Friday, May 13th 2016

MSI Announces the X99A GAMING Pro Carbon Motherboard

MSI is proud to announce the latest X99 Performance GAMING motherboard, the X99A GAMING PRO CARBON, world's first motherboard offering front USB 3.1 Type-C. This new motherboard has been built from the ground up and has a completely new design for its heavy plated heatsinks and covers, based on the latest CARBON look & feel. Besides this totally new design, the X99A GAMING PRO CARBON motherboard also comes packed with several new and unique MSI features such as new Mystic Light with smartphone control over WIFI including a Mystic Light extension RGB cable and pin header.

Onboard Turbo U.2 is present to support the latest and greatest SSDs available in the market supporting NVMe. DDR4 Boost is accompanied by DDR4 Steel Armor to ensure the best memory performance. The X99A GAMING PRO CARBON is the first X99 model featuring Game Boost with 8 gears up to 5 GHz of one-second-overlocking! Last but not least, this model has been designed and optimized for next-generation Intel "Broadwell-E(P)" processors. So whether looking for extreme performance or endless customization, the new X99A GAMING PRO CARBON is sure to deliver.
World's first motherboard offering front USB 3.1 Type-C
Direct USB Type-C is compatible with next generation PC chassis, perfect for the latest smartphones and great for next generation mobile storage devices, the X99A GAMING PRO CARBON is world's first motherboard to feature front USB 3.1 Type-C.

Perfect for gamers who love customization and demand great performance
One of the features of the X99A GAMING PRO CARBON motherboard is its Mystic Light RGB LED feature, supporting up to 16.8 million colors and 17 LED effects to style your rig in any way possible. You can now even do it simply through WIFI by using your smartphone as you skip through all the colors.

Mystic Light Extension, dedicated pin header for 4-pin RGB-strip & lighting control, extends your style to everything.

Game changing sound experience with Audio Boost 3 featuring Nahimic
Enjoy the best and purest sound through Audio Boost 3. Audio Boost 3 comes with a selection of best audio components to deliver a studio-grade sound experience, onboard! This high-end dedicated onboard sound card delivers game changing sound quality. Nahimic places your user experience right at the heart of their software, offering you highly sought-after gaming benefits: Virtual Sound, Voice Leveler, Bass Boost, Noise Gate & Reduction and HD Audio Recorder. Audio Boost 3 with Nahimic makes sure you dominate the battlefield through crystal clear sound and pin-point precision. Sound tracker let you dominate enemies in every game and Audio Launchpad make you interact easily with your audience when streaming awesome gameplay.

Take advantage from next-gen storage solutions
Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of applications and games with MSI GAMING motherboards. MSI offers a whole new generation of high speed storage support through onboard Turbo M.2 and now also onboard Turbo U.2, transfer data through a PCI Express 3.0 x4 interface up to 32 Gb/s, making it 5x faster than SATA 3.0 solutions. By offering this wide variety of storage solutions the X99A GAMING PRO CARBON motherboard supports the latest and greatest high performance SSDs such as the new Intel 750 series with support for NVMe. USB 3.1 Gen2 is 2x faster than USB 3.0 and as a result of innovative engineering the X99A GAMING PRO motherboard offers both a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C interface for the most convenient and fast mobile storage solutions. The X99A GAMING PRO CARBON is ready to satisfy even the most demanding gamer and power user.
For more information, visit the product page.
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18 Comments on MSI Announces the X99A GAMING Pro Carbon Motherboard

#1
ensabrenoir
Excellent....all we need now is RGB sata cables and the true Illuminati will reveal themselves....

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btarunr said:
For more information, visit the product page.
Error 404? Hopefully that means they've decided not to release this blingy POS.

I miss the days when motherboard prices were dictated by technology features, not useless BS like coloured LEDs and isolated audio and Killer NICs. Some manufacturer is going to make a killing when they release a top-of-the-line chipset board that's ugly as sin, but crammed with features and overclocks like a demon, for less than the price of these pimped-out hunks of junk.
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#3
Chaitanya
I just hope there is an option to switch off those lights. even with simple white leds or no lights that board will be very good looking.
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#4
lZKoce
I really hope those are pulsing to the beat of the music played ;) All MSI needs now is a custom disco theme for the brand and a spinning mirror ball in the next revision of the board. :)
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#6
The Quim Reaper
The funny thing is when you've filled your motherboard with components they just block being able to see any of the lights in operation anyway.
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#7
Lauen
Assimilator said:
Error 404? Hopefully that means they've decided not to release this blingy POS.

I miss the days when motherboard prices were dictated by technology features, not useless BS like coloured LEDs and isolated audio and Killer NICs. Some manufacturer is going to make a killing when they release a top-of-the-line chipset board that's ugly as sin, but crammed with features and overclocks like a demon, for less than the price of these pimped-out hunks of junk.
Sounds a lot like my old ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 but uglier.
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#8
Caring1
I'd question why they release a new board compatible with three way SLI, when the new 10 series GPU's are only 2 two way capable.
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#9
AsRock
TPU addict
Assimilator said:
Error 404? Hopefully that means they've decided not to release this blingy POS.

I miss the days when motherboard prices were dictated by technology features, not useless BS like coloured LEDs and isolated audio and Killer NICs. Some manufacturer is going to make a killing when they release a top-of-the-line chipset board that's ugly as sin, but crammed with features and overclocks like a demon, for less than the price of these pimped-out hunks of junk.
Blingy pos for sure, how ever make those leds white and they could help to see what your doing a little better when building or changing stuff :).
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#10
atomicus
Not sure why you would choose this over the Asus ROG STRIX X99 board which has the OC socket (the MSI doesn't as far as I'm aware, but correct me if I'm wrong), plus Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and a better rep in terms of quality. Also, based on pre-order price the Strix looks to be the same money. Unless you simply MUST have the carbon look, I don't know why you'd opt for the MSI??
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#11
ensabrenoir
....they're making quite an investment making and selling these things, colors and all....have we become grumpy old men who don't understand this new fangled generation? :twitch:
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#12
Solidstate89
Caring1 said:
I'd question why they release a new board compatible with three way SLI, when the new 10 series GPU's are only 2 two way capable.
They're going to be optimized for 2-way, not restricted to 2-way.
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#13
ArkanHell
I honestly clicked on the article without seeing the color led picture, driven by the awesome look of the all black motherboard pictures.
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#14
erixx
stuff for kids. Looking forward to real mobos.
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#15
PowerPC
ensabrenoir said:
....they're making quite an investment making and selling these things, colors and all....have we become grumpy old men who don't understand this new fangled generation? :twitch:
Color was always important to people. This just makes it easy to make it any color you want, which is actually amazing. Remember, I doesn't have to look like in that picture, it's RGB... You can make it all red or all orange or whatever color you buy your graphics card, it'll be actually amazing for good looking builds in the future and way easier to color match components. Yes, the future are light colored PCs, now just accept it and move on. You could also turn them off and have a pure low key black build, if you don't like the bling.
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#16
ypsylon
For a money they want for already released Carbon whatever not to offer very high quality sound card and going with useless Killer NICs that's just joke on wheels. This will be even more expensive and even more laughable.

Give me a break. I can spend 600$ on board, that's not the problem. Always function over form, always (unless it's red then I stay away, but that's the only exception I make LOL).
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#17
buildzoid
atomicus said:
Not sure why you would choose this over the Asus ROG STRIX X99 board which has the OC socket (the MSI doesn't as far as I'm aware, but correct me if I'm wrong), plus Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and a better rep in terms of quality. Also, based on pre-order price the Strix looks to be the same money. Unless you simply MUST have the carbon look, I don't know why you'd opt for the MSI??
MSI has boards with OC sockets. However I can't say if this one does.
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