MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Announced With ‘Out Of Box’ Support For Broadwell-E – Comes With Onboard RGB Lighting

Omar Sohail
Posted May 13, 2016
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MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon has officially been announced and it will provide support for Intel’s Broadwell-E family of processors. Let us take a look at the in-depth specifications of the motherboard to see what kind of solutions it can provide to the enthusiast gaming market.

MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Features RGB lighting, A Multitude Of Connectivity Ports And Its Own Dedicated Suite Of Overclocking Features

One key highlight of the motherboard happens to be its unique RGB lighting pattern, which the company refers to as Mystic Light. With Mystic Light, you can get a total of 16.8 million colors and 17 different LED effects. These settings can also be controlled through a smartphone app, which is going to be released for multiple platforms in the foreseeable future. If you want additional lighting then the Mystic Light Extension feature provides a dedicated header for the 4-pin RGB strip.

Moving onto the I/O panel of the MSI gaming motherboard as well as the onboard ports, the product features the following:

  • PCI-E slots: 4 x PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots with Steel Armor, and provides support 3-Way NVIDIA SLI and 3-Way AMD CrossFire
    • Support x16/ x0/ x0/ x0, x16/ x16/ x0/ x0, x16/ x16/ x0/ x8, x8/ x16/ x8/ x8 with the CPU that supports 40 PCI-E lanes.
    • Support x16/ x0/ x0/ x0, x16/ x8/ x0/ x0, x8/ x8/ x8/ x0, x8/ x8/ x8/ x4 with the CPU that supports 28 PCI-E lanes.
    • 2 x PCI-E x1 slots
  • Memory support:
    • 8 DIMMs DDR4 with support up to 128GB
    • Supports DDR4 3466(OC)/ 3400(OC)/ 3333(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2933(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2666(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2400/ 2200(OC)/ 2133 MHz
    • Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
  • Storage:
    • 10 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (2 ports from SATAe port)
    • SATA1 6 support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10
    • SATA7 10 only support IDE mode and AHCI mode
    • 1 x M.2 slot (Key M)*
    • Supports up to PCI-E 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s
    • Supports PCI-E 3.0 x4 NVMe storage
    • 1 x SATAe port (compatible with 2 SATA ports)
    • Supports up to PCI-E 2.0×2
    • Supports Intel Smart Response Technology
  • USB ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A, 1 x USB, 3.1 Gen1 Type-C (Front) , 8 x USB 3.1 Gen1, 8 x USB 2.0
  • LAN: Intel I218-V Gigabit LAN
  • Audio: 8-channel (7.1) HD Audio with Audio Boost 3

MSI also claims that this is the very first motherboard to provide support for front USB 3.1 Type-C port. According to Hexus, the retail price of the Carbon Pro Gaming motherboard is $330, which isn’t so bad looking at the multitude of connectivity ports and features you are getting in return. There is also a product video given right at the bottom, so watch that if you want an overview of the gaming motherboard.

Do you guys think that the board is worth purchasing considering all that you’re getting in return? Let us know your thoughts right away.

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