Monday, June 1st 2015

MSI Next Generation GAMING Motherboards Pictured

MSI's third-generation "GAMING" series motherboards are almost ready, and the company displayed two of them at Computex. The first is a mid-range socket LGA1151 motherboard, the MSI Z170A-G45 Gaming, and the X99A-GODLIKE Gaming (we kid you not). It looks like MSI is doing away with the "Gaming 3/5/7/9" nomenclature in the wake of GIGABYTE copying it. The Z170A-G41 Gaming offers a decent feature-set for gaming PC builds with up to two graphics cards. This includes an 10-phase CPU VRM, four DDR4 DIMM slots (dual-channel DDR4), three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, two M.2 slots (32 Gb/s and 10 Gb/s); SATA-Express 16 Gb/s, six SATA 6 Gb/s, Killer E2205 networking, and 8-channel HD audio with ground-layer isolation and audio-grade capacitors.

The X99A-GODLIKE Gaming is a different beast. Topping off the company's LGA2011v3 lineup, this board offers top of the line components. It begins with a 12-phase VRM that draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, and 4-pin ATX power connectors; five PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots with support for 4-way SLI/CrossFire, 32 Gb/s M.2 slot, and an EMI shield that covers a large part of the front PCB area (a la ASUS TUF), and gaming-centric connectivity that includes two gigabit interfaces, 8-channel audio with onboard 600Ω headphones amp, 802.11 ac Killer ACK Double-Shot WLAN, and USB 3.1 type-C ports.
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15 Comments on MSI Next Generation GAMING Motherboards Pictured

#1
ozorian
Hi
Do we know when are going to be on market?
The x99 that already exist processors for it.
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#2
Krekeris
I have to say after seeing new Asrock design this MSI ones look like pile of crap.
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#3
ozorian
Really....?
Asrock going to surpise us again.
nice!!
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#5
buildzoid
Looks like MSI got a discount on red paint and cringe worthy name schemes
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#7
Caring1
The Asrock Extreme 7 has 3 M2 slots
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#8
Kronvict
Caring1, post: 3290199, member: 153156"
The Asrock Extreme 7 has 3 M2 slots
So do these as well.
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#9
Caring1
It says two M2 slots (32Gb/s and 10Gb/s)
I just noticed the wires leading under the heat sinks on the Godlike Gaming, are there fans under there?
That would make three tiny fans.
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#10
Kronvict
Caring1, post: 3290376, member: 153156"
It says two M2 slots (32Gb/s and 10Gb/s)
I just noticed the wires leading under the heat sinks on the Godlike Gaming, are there fans under there?
That would make three tiny fans.
Sorry i misread your post. I thought you only said that it had M.2 slots not 3 of them. :oops:
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#11
Ikaruga
Still with Killer NICs :shadedshu: When can I go back to MSI boards?
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#13
Ikaruga
Caring1, post: 3290794, member: 153156"
There is this thread: http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/guide-turn-your-killer-e2200-nic-into-qualcomm-athero-ar8161.198899/
It's not quite Intel quality, but not bad either.
Thanks, I know you can mess with the drivers, but the end result is still something inferior compared to what you get with an Intel NIC, and that's a compromise I'm just not ready to make (even if I know the difference is not that great, the network driver is still a crucial part of the operating system, and I prefer the better solution if there is a choice)
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#14
GreiverBlade
i am sorry ... but WHAT! it look like they shifted the heatsink on VRM and PCH and removed the EMI shielding on the aucio ... ok i see there is some other difference but still ...



also the X99 ... bear strong similarity to the X99 line of ASUS ... (not the color this time ... unless Rampage...)
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#15
hoover91125
This time MSI motherboards don't amaze me.
ASRock improved a lot, almost beat the ROGs' design.
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