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FRONTPAGE MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard Review

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Nov 1, 1998
Over the past several months since Skylake CPUs have been released, Overclockers.com has been fortunate enough to review several different Z170 boards from all walks of life. The platform at this time is maturing (in age); boards are more stable, DDR4 memory, and PCIe-based SSD support are constantly improving. To improve upon things before Broadwell-E comes out here soon(ish), a lot of vendors are starting to implement aesthetic improvements such as more controllable RGB LEDs as is the case with the review board, the MSI Z170 Gaming Pro Carbon. Get comfy and let's take a deeper dive and see how the board performs in our testing and how the board and those LEDs look!

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Premium Member
Feb 1, 2011
Well done. I checked their website looking for the power phase info and didn't see any. Looking at the board I got confused as it looks like 8-2 to me. Is that correct?:confused:


Sim Racing Aficionado Co-Owner
Jun 28, 2012
Should be a 5+4+1+1 on the mosfets, but it looks like the chokes are shared for the iGPU phases (2 instead of 4) and VCCIO/VCCSA phases.


Dec 10, 2003
Not much better that the budget Gigabyte Power phase on Z170-HD3 is 4+2+1 this is what they told me on the email.