the USB flash drive without which the snapshot won’t be saved. The mặc định file format of these pictures is BMP (Bitmap) which is quite obvious. Notice that, the system is displaying that our hãng intel i7 8700k could be mix at 4.8GHz in the trò chơi Boost mode. This is based on their own algorithm and related settings. The user can still manually overclock the CPU. I am using the same cpu that has been used for testing of the other Z370 chipset motherboards and it has achieved 5.0GHz on all. 5.1GHz is also feasible for our chip subject to lớn the adequate cooling solution. I am mentioning this lớn let the users know that 4.8GHz is not the limit of the chip.

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We have more option buttons at the bottom pane of the EZ mode. Clicking on the Favorites will load the menu of the saved Favorite settings. The user can save up to lớn 5 different Favorite lists with each having its own corresponding settings. The idea of Favorite is to lớn readily access the frequently used settings. The user can disable/enable the onboard HD Audio controller, AHCI/RAID, select/deselect the M.2/Optane Genie và other settings, etc.

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Clicking on the Hardware Monitor will load another interface with tons of the options to lớn customize the fans speed connected khổng lồ the fan headers. CPU fan header is shown separately whereas the System fan headers are shown as System 1, System 2, System 3, System 4. Each header can be set lớn PWM/DC mode depending upon the type of the fan connected to lớn the corresponding header. The user can set the Step Up and Step Down tốc độ settings of each tín đồ header. The user can make all the fans khổng lồ run at full speed which can be done with one click. Similarly, they can be set khổng lồ run at default or cancel the loaded settings. The smart fan hâm mộ mode will allow the users lớn customize the fan hâm mộ curve profile for each tín đồ subject to the requirement. For a user lượt thích me who loves to control the fan(s) from the BIOS, the MSI has done a good job. At the bottom of the interface, voltage readings are shown. The temperatures are shown in °C/°F.

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Pressing F7 again will load the Advanced mode with a plethora of options for the advanced/enthusiast users. Clicking on the Settings button will show the related settings in the middle pane.

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Clicking on System Status will show the summary information of the system at the moment.

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Clicking on Advanced will load more options. We have PCI, ACPI, power management, onboard peripherals configuration, secure Erase, Wake Up event startup, hãng intel LAN port settings under the Advanced menu. This is among the few other settings that the user would need to access while configuring the system.

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In case you are wondering which option lớn use to lớn power on the PC as soon as the nguồn is restored then the power Management thiết lập under the Advanced menu is for you. Mix the Restore after AC nguồn Loss to Power On.

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Fast boot option is located under Windows OS Configuration under the Advanced menu. Besides Fast Boot, there is MSI fast boot option as well which will not detect the SATA, PS2, and USB devices lớn give the users more loading speed.

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NIC configuration can be accessed through the Advanced/Intel Ethernet Connection menu.

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Settings related to the integrated peripherals can be accessed through the Advanced/Integrated Peripherals menu.

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PCIe related settings can be accessed under Advanced/PCI Subsystem Settings.

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Boot related settings are located in the Settings menu. The user can configure the boot options like Boot logo display, Boot mode selection , NumLock status during boot, etc. Up to 13 boot order priorities can be defined under the Fixed Boot Order Priority. This is rather strange as the user has lớn traverse through the 13 options which, frankly speaking, is not needed these days as we are only concerned with the Windows Boot disk. Still, the user has up khổng lồ 13 options if needed.

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The above picture shows the Boot order sequence along with the different type of truyền thông media to boot from. The menu is definitely exhaustive.

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There are more options at the bottom of the page. The user can configure the UEFI Hard disk & USB drives’ BBS priority as well as legacy Hard disk and USB drives’ BBS priority. Remember this works in tandem with the boot mode selection from the same menu.

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The passwords can be phối under the Advanced/Settings menu.

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The save và exit options are located under the Settings menu. As can be seen, the Settings thực đơn is comprehensive & covers almost all the major system configuration settings that the user would need.

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Clicking on the M-Flash button on the main interface will proceed to update the BIOS of the motherboard. We are not suggesting to lớn update the BIOS but only mentioning about this feature in the BIOS as this process is risky và could damage the motherboard in case anything goes wrong. Bởi vì it at your own risk!

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The user can save up to lớn 6 profiles with each having different configuration & settings with respect khổng lồ the system. MSI has named these profiles as OC profiles. The user can export these profiles to lớn external truyền thông and load from external truyền thông media as well. These can be accessed by clicking on the OC Profile button located on the right side of the main page.

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We have already covered the Hardware Monitor above. Let’s explore the Board Explorer feature. Clicking the Board Explorer will load a new interface showing the block diagram of the motherboard with main components highlighted in red. Hovering the mouse on these components would show the description of the component at the bottom lượt thích moving the mouse over the CPU socket will show the installed CPU’s information & so on.

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I have been saving the main section related lớn the overclocking settings for the last. Clicking the OC button on the left side of the main interface will load options that the user can use to lớn control the voltages, frequencies, XPM settings lớn name a few. OC Explorer Mode has two options; Normal, Expert. We have CPU related settings, DRAM related settings, Voltage related settings here.

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The Advanced DRAM Configuration will allow the users to lớn configure the timings of the RAM manually.

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XMP related settings can be seen in the above picture. The DRAM frequency had to be selected manually from the các mục of the frequencies. The Voltage settings are on tự động by default và the user can configure these manually.

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We have CPU Specifications, Memory-Z, & CPU Features listed under the Other Settings.

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The above picture shows the CPU Features listing. The danh sách is exhaustive và the user can configure each value manually. Hyperthreading & turbo boost can be enabled/disabled from this menu as well as the user can control the no of active cores.

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The above picture shows our setting to lớn achieve the 5.0GHz overclock on our intel i7 8700k by using the tự động hóa voltage settings. This is just for the illustration purpose as I am used to tuning the settings manually. Tự động hóa is used to kiểm tra how much voltage is being fed by the motherboard on auto to achieve this overclock. Unfortunately, this motherboard was feeding 1.335V for the 5.0GHz which is way above of what I have seen hãng asus and Gigabyte motherboards doing. The Gigabyte motherboard was feeding 1.30V whereas the hãng asus motherboards have been feeding 1.257V to achieve the same overclock on tự động hóa settings.

Test Setup

Following test bench setup is used to chạy thử the performance of the motherboard: