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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Cooler Master Builds a Higher Efficiency Gold Power Supply Family

 
Mumbai, India- Cooler Master, celebrating its 25th anniversary, announces the latest upgrade in their 80 plus Gold efficiency family of products: MasterWatt MWE Gold. As power efficiency increases in popularity, Cooler Master has invested in a new series of power supply to answer the increased consumer demand. While 90% efficiency is standard, the MasterWatt MWE Gold, brings significant improvements in reduction of noise and increased durability. An investment into bringing DC-to-DC topology to the MasterWatt MWE Gold lines resulted in better durability and efficiency in high demand conditions. Cooler Master’s design is available in outputs from 450-750W, with 110-240vAC inputs in both fully modular and non-modular variants.

Increased Performance

With a Gold efficiency, comes added expectations of better performance, MasterWatt MWE delivers both 90% efficiency as well as leading regulation, stability and reliability. A MasterWatt MWE Gold is built to deliver +12V rail regulation of 3%, thereby increasing stability of components. A single +12V rail contributes to a design compatible with any modern PC component. Cooler Master’s, stable design uses internal capacitors selected for operation at 45°C thereby providing rated output with less derating above 25°C. MasterWatt MWE Gold power supplies have a significant edge in their segment, including these design features while remaining affordable.

A Global Standard

Beyond enhanced specifications, Cooler Master surveyed their extensive network of distributors and partners. Thus these power supplies deliver better performance while maintaining cost efficiency. MasterWatt MWE Gold models will be available wherever Cooler Master products are sold and covered by a 5-yearlocal warranty. Each model meets international safety standards, environmental production standards and are equipped with full protection of safeties. In addition, the design meets strict targets of lower noise pollution under 20dBA thanks to the inclusion of Cooler Master’s own proven Silencio fans featuring sealed, LDB bearings.

Easy to Build, Easy to Use

Cable clutter becomes obsolete with MasterWatt MWE Gold M, a fully modular M model. These M models designate fully modular cables that provide enhanced cable management, especially within Cooler Master’s MasterCase cases. Cooler Master will also collaborate with cable sleeving partners to provide individually sleeved cable accessories following the 25th anniversary launch. 

“We are excited to offer a new generation of PC users our MasterWatt MWE Gold M line. We deliver a more affordable, more configurable yet standardized solution.Our research has anticipated the needs of global users delivering a balance of price with performance – We are proud of this solution.” said Ron Classen, Director of Product Marketing for Cooler Master’s Power Solutions Division.

While the MasterWatt MWE Gold M features standard black modular cables, the MasterWatt MWE Gold will have flat, fixed, sleeved cables. With these significant launches, Cooler Master expects to relentlessly improve choices in power supplies, thus providing users with the most competitive solutions at Gold efficiencies.

The MasterWatt MWE Gold models will be available on June2018.


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About Cooler Master:
Cooler Master is a Taipei-based, global computer components and peripheral company with a 25-year track record in releasing innovative products that truly advance the industry. We are driven by a passion for the things that make building a PC such a unique, rewarding experience, and sustained by a vision that we can reinvent the way these machines are designed, made and used. From our landmark release of the first ever aluminum PC case to our groundbreaking switch to the modular format, Cooler Master is committed to bringing our customers and fans the utmost in choice and control. For more information on Cooler Master, please visit www.coolermaster.com or follow us http://www.facebook.com/coolermaster

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

CORSAIR Launches New Crystal Series 280X RGB MATX Case at Computex 2018

Clearly Compact CORSAIR Launches New Crystal Series
280X RGB MATX Case at Computex 2018


BENGALURU, India - June 11, 2018

CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, announced the release of the new Crystal Series 280X RGB and Crystal Series 280X MATX enthusiast PC cases at Computex 2018, bringing CORSAIR tempered glass design to a new smaller form factor.

With tempered glass panels in the front, side and roof, the Crystal 280X RGB provides a stunning view of your PC. Illuminated by two LL120 RGB fans, each featuring 16 RGB LEDs, the Crystal 280X RGB also includes a CORSAIR Lighting Node PRO digital RGB lighting controller, combining with powerful iCUE software to light up your PC in a dazzling array of patterns and effects. With 32 individually controllable LEDs to light up your system, and plentiful airflow to cool multi-core, multi-GPU systems, the Crystal 280X RGB is the clear choice for your next compact MATX system.
Beneath its stylish tempered glass exterior, the Crystal 280X RGB offers a wealth of features to ensure that your system looks as good inside, as it does out. A dual-chamber design keeps your system's core hardware, such as motherboard, CPU and graphics card, on display and directly cooled by up to six cooling fans, with support for multiple 240mm liquid cooling radiators*. Meanwhile, the power supply, drives and cabling are easily concealed in the rear chamber, with plenty of room for cable routing that means even a first-time builder can create a clean looking system.

Its dual-chamber design also allows the Crystal 280X RGB to offer a substantial array of system storage, with room for up to two 3.5in drives and three 2.5in drives, so a small form factor needn't mean small capacity.

The Crystal 280X RGB's features don't stop when your system is finished either, with full-coverage dust filters in the front, roof and floor ensuring your system stays looking its best long after the build is over.
Power up your system and install CORSAIR iCUE software, and you'll discover that the Crystal 280X RGB's lighting offers a lot more than just R, G and B. Able to control and synchronize lighting across all your compatible CORSAIR products in a single click, create custom lighting presets that react to your PC's temperatures, or turn off all system lighting with a key press, CORSAIR iCUE combines intelligent control, with unlimited possibilities. The included Lighting Node PRO digital RGB lighting controller is all you need to connect up to six matching CORSAIR RGB fans and four CORSAIR RGB LED lighting strips, illuminating your system with vivid, dynamic RGB lighting.
Available in black or white, the Crystal 280X RGB is also available as the Crystal 280X, equipped with two CORSAIR 120mm cooling fans, for those who'd rather keep a low profile when it comes to their small form factor system.

Cool, clear and compact, the Crystal 280X RGB and Crystal 280X offer everything you need to make your PC small in size, but big on performance.
Availability, Warranty and Pricing
The new Crystal Series 280X RGB and Crystal Series 280X are available immediately from the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.

The Crystal Series 280X RGB and Crystal Series 280X are backed by a two-year warranty, and the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

For up-to-date pricing of both the Crystal Series 280X RGB and Crystal Series 280X, please refer to the CORSAIR website or contact your local CORSAIR sales or PR representative.

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About CORSAIR
CORSAIR is a world leader in providing high-performance PC peripherals and components to gamers, enthusiasts and e-sports athletes.

Founded in 1994, CORSAIR has won thousands of awards for its products including mechanical keyboards, precision gaming mice, wireless headsets, high-performance components that gamers use to build gaming PCs, and the CORSAIR ONE fully-integrated gaming PC.

Copyright © 2018 CORSAIR Components, Inc. All rights reserved. CORSAIR, the sails logo, and Vengeance are registered trademarks of CORSAIR in the United States and/or other countries. All other company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks, and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

CORSAIR Launches New PSUs at COMPUTEX 2018

Shine with Platinum or Silver
CORSAIR Launches New PSUs at COMPUTEX 2018

Introducing the New SF Series 80 PLUS Platinum and VENGEANCE Series 80
PLUS Silver PSUs


BENGALURU, India - June 11, 2018

CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, announced two new additions to its industry-leading line-up of computer power supplies, the SF Series 80 PLUS Platinum in 600W and 450W, and the VENGEANCE Series 80 PLUS Silver in 650W and 750W at Computex 2018.
The small-form-factor SFX SF Series 80 PLUS Platinum PSUs belie their small size with all the features of a new high-end PSU. 80 PLUS Platinum efficient up to 94%, the new SF Series continue the CORSAIR legacy of superb electrical performance. Using 100%,105°C rated Japanese capacitors SF Series PSUs deliver incredibly stable voltages and ultra-low ripple noise - performance that's backed by a seven-year warranty.
Fully modular cabling is ideal for small-form-factor builds where space is at a premium, and individually sleeved cables mean that not only is it easier to route and position connections, but the finished system looks great too. The new SF Series also equips a low-noise 92mm fan, allowing for higher airflow at lower RPMs, with a Zero RPM fan mode switching the fan off entirely at low and medium loads for near-silent operation. Finally, and by popular demand, the new SF Series also includes an SFX-to-ATX bracket, allowing installation into both small form factor and full-size ATX cases, for when your next big build, needs a small PSU.

The new VENGEANCE Series 80 PLUS Silver PSUs provide the next step up in efficiency for system builders used to 80 PLUS Bronze, alongside low-noise performance that means an entry-level PC needn't be loud. 80 PLUS Silver efficient to up to 89%, the new VENGEANCE Series also feature 100% ,105°C rated Japanese capacitors to ensure stable power delivery and long-term reliability. For those concerned with over current protection, the VENGEANCE Series includes a switchable single/multiple +12V rail design, enabling users to instantly switch from multiple +12V rails with OCP on each cable, to a single +12V rail; allowing all of the PSU's +12V capability on any of the PSU's DC connectors.
Semi-modular cables make system builds and connecting graphics card and storage upgrades easier, while an ultra-quiet 120mm cooling fan with Zero RPM fan mode allows for near-silent operation at low and medium loads. Backed by a comprehensive five-year warranty, this is 80 PLUS Silver, back with a VENGEANCE.

Availability, Warranty and Pricing
The new SF Series and VENGEANCE Series PSUs will be available in July 2018, via
the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors, as well as direct from the www.corsair.com webstore.

SF Series power supplies are backed by a seven-year warranty, while VENGEANCE Series power supplies are backed by a five-year warranty. Both are supported by the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

For up-to-date pricing of both the new SF Series 80 PLUS Platinum and VENGEANCE Series 80 PLUS Silver power supplies, please refer to the CORSAIR website or contact your local CORSAIR sales or PR representative.

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About CORSAIR
CORSAIR is a world leader in providing high-performance PC peripherals and components to gamers, enthusiasts and e-sports athletes.

Founded in 1994, CORSAIR has won thousands of awards for its products including mechanical keyboards, precision gaming mice, wireless headsets, high-performance components that gamers use to build gaming PCs, and the CORSAIR ONE fully-integrated gaming PC.

Copyright © 2018 CORSAIR Components, Inc. All rights reserved. CORSAIR, the sails logo, and Vengeance are registered trademarks of CORSAIR in the United States and/or other countries. All other company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks, and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Corsair brings new Vengeance RGB Pro Memory and the Obsidian 500D RGB SE Case at COMPUTEX 2018

Intelligent Control - Unlimited Possibilities CORSAIR
Launches New iCUE Software Alongside VENGEANCE RGB PRO DDR4 Memory and Obsidian Series 500D RGB SE Case at
Computex 2018


BENGALURU, India - June 11, 2018

CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, launched its new CORSAIR iCUE software at Computex 2018, unlocking a new level of system lighting across a huge range of CORSAIR products.

For the first time from CORSAIR, iCUE unifies dynamic lighting control, cooling control, system monitoring and command customization within a single intuitive interface, supporting literally thousands of CORSAIR products. From keyboards and mice such as the K70 RGB LUX and M65 PRO RGB, to Hydro Series PRO liquid CPU coolers and AXi Series power supplies, iCUE brings your entire system together with stunning synchronized lighting and powerful system control.

Showcasing the very best that iCUE has to offer, CORSAIR has today also announced two new flagship additions to its industry-leading range of RGB products; VENGEANCE RGB PRO Series DDR4 memory and the Obsidian Series 500D RGB SE PC Case. Both feature stunning individually controllable multi-zone RGB lighting, able to be synchronized across all your compatible CORSAIR devices with a single click, as well as in-depth performance monitoring to ensure your system runs at its best. Combining full system lighting synchronization and in-depth monitoring into a single interface, iCUE delivers intelligent control, with unlimited possibilities.
VENEGANCE RGB PRO Series DDR4 memory brings stunning multi-zone RGB lighting to the DIMM slot, with each module boasting ten bright RGB LEDs, controlled by CORSAIR iCUE software to light up your system with stunning effects. Lighting synchronizes with all your CORSAIR iCUE compatible hardware for system-wide lighting at the click of a button and illuminating your motherboard with smooth transitions and vibrant patterns. It's even possible to re-order or invert each module's lighting in iCUE, ensuring your memory looks its best, however your motherboard's DIMM slots are laid out.
Setting up VENEGANCE RGB PRO is as simple as fitting modules into a DIMM slot on most current Intel and AMD DDR4 motherboards and running CORSAIR iCUE, with no additional cables or wires required. What's more, with VENGEANCE RGB PRO, there's no need to trade style for speed; VENGEANCE RGB PRO is tightly screened for high-performance, is XMP 2.0 compatible with a single motherboard setting, and available in speeds up to 4,600MHz.

Even with high-speed performance out-of-the-box, VENGEANCE RGB PRO also boasts the overclocking credentials you'd expect from high-speed CORSAIR memory. A custom performance PCB and aluminum heatspreader available in black or white provide the highest signal quality and reliability, with exceptional cooling offering plenty of potential to push your memory further.
The Obsidian 500D RGB SE adds a dash of the spectacular to the iconic Obsidian Series 500D. The standard 500D front aluminum plate is replaced with a premium piece of smoked tempered glass and backed by three LL120 RGB fans, each equipped with 16 vibrant LEDs for a total of 48 RGB LEDs of vivid illumination.

Powered by an included CORSAIR Commander PRO digital RGB lighting and fan controller, and CORSAIR iCUE software, it's easy to synchronize lighting with the rest of your CORSAIR iCUE compatible setup or choose from an extensive range of customizable lighting effects to create your own RGB masterpiece. The power of iCUE doesn't stop there; with in-depth system monitoring and customizable cooling curves, you can take direct control of your system's fans, adjusting speeds to correspond with CPU, GPU or system temperatures for low-noise operation, or even stopping them completely when you need a moment of silence.

Behind it's RGB lightshow and tempered glass front panel, the Obsidian 500D RGB SE retains all the features that have made its namesake an award winner with reviewers around the world. Smoked tempered glass panels on either side and an aluminum top plate and trim combine the best in minimalist design with premium materials, while inside plentiful fan mounts, storage space and extras, such as a vertical GPU mount, stand ready to host your most ambitious builds.
 

Availability, Warranty, Compatibility and Pricing
CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB PRO Series DDR4 memory will be available in June 2018. The new Obsidian Series 500D RGB SE is available immediately from the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.

VENGEANCE RGB PRO is fully compatible with CORSAIR iCUE software, and also supports GIGABYTE RGB Fusion and MSI Mystic Light software.

CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB PRO Series DDR4 memory is backed by a limited lifetime warranty, while the Obsidian Series 500D RGB SE is backed by a two-year warranty. Both are supported through the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

For up-to-date pricing of both the CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB PRO Series DDR4 memory and CORSAIR Obsidian Series 500D RGB SE, please refer to the CORSAIR website or contact your local CORSAIR sales or PR representative.

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About CORSAIR
CORSAIR is a world leader in providing high-performance PC peripherals and components to gamers, enthusiasts and e-sports athletes.

Founded in 1994, CORSAIR has won thousands of awards for its products including mechanical keyboards, precision gaming mice, wireless headsets, high-performance components that gamers use to build gaming PCs, and the CORSAIR ONE fully-integrated gaming PC.

Copyright © 2018 CORSAIR Components, Inc. All rights reserved. CORSAIR, the sails logo, and Vengeance are registered trademarks of CORSAIR in the United States and/or other countries. All other company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks, and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review

The MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is here, will it race ahead of the competition or suffer from an overheated engine!?


The new AMD Ryzen 2000 series CPUs are here and they've picked up right from where their extremely impressive and successful Ryzen 1000 counterparts had left. Ofcourse these CPUs as AMD had promised are backward compatible to the same AM4 socket on the existing X370 and B350 chipset motherboards but then some new features such as XFR 2.0 and Precision Boost 2 that these bring to the table require a new motherboard chipset only and only if one is planning to build a new system from scratch. So here we are today with the new X470 PCH motherboards flooding the market and even though they are technically the same as their X370 counterparts these offer some new tits and bits and not to mention much more refined and revamped aesthetics. Thanks to MSI today we I'm publishing my first ever review of these new motherboards and I'm super excited as this is my favorite lineup of the MSI lot, we have with us today the MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard for review!

Since some time now the Gaming Pro Carbon lineup has been the mainstream king from MSI and has always proved its worth both in Intel and AMD sides alike, to be honest I've not come across a single one of these that weren't worth the money so, my hope are already high here! With a price tag of $180 this is one of the cheaper X470 motherboards out in the market with enough RGB, dual M.2 slots, a robust VRM and plenty of IO options including a WiFi adapter from Intel!

What's in the Box!?


MSI has a different color scheme for each of its motherboard range and the same goes for the Carbon series motherboards that pretty much like its previous generations is, well mostly black with hues of colors signifying its RGB nature.
The front doesn't have much to divulge in terms of feature set nor has an image of the motherboard instead the entire real estate is occupied by a dark and mystical image of the IO cover so bye bye to the god old sports car!


The back unlike the front is printed to the brim with features! A detailed marked diagram of the motherboard is printed in one corner highlighting all the physical features and on the right we see features such as the Mystic LED, Twin Turbo M.2, USB 3.1 briefly explained.
Open the box and you'll find the motherboard in an anti-static bag resting on top of the bottom compartment that houses all the accessories.

On the accessories front the X470 Pro Carbon AC is quite humble yet provides all the accessories needed to get one started. We have a WiFi Antenna installation guide, User’s manual, Cable labels, Driver and utility DVD, Quick installation guide, Registration insert, SLI HB Bridge, USB 2.0 header extension cable, I/O Shield, Two SATA cables, 2 x WiFi Antennae, Screw for PCIe card, Rainbow RGB LED Extension cable 80cm and Y-splitter RGB LED Extension cable 80cm.

Closer Look and Features


MSI went low key with this one over here aswell. Simply placing the motherboard out of the box shows the stark reality that the motherboard is indeed different from what the usual trend is going on in the motherboard market today.

The X470 Gaming Pro Carbon is one of the few motherboards out there that shout elegance from every corner! Its a full matte black product with highlights of carbon fiber vinyl on the I/O shield, PCH while certain areas are highlighted by white plastic cover accentuated by metal strips and underlying LEDs that can be used as per one's own whims.

Looking at the CPU socket area we realize that it is extremely clean and specious with ample space to accommodate big air coolers aswell. The socket right in the middle is a AM4 which is the same as that on the previous generation X370 and like boards. This makes the entire new AMD Ryzen 2000 series compatible with previous gen motherboards after a simple BIOS update and nothing else giving you more value for money!

DIMM slots on the reinforced by metal shields that not only work as an EMI shielding to the RAM sticks to ensure hindrance free performance but also imparts tensile strength to the slots in case one uses tall or heavy Memory kits like my Kingston HyperX Predator.
These support a maximum of 64GB DDR4 memory kit working at a maximum frequency of 3466Mhz. Also the mounting mechanism is changed and both the locking brackets need to be opened prior to DRAM installation.

Along the bottom of the motherboard are two of the eight SATA III ports strangely isolated from the other six located on the right side near the PCH which could make cable management tricky.

Turn your gaze towards the PCIe area and we see three PCIe 3.0x16 slots and three PCIex1 slots for devices of a bygone era! Two M.2 slots is also provided that we'll discuss later on.
Two of the three full sized PCIe slots are armored to support large and heavy graphics card while the bottom most is partially reinforced with metal clips for added support giving the board the following configuration in SLI or CrossFireX:
Single Card: 16x/0/0/
Dual: 8x/8x/0/
Tri: 8x/8x/4x/
The PCIe Slots have three LED embedded at the bottom and lit up red when the slot is populated by a graphics card. They turn up white when the graphics card installed is using less than 16xPCIe lane.
A notable fact over here is that in ATX board like this you tend to find seven PCIe slots in total with four full length and three PCIex1 but in the MSI X470 Gaming Pro there are only five eliminating the top most slot. By doing this MSI cleverly managed to shift the DIMM slots down by half an inch which in-turn cleared out some space in the CPU area and above it giving one the flexibility to choose from a range of beefy CPU air cooler without any compatibility issue.
We also see two M.2 ports here out of which the top one is shielded and has 4xPCIe3.0 lanes to it for full bandwidth of 32Gb/s but the one near to the bottom has only 2 PCIe lanes making ti usable for SATA drives as in case one uses a NVMe drive they'll only get half the speed there. Once populated with a SATA drive you will surrender one SATA III port while populating a NVMe drive in the top slot won't have any effect on other connectivity features.

For the IO panel we have two USB 2.0 and five USB 3.1 ports, one USB Type-C port, LAN port, audio output, one PS2 port, clear CMOS button, WiFi and Bluetooth antenna connection ports, a display port and an HDMI port.
Resolutions up to 1920×1200 at 60Hz are supported on the single-link DVI-D port, while HDMI offers 4K at a low refresh rate or lower resolutions (such as 1080P) at 60Hz.

On the left side of the board we have the Audio Boost 4 technology powered by a Realtek ALC 1220 5-channel CODEC which is an upgrade to the ALC 1150 used previously by most of the manufacturers and protect by an LED illuminated isolation strip to prevent any static distortion. This arrangement is solidified with gold plated Chemi-con capacitors and three Texas Instruments  OP1562 op-amps to power headphones and provide a surround sound experience.

The CPU is powered by an 12+1 phase Military Class-5 power delivery system controlled by a NIKOS PK832BA PWM controller and constituted of 10-years rated Titanium Choke and Black Caps. This is not an all digital power delivery system but a reliable one for sure being powered by twin eight-pin EPS 12V connectors for enhanced stability and extreme overclocking, though one is fine with using any one of the two for daily use.

VCore and VccGT phases are handled by a IR 35201 3+2 phase PWM controller on this motherboard which is a good configuration and I expect to see some impressive and stable overclocking results delivered by the X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC.

Four ASMedia ASM1480 multiplexers are responsible for routing the PCIe lanes between the two silver x16 slots while some of the USB 3.0 and 3.1 USB ports on the board are controlled by the Asmedia ASM314 chip to shed load from the CPU and the Intel's I211AT Gigabit LAN controller is also in place to take care of the connectivity.

BIOS and Bundled Software 

BIOS Overview 


UEFI BIOS is getting more and more common with each manufacturer opting for it due to its simple and flexible interface along with the option to navigate via a mouse rather than a keyboard exclusive BIOS. MSI is no different and has offered not one but two versions of BIOS, EZ and Advanced versions, with the MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC so as to suit every customer's needs.
On boot up by default you'll be greeted with a more comprehensive and detailed EZ BIOS screen. This is a crammed up screen that has the details about all the components installed on the board along with options laid out neatly under clear tabs on the left side. If you want to change fan speeds, maybe boot devices, or use its automated overclocking function or A-XMP, you can do so quickly and easily.







This is a much preferred version for the beginners and though it comes with a Game Boost Knob on the top left its useless since the Gaming Pro Carbon doesn't support this feature. The "Memory Try It" feature is as always working well on this motherboard aswell and provide some easy overclocking features on the click for the RAM provided you don't expect too much here since we are talking about a Ryzen platform who's Infinity Fabric requires you to pay some attention and do some prior homework.
On pressing the F7 key you'll be teleported into the Advanced BIOS version or the traditional MSI UEFI BIOS version. This is a version that all the overclockers will love since the settings are broadly laid out with tab heading like Over Clocking Settings itself. A plethora of features are there out of which I'm showing you a selective few.

Bundled Software

This is the era when manufacturers provide customers with not just a motherboard and utility softwares that act more like blotwares if nothing else. Gigabyte App center is already what I've reviewed a lot of time & it has never failed to impress but MSI is no less rather  a bit more refined in their approach.
The heart of the software set is the MSI command set which gives you general features and information regarding the CPU, GPU, Fan Speed, IGP and the Game Boost knob...again!

Also one beautiful graphical window is there that provides you with temperature readings of each component & even tell you where they are located on the board.
The gaming app section is something that you'll  be familiar to if you are a MSI graphic card owner. It give you all the information and tweaking options related to your GPU and you can select which vital stat you want to see on your screen. Also you can adjust mouse sensitivity and assign hot keys to your gaming mouse from here making it a one stop solution for gaming.

Another added feature this time is the support of wireless control over the MSI Command Center which can be achieved via an App for your cell phone that allows full control over the features of the motherboard including adjusting voltages and frequencies aswell!

Benchmarks and Overclocking 


The AMD Ryzen 2700X comes bundled with a newly designed Wraith Prism RGB Air cooler designed by Cooler Master and is enough to keep you going for your daily use but since we are bench-marking here and my ambient temperature is not exactly very low in this Indian Summer weather I've decided to go the AIO way using the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 but still I'll drop in an image with the Wraith Prism for you to look and admire maybe if you are into RGB and stuff.


Before I talk any further first let's take a glance at the test bench configuration for this test which is well optimized for the processor and motherboard we are using here -


CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
Motherboard: MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB 3200Mhz
Cooler: Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280
Graphics Card: MSI RX 580 Gaming X 8GB
Storage: Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB
Secondary Storage: ADATA XPG SX8000 256GB M.2 SSD
Power Supply: Cooler Master V1200 Platinum 1200W
OS: Windows 10 64-bit

Our system was fully stable from the get go with no issues at all even in enabling the A-XMP profile on the memory to the rated 3200Mhz. Temperatures obviously are monitored via Ryzen Master utility and a few points worth mentioning here are that firstly the CPU hits 1.5v when under extensive load which even with an AIO cooler generates quite a lot of heat and hence the CPU clocks down to 4.08Ghz on all cores. Overclocking is easy on Ryzen 2700X on the MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC, you can simply leave the voltage to auto and play around with the multiplier or you can adjust both depending upon your choice and moreover cooling solution. I managed to hit a stable 4.2Ghz on all cores using 1.4v and the results were significantly higher however anything above that was too much for the CM MasterLiquid Pro 280 to handle but I'm sure one can easily hit 4.3-4.4 using a bigger AIO or best a custom cooling loop.

AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark


AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a great tool to bench your CPU and RAM in terms of their read-write-copy abilities. Our Ryzen 2700X along with the Trident Z RGB shows impressive results and we see that memory scaling sure has improved with the new Ryzen 2000 series.

AIDA64 GPGPU x64 CPU


The reason for including this benchmark was to simply observe the AES and Hash Test which is a determent of how easily your CPU or GPU can crunch complex calculations and higher score is always regarded better.

7-zip


7zip is a compression and decompression program that utilizes the processing power of the CPU alone. It is a synthetic benchmark that gives results very close to real life scores.

Cinebench R15


Cinebench uses Maxon's Cinema 4D engine to render a photo-realistic scene of some shiny balls and weird things (we miss the motorbike). The scene is highly complex, with reflections, ambient occlusion and procedural shaders so it gives a CPU a tough workout.
As Cinema 4D is a real-world application - used on films such as Spider-Man and Star Wars - Cinebench can be viewed as a real-world benchmark.

wPrime 


wPrime is a leading multithreaded benchmark for x86 processors that tests your processor performance by calculating square roots with a recursive call of Newton’s method for estimating functions.

3DMark Fire Strike Extreme and Time Spy


Fire Strike Extreme and Time Spy by 3DMark is a test suit that plays a cinematic scene to determine the FPS, GPU temperature and CPU temperature scaling everything via a cumulative score. These are a great tool to benchmark your GPU since the render is GPU dependent especially Time Spy which is D12 based and is a direct reflection of modern day gaming performance that utilize DX12 more effectively.

PCMark 10


PCMark is an effective tool to bench and see the capacity of the system to handle day to day tasks like video conference, web browsing etc to professional tasks like rendering. Its a great tool to judge the overall potential of the system. With lower VRAM but higher clocked RAM we can see minor difference in the two systems here which can be neglected as in real life it wouldn't be noticeable.

Rise of the Tomb Raider


Its old but still extremely effective to benchmark and one of my personal favorites. Using DX12 the settings are set to Very High preset at 1080p resolution with the graphics card set to stock with no additional tweaks be it manual or through the provided utility.

Assassin's Creed Unity 


The latest installation of Assassin's Creed is set in Egypt and the toll that it takes on the graphical engine and CPU is heavy in fact its strong enough to brings down most of the modern rigs on their knees. The quality is set at Very High preset at 1080p.

CrystalDiskMark 5.0.2

Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SATA SSD

ADATA XPG SX8000 256GB NVMe SSD

CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software that analyses different types of hard drive. Giving sequential benchmark write and read statistics in MB/s. A simple program that is very useful.

My Verdict 

AMD has yet again hit the jackpot and given the main stream consumer something too aspire for and the existing Ryzen owners something compelling enough to make and upgrade, even though the older Ryzen is perfectly competent enough *wink*. The Ryzen 7 2700X in focus today is more tha enough for anything one would like to co with their PC and clearly beats the Ryzen 7 1800X in raw performance and offers improved gaming aswell as memory scaling which is an extremely welcome move all with the goodness of a bundles Wraith Prism RGB cooler!
Talking about the motherboard manufacturers like MSI well they have done a splendid job when it came to designing & revamping the motherboards. The MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is a breath of fresh air and its worth mentioning that MSI has been constantly changing and evolving their Pro Carbon lineup as per time and user feedback. The X470 Gaming Pro Carbon has an entirely new design which is infact a refined version of the X299 Gaming Pro Carbon which is a beautiful motherboard in its own rights.
MSI cleverly ditched the redundant SATA express and U.2 connector to implement dual M.2 connectors along with fully functional tri PCIe slot configuration with a bunch of USB 3.1 ports all working at the same time thanks to the brilliant use of the PCIe lanes that the X470 PCH and Ryzen CPU has to offer. Overclocking wise the motherboard offers enough VRM to keep the CPU steady at a very respectable frequency provided you have the cooling solution to keep dissipate all that headt the CPU generates when locked at all cores. On the down side the motherboard does lack some vital on board buttons or indicators such as a Debug LED which is vital to almost ever user. Also the LEDs are a bit clumsy to control and the Mystic Lights software needs some tweaking from MSI's end to make the whole motherboard a bit more appealing.
The LEDs are yet again meticulously implemented by MSI on a pure black board and nifty features such as Memory Try it! in the BIOS are a welcome move. For a motherboard that costs around $180 its a  steal deal for almost anyone out there who's on a budget.
"MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is a Pro in terms of balance between much needed features, distinctive yet elegant looks and to the point pricing. Highly recommend to anyone who's willing to buy the new X470 platform without blowing a hole in their pocket!"
Pros -
  • Elegant Looks
  • Handles overclocking well
  • Solid build quality
  • Aptly Priced
  • RGB implementation is subtle and effective 
  • Has WiFi and Bluetooth
Cons -
  • No onboard Debug LED
  • Bundled Software such as Mystic Light needs refinement
I give it a 8/10 earning our Gold Award!