MSI Z370-A PRO, one of the 8th Gen Intel processor supported motherboards, stands out with its high performance. Here is MSI Z370-A PRO Review. In what areas can the MSI Z370-A PRO, be used, is it suitable for gaming?
I will study briefly one of the most preferred motherboards of recent times, “MSI Z370-A PRO,”. This motherboard primarily supported 8th Gen Intel Core and Intel Pentium / Celeron processors from Intel’s LGA 1151 socket-type processors. Our motherboard in the ATX Form Factor structure supports Intel Z370 Chipset as can be understood. This motherboard with 4 x DDR4 RAM slots provides RAM support up to 64GB. Supporting 2667, 2400, 2133 MHz RAM frequencies, this motherboard supports RAM to 4000 Mhz with OC (Overclock). Let’s make a little reminder here; For example, you have used a 2400 Mhz XMP Supported RAM. You will need to set XMP New to On or Enable in the motherboard BIOS. Otherwise, it will run at a frequency like 2133. These other RAM frequencies are valid but let me remind you that may not always be. XMP is a structure that allows DDR3 or DDR4 memory to go beyond the standard RAM specifications (frequency-data rate) (overclock-oc).
MSI Z370-A PRO Motherboard Technical Details
When we look at the PCI Slots, we see that there is a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (x16 mode) where a graphics card can be installed and a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (x4 mode) slot. Apart from that, we see that there are four PCIe 3.0 x1 slots as PCI slots.
We see only 1 PS / 2 Combo Port (for fee and keyboard), 4 USB 3.1 (Gen1), 2 2.0 USB and 1 DVI-D, VGA and DisplayPort on the motherboard. Let’s make a little reminder that the motherboard has 8 USB 3.1 (Gen1) and 6 USB 2.0 support.
The 6 SATA ports on the motherboard have 6Gb / s support, or in short, SATA III. As you know in this part, you can connect and use an HDD (2.5 ”or 3.5”) with the ones that come with the motherboard, or you can install and use an SSD (Solid State Drive) with SATA support.
There is an “M.2 Form Factor” on the motherboard. This part is PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb / s and M.2 SSDs are targeted. So you can install and use an SSD with M.2 form factor here. It is useful to pay attention to the SSDs 2242/2260/2280/22110 you will buy. For example; In 2242, width is specified as 22 mm and length as 42 mm. Let me find a reminder; It is useful to know if the SATA1 port is disabled using the M.2 slot. Besides, M.2 Form Factor supports Intel Optane Memory Ready technology. Intel Optane Memory is a revolutionary hyper-speed memory module in the computing world. Creating a bridge over DRAM and storage, this module describes the HDD (Harddisk), system performance and demonstration. I don’t think the prices are too expensive and very affordable. Anyway, it makes the most sense to buy an M.2 SSD instead.
Our motherboard supports AMD CrossFire Technology as a graphics card (video card). In this technology, there is the logic of operating two ATI Radeon chip graphics cards together. In other words, it is the logic of working together of two graphics cards with the same or model with ATI chipset. If you use a graphics card of your choice – now or later – two graphics cards will not be used. The Crossfire thing is only for ATI chipset graphics cards.
The motherboard has Intel Smart Response Technology. Intel Smart Response Technology allows a combination of two-drive, lower, low-volume SSD drives, low rpm, high fixed speed (HDD) or high, a suitable storage solution Provided Solid State Hybrid quad (SSHD) Intel Smart Response Technology automatically stores the SSD in addition to the most common usage applications and recognition for two-drive storage solutions; it also provides access to the large storage capacity of the HDD.
In addition, our motherboard supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices.