MSI released a new addition to its Carbon motherboard lineup called the 970A Gaming Pro Carbon. The board is based on AMD 970 + SB950 chipset, and is based on a PCB design. It draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, conditioning it for the CPU along with an 8-phase VRM.
Interestingly, this would be the first motherboard in the Carbon series that feature an AMD AM3+ socket. Like other Carbon motherboards released before, the 970A Gaming Pro Carbon is covered in a matte black finish and also complemented with carbon fiber accents on some of its components. Keeping up with the ‘RGB everywhere’ trend, MSI latest gaming motherboard too features RGB lighting that can be found alongside the heatsink that located at the bottom left of the motherboard.
The 970A Gaming Pro Carbon gets its name from RGB LED lighting on the SB950 southbridge heatsink, and PCB ground-layer isolation trace that separates the onboard audio area from the rest of the PCB. Storage connectivity includes 20 Gb/s M.2 slot, and six SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Modern connectivity includes 2 USB 3.1 ports (both type-A), four USB 3.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet, and a high-grade onboard audio solution that includes a 115 dBA SNR CODEC, heasdet OPAMP, ground-layer isolation, and audio-grade capacitors. The board is driven by UEFI BIOS, and supports NVMe booting.
Price and date of availability for the MSI 970A Gaming Pro Carbon was not given; however, we do expect that the company to be announcing both details soon.