Ryzen 1600 Overclocking with MSI B350 PC Mate ATX vs MSI B350 Gaming Pro Micro ATX

I found the MSI PC Mate & Gaming Pro (Chipset: B350) models for the same price. And the main difference between their spec sheets is that the PC Mate trades an USB 3.1 Gen1 port for a USB-C Port & Doesn't have any LED's on it and the fact that it is ATX with 2 more DIMM slots & a PCI-Ex16 slot with crossfire enabled. Is there any difference in overclocking between these 2 boards? And also, how do they compare (in terms of overclocking) against the MSI Tomhawk B350 Motherboard.

Thanks in advance! ^^
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  1. PC mate are meant for working, gaming pro are focused in gaming, so the benefits should have some difference here and there since they have different purpose, that's all i can say though.
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  2. constantine_99 said:
    PC mate are meant for working, gaming pro are focused in gaming, so the benefits should have some difference here and there since they have different purpose, that's all i can say though.


    Well I intend on mostly using it for content creation (Premier, Android Studio, Android Emulators, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator) and for maybe a little light gaming. Such as Rocket League which is just so optimized for even a low level GPU such as mine. I'm on a pretty tight budget so I decided to go for the 1600 which left little space for my GPU (Rx 460). I'd still like to overclock it as much as I can though.
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  3. Gaming Pro has 1 more PCI slot, a newer audio revision (Realtek ALC1150 vs ALC887 (negligible)), different SATA port amounts, different/more connectivity. There will be no realistic performance differences between the two.
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  4. constantine_99 said:
    Gaming Pro has 1 more PCI slot, a newer audio revision (Realtek ALC1150 vs ALC887 (negligible)), different SATA port amounts, different/more connectivity. There will be no realistic performance differences between the two.



    I'm pretty sure the PC Mate has an extra PCI slot and 2 extra DIMM slots. They also have an equal number of SATA ports and both the PC Mate & Gaming Pro have the advertised Gigabit Genie for bandwith optimization.

    Which is why I ignored that answer in another forum (I didn't ask the question) :P
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  5. Oh well, I researched a bit and found out that lots of people had problems with the fan headers, sata ports, etc being positioned horribly in the Gaming Pro m-ATX board and also very slow initial boot times with the un-updated OS. The PC Mate ATX, from the reviews I've read on newegg say that's it's a pretty damn steady and solid board and one reviewer claims to have actually hit 4.0GHz with the 1500x and multiple say they hit 3.9 with various Ryzen processors. Considering that you can barely hit 4 - 4.1GHz at max with you being lucky with the silicon lottery and having decent cooling I'd say it's overclocking potential is actually... better than the Gaming Pro-mATX. I'd the PC Mate is more or less a replica of the MSI Tomhawk, but instead of it's red LED stuff, it's just got a slight yellow LED border around the PCI slot. The only con the PC Mate has in comparison to the Gaming pro is that it uses blue capacitors whereas the Gaming Pro uses black capacitors. But in real life the blue capacitors will last for over 5 - 7 years and the black one's last for over 10 years. I really don't see anyone using the same motherboard for over 10 years though...

    Hope this helped anyone else with the same query ^^
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