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MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC: Updating the Carbon cycle

By Lionell Go Macahilig - 28 Dec 2017
Launch SRP: PhP12800

Test Setup and Initial Test Results

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Brewing the Coffee Lake

We put to the test the MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC by using the following PC components:

Prior to the tests, the board's BIOS version was updated to E7B45IMS.A00 (09/01/2017). Tests that were used include:

  • Futuremark PCMark 10
  • Futuremark 3DMark (2016)
  • Unigine Heaven 4.09
  • Cinebench R15
  • WinRAR x64
  • CPU-Z
  • POV-Ray 3.7
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
  • Resident Evil 6

For comparison, test results were put side by side with those of the following motherboards:

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Beginning with Futuremark’s PC Mark 10, the MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC managed to yield a score of 5295 followed by a score of 6999 in 3DMark (2016). In PCMark, the board scored higher than the ASRock Z370 Extreme4 and the Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming, but was left behind by the ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming. Meanwhile in 3DMark, score variation among the four boards is almost unnoticeable.

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9.0
The Good
Good design
Easy-to-use BIOS
Convenient overclockability
Relatively affordable pricing
The Bad
No onboard switches