The MSI MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon WIFI Motherboard: Two PCIe 4.0 M.2, Wi-Fi 6by Gavin Bonshor on May 31, 2019 11:00 AM EST
MSI revealed its X570 chipset plans with a number of new boards split into three different market segments. The MSI MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon WIFI represents its top tier gaming focused model, and comes equipped with two PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, and includes Wi-Fi 6 in addition to a single GbE LAN port.
The MSI MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon WIFI motherboard includes a black carbon inspired design with a uniformed chipset and M.2 heatshield combination. Both the PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots include their own individual M.2 heatshield and the Frozr chipset heatsink which includes a fan which means the X570 chipset is actively cooled.
On the specifications front, the MSI MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon WIFI marks a shift from the company offering two versions of the same model: one with Wi-Fi and one without - this board is only going to be available with Wi-Fi. MSI is using Intel's new AX200 802.11ax Wi-Fi adapter with speeds capable of up to 2.4 Gbps. This is in addition to what is likely an Intel controlled 1 GbE LAN port on the rear. On the front side of the board is two full-length PCIe 4.0 slots which allow users to use two way AMD CrossFire multi-graphics configurations, and two PCIe 4.0 x1 slots.
In addition to the two PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, MSI has also included six SATA ports; four with right-angled connectors, and two straight-angled located directly below the chipset heatsink. The MSI MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon WIFI also has four RAM slots in the top right-hand side of the board, whereas the rear panel includes three USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, one USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, two USB 3.1 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. Also on the rear panel is an HDMI video output for users looking to install a Ryzen based APU, a PS/2 combo port and a BIOS flashback button.
It is expected that the MSI MPG X570 Gaming Pro Carbon WIFI will be available prior to the launch of AMD's Ryzen 3000 series of Matisse based processors.
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sircolby45 - Friday, May 31, 2019 - linkI wish more boards had 10GBE...At the least they should all have 2.5GBE.
nevcairiel - Friday, May 31, 2019 - link10GbE is seriously overkill on mid-range boards like this. People are not going to have any other equipment for that at home for years to come, and it only drives the cost up.
Add-In cards are not that expensive anymore if you want one.
Exodite - Saturday, June 1, 2019 - linkWhile I don't disagree with that assessment I find it unfortunate that that most of the mid-spec (and even high-end) boards have little differentiation between vendors.
I find myself uninterested in 80-90% of the additional features, like additional M.2 slots, Wi-Fi, multiple x16/8 slots etc., while still unable to find reasonably priced (~300ish, presumably...) boards with 10 GbE.
Even worse the boards that do offer 2.5 GbE uses a RealTek controller and while those may be much better than the their older offerings I have a real hard time settling for RealTek in the networking space. :P
I suppose the solution would be to get a board with a good/cool VRM, good integrated sound, USB 3.1g2 support for the front panel and then get a 10 GbE add-in board.
Just would be nice to have more differentiation among the huge number of boards we're seeing.
And you know, more than one high-end offering for passive chipset cooling. :P
Martin_Schou - Friday, May 31, 2019 - linkWith PCIe 4.0, I think you can settle for a single lanes to get 10 Gb? It should give you 1.969 GB/s in each direction, which is almost 16 Gb. Seems worth it to me.
5080 - Friday, May 31, 2019 - linkA big problem with smaller boards and PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots on the underside of the board. They won't accommodate a PCIe 4.0 NVMe drive with cooler. It will be interesting to see what solution they come up with. Right know you simply can't use the M.2 slots and PCIe 4.0 SSD's.
Doc Rob - Friday, May 31, 2019 - linkI think you missed something the NVMe location is on the top of the board under the heat-sinks.
5080 - Friday, May 31, 2019 - linkYou're right, didn't notice that. But still, some X570 mini-ITX boards still have their M.2 slot(s) at the underside like the Asrock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX.
trparky - Friday, May 31, 2019 - linkIf you want small there's going to be some sacrifices.
Smell This - Saturday, June 1, 2019 - linkWasn't CEO Charles Chiang caught boot-licking Intel in the last year?
Micro-Star is down -34.70% this year but with a dividend yield of 5.45% ii I guess that's a bad/good news kind of thing. Maybe Chuckles backed the wrong horse ...