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X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC AMD X399 (Socket TR4) ATX MotherboardFor the enthusiast processors of the Ryzen Threadripper series, AMD has created a new platform using the X399 chipset and Socket TR4. Equipped with up to 64 PCIe-lanes, as are available on the Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, X399 motherboards offer an appropriately extensive range of connectivity options, allowing up to three PCIe NVMe SSDs and up to four graphics cards for example, each using 16 and 8 lanes respectively.
PCIe NVMe SSDs on AMD's X399 motherboards are connected directly to the GPU and Threadripper reserves a whole 12 PCIe lanes for this purpose. This enables the extreme read- and write speeds of NVME M.2 and U.2 SSDs to be used as efficiently as possible, without having to delay data by diverting it through the chipset. U.2- or M.2 SSDs can be installed, with each PCIe NVMe slot coming with four PCI-Express 3.0 lanes to allow for exceptionally high data transfer rates ranging up to 32 Gbit/s, almost eight times faster than SATA 6G.
The X399 chipset on socket TR4 motherboards is connected to the processor via four PCIe lanes and the X399 platform itself supports USB 3.1 natively, meaning that as a rule no additional USB controllers are necessary to allow the board to offer ultra fast 10 Gbit/s speeds per USB port. X399 motherboards drive the RAM in the speedy Quad-Channel Mode, reaching RAM frequencies of up to 4.000 MHz depending on the motherboard.
A further feature supported by X399 motherboards is the overclocking of Ryzen Threadripper CPUs and, when paired with Socket TR4, this makes for a truly formidable enthusiast-level platform for gamers and content creators.
Features of the MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC in ATX-FormatThe MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is a motherboard using the ATX-format and provides four PCI-Express 3.0 slots for graphics cards, each pair coming with a full 16 and 8 lanes to connect them to the chipset. Further expansion cards can be installed in the individual PCIe X1 slot. Furthermore the ASRock Fatal1ty X399 Professional Gaming supports, as an X399 motherboard, AMD's CrossFire and NVIDIA's SLI technology for multi-GPU setups. Up to 128 GB DDR4 RAM can be installed in the eight memory banks, allowing the RAM to run at a maximum of 2.666 MHz natively. Overclocking allows for even higher clock frequencies up to 3.600 MHz.
Special Features of the MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Mainboards at a Glance:
- 4x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16/x16/x8/x8) for high-end graphics cards
- 2x USB 3.1: Type A & Type C + 3x M.2-slot PCIe 3.0 x4
- DDR4-RAM up to 3.600 MHz in Quad-Channel Mode
- PCIe card with BT/WiFi module
- Modern UEFI-BIOS with temperature monitoring
Data storage devices like SSDs and hard drives are managed via eight SATA 6G connectors (incl. RAID support) as well as three M.2 slots, each of which is connected to the CPU via four PCI Express 3.0 lanes. Furthermore the advanced NVM Express protocol is also supported which is optimised for the highly-parallelised data access of modern PCIe SSDs.
A small highlight of the MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is also to be seen in the I/O panel located to the rear of the motherboard where a USB 3.1 Type-C port is located. The new, thin, and finally reversible USB Type C port Gen 2 reaches maximum speeds of 10 Gbit/s per port. A LAN port, USB 3.1 Type A port, as well as eight USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports round out the range of connectivity options for peripherals.
Further internal connectors include two USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectors respectively for a total of 4 ports, several 4-pin headers for CPU- and case fans, additional power connectors for stable overclocking and, last but not least, the MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC comes with a WiFi/BT-module.
Note: Due to the size of the Ryzen Threadripper, Socket TR4 differs from previous sockets. Please follow the CPU mounting instructions of the motherboard when installing the CPU. This is an LGA socket. The pins are located on the socket, not on the CPU.
- Format: ATX
- Chipset: AMD X399
Socket: TR4 (for Ryzen Threadripper)
8x DDR4 (2.666 MHz, up to 3.600 MHz with OC)
max. 128 GB
2x PCIe 3.0 x16
2x PCIe 3.0 x16 (electrical x8)
Multi-GPU configurations: 4-way CrossFireX (16/8/16/8), 4-way SLI (16/8/16/8)
2x PCIe 2.0 x1
- Internal Connectors:
8x SATA 6G (RAID 0, 1, 10)
3x M.2 (M-Key, PCIe 3.0 x4 with max. 32 Gbit/s, horizontal)
2x USB 3.0 Headers (4 Ports)
2x USB 2.0 Headers (4 Ports)
- External Connectors:
2x USB 3.1 (1× Type A and Type C)
8x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
1x Gigabit LAN (Intel I211AT)
5x Audio (7.1 ALC1220)
1x CMOS Switch
1x BIOS Flashback Switch
1x PS/2 Combi-Port (Keyboard / Mouse)
- Power Supply:
1x 24-Pin ATX12V (for motherboard)
2x 8-Pin ATX12V (for motherboard)
- Special Features: integrated LED lighting
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