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MSI X470 Gaming Pro

The MSI X470 Gaming Pro is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM4 socket.

It has 64 GB DDR4 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.

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MSI X470 Gaming Pro

help iconCPU SocketSocket AM4help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0
help iconCPU Compatible MakeAMDhelp iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetX470help iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconRelease Date04 Mar 2018help iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x8 v3.0
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconMax RAM64 GB DDR4help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR4help iconSATA 2.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR4 2133 MHz
  • DDR4 2400 MHz
  • DDR4 2666 MHz
  • DDR4 2800 MHz
  • DDR4 3000 MHz
  • DDR4 3200 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots4help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 8 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin power connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF connector
  • TPM Chip
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear2help iconBack Panel I/O
  • DVI connector"
  • Line In Connector
  • Line Out Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector

MSI X470 Gaming Pro compatibility review

The MSI X470 Gaming Pro uses the AMD Socket AM4 CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR4 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 3200 MHz, and 0 DDR4 slots allowing for a maximum total of 64 GB RAM.

Released on 04 Mar 2018, te MSI X470 Gaming Pro is over 2 years old, meaning it is based on aging technologies and will not have the level of support that you would find in a newer motherboard.

Conforming to the ATX standard, the MSI X470 Gaming Pro should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.

The MSI X470 Gaming Pro has 1 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage.

The MSI X470 Gaming Pro does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 1 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v3.0, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the MSI X470 Gaming Pro's PCIe v3.0. The MSI X470 Gaming Pro does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The MSI X470 Gaming Pro has 6 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.

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