Intel’s 8th gen processors are quite popular among gamers for its impressive performance and overclocking capability they offer for the price. The Z370 chipset was introduced with a new socket type Intel LGA 1151, to replace the old gen LGA 1150. Fortunately, this new chipset and socket were designed for the same 8th gen Intel processors, and only fewer changes in architecture were made to boost up the performance even further. So basically, to use any of these Intel 8th gen processors in your rig, you need an LGA 1151 socket motherboard. Today, we are discussing two of these motherboards based on Z370 chipset (ASUS Prime Z370A Vs. MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon), offering Intel LGA 1151 processor socket. These motherboards are:
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We have covered all the specifications with great technical details so that you understand which Motherboard is right for you. Make sure you read until the end so that you know both products well, and feel free to ask any questions or give suggestions in the comment section below. So without any delay, here is the detailed comparison between Asus Prime Z370-A and MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon:
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ASUS PRIME Z370-A
MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon
As the table implies, both motherboards are based on Intel Z370 chipset, which offers Intel LGA 1151 socket. It supports all Intel 8th gen processors including Intel Core i3, i5, i7, Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron. It makes this motherboard suitable for all types of users. No matters if you require a home computer or high-end gaming rig, this motherboard can be your thing if you have a decent budget. You can use Celeron, Pentium or i3 for entry-level PCs for general computing, video edition (paired with decent GPU) and i5 or i7 for the high-end gaming rig.
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Both motherboards come with single CPU slot and four DIMM slots supporting 288-pin RAM sticks. However, Asus Prime Z370A offers three PCIe 3.0 x16-slots. Two of them support x8 and x16 modes, and the other one supports x4 mode only. Moreover, it comes with four PCIe 3.0 x1-slots. On other hand, MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon offers 3x PCIe 3.0 x16-slots. Moreover, it offers only three PCIe 3.0 x1-slots, where Asus offers four.
For storage interface, both Asus and MSI offer six Serial ATA-600 ports. However, Asus Z370A offers single M.2 connector whereas the MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon provides dual M.2 connectors with RAID 0 / RAID 1 support. The number of USB ports is the same. However, Asus delivers an extra thunderbolt and serial headers port.
In term of networking, interfaces, audio/video output, and Supported RAM, both Asus Prime Z370A and MSI Z370 Gaming Carbon Pro are pretty same. Here is a quick look at detailed technical details:
ASUS AI Suite III
ASUS Turbo App
drivers & utilities
MSI Gaming Hotkey
MSI Live Update 6
As you can see, ASUS offers a lot more BIOS features compared to what MSI Z370 Gaming carbon pro has to offer. These features significantly affect when you want to overclock your PC. Moreover, Asus is more regular when it comes to providing BIOS updates. Both motherboards come with their own set of software, which come handy when setting up your rig. Asus Prime Z370A ships with 1x SLI Bridge cable and 3 Serial ATA cables, where MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon ships with single SLI bridge cable and single Serial ATA cable. Both weigh almost same, and their dimension is same as well.
We hope this post helps you to understand how these two motherboard differs so that you can choose the right product according to your requirements. If you have any query or suggestions, feel free to use the comment box below. Thank You, see you until next post!
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