X99 Motherboards Round-up: ASUS, MSI, EVGA, ASRock & GIGABYTE

MSI X99 Motherboards

MSI has introduced five X99 motherboards in its Overclocking, Gaming and Classic series. All five motherboards come with exclusive features depending upon the category. MSI’s Gaming series motherboards feature Killer LAN and other gaming related utilities. The flagship Gaming series motherboard comes with AVerMedia streaming engine which is a very nice addition for gamers. All motherboards(except X99S SLI Plus) feature Audio Boost 2 module with OP-Amp technology and filter caps. The motherboards are designed using Military Class IV components.

MSI X99S XPower AC

Price: $399 (Amazon)

X99S XPower AC is the flagship in the Overclocking series and it is designed for the power hungry users. The motherboard is designed for extreme overclocking with a massive 12 pase VRM design, solid state capacitors, Hi-C Caps, Super Ferrite Choke, on-board overclocking buttons and on-board voltage check points. There are six SATA 6 GB/s and two SATA Express ports available on-board for storage. X99 XPower AC comes with a WiFi module and the traditional black and yellow color scheme. It is the one to look for if you are an enthusiast overclocker.

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MSI X99S MPower

X99S MPower is the second installment in the Overclocking series. It is more or less the same as X99S Power AC but lacks a few features plus it is cheaper as well. It comes with the same VRM design but lacks some overclocking features such as PCIe on/off switches and voltage measurement points. It has four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and two PCIe x1 slots for expansion. In terms of storage, there are eight SATA 6 GB/s ports and a single SATA Express ports. X99S MPower does lack some of the OC buttons compared to the flagship motherboard.

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MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC

Price: $429 (Amazon)

Moving on to the Gaming series line up, MSI has released two motherboards. The flagship X99S Gaming 9 AC is the motherboard of all gaming motherboards thanks to the addition of AVer Media streaming engine. This very unique idea helps the on going trend of live streaming gameplay videos. The streaming engine takes away the encoding load from the CPU and the GPU so the frame rate is not effected while you broadcast your gameplay to the viewers. Secondly, no compromises are made in the specifications segment as it features a 8 phase VRM design, four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, M.2 slot, six SATA 6 GB/s ports, two SATA Express ports, OC Buttons and plenty of USB 3.0 ports. It also features the Audio Boost technology which is protected by some kind of shield.

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MSI X99S Gaming 7

Pirce: $288.99

The cheaper X99S Gaming 7 is also a gaming oriented motherboard with an identical layout compared to X99S Gaming 9 AC. X99S Gaming 7 does not come with AVerMedia streaming engine but it does fulfills all other gaming requirements such as Killer E2200 LAN, Audio Boost 2 sound, four PCIe 3.0 X16 and two PCIe x1 slots. It also features a M.2 PCIe x4 slot and a SATA Express port. X99S Gaming 7 has a 8 phase VRM design and DDR4 DIMM slots so it will not lack behind overclocking as well unless you are an enthusiast LN2 overclocker.

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Price: $289 (Amazon)

The entry level X99S SLI Plus is targeted towards the mass market who are looking to jump the Haswell-E platform but at a tight budget. This is MSI’s first all black motherboard and it looks beautiful. The dark foundations house eight DDR4 DIMM slots, four PCIe x16 slots, two PCIe x1 slots, a M.2 slot and single SATA Express ports. Unfortunately, X99S SLI Plus does not feature Audio Boost 2 technology but compromises have to be made when the budget is low. There is a 8 phase VRM design available on board which is more than enough for air overclocking. The use of Military Class IV components ensure a stable power delivery to the CPU and the new Guard Pro technology intelligently monitors the system.

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