Monday, June 19th 2017

MSI Intros X299 Tomahawk Arctic Motherboard

MSI today introduced the X299 Tomahawk Arctic motherboard. A near-identical variant of the X299 Tomahawk, the board features a mostly-white color scheme with grey and black accents. It features a white PCB with grey streaks. The white scheme carries over to the chipset and VRM heatsinks, the rear I/O shroud, the eight DDR4 DIMM and four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots. The heatsinks and rear I/O shroud also feature brushed-aluminium inserts for added style.

The X299 Tomahawk Arctic is a bustling metropolis which draws power from a single 8-pin EPS connector besides 24-pin ATX. The board features a 9-phase CPU VRM, and 4-phase memory. The CPU socket is wired to eight DDR4 DIMM slots, and four PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16/NC/x16/NC or x16/NC/x8/x8 or x8/x8/x8/x8 with 44-lane CPUs; x16/NC/NC/NC or x8/NC/x8/x4 with 28-lane CPUs). The first and third slots feature metal reinforcement. Storage connectivity includes two 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, a 32 Gb/s U.2 port, and eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Networking is care of a single GbE connection driven by Intel i219-V controller. The onboard audio solution combines a Realtek ALC1150 (up to 115 dBA SNR) CODEC with audio-grade capacitors, and ground-layer isolation. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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7 Comments on MSI Intros X299 Tomahawk Arctic Motherboard

No LEDs? I'm almost disappointed. :P
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Dammeron, post: 3679423, member: 150201"
No LEDs? I'm almost disappointed. :p
It comes with RGB "Mystic light", so yes it probably has.
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Wth does "tomahawk" have to do with "arctic"? It's like every manufacturer has hired a dadaist artist to name their products these days.
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Tomahawk is the placement in the lineup, artic is the color.
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btarunr, post: 3679395, member: 43587"
The onboard audio solution combines a Realtek ALC1150 (up to 115 dBA SNR) CODEC [...]
It actually uses a ALC1220 (source).
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I really like the white PCB and components on this board. Although I haven't decided on whether or not I'd be willing to run an MSI board yet.

Either way, this would look great in an all-white build.
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