MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Overview Board Features, Visual Inspection Test Bed and Setup Benchmark Overview BIOS Software System Performance CPU Performance, Short Form Single GTX 980 Gaming Performance MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Conclusion

Something was clear during 2016: RGB LED is here & it wants to lớn be everywhere. It seems that a multicolored piece of computer hardware is the new thing, and every vendor wants lớn show it off. Usually the LED comes with a colored sản phẩm anyway, so there are multiple angles for aesthetics, but some motherboard manufacturers have decided that sometimes a cleaner look is needed. MSI’s Carbon series is meant lớn be this – clean, blachồng, and carbon fiber accented. With today’s Review, we’re looking at the MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon which follows this understated classical elegance, but then straps RGB LEDs on the top anyway.

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Other review for Intel’s LGA2011-3 Platform

The Hãng sản xuất Intel bộ vi xử lý Core i7-6950X, i7-6900K, i7-6850K và i7-6800K Broadwell-E ReviewThe Hãng sản xuất Intel Core i7-5960X, i7-5930K & i7-58trăng tròn Haswell-E ReviewThe Hãng Intel Xeon E5 v3 Fourteen-bộ vi xử lý Core reviews (E5-2695 v3, E5-2697 v3)The Hãng sản xuất Intel Xeon E5 v3 Twelve-Chip Core reviews (E5-2650L v3, E5-2690 v3)The Intel Xeon E5 v3 Ten-Vi xử lý Core Reviews (E5-2650 v3, E5-2687W v3)

X99 Series Motherboard Reviews:Prices Correct at time of each review

($750) The ASRoông chồng X99 WS-E 10G Review($600) The ASUS X99-E-WS 10G Review($600) The ASRoông chồng X99 Extreme11 Review($500) The ASUS Rampage V Extreme Review($400) The ASUS X99-Deluxe cộ Review($340) The GIGABYTE X99 G1.Gaming WiFi Review($330) The ASRock X99 OC Formula Review($330) The MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Review($323) The ASRock X99 WS Review($310) The GIGABYTE X99-UD7 WiFi Review($310) The ASUS X99 Sabertooth Review($300) The GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion Review($300) The ASRoông xã X99E-ITX Review($300) The MSI X99S Mnguồn Review($275) The ASUS X99-A Review($241) The MSI X99S SLI PLUS Review

To read specifically about the X99 platsize và the specifications therein, our deep dive into what it is can be found at this links.

The MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Overview

When we discuss processors, typically the conversion ends up at some point about price/performance ratquả táo and making sure that a user is getting what they want at the right price point. That isn’t particularly true for motherboards, because performance (aside a few system cấp độ metrics) typically is not related to cost, unless something odd is going on with the BIOS and some setting is applied incorrectly. What you get with a motherboard is feature-mix, price, stability, add-ons, power, và for those inclined, overclocking.

As a result it can be hard to judge one motherboard over another. A feature that might be worth $15 extra lớn one person might only be worth $2 khổng lồ another, based on their use & workflow. This is why we over up with so many different motherboard products as well, some differing by a single port because one global customer doesn’t want HDMI even though all the traces are there và it only saves $0.002 for the actual connector.


At the higher over of the motherboard market it is perhaps just as true, though slightly less picky: a user might not care if a fifth USB 3.0 port is there, but when it comes lớn things like PCIe storage, network controllers or Thunderbolt 3, the big things that bởi cost double digits, then it becomes relevant. Users in this price bracket may also be sensitive sầu lớn aesthetics, local warranty packages, or promises of future updates.

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So here’s the MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon. It performs well in our benchmark suite, but costs a bit more than a bottom rung X99 motherboard. It has PCIe storage, but you will have sầu to select between M.2 or U.2. It’s designed for systems up to three-GPUs, reinforces the PCIe slots & gives overclocking presets. It provides enhanced audio with PCB separation & filter caps, but then also bundles the Nahimic software.


The choice of motherboard you want khổng lồ buy is more budget driven than anything else, but motherboard manufacturers want khổng lồ entice you in with features, especially if you are spending upwards of $1000 on a processor. The X99A Gaming Pro Carbon isn’t the cheapest, but was one of the showcase motherboards for MSI’s X99 refresh, with several new features & a new look as well as new software lớn play with – U.2, USB 3.1, slot reinforcement và a carbon-fiber look mixed with RGB LEDs. Read on for the full Review.

Quick Links khổng lồ Other Pages

In The Box & Visual InspectionTest Bed and SetupBenchmark OverviewBIOSSoftwareSystem Performance (Audio, USB, nguồn, POST Times on Windows 7, Latency)CPU Performance, Short Form (Office Tests and Transcoding)Single GTX 980 Gaming PerformanceConclusions


Our standard overclocking methodology is as follows. We select the automatic overclochồng options & chạy thử for stability with PovRay & OCCT to lớn simulate high-over workloads. These stability tests ayên lớn catch any immediate causes for memory or CPU errors.

For manual overclocks, based on the information gathered from previous testing, starts off at a nominal voltage & CPU multiplier, and the multiplier is increased until the stability tests are failed. The CPU voltage is increased gradually until the stability tests are passed, & the process repeated until the motherboard reduces the multiplier automatically (due to safety protocol) or the CPU temperature reaches a stupidly high level (100ºC+). Our demo bed is not in a case, which should push overclocks higher with fresher (cooler) air.

Overclock Results


Using the lachạy thử Vi xử lý Core i7-6950X, the automated overclocking performance hit a snag when the AVX instructions came in, but the manual overclocking was good up to 4.1 GHz. 94ºC for our CPU sample is high enough without pushing it further.