Product information: Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX MotherboardZ270 Motherboard (ATX) with Carbon Look, with 3× PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16/x8/x4), 2× USB 3.1 (1x Type A & 1x Type C), 2× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) & 6x SATA 6G, 8× USB 3.0 & 6× USB 2.0, MSI Mystic Light LED Control The MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon is an ATX motherboard utilising Intel's Z270 chipset for Intel processors from the 6th ("Skylake") and 7th (“Kaby Lake”) generations on socket LGA 1151. The chipsets from the 200 series, known as "Union Point", come with up to 24 PCIe Express 3.0 lanes and bring more overall HSIO lanes (High Speed I/O) as well, thereby enabling more internal connections (such as SATA or PCIe slots) to be used simultaneously. As a Z270 motherboard, the MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon enables overclocking of K-series CPUs, which offer completely unlocked multipliers.
The Features of the MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon - An Overview:
- 3× PCIe (3.0) x16 (16/8/4) & 3× PCIe (3.0) x1
- 2× USB 3.1 (Type A & Type C) / 6× USB 3.0
- 2× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) / 6× SATA 6G
- Supports up to 64 GB DDR4-RAM at 3.800 MHz
- MSI Mystic Light LED Control
- CPU Overclocking via Multiplier & Baseclock
The MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon in DetailThe MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon is a very well-equipped ATX motherboard with Intel’s Z270 chipset for Intel's processors of the 6000- and 7000 series. This black-themed board comes with three PCIe x16 slots, of which one comes connected via 16 full lanes to the chipset, while the other PCIe x16 slots are connected electrically via four i.e eight data links. For I/O and expansion cards the board provides three further PCIe x1 slots and supports NVIDIA's SLI as well as AMD's CrossFireX technology.
The motherboard provides DDR4 RAM compatibility over 4 DIMM slots in ultra-fast dual-channel mode. The memory banks take up to 64 GB RAM and, depending on the processor installed, supports memory clocks of either 2.133 MHz (with Skylake CPUs) or 2.400 MHz (with Kaby Lake CPUs), and overclocking also allows memory modules rated at speeds of up to 3.800 MHz.
In order to connect the very fastest data storage devices, the board comes with two M.2 slots for extreme NVMe M.2 SSDs, as well as six SATA 6G ports for 3,5" or 2,5" hard drives and SSDs (including RAID support). The M.2 ports are connected via four PCIe lanes on the 3.0 standard to the chipset and, in combination with the NVMe protocol, enable a data transfer rate of almost 4 GB/s. This allows M.2 PCIe SSDs to function up to eight times faster than SATA 6G SSDs! One of the particularly unique features of the MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon is the MSI Mystic Light controller with RGB-LED header and the carbon-look of the motherboard.
The I/O panel of this motherboard offers connectivity to the new USB specification, USB Type C, a port with a new slim profile and the ability to be plugged in either way. Apart from the Type C port the motherboard also offers backwards compatibility with USB 3.1 Type A. USB 3.1 ports are rated for a maximum achievable throughput of 10 Gbit/s, twice as fast as traditional USB 3.0 ports! As far as input devices and other gaming peripherals are concerned, the I/O panel also offers 4 USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports respectively.
If no graphics card is available, the integrated GPU on the Skylake or Kaby Lake CPU allows for monitors to be connected directly to the rear of the motherboard - and both HDMI and DVI-D are provided for this purpose. Internally the motherboard offers - among other functions - five 4-pin headers for PWN fans as well as XMP support and an array of overclocking features.
- Format: ATX
- Chipset: Intel Z270 ("Union Point")
Socket: 1151 (for 6th and 7th generation Intel CPUs ("Skylake"/"Kaby Lake")
- RAM: 4× DDR4 (Skylake: DDR4-2.133, Kaby Lake: DDR4-2.400, OC max. 3800 MHz)
- Slots (physical):
1× PCIe 3.0 x16
1× PCIe 3.0 x16 (electrical x8)
1× PCIe 3.0 x16 (electrical x4)
Compatible multi-VGA configurations: 2-Way SLI (Quad-GPU), 3-Way CrossFireX (Quad-GPU)
3× PCIe 3.0 x1
- Internal Connectors:
6× SATA 6G
2× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
4× USB 3.0 (two headers)
4× USB 2.0 (two headers)
6× Fans (4-Pin PWM)
1× Mystic Light RGB LED Strip Header
- External Connectors:
1× PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
2× USB 3.1 (1× Type A and 1× Type C)
4× USB 3.0
2× USB 2.0
1× Gigabit LAN (Intel I219-V)
1× HDMI 1.4b
1× S/PDIF (optical)
5× Audio (7.1)
- Power Supply:
1× 24-Pin EATX
1× 8-Pin ATX 12V