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Review motherboard MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING Intel Z87

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Several years ago MSI used the GD65 index to denote the top-end motherboards. Subsequently, the arms race in the field of capacity expansion demanded more and more clever solutions — and the flagship Board began to receive the index of the GD80. Then marketers came to the conclusion that the combination of letters and numbers is not very attractive to users and, since the models on the Intel Z77 chipset, the top of the Board got its own brand of MPOWER. The output of the Intel Z87 has launched the next round of the competition, the functionality of the MPOWER series has ceased to meet modern requirements — and MSI has released an uncompromising monster Z87 XPOWER. This fee we will discuss later, but today let’s look at the most powerful of models of mid — level MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING.

So that the user does not have the feeling that he gets a mediocre cost, this model is related to Gaming series and equipped with a number of features that may be of interest to gamers. Among such features in the MSI include overclocking, resulting in Board supports a complete set of overclocking features. If the computer with the Z87-GD65 GAMING will be used for more serious purposes, then the Board provides a wide range of options: two additional channels SerialATA 6 Gb/s and support for embedded SSDS.

So, on paper this motherboard looks pretty interesting. It’s time to check in practice, how it meets stated specifications.

#Specification MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING

MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING
Processor Socket LGA1150
Support Intel Turbo Boost technology
Chipset Intel Z87 (PCH)
Communication with the processor: DMI 20 Gb/s
System memory Four 240-pin slots for DDR3 SDRAM DIMM
Maximum memory 32 GB
Supported memory DDR3 1066/1333/1600/…/3000
Possible dual-channel memory access
Support for Intel XMP
Graphics Three slots PCI Express x16
Support of technologies AMD CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI
Support Intel HD Graphics
Expansion possibilities Four PCI Express x1 slots
Eight USB 2.0 (two built six additional)
Six USB 3.0 (four built, two additional)
Sound High Definition Audio 7.1
Network controller Gigabit Ethernet
Overclocking capabilities The frequency change Bclk 90 to 300 MHz in increments of 0,165 MHz, change multipliers CPU, PCIe/DMI
The change in voltage on the CPU, memory, MIS-IO, SA and chipset (PCH)
Utility MSI Command Center
MSI OC Genie
Disk subsystem Protocol support for SerialATA 6 Gb/s (six channels — Z87, c support for RAID)
Protocol support for SerialATA 6 Gb/s (two channels — ASMedia ASM1061)
One slot mSATA
Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) Shell Click BIOS
2х64 Mbit Flash ROM, dip switch
Utility MSI M-Flash
The MSI Super Charger
MSI’s V-Check Points
Profile support
Utility Live Update 5
Different One serial port, one port for PS/2 keyboard or mouse
Buttons power, reset, CMOS reset, GO2BIOS, OC Genie
Seven-segment indicator POST-codes
STR (Suspend to RAM)
S/P-DIF Out
Power management The Wake-up from modem, mouse, keyboard, network, timer and USB
Main 24-pin ATX power connector
Additional 8 pin power connector
Monitoring Monitoring temperature of CPU, system, voltages, rotational speed of all the (5) fan
Technology SmartFan
Size Form factor ATX, 244×305 mm (9,6×12 inches)

MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING looks like.

In the box you will find the following:

  • motherboard;
  • user manual in English + brief installation instructions;
  • the description of the software;
  • DVD disk with software and drivers;
  • four cables SerialATA;
  • a set of additional connectors;
  • kit V-Kit for measuring voltages;
  • the cover on the rear panel of the housing;
  • flexible SLI bridge;
  • sticker MSI Gaming Series, the sign on the door.

Equipment is generally consistent with the Board — all the components you need in place.

Of additional elements, we note the set of V-Kit, which is used for direct monitoring of voltages via the module CheckPoint. For gamers there is a proprietary sticker and warning sign that can be hung on the door handle.

As for documentation, then we don’t have any complaints as to the content of the DVD. The last buyer will be able to find all necessary drivers, a number of proprietary utilities, and a trial version of antivirus Norton Internet Security. However, the multifunction utility Command Center on the disk is missing — it will need to download and install.

It should be noted that the installation of driver and utility is very simple, with its intuitive interface.

MSI Z87-GD65 комплектация 2

#The MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING

For example, the Z87-GD65 GAMING andthe MSI ngenera showed that he can do dark and gloomy charges. Such an attitude to painting boards we do not endorse, but have to note that in this direction there are almost all manufacturers. As for component diagram Board, the developers refused to support the PCI bus in favor of more PCI Express x1. Thus, they got rid of the need for additional controller simplifies PCB design and reduce the final cost of the product.

In addition to the four slots PCI Express x1 slots (all of them connected to the chipset), the Board has three PEG slots, which are serviced by the CPU controller PCI Express. Possible configurations of the distribution lines following: 16+0+0, 8+8+0 and 8+4+4.

The design of the Board does not cause difficulties when assembling the system, since the latches of DIMM slots not blocked by the first graphics card and the power connectors are installed properly, the edges of the PCB: main (24-pin) connector located on the bottom edge, and an additional (8-pin) on the right.

Next to the CPU socket there are two 4-pin connectors (CPUFAN1, CPUFAN2) for connecting the respective cooler. Also the Board has three 4-pin connector (SYSFAN1 — SYSFAN3), with which you can enhance the cooling system. Speed of all connected fans are monitored by the motherboard, in addition, the user can control their speed.

On Board there are four 240-pin DIMM slots for memory modules DDR3. Note that the motherboard supports the memory frequency from DDR3-1066 to DDR3-3000, and the maximum amount of memory equal to 32 GB. And as soon as the charge voltage is applied, the light turns on Power button.

#Possible extensions

Due to the chipset Intel Z87, supports six SerialATA ports 6 Gb/s and allows you to combine drives into RAID arrays of levels 0, 1, 5 and 10. The appropriate ports are located near the chipset and oriented parallel to the plane of the Board and painted black.

In addition, the Board supports a couple of SerialATA 6 Gb/s with additional controller ASMedia ASM1061 (appropriate ports are located along with the rest; far left).

Between the CPU socket and the first PEG slot hidden mSATA slot that you can use to install SSD-drive. It should be borne in mind that this slot shares one channel SerialATA port ~ 6 ports will be.

Also on the motherboard has eight USB 2.0 ports: two located on the rear panel, and another six are connected by means of straps (not included). In addition, the Board supports six USB 3.0 ports, four of which are located on the rear panel, and two are connected by means of a plate (not supplied). We also note that the programmers have implemented technology MSI Gaming Device Port, which improves with high-precision gaming mice, but the company’s engineers do not regret the gold to the appropriate USB ports.

Board Z87-GD65 has eight-channel sound, and as the selected codec chip ALC1150. MSI representatives claim the use of very high-quality components in the audio subsystem, with the result that users will get a rich sound.

Also on Board is high-speed network controller Atheros Killer E2205 (Gigabit Ethernet), connected to a single bus line PCI Express.

Corresponding connector (RJ-45) displayed on backboard, which has the following configuration:

Note that the Board has three video outputs (VGA, DVI and HDMI), optical and coaxial S/P-DIF outputs, a set of standard audio outputs, one PS/2 port, and a button to reset the BIOS settings. There are four more buttons. One is for the system start (Power), and the other to reset (Reset), the third is called OC Genie (it is used to run the same function in the automatic overclocking).

The fourth button GO2BIOS button — used to easily enter the BIOS shell. Next to the buttons mounted seven-segment indicator POST-codes for the initial diagnosis of the system. In addition, next to the main power connector has two BIOS chips. Switching between primary and backup circuits is provided via a dip switch, which is located in the same place.

Another optional component is called a CheckPoint: it is located to the right of the main power connector and allows you to directly measure the operating voltages on the Board.

Before proceeding to the description of the BIOS settings, here is a traditional component diagram.

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Overview motherboard ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I GAMING graphics card, Ryzen, two M. 2

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Remember the body Design LUNA DNK-PRIME? For example, in early 2018, we showed that to build a compact and powerful PC with 8 core processor is quite real. The system uses Ryzen 7 1700 and NVIDIA. The weak point of the system turned out to be additional power X370GTN the first AM4-motherboard form factor mini-ITX. Since then it’s been quite a time, respecting all Board submitted its device of this size, and the company ASUS, which is not surprising, turned out to be in a leading position. Model ROG STRIX B450-I GAMING — a bird of a completely different flight. On the basis of this device is actually to collect and productive workstation, and fast gaming system. However, now you see for yourself.

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I GAMING

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I GAMING

#Specifications and packaging

At the time of testing ROG STRIX B450-I GAMING means far not the only mini-ITX-motherboard ASUS, which is suitable for processors Ryzen. So, in computer stores in your city you can meet similar solutions model ROG STRIX X370-I GAMING and ROG STRIX X470-I GAMING, which are based on older AMD chipsets. As you can see, the hero of today’s review uses a set of logic B450, but in this article I will explain why there is no sense to take mini-ITX-motherboard based on the older AMD chipsets. And yet I propose to get acquainted with the technical specifications ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I and GAMING equipment.

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I GAMING
Supported processors AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation
Ryzen with AMD Radeon Graphics Vega
AMD Ryzen 1st Generation
Chipset AMD B450
Memory subsystem 2 x DIMM slots, up to 32 GB DDR4-2133-3600 (OC)
Expansion slots 1 × PCI Express x16
The storage interface 1 × M. 2 (Socket 3, 2242/2260/2280), support a SATA 6GB/s and PCI Express x4
1 × M. 2 (Socket 3, 2242/2260/2280) with support for PCI Express x4
4 × SATA 6GB/s
RAID 0, 1, 10
LAN Intel I211-AT, 10/100/1000 Mbps
Audio ROG SupremeFX (S1220A) 7.1 HD
Interfaces on the rear panel 1 × HDMI
1 × RJ-45
1 × optical S/PDIF
4 × USB 3.1 Gen1 Type A
2 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A
3 × 3.5 mm audio
Form factor mini-ITX
Price 15 000 RUB.

The device comes in a colorful cardboard box. In addition to the cost, it was a lot of accessories, both useful and not:

  • user manual, stickers with the logo of ROG, stickers for SATA cables;
  • optical media with software and drivers;
  • plug housing;
  • two custom SATA cable;
  • extension cable to connect the RGB tape;
  • plate for installing the M. 2 device form factor 2242 and additional screws for securing the SSD;
  • nylon ties;
  • external antenna from the wireless communication module;
  • ASUS Q-Connector to facilitate connection of the bodies of management of the case.
 

#Design and capabilities

Most motherboards form factor mini-ITX have a similar layout elements — this also applies to AMD AM4, and the LGA1151 platform-v2. So, the PCB with the sides 170 x 170 mm allows you to unsolder the two DIMM slots and one PCI Express x16. This modern device must have a quality power Converter, at least one M. 2 slot and allow to set arbitrarily large CPU cooler.

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I GAMING problems installing monstrous cooling systems arose. I was Noctua NH-D15 and its Archon X2 — and both of the cooler is well placed in ecolocation space, not blocking the only PEG port.

In fact, I think that the layout of the components on the Board performed well. However, when you put such an assessment in the case form factor mini-ITX it is necessary to start including the type of the used computer case. Therefore, for those who are not familiar with the compact gaming systems, I suggest you first peruse the reviews the next section: Fractal Design Node 202 and Dr Zaber Sentry (Slim Desktop); Fractal Design Define Nano’s and Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Shift (Mini-Tower). Depending on the type of case the requirements for the location of certain components of the motherboard may vary.

In any case, there is no point to unsolder any connectors near the single PEG port. Because they will block either the graphics card (using the Tower-blocks), or a flexible ribbon cable, PCI Express (when using a Slim Desktop enclosure). Therefore, ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I GAMING a big part of the connectors are located on the right side — and it’s perfect (indeed, only possible) solution.

He PCI Express x16 slots are further reinforced. Metal frame called SafeSlot, according to ASUS, increases the strength of the port by 1.8 times under the load of fracture, and 1.6 times when the load on the pulling.

Right on the circuit Board has two SATA ports (two more connectors are wired closer to the chipset between the DIMM slots and M. 2) internal USB 2.0 and USB 3.1 Gen1, and a connector for connecting the bodies of management of the case. The presence of adapter Q-Connector, by the way, really helps when the build system is made in a really tight enclosure volume up to 10 liters.

A connector for connecting the F-Audio, so to speak, hidden — it is located next to the module Wi-Fi GO! The wire from the corps (regardless of format) I recommend to stretch along x PCI Express x16 — in this case, the building will be more accurate.

All three of the connector for the fan located at the top of the motherboard right above the CPU socket. Each connector has four pins, the Board changes the fan speed with PWM (4-pin connector) or without (3-pinoyme). One of the connectors intended for connection powerful pump liquid cooling system.

If we talk about the number of connectors for fans, it is the standard — I haven’t seen mini-ITX boards with usedona larger number of 4-pin ports. Thus three connectors, will not always be enough. For example, we can assemble a system in the case Fractal Design Define Nano’s, and this device allows you to install up to six 120mm fans. In General, when you create a really powerful, but compact system can not do without the splitters and additional controllers, allowing the use of more “Carlson” in the Assembly. Perhaps you should think about buying housing with the already installed hub. For example, well suited. H200i.

If we talk about the location of the connectors for fans, and there are different options. For example, in the housings Slim Desktop very often need to have only one impeller is the one that comes with the CPU cooler. However, for example, if you install in a Fractal Design Node 202 additional fans for cooling the graphics card, the length of their wires is not sufficient in order to without any extension cords to reach the 4-pin connectors ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I GAMING. In the case of Mini Tower we can face exactly the same situation, if you want to install fans on the bottom or in the lower part of the front panel. That is why, in my opinion, one of the connectors to connect fans better be positioned in the area of the SATA ports.

Next to the onboard fan connectors are wired connectors 5 – and 12-volt RGB strips. You can manage this by using AURA Sync. The Board itself is also backlit — RGB-LEDs located throughout the right side of the device.

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I GAMING is unique in that the company’s engineers were able to place two M. 2 port. The main connector for SSD drives of this format is on a kind of pedestal is done on purpose, as under it is the chipset cooled by a small aluminum radiator. The port supports the installation of discrete devices with a length of 42, 60 and 80 mm and operates in the SATA 6GB/s or PCI Express 3.0 x4.

The photo above shows the drive with the installation of further cooled aluminum radiator.

The second M. 2 port soldered on the reverse side of the PCB. Immediately say, that this location will not always be successful. It is no secret that modern NVMe SSD is very strongly heated. It may well be that in the case of any type of SSD, the result will be sandwiched between the circuit Board and the protective wall of the housing. As a result, the SSD will warm up and throttling even stronger. Moreover, in this connector, you can install the drives without all of the radiators and thickening.

In the second M. 2 on the Board, you can install the drives with a length of 42, 60 and 80 mm. Port will only work in PCI Express 3.0 x4, and when it is used the PCI Express x16 slot, intended for graphics cards, is translated in a mode x8.

By the way, the ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I GAMING there is a third M. 2 port with the key “E”. It the default network card with a marking WCBN808L-AD, supporting 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth v4.2 through controller Realtek RTL8822BE. For a wired network in ROG Board meets Gigabit Intel I211-AT, and for sound Realtek S1220A. Audio components are on the same extra Board, soldered the main M. 2 port. It is composed of a special audiophile-grade Nichicon capacitors, headphone amplifier.

To conclude the topic of interfaces ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I GAMING, I note that the I/O panel includes two USB 3.1 Gen2 A-type is an undeniable plus of the device. For example, the previously tested ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING has no such connectors.

 

Field-effect transistors included in the power Converter are cooled by one aluminum radiator medium size. The basis of the power subsystem is a PWM controller ASP1405I. Six phases, which include transistors Infineon Technologies IR3553, form a regulator for CPU Voltage. Another MOSFET IR3555 — provides the SOC Voltage and the integrated graphics core processors Ryzen 2000G.

Shots lowlight I will give the second part of the article.

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Review motherboard MSI Gaming Pro Carbon B450 AC: save lossless

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Presented at the end of July, the chipset AMD B450 did not introduce anything fundamentally new in comparison with the predecessor chipset AMD B350. Yes, there is support for the technology of dynamic overclocking Precision Overdrive Boost, technology of data cache StoreMI, and support for AMD processors with core Pinnacle Ridge. However, without the first two the majority of owners of motherboards with B350 easy to do and now, and support for new processors they can get a simple BIOS update. Differences from the flagship X470 slightly more tangible: less USB and SATA ports, six PCI-Express and eight, as well as on the boards with the B450 it is impossible to organize NVIDIA SLI.

But the new chipset, according to the developers, should make the motherboard based on it is more affordable than in the case X470, with almost the same functionality and full support for overclocking. This did not fail to take advantage of all the major manufacturers, has announced a new series of boards. For example, ASUS has released seven new models, Gigabyte – six, ASRock – five. But the most distinguished company MSI, who presented twelve versions of their products for a given set of system logic AMD. The flagship series has become a model B450 Gaming Pro Carbon ACthat we can examine and test.

It should be noted that the retail price of this Board is nearly twice lower than the cost of the recently tested MSI X470 M7 GAMING AC, who also heads his series on AMD X470. Therefore, a comparison of these products in the course of today’s article seems quite interesting. Let’s get started.

#Specifications and recommended price

MSI B450 Carbon Pro Gaming AC (MS-7B85)
Supported processors AMD Ryzen (Summit Ridge, Raven Ridge, Pinnacle Ridge) seventh generation microarchitecture Zen and Athlon/A-series (Bristol Ridge) seventh generation in performance Socket AM4
Chipset AMD B450
Memory subsystem 4 × DDR4 DIMM UN-buffered memory up to 64 GB;
dual channel mode memory;
support modules with frequency 3466/3200/3066/3000/2933/2800/2667/2400/
2133/1866 MHz;
support A-XMP
Connectors for expansion boards 1 slot PCI Express x16 3.0, modes x16 or x8;
1 slot PCI Express 2.0 x16, x4 mode;
3 PCI Express x1 slots 2.0
The scalability of the video AMD 2-way CrossFireX Technology
The storage interface The AMD B450:
– 4 × SATA 3 bandwidth of up to 6 Gbps (supports RAID 0, 1 and 10);
– 1 × M. 2 (М2_2 drives only supports PCI-E 2.0 x4 types 2242/2260/2280);
AMD Ryzen:
– 2 × SATA 3 bandwidth of up to 6GB/s;
– 1 × M. 2 (М2_1 supports PCI-E 3.0 x4 and SATA drive types 2242/2260/2280/22110)
Network interface Intel Gigabit LAN l211-AT
Wireless network interface Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9260 (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) with a bandwidth of up to 1.73 Gbit/s, Dual Mode Bluetooth 2.1, 2.1+EDR, 3.0, 4.0, BLE, 4.2, 5.0
Audio 7.1 CH HD audio codec Realtek ALC1220:
– high-quality, shielded audio processor HD Audio Boost 4;
technology speed and performance 3;
– isolated from PCB sound area;
– the separate layers of the PCB for the left and right audio channels;
– protection from clicks;
– sound capacitors Chemi-Con;
headphone amplifier;
premium connectors with gold contacts
USB interface The AMD B450:
– 2 ports USB 3.1 Gen1 (connect to the connector on the system Board);
– 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 on back panel, 4 connected to the connectors on the system Board);
– 2 ports USB 3.1 Gen2 (both on the back of the PCB, Type-C and Type-A);
AMD Ryzen:
– 2 ports USB 3.1 Gen1 (rear)
Connectors and buttons on the rear panel BIOS Flashback button;
2 USB 2.0 ports and a combo PS/2;
video outputs Display Port and HDMI;
two connectors for antennas of the wireless communication module;
2 port USB 3.1 Gen1, and network LAN-socket RJ-45 (LAN Protect);
2 port USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C and Type-A;
optical S/PDIF output interface;
5 3.5 mm audio jacks with gold plated contacts
Internal connectors on the system Board 24-pin ATX power connector;
8-pin ATX 12V power;
4-pin power connector ATX 12 V;
6 SATA 3;
NGFF M. 2_1 2240/2260/2280/22110;
NGFF M. 2_2 2240/2260/2280;
USB 3.1 Gen1 to connect 2 ports;
2 USB 2.0 ports for connecting 4 ports;
4-pin connector CPU fan with PWM support;
4-pin connector for pumps DLC;
4 4-pin connectors for case fans with PWM support;
2 4-pin 5050 RGB LED strip 12V;
connector RGB LED WS2812B Addressable 5V;
CORSAIR connector;
TPM connector;
a group of connectors for the front panel;
audio connector for the front panel;
connector Chassis Intrusion;
connector Serial Port;
jumper Clear CMOS
BIOS 128 Mbit AMI UEFI BIOS with multilingual interface and the graphical user interface;
ACPI 6.1;
support PnP 1.0 a;
support SM BIOS 2.8
Controller I/O Nuvoton NCT6797D-M
Form factor, dimensions (mm) ATX, 305 × 244
Manufacturer’s warranty years 3
The minimum retail price, RUB.
(according to “Yandex.Market” on 30.08.2018)
11 560

#Packaging equipment

B450 MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC comes in standard box made of cardboard. On the front side you can find the model name of the motherboard and chipset, as well as an enumeration of supported technologies.

 

The back of the box has the description of all the key features of the product. There are brief specifications and lists the ports on the rear panel.

The usual sticker with the end of the box serial number Board and all of its interfaces.

Equipment is relatively modest: two SATA-cable, connection cable for led strips lighting, two antennas for wireless communication module, the sticker on the case with the Gaming logo and screw to secure the drive in the M. 2 socket.

The cover on the rear panel of the motherboard was lost, but a lot of booklets, papers, reminders, labels for SATA cables, and a DVD with drivers and utilities.

B450 MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC is made in China and is provided by a three year warranty. Cost of a novelty in the Russian shops at the time of writing began with 11 560 rubles. Note that this model is the most advanced among the solutions of MSI chipset AMD B450, however it is much cheaper, comparable in performance to AMD boards X470 of the same manufacturer.

#Design and features

Externally, the new B450 MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC looks completely normal and does not indulge the users with bright colors. Almost black PCB with dimensions of 305 × 244 mm you can only select silver the PCI-Express slot and red lettering on the cover of the audio codec.

 

Everything else is done in one color with the PCB, including the radiators, stylized as carbon. By the way, the VRM circuits they have grown substantially in size in comparison with radiators motherboards MSI AMD B350.

 

Backboard offers eighteen different connector port types: USB ports and PS/2, two video output, two connectors for antennas of the wireless communication module, the wall outlet and the audio jacks.

This also displays the Clear CMOS switch, which, by the way, we did not have to use even when a poor choice of BIOS settings — in which case the fee itself resets the settings to the standard.

All the radiators attached to the PCB with screws and plastic covers here and not at all (which, by the way, can not but rejoice). Therefore, in order to “strip” the cost to the PCB, it only took a couple of minutes.

First of all, before component analysis B450 MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC, here is a layout of the elements on the PCB of the operating instructions.

 

To look for some differences and peculiarities in the CPU socket format Socket AM4, as practice shows, it is meaningless. All boards it completely standard.

Supported payment processors include all CPU manufactured in this design. And this is true for all BIOS versions, starting with the first.

In the power supply system of the processor uses eight phases (in fact, correct to say 4 × 2). Two more phases are reserved for power delivery to the CPU NB/SoC.

For the power management of the processor on Lenovo B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC meets PWM controller RT8894A production Richtek.

Beside the CPU VRM is a small block with connectors and jumper.

On her appointment in the instructions to the Board and on the website there is no word, so we can only guess that with it are governed by the limits of some stress. Write your version in the comments to the article.

To ensure the Board and its components power it uses standard connectors with 24 and 8 pins, as well as an additional four-pin connector.

 

They are all oriented with latches on the outside.

Released on Taiwan chipset AMD B450 applies to version B2 and is dated to the 12th week 2018 (mid-March).

It combines with the AMD processor Ryzen opportunities given in the diagram below.

Since MSI Gaming B450 Carbon Pro AC applies to boards in the medium price range, branded metal sheath Steel Armor and extra soldering points to the PCB, as in the top MSI, not here. But DDR4 Boost technology, which provides memory-increased stability and at the same time allowing to reach higher frequencies during overclocking, the Board supported.

Officially declared support for DDR4 memory modules with a frequency 3466 MHz, but in BIOS the available range of frequencies up to 4133 MHz. The list of tested on-Board modules is already huge and continues to fill with new models with a-XMP.

Food memory is implemented by a two-phase scheme.

Recall that the maximum amount of memory on Board with AMD B450 can reach 64 GB, and MSI Gaming B450 AC Pro Carbon is no exception.

Board is equipped with only one full PCI Express 3.0 x16 with a metallic shell of Steel Armor. It can operate in modes x16 or x8, if the cost to install two graphics cards on GPUs from AMD. In this second video card is installed in slot PCI Express 2.0 x16 with only 4 lines. Such is the strange will be AMD 2-way CrossFireX.

As a result, NVIDIA 2-way SLI motherboard/chipset is not supported (“green” graphics card with PCI-E x4 don’t work). The remaining three slots are designed for expansion cards are PCI Express x1 2.0.

Like most other MSI boards, the switching of modes of the slots provide multiplexers ASM1480 production ASMedia.

Four of the six SATA 3 bandwidth of up to 6GB/s on Lenovo B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC implemented by the chipset AMD B450 and two – processor lines, with the result that they are forced to share resources with the first M2_1 port. So I have to choose: or SATA5 ~ 6 ports will be or M2_1.

Moreover, this choice is not very pleasant, since the upper M2_1 on the Board is called a Turbo M. 2 supports SATA and PCI-E NVMe drives types 2242/2260/2280/22110 and has a radiator Shield FROZR.

In other words, to abandon the port and storage it is unlikely that anyone will want. Today, however, even in expensive systems rarely use more than four SATA drives, and in the budget. So ports should be enough.

Second М2_2 connected to the chipset and only supports drives PCI-E 2.0 x4 types 2242/2260/2280, and the radiator is provided.

Concluding the topic of ports for drives, say a few words about USB. Overall B450 MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC comes with 12 USB ports, six of which are displayed on the rear panel — and the same can be connected to the connectors on the PCB. On the panel there are two USB 3.1 Gen1, two USB 2.0 and two SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-C and Type-A). With the internal connectors of the motherboard can take the four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.1 Gen1. Third-party controllers for USB card is not received — using only the resources of the chipset and processor. We will add that at the program level are supported by proprietary technology MSI X-Boost, MSI Super Charger and Double ESD Protection.

About the network interfaces. On Lenovo B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is present Gigabit Ethernet controller Intel l211-AT the release of the end of 2012, worth just over two U.S. dollars. However, nobody says that is bad.

At the hardware level supports technology of protection against voltage surges and static electricity, Protect the LAN, and software – intelligent control of network traffic through the app the MSI GAMING LAN Manager. A conventional controller, for household needs it is quite sufficient, but still we would like to see in motherboards even average level any progress in this area and the introduction of dezetilirovanny network controllers.

Wireless network interface Board is implemented by the controller Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9260 release the end of 2017.

It provides Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual band — 2.4 and 5.0 GHz with a bandwidth of up to 1.73 Gbit/s, as well as Bluetooth 2.1, 2.1+EDR, 3.0, 4.0, BLE, 4.2 and 5.0.

Sound B450 MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC presents 7.1-channel HD audio codec Realtek ALC1220, protected from electromagnetic interference by an aluminum cap.

In the original concept MSI Audio Boost 4 includes not only the shielding of the processor, but also audiophile-grade capacitors Chemi-Con, dedicated headphone amplifier, protection against clicks, the individual layers of the PCB for the left and right audio channels, as well as isolated from the rest of the items on PCB area of audio.

Budget motherboard got gold-plated contacts audio software support for surround sound technologies in speed and performance Sound 3.

Controller Nuvoton NCT6797D-M Board can simultaneously control up to six fans with PWM support.

One of the connectors has a current up to 2 A — it is designed to provide power, for example, energy-intensive pumps liquid cooling systems. Note that from the point of view of placing of hull and CPU fan connectors are distributed on the PCB pretty well.

Backlight on Lenovo B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is implemented by LEDs under the chipset and the line of LEDs on the back side of the PCB in the area of RAM slots.

Branded app MSI Mystic Light will help you to choose one of 16.8 million colors and over a dozen different modes of illumination.

In addition, the backlight can be extended by connecting an external led strips, for which the Board has three connectors.

Unfortunately, the indicator POST-codes on Lenovo B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC no, but it is partially replaced by four LEDs MSI EZ Debug, soldered the RAM slots. The bottom edge of the PCB Board took the USB connectors, front panel connectors of the case and the audio and other instruments.

A distinctive feature B450 Carbon Pro Gaming AC from MSI motherboards of the previous generation are enlarged radiators on the VRM circuits. Especially their size is impressive, the radiator of the power supply circuit of the CPU core.

And as it turns out, this is done not by marketers for design and beauty, as often happens. We make sure the test portion of the article, and go over your BIOS.

#Opportunities UEFI BIOS

At the time of testing B450 MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC was only available for two version of BIOS: 1.08 July 4, 2018, with support AGESA PinnaclePI-AM4 1.0.0.2 and 1.10 from 15 August 2018 with the support AGESA Code 1.0.0.4 C and some optimizations in the memory handling. We tested the charge on both the latest BIOS and no difference in overclocking the CPU or memory is not revealed.

As in previous MSI starts the shell in a simplified EZ mode (here and below we present a number of screenshots already with overclocking CPU and memory, not by default).

When you press F7, you can switch to advanced mode to access the six main sections with settings and integrated utilities.

The main section, Settings, incorporates the controller settings of the Board, security and boot options, and saving and loading settings.

 
 
 

OC – so short and sweet is the main section with the overclocking settings the motherboard, CPU and memory. Here we recommend you immediately switch to the Expert mode with additional settings.

 

It has everything you need for overclocking of CPU and RAM, including eight stabilization modes stresses the CPU and SOC. The core voltage of the processor can be changed in the range of 0.900 to 1,550 In increments of 0.0125 V SOC in the range of 0.900 to 1,300 In the same step, and the RAM – from 0,800 to 2,000 In increments of 0.010 V. in addition, change some more minor tensions.

There are also sub-subsections with detailed information about the installed processor and memory modules.

 
 

A separate section is configuring the technology CPU.

As for RAM, here B450 MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC will give odds to many competitors. First, despite cypselae restriction 3466 MHz, a memory frequency of up to 4200 MHz. Another thing that is compatible with AMD Ryzen memory at this frequency you until you find (and if you find, you are not forced to work stably at this frequency), but for the future is obvious. Second, the BIOS pre-flashed more than 20 sets of memory settings (frequency/timings) for overclocking.

 

However, this setting even its name “Memory TryIt!” alluding to the fact that there are no guarantees, but as a brand features the MSI boards are quite interesting. Thirdly, if you don’t rely on automatic selection of the settings, to manually change all the timings available RAM, including the secondary and deeply hidden. Below we present only two screenshots, but in practice they are twice as much.

 

The possibility of creating six profiles of BIOS settings that you can save for later use, but to upload to a USB flash drive or download from it, should simplify the overclocking.

Not disappeared and the usual utility Hardware Monitor where you can adjust each of the five plugged in for the fans as well as real-time monitor core temperature, and voltage.

The only thing I would like to wish the MSI engineers, is to increase the number of points on the fan curve from four to six, so you can adjust speed more smoothly.

In conclusion, the BIOS will remind him about the built-in browser of the motherboard.

Here without loading the operating system and opening the system unit can identify which components are installed in the cost. We will add that when you exit the BIOS displays all changes made to it.

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