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Review of the ASRock Z87M OC Formula chipset Intel Z87

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In this case, the orientation of the Board for overclocking — not approval marketing and paper, and quite reasonable level of technical components. In particular, the Board supports the full set of overclocking features and provides the processor with cryogenic cooling systems. We also note that a certain part in the development took a well-known overclocker with nickshih’s OC profile, with the result that the BIOS came pre-settings for certain modes of dispersal.

Thus the achieved results in the acceleration can be activated with the use, as on Board there are two PCI Express x16 slots, you can install a pair of dual-GPU graphics cards AMD or NVIDIA (supports both SLI and CrossFire). Thus, overclocked to the max the CPU will not be a limiter for video and will allow you to obtain the best possible performance. Theoretically, for a fee, you can install three video cards, but we’ll talk about that later.

In the rest of the ASRock Z87M OC Formula in no way inferior to the rest MicroATX solutions, but in terms of expansion capability even surpasses them due to the presence of two slots Mini PCI Express. In General, the Board looks quite interesting and outside the box, and we only need to test how successful this product is.

#Specification ASRock Z87M OC Formula

ASRock Z87M OC Formula
Processor Socket LGA1150
Support Intel Turbo Boost technology 2.0
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 1066/1333/1600/1866/../3000+
Possible dual-channel memory access
Support for Intel XMP
Graphics Two slots PCI Express x16
Support of AMD CrossFireX technology
Technology support NVIDIA SLI/Quad SLI
Support Intel HD Graphics
Expansion possibilities One slot PCI Express x1
One PCI Express x4 slot
One slot Mini PCI Express
One slot Half-Mini PCI Express
Seven USB 2.0 ports (two integrated, four additional one integrated)
Eight ports USB 3.0 (six built-in, two additional) support ASRock XFast USB
Sound High Definition Audio 7.1
Network controller Gigabit Ethernet
Overclocking capabilities The frequency change Bclk 90 to 300 MHz in 0.1 MHz steps, change multipliers CPU, PCIe/DMI
The change in voltage on the CPU, memory, CSA, Input, Cache, and chipset (PCH)
Utility ASRock Formula Drive, Rapid OC, Timing
Disk subsystem Protocol support for SerialATA 6 Gb/s (six channels — Z87, c support for RAID)
UEFI 2х64 Mbit Flash ROM
AMI BIOS with support for Enhanced ACPI, DMI, Green, PnP Features
Technology ASRock Instant Flash
Technology ASRock Internet Flash
The ASRock XFast USB technology
Technology, ASRock XFast LAN
Supports ASRock XFast Charger
Supports ASRock XFast RAM
Support ASRock Crashless BIOS
Technology ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard)
Support ASRock UEFI System Browser
Support ASRock UEFI Tech Service
Supports ASRock Tuning very well
Support ASRock Restart to UEFI
Support ASRock Dehumidifier Function
Support profiles CMOS
Different One serial port, one port for PS/2 keyboard or mouse
Buttons power and reset, reset button CMOS
Switches LN2, Slow, BIOS
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
The main 24-pin ATX power connector
Additional 8-pin power connector
Monitoring Monitoring CPU temperature, system voltages, rotation speeds of all (6) fans
Technology SmartFan
Size Form factor Micro-ATX, 244×244 mm (9,6×9,6 inch)

Box with an ASRock Z87M OC Formula is as follows.

#Equipment

And is in the box this:

  • motherboard;
  • multilingual user’s guide;
  • brief description of the settings BIOS + short description of proprietary utilities;
  • DVD disk with software and drivers;
  • four cables SerialATA;
  • the cover on the rear panel of the housing;
  • thermal grease GELID GC-Extreme;
  • a set of plastic “stumps”;
  • the SLI bridge.

Equipment Board is assembled with a focus on the needs of overclockers. So, in addition to the standard SerialATA cables and SLI bridge to connect two graphics cards NVIDA, it includes fairly high-quality thermal grease GELID GC. Such a tube should retail about $10, from our point of view, the presence of this pasta is a pretty significant advantage. In this case, it is not even about the cost of pasta, and that it’s pretty rare in the shops it is not easy to find. In addition, we note a set of plastic “stumps” that allow you to build a system based on the open stand. Finally, the presence of a bag with a tiny screw, which can be used to fix the expansion Board (or SSD) in the Mini PCI Express slot. This is very important because to find such a screw — a fairly trivial task.

A basic user manual is a weighty book with brief information about the functions of the Board, which is duplicated a number of languages. In addition, the Board attached a small booklet (in English) with a very meager description of the BIOS settings and practically useless information on brand tools.

Also note that DVD has a complete set of drivers and utilities that are available through a convenient shell.

ASRock Z87M OC Formula комплектация 2

#ASRock Z87M OC Formula

Despite its modest size, ASRock Z87M OC Formula was very heavy due to the massive radiators on the power Converter. We also note the successful use of the yellow color that distinguishes ASRock Z87M OC Formula from some dark and gloomy cards, which have flooded the shelves.

On Board there are two PCI Express x16 slots, with the corresponding distribution lines schemes: 16+0 and 8+8.

In addition, the motherboard has one PCI Express x1 and one PCI Express x4 slot. Note: the latter has a split rear wall, which theoretically allows you to install a third graphics card. Form factor MicroATX didn’t stop the developers to increase the possibility of expansion by adding two Mini PCI Express slots, one of which allows the installation of full-size cards, and the second shortened (Half Mini PCI Express).

Slot Half Mini PCI Express

Returning to the Board size, note that the high component densities did not affect the ease of Assembly. In particular, the main power connector located on the bottom edge of the Board, and the extra 8 pin is on the left edge.

ASRock engineers have not stinted on connectors for fans connection: on the Board there are four 3-pin connectors and a pair of 4-pin (one of the last reserved for the CPU cooler).

Also on the Board are soldered four 240-pin DIMM slots for DDR3 memory modules with an intuitive scheme of installation of the modules in dual-channel mode.

Note that the Board supports memory standard DDR3 1066/1333/1600 MHz frequencies, as well as any frequency up to DDR3-3000 MHz in overclocking mode; the maximum memory size of 32 GB.

#Possible extensions

Due to chipset Z87 ASRock Z87M OC Formula supports six SerialATA 6 Gb/s. All ports are located near the chipset and oriented parallel to the plane of the Board.

Here we will mention about one brand features motherboard ASRock: on the rear panel is a single port SerialATA 6 Gb/s, which divides a single channel with the SATA3_1 connector.

As regards support for serial bus USB, then using the Z87 chipset, the developers have implemented seven USB 2.0 ports, two of which are located on the rear panel, four are connected with straps (not included), and the latter was placed near the memory slots.

Usually this port is set for full-size boards for various hardware keys for protection of expensive software. In our case this port is a nice addition to the work with the system on the open bench.

In addition, the Board supports eight USB 3.0 ports using the Z87 chipset and additional hub ASM 1074. While the rear panel has six ports, and two are connected by means of a plate (not included).

USB 3.0 хаб

USB 3.0 hub

ASRock Z87M OC Formula has an eight-channel sound Intel High Definition Audio, and the codec chip ALC1150 in solid metal protective housing. In addition, ASRock engineers used better quality secondary components of the audio subsystem (including a pair of separate amplifiers Texas Instruments), which allowed them to isolate this complex in a separate technology Purity Sound. With this technology, the user gets better sound quality (especially at low frequencies).

Now a few words about the network: installed on-Board Gigabit Ethernet controller Intel i217V (PHY).

By the way, it is generally pretty intense.

Please note that the Board has two video outputs (DisplayPort, HDMI), HDMI input, external port SerialATA, the button to reset CMOS, and one PS/2 port. As for the USB 3.0 ports and USB 2.0, then they can be distinguished by color: the first blue and the other painted black. We also note that the Board supports one COM-port by means of a corresponding strap (not included).

In addition to the CMOS reset button on the rear panel, there is one — it is established on the left edge of the Board. There are two more buttons: to turn on (Power) and restart (Reset).

Next to them are two BIOS chips, as well as a special switch to select the active BIOS. And in the UEFI shell user can overwrite the firmware of the main chip in the backup (if, of course, is sure of its stability).

And before you go to the shell, will present the 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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