MSI X99S Gaming 7 And X99S SLI Plus Motherboards Spotted
Ryan Martin / 2 years ago
The run-up to the launch of Intel’s X99 Haswell-E platform continues and this time it is more MSI motherboards on the menu for a bit of pre-NDA showing off. We’ve already seen the MSI X99S XPOWER AC and the MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC but now it is time for two more X99 boards from MSI. Up first and pictured above is the MSI X99S SLI Plus motherboard. Like the SLI Plus boards on the Z97 platform this board will be more wallet friendly than the XPower and high-end Gaming series boards. It features an 8 phase PWM power delivery system with MSI’s Military Class IV component set. 8 DDR4 slots give you adequate memory capabilities while 10 SATA III 6Gbps ports and a SATA express port give you bucket loads of storage option, there’s even an M.2 port on there. As the name suggests SLI and Crossfire are supported, the board is optimised for dual GPU operation in terms of its spacing. The all-black colour scheme is a nice break from the monotonous red & black we seem to see on just about every board.
Talking about monotonous red and black and MSI have actually done a good job to keep their red and black design looking fairly distinct from the likes of ASUS, ASRock and Gigabyte. Being a Gaming series board we find the usual combo of high quality ALC1150 based audio on an isolated PCB with a Killer E2200 NIC for the LAN. The Gaming 7 x99 board ditches the WiFi AC solution present on the gaming 9 which should help keep the cost down. That aside the X99S Gaming 7 is very similar to the X99S SLI Plus except with a few extra gaming features and the Gaming Series styling. Pricing and availability is still to be announced.
Images courtesy of MSI