MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon 2

MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard

SKU: MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon

Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer is used extensively the world of car racing, where each second counts. Besides its strength and futuristic look, carbon-fiber is also very light for ultimate performance to pursue track records. MSI GAMING motherboards are dedicated to ultimate performance and the best gaming experience. The CARBON motherboards black scheme combines flashiness with sophistication that is sure to make your pc stand out in looks and performance.

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Accessories and Specification

MSI also provides an ‘H Connector’, whose function is no different than Asus’ Q-Connector. It makes it easy especially with a motherboard with an all-black PCB layout as you can effortlessly put all the front panel headers on the connector and then install it on the motherboard. Why can’t every motherboard manufacturer do this?

Alas, one which I received with the motherboard was different from the one in the images. Plus the marking on it didn’t make sense. On top of it, the header markings were not on the motherboard, but the manual helped me out with that. The manual is excellent and should help novices with a basic know-how knowledge to know which part goes where thanks to the guides’ illustration. This guide is more detailed than the ones I’ve read in the past.

The specification listed on its website is too vague that it did not include U.2 listing. The following is from the PDF guide and has all the required information.

CPU Supports New Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition

Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology*
*This function will be supported depend on the CPU.

Chipset Intel®X99 Chipset
Memory
  • 8x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 128GB
  • Supports DDR4 3466(OC)/ 3400(OC)/ 3333(OC)/ 3200(OC)/3000(OC)/ 2933(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2666(OC)/ 2600(OC)/2400/ 2200(OC)/ 2133 MHz
  • Quad channel memory architecture
  • Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Expansion Slots
  • 4x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
  • Support x16/ x0/ x0/ x0, x16/ x16/ x0/ x0, x16/ x16/ x0/ x8, x8/ x16/ x8/ x8 with the CPU that supports 40 PCIe lanes.
  • Support x16/ x0/ x0/ x0, x16/ x8/ x0/ x0, x8/ x8/ x8/ x0, x8/ x8/ x8/ x4 with the CPU that supports 28 PCIe lanes.
  • 2x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
Multi-GPU
  • Supports 3-Way AMD CrossFire Technology
  • Supports 3-Way NVIDIA SLI Technology
USB
  • ASMedia ASM1142 Chipset
    • 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) port on the back panel
    • 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 (Super Speed USB 10Gbps) Type-C port on the back panel
  • Intel X99 Chipset
    • 5x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports
      (1 internal Type-C port on the board, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
    • 8x USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) ports
      (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
  • VIA VL805 Chipset
    • 4x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports on the back panel
Storage
  • Intel X99 Chipset
    • 10x SATA 6Gb/s ports (2 ports from SATAe port) SATA1~6 support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10. SATA7~10 only support IDE mode and AHCI mode
    • 1x M.2 slot (Key M)
    • Supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s
    • Supports 2242/ 2260/ 2280 storage devices
    • 1x U.2 port
    • Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe storage
    • 1x SATAe port* (compatible with 2 SATA ports)
    • Supports up to PCIe 2.0×2
    • Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology
Audio
  • Realtek ALC1150 Codec
  • 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
  • Supports S/PDIF output
LAN 1x Intel I218-V Gigabit LAN controller
Back Panel
  • 1x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
  • 4x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1x Clear CMOS button
  • 4x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
  • 1x LAN (RJ45) port
  • 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 port
  • 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
  • 1x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
  • 5x OFC audio jacks
Internal Connectors
  • 1x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 10x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 1x SATA Express connector
  • 1x M.2 slot
  • 1x U.2 port
  • 2x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
  • 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports)
  • 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C port
  • 1x 4-pin CPU fan connector
  • 1x 4-pin Water Pump connector
  • 3x 4-pin system fan connectors
  • 1x Front panel audio connector
  • 2x Front panel connectors
  • 1x TPM module connector
  • 1x Chassis Intrusion connector
  • 1x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1x Slow mode booting jumper
  • 1x GAME BOOST knob
  • 1x Power button
  • 1x Reset button
  • 1x Multi-BIOS switch
  • 1x RGB LED connector
I/O Controller NUVOTON NCT6792D Controller Chip
Hardware Monitor
  • CPU/System temperature detection
  • CPU/System fan speed detection
  • CPU/System fan speed control
Form Factor
  • ATX Form Factor
  • 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
BIOS Features
  • 2x 128 Mb flash
  • UEFI AMI BIOS
  • ACPI 5.0, PnP 1.0a, SM BIOS 2.8
  • Multi-language
Software
  • Drivers
  • COMMAND CENTER
  • LIVE UPDATE 6
  • FAST BOOT
  • SUPER CHARGER
  • GAMING APP
  • SMART UTILITIES
  • M-CLOUD
  • RAMDISK
  • GAMING LAN MANAGER
  • USB SPEED UP
  • Nahimic 2
  • XSplit Gamecaster V2
  • Intel Extreme Tuning Utility
  • Norton™ Internet Security Solution
  • Google Chrome™ ,Google Toolbar, Google Drive
  • SteelSeries Engine 3
  • CPU-Z
Performance/ GAMING Features
  • WTFast GPN
    • 2-Month Premium License
    • Multi-Server Network Optimization
    • Advanced Lag Spike & Disconnect Reduction
  • GAMING CERTIFIED
  • Open Broadcaster Software
  • Encoding using H264 (x264) and AAC.
  • Support for Intel Quick Sync Video (QSV) and NVENC.
    • Unlimited number of scenes and sources.
    • Live RTMP streaming to Twitch, YouTube, DailyMotion, Hitbox and more.
  • MYSTIC LIGHT
    • 16.8 Million Colors
    • 17 LED Effects
    • Extend Header for 1 additional RGB Strip
  • AUDIO BOOST 3
    • Isolated Audio PCB
    • EMI Shielding
    • High-Quality Audio Capacitors
    • Golden Audio Connectors
  • GAME BOOST
    • Easy Overclocking
    • 7 Gear Clock Change
  • GAMING LAN
    • Intel Gigabit Ethernet
    • GAMING Network Manager power by cFos
    • Electric Wave Surge
  • GAMING APP
    • System Mode Switching: OC/Gaming/Silent
    • Gaming Hotkey
    • Gaming Mouse Control
    • Gaming LED Control
  • Optimized Thermal Design
    • Heat-pipe Direct Touch Technology
    • Enhanced Choke Thermal Design
  • Nahimic 2
    • Sound Tracker
    • HD Audio Recorder 2
    • Expert Mode
    • Sound Effect Equalizer
    • Microphone Noise Reduction
  • XSplit
    • XSplit GAMECASTER V2
    • XSplit BROADCASTER V2
MSI Exclusive Features
  • CLICK BIOS 5
    • EZ Mode & Advanced Mode Switching
    • Board Explorer
    • Hardware Monitor
  • MILITARY CLASS 5
    • Military Class Component
    • Military Class Stability and Reliability
      • ESD Protection
      • EMI Protection
      • Humidity Protection
      • Circuit Protection
      • High-Temperature Protection
      • VGA Armor Slot
    • COMMAND CENTER
    • System Monitor
    • Smart Fan Control
  • RAMDISK
  • LIVE UPDATE 6
  • M-CLOUD
  • USB Redrivers
  • CPU-Z
  • Steel Series Engine 3
  • SUPER CHARGER
Specification Highlights
  • DDR4 BOOST 2 Support
    • Quad-Channel DDR4 Memory Support
    • Isolated DDR4 Circuit Design
    • DDR4 XMP Ready
    • Steel Armor Ready
  • PCI Express 3.0 Support
    • 3-Way Nvidia SLI Support
    • 3-Way AMD CrossFire Support
  • Multi-GPU with Steel Armor
  • USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A/ Type-C Ready
  • USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C Ready
  • Turbo M.2 Ready
    • PCIe 3.0 x4 (32 Gb/s) Support
    • PCIe/ SATA Dual Mode Support
    •  Steel Armor Ready
  • U.2 Ready
  • NVMe / AHCI Driver Support
  • 2-Digit Debug Code LED
  • EZ Debug LED 2
  • RGB LED pin header
  • PCI-E Ambient Light
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From Hardware BBQ:

This motherboard is excellent. For the features this motherboard provides in an ATX layout, it’s just nice to see a well-organised distribution of components. It’s just one WiFi + BT onboard chip and another gigabit LAN away from easily being called as a feature-rich motherboard. I am not a fan of LEDs flash crazy unlike a certain group of people. I am not also a fan of ‘gaming’ motherboards the ones I’ve seen so far have made a weird perspective. This is a proper feature-rich and mostly fully-loaded motherboard. The amount of USB connectivity it provides, plus U.2 and M.2 expansion option, it will fulfill a lot of needs. Those who prefer CPU air coolers will be happy about the layout, though with something like an NH-D15, understandably they’ll have to check the compatibility depending on which dual-tower/single-tower 140mm CPU heatsink they have. But with something like NH-D15S, you’ll do just fine!

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