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MSI MPG B650 Carbon WiFi Motherboard Review

Rating: 7.0.

In this review, we are taking our first look at AMD’s new B650 chipset via the MSI B650 Carbon WiFi motherboard. Coming in at £380 in the UK, this certainly is not the value successor to B550 that many users may have expected.

With that said, though, there are a host of truly high-end features including a 16+2+1 VRM with 80A power stages, quadruple M.2 slots, and dual high-speed networking connections. So let’s take a closer look at this premium B650 offering.

Timestamps:

00:00 Start
00:50 Tech data
03:10 A closer look at the board
06:10 M.2 / connectivity / audio
07:40 Rear I/O
08:33 BIOS
10:42 Luke's view of the UEFI
11:02 Test System platform
11:44 Performance testing / Temps / Power
16:09 VRM Cooling performance
16:43 Closing Thoughts

Features (information taken from the MSI webpage):

  • Supports AMD Ryzen™ 7000 Series Desktop Processors
  • Supports DDR5 Memory, up to 6600+(OC) MHz
  • Enhanced Power Design: 16+2+1 Duet Rail Power System, Dual 8-pin CPU power connectors, Core Boost, Memory Boost
  • Premium Thermal Solution: Extended Heatsink with Heat-Pipe, MOSFET thermal pads rated for 7W/mK, additional choke thermal pads and M.2 Shield Frozr are built for high performance system and non-stop gaming experience
  • High Quality PCB: 6-layer PCB made by 2oz thickened copper and server grade level material
  • DIY Friendly Design: Patented Screwless M.2 Shield Frozr, EZ M.2 Clips, Pre-installed I/O Shield, Steel Armor
  • 2.5G LAN and AMD Wi-Fi 6E Solution: Upgraded network solution for professional and multimedia use. Delivers a secure, stable and fast network connection
  • Lightning Fast Game experience: PCIe 4.0 slots, Lightning Gen 5 x4 M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2
  • MYSTIC LIGHT: 16.8 million colours / fancy lighting effects controlled in one click. MYSTIC LIGHT SYNC supports the latest ARGB Gen2 strips, RGB strips and Ambient devices
  • AUDIO BOOST 5: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience

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