MSI is keen on revealing its Haswell-E motherboards based on Intel’s X99 chipset. A few days back we got a glimpse of MSI’s X99S SLI motherboard featuring an all-black color scheme for the first time in the company’s product line up. Today, folks at ExPreview got hold of marketing images of MSI’s X99S Gaming 9 AC motherboard featuring the traditional red and black color scheme along with gaming series branding.
MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC Motherboard
MSI’s X99S Gaming 9 AC is the top of the line motherboard in the gaming series featuring LGA 2011-3 socket and Intel’s X99 chipset. It comes with DDR4 compatibility with quad-channel support on all eight DIMM slots. The power delivery seems to come through an eight phase VRM design which is cooled by a striking red and black heatsink. The X99 chipset is also cooled by a rather large headtsink with MSI and Gaming series logos embedded on top.
In terms of expandibility, X99S Gaming 9 AC features five PCIe 3.0 X16 slots (not confirmed) and a M.2 slot between the third and forth slot. Storage options include six SATA 6 GB/s ports (assumed from the image above) and two SATA Express ports. Other internal connectors include USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HD Audio connector and RJ45 connector.
MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC also includes the exclusive Audio Boost technology which was missing from the X99S SLI motherboard. This is a gaming oriented motherboard so it was bound to come with Audio Boost technology. We can also spot a Debug LED at the bottom right corner of the board.
Moving on to the back of the board, the I/O shield consists of eight USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet port, gold-plated audio jacks and a PS2 port. Except for the two USB ports, every other port has a red accent in the interior. Since its the flagship board with AC in the model name, it also features a built-in WiFi module and two antennas at the back. The I/O shield is also protected from surge by a top black cover.
There is no information regarding the price of X99S Gaming 9 AC but it will debut next month along side the launch of Intel’s Haswell-E HEDT processors.