Intel is all ready to launch their next HEDT platform in a few days and so are motherboard manufacturers. They’ve been unveiling and teasing their upcoming Intel X99 based motherboards. MSI has also unveiled a number of their upcoming models like the X99S Gaming 9 AC, X99S XPower AC and X99S SLI Plus but those were merely teasers. We have now come across some detailed information and pictures of their upcoming overclocking motherboards including the X99S MPower and X99S XPower AC. Both of these motherboards come at the top of their respective price points and come loaded with a number of features.
MSI X99S MPower:
MSI X99S MPower is cheaper of the two overclocking motherboards. It features the same black and yellow theme that we’ve been seeing on MSI’s overclocking motherboards for a while now. Naturally, it has an LGA 2011-3 socket in the center with four memory slots on each of its sides totalling to eight slots which support the latest DDR4 memory. CPU socket gets it’s power from a 12-phase power delivery system which is coupled with an 8-pin EPS and a 4-pin power connector. This beefy CPU VRM gives a fair idea that this motherboard is meant for serious business.
In terms of PCI expansion slots, the X99S MPower comes with four PCIe x16 slots and two PCIe x1 slots with open ends which means that these two slots can accommodate full length PCI cards as well. This motherboard obviously supports NVIDIA SLI and AMD Crossfire. For storage connectivity, it comes with eight SATA III ports and a number of USB 3.0/2.0 headers and ports. Additionally, there is a SATA Express port as well.
The MSI X99S MPower also comes equipped with a dedicated audio area with MSI’s Audio Boost technology. Furthermore, it has a number of overclocking features as well like on-board overclocking buttons and diagnostic LED display.
MSI X99S XPower AC:
MSI X99S XPower AC is company’s top offering and this is as good as MSI’s X99 lineup will get. It features an E-ATX form factor and comes with lots and lots of features and overclocking aids. MSI released a teaser picture of X99S XPower AC a while ago which showed the motherboard covered in ice which gives an idea that it is meant for sub-zero overclocking.
There is an LGA 2011-3 socket at the center of the motherboard accompanied by a beefy CPU VRM (probably 12-phase) which gets the power from a combination of an 8-pin EPS and 4-pin power connectors. On both sides of the CPU socket, there is a total of eight memory slots which support the latest DDR4 memory with speeds of up to 3000 MHz.
The X99s XPower AC has five PCIe x16 slots and one open-ended PCIe x1 slot. The slots are laid in such a way that you can install up to four dual-slot graphics cards and take advantage of NVIDIA SLI or AMD Crossfire. There is a 4-pin molex power connector below the PCIe slots which is to provide extra power to the slots in case all of them are populated. Additionally, there is an mSATA slots as well to support that latest form factor of SSDs.
Storage connectivity options include ten SATA III ports including two SATA Express ports and a number of USB 2.0/3.0 ports and headers. The motherboard also comes with a rich back I/O panel. It has PS/2 port, ten USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, 7.1 channel HD audio, two gigabit Ethernet ports and two connector for WiFi antennas.
Furthermore, the X99S XPower AC is loaded with a number of other features as well as like 8-layer PCB design, Military Class IV components with solid state capacitors, Hi-C Caps, Super Ferrite Choke, on-board overclocking buttons and on-board voltage check points. It also has a dedicated audio area called Audio Boost 2.0 with AudioTek ALC 1150 codec.
MSI X99S XPower AC Unboxing:
Detailed unboxing pictures of the X99S XPower AC have also been published at ChipHell. They got taken down later but we had them saved for our readers so enjoy until these motherboards are officially unveiled.