MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review & Specifications – 2020

MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC ReviewThe MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard is part of the Performance Gaming range, which includes gaming motherboards combining excellent finish quality with performance essential for gamers. They also have many features designed to improve your gaming experiences and embeds MSI Mystic Light technology. 

Compatible with AMD Ryzen processors on AMD AM4 socket, it supports DDR4 RAM, PCI-Express 3.0 graphics cards, or SATA 6Gb/s and M.2 disks (SATA and PCIe). It also has rich network connectivity since it is equipped with a Wi-Fi AC & Bluetooth 4.2 controller in addition to the Gigabit Ethernet controller. 

You’ll find a detailed MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC review below where you’ll learn why we recommend this board to even the pickiest gamers. You can play all of the latest games and use a virtual reality headset.

Advantages of MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync – Personalize your PC with up to 16.8 Million colours.

M.2 Shield – The world’s fastest SSDs can start to drop in performance in the heat. M.2 generation offers extra protection while maintaining maximum performance

Audio Boost 4 with Nahimic 3 – High quality isolated audio with HIFI processor

Extended Heatsink – With more cores, power and thermal design are more important to ensure the temperature stays low.

Core Boost – optimized power and trace design to support more cores and get better performance

MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Motherboard Review

If something distinguishes the MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard, is that it has a Wi-Fi AC card for 2 × 2 connections of up to 1.73 Gbps and Bluetooth 5. This is one of the best boards MSI has for the B450 chipset. Its design is entirely in matt black with heatsinks in the chipset, VRM phases, and Wi-Fi card area and one of the M.2 slots. It is even compatible with AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, being one of the few that supports it.

In addition to Wi-Fi connectivity, we also have exciting features like two PCI-Express slots with Steel Armor technology with support for Crossfire, and three other PCIe x1 slots for extra connectivity. For storage, we have two M.2 PCIe x4 slots and 6 SATA 6 Gbps ports. All of this will be adequately powered with no less than 10 + 2 power phases and an 8 + 4-pin connector. It is the best performance plate.

Cooling

As it could not be otherwise, the connectivity in terms of ventilation and cooling is the best, with up to 6 connectors for PWM fans, double connector for the pump, and manageable both by software and by UEFI BIOS. 

Audio

MSI has chosen to equip the B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard with Audio Boost technology, allowing you to enjoy an immersive and realistic sound experience. Thanks to a careful choice of components and a design with an isolated audio circuit, you can be sure of receiving a pure and crystal-clear signal. The sound chip has opted for a Realtek ALC1220 chip along with another Audio Boost 4 manufactured by the Sony Direct Stream Digital brand, with a built-in DAC and dedicated headphone amplifier.

An Easily Configurable BIOS

On the MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC, the manufacturer has integrated a BIOScontaining all the options and tools necessary for the most demanding gamer’s needs. Its many features help you set up your system and enjoy performance and stability while playing.

When you need to get back to your game, EZ Mode lets you quickly change basic BIOS settings and functions on your B450. Gaming Pro Carbon AC If you want to make more advanced settings to boost your PC’s performance, Advanced Mode can meet your needs.

Boost Your RAM Modules

With standard design memories, signals are often disturbed by electromagnetic waves from other components, making the system slower and unstable. With DDR4 Boost technology, MSI offers an entirely isolated memory circuit that will ensure the signal remains solid for optimal performance and excellent stability for more great games.

Built For VR

Coupled with a powerful processor and a fast graphics card, you can consider professional VR or gaming use with this MSI motherboard. The One-Click-To-VR feature allows you to push the performance of all your components with just one click. The software also ensures that your virtual experience is not impacted by other software in use.

Technical Specifications MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Motherboard

Manufacturer and name

MSI, B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

Motherboard Format

ATX

Socket

AM4 Socket (for Summit Ridge, Raven Ridge, and Pinnacle Ridge)

Power Connections

  • 1x 24-pin ATX
  • 1x 8-pin EPS12V
  • 1x 4-pin + 12V

Phases/coils

 11 pieces (10x CPU, 1x RAM)

CPU Features

Chipset

AMD B450 chipset

Memory banks and type

4x DDR4 (dual-channel), up to an effective 3,466 MHz

Memory expansion

Max. 64 GB (with 16 GB UDIMMs)

SLI / CrossFire

 2-way CrossFireX

Onboard main features

PCI Express

  • 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16) via CPU
  • 1x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4) via AMD B450
  • 3x PCIe 2.0 x1 via AMD B450

SATA (e), SAS and

  • M.2 / U.2 interfaces
  • 4x SATA 6GBit / s via AMD B450
  • 2x SATA 6GBit / s via CPU / APU
  • 1x M.2 M-Key with PCIe 3.0 x4 via CPU
  • 1x M.2 M-Key with PCIe 2.0 x4 via AMD B450 (shared)

 USB

  •  2x USB 3.1 Gen2 (2x on the I / O panel) via AMD X470
  • 4x USB 3.1 Gen1 (2x on the I / O panel, 2x via header) 2x via CPU, 2x via AMD B450
  • 6x USB 2.0 (2x on I / O -Panel, 4x via header) via AMD B450

Graphic Interfaces

1x HDMI 1.4 (HDMI 2.0 with Ryzen 2000)

1x DisplayPort 1.2

WLAN / Bluetooth

WLAN 802.11a / b / g / n / ac via Intel Wireless-AC 9260, dual-band,

up to 1.73 GBit /s, Bluetooth 4.2

LAN

1x Intel I211-AT Gigabit-LAN

Audio codec and connectors

8-channel Realtek ALC1220 codec

5x 3.5 mm audio jacks

1x TOSLink

LED lighting

RGB LEDs

  • 2x RGB headers
  • 1x addressable.RGB header
  • 1x Corsair header

FAN And AIO Headers

  •  1x 4-pin CPU FAN header
  • 1x 4-pin WPump FAN header
  • 4x 4-pin chassis FAN header

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FAQs

Is MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Good?

Ans: Yes, this is indeed a pretty good motherboard; in fact, one of the best in the performance gaming series.

Does The MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Have Bluetooth?

Ans: Yes, it has Bluetooth 4.2 feature.

How Do I Update My BIOS MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC?

Ans: It’s quite easy, and with few steps, you can easily update the BIOS.

Step 1: Supply the power to CPU

Step 2: Store the MSI.ROM file in a USB flash drive and plug it in

Step 3: Now you need to press the Flashback+ button and the LED

Step 4: You’ll see the LED automatically be off once the BIOS flashing process gets ended.

You can watch the video to do it without any difficulty:  

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