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MSI X99S GAMING 7 (Intel LGA 2011-3)

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Another new Intel debut is upon us, and you just can't miss it if you use multiple monitors and videocards. Today, we take our first look at Intel's X99 Express platform with MSI's X99S GAMING 7 to show us what's in store. Including SATA Express, M.2, DDR4, and support for Intel's new Haswell-E CPUs, the MSI X99S GAMING 7 might just be what you're looking for.

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A quick check rises the question why no Rampage 4 BE or equivalent results included in the charts?
I'll have to read it later, but you are a crack, Dave!!! WootOLÉ :)
 
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Wut! has X99/Haswell-E officially launched? hardware.info releases their review at 18:00 CEST i think.
 
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I was expecting better at those prices. I'm disappointed!
 
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I assume you already know the price but simply cant tell us? since i think it plays a huge role in the final score.
 
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Thanks for the review, but why no direct comparison with X79? Also is the processor was stable during the test with this MHz and V?
 
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Why no real overclocking performance results?? Did the platform have problems?
 
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"The remaining four SATA ports do not support RAID at all due to the Intel X99 Express PCH's design."

Interesting - and disappointing.
 
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like other post above , in CPU tests what was clock on this and others it the graph .I assume the Z87/97 MB had 4770 or maybe 4790k .

Maybe cause Intel didn't give ok yet on 5xxx series .
 
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No cpu test bed :)? still NDA or how?
 
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The reason you can't get more than 2,666 on this board is because that's a limitation with the HSE CPUs. You need to use the 1.25X BClk and select the appropriate divider to get 3,000MHz.
Also note that your Uncore looks like it's all over the place, that will affect performance as well, especially if that BIOS doesn't lock all cores to the same speed. It's a problem with some other motherboards right now as well.
 

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Hey Dave, so how come you give it a 9.3 with highly recommended? Shouldn't it be editor's choice for such a high rating?
 

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Hey Dave, so how come you give it a 9.3 with highly recommended? Shouldn't it be editor's choice for such a high rating?
9.5 and higher.
I assume you already know the price but simply cant tell us? since i think it plays a huge role in the final score.
Not sure on price.
The reason you can't get more than 2,666 on this board is because that's a limitation with the HSE CPUs. You need to use the 1.25X BClk and select the appropriate divider to get 3,000MHz.
Also note that your Uncore looks like it's all over the place, that will affect performance as well, especially if that BIOS doesn't lock all cores to the same speed. It's a problem with some other motherboards right now as well.
NOt a problem, default behavior.
Why no real overclocking performance results?? Did the platform have problems?
Nope, no real problems, runs 4.5 GHz @ 1.265V. I'll leave the CPU oc results for CPU review, or what's the point in review if you have those numbers already, this is a board review!!!...and no I won't be doing it.
A quick check rises the question why no Rampage 4 BE or equivalent results included in the charts?
I'll have to read it later, but you are a crack, Dave!!! WootOLÉ :)
We all know Haswell is faster than SB-e and IVB-E. No point in adding the numbers. my daily rig is built with RIVBE, could toss up numbers in next review if you guys really insist.
The reason you can't get more than 2,666 on this board is because that's a limitation with the HSE CPUs. You need to use the 1.25X BClk and select the appropriate divider to get 3,000MHz.
Also note that your Uncore looks like it's all over the place, that will affect performance as well, especially if that BIOS doesn't lock all cores to the same speed. It's a problem with some other motherboards right now as well.
Did you read the conclusion? :p yeah, BCLK OC is a bit hampered on many boards, but it's improving with each BIOS release.



More reviews coming, guys, I have many boards here, but school is eating my time:





On my way out the door to school right now, have a great day guys!!!
 
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You are a student? Rocket science? :)

And there are so many reasons to add a X79 in the charts I am not going to cite even one!!! haha
 
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On my way out the door to school right now, have a great day guys!!![/QUOTE]


X99 MICRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:eek::eek::eek::eek: :rockout::rockout::rockout: :pimp::pimp::pimp: ................(FAINTS....)
 

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Great review and I love how the poster shows the cpu temps... all boards should have that imo
 

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Great review and I love how the poster shows the cpu temps... all boards should have that imo
Yeah, it's nice feature, and I can just look over at the board in my test bench while running benches to see CPU temps without needing software.


You are a student? Rocket science? :)

And there are so many reasons to add a X79 in the charts I am not going to cite even one!!! haha
Why, so it can end up low on the charts? All other boards shown use 4770K, as another user posted above, so we have full Haswell/Haswell-E compares, at same clocks. Please remember these are board reviews, not CPU reviews, and I don't have 4930K, I have 4960X. That would be comparing board with $1000 against boards with $600 or so CPU(not sure of price yet myself), and that doesn't make sense to me.

Not Rocket Science, but Environmental. Maybe I can turn it into a job with space ships in the future, though. :p

:rockout::eek:

X99 MICRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:eek::eek::eek::eek: :rockout::rockout::rockout: :pimp::pimp::pimp: ................(FAINTS....)
You guys wanted to see smaller boards, so that was requested by me for review, just for you. ;)

I just got home from school, but did have physio directly after school, guys, so when I said my time was limited, I really meant it. ;) I'll be working through the night and on through the weekend on other board reviews, and DDR4 reviews, will get them all up ASAP.
 
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:rockout::eek:
More reviews coming, guys, I have many boards here, but school is eating my time:




On my way out the door to school right now, have a great day guys!!!

X99 MICRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:eek::eek::eek::eek: :rockout::rockout::rockout: :pimp::pimp::pimp: ................(FAINTS....)[/QUOTE]

Damn i want those board, could you toss 1 of those? i will pay the shipping cost ;)
 
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Thank you Dave for all the feedback and interest in the cause!
(For the love of our kids and mankind we all should be studying Environ and forget the rest, specially the art of stealing (economics), the art of fooling (politics/religion) and the art of killing more for less (industry, plus the former 2)!)

On topic: I just thought that Z89 and Z97 guys are not -probably- that much worried about the new X99 (except happy-go-spending ones).
But those having the older 2011socket boards may be considering the jump, maybe?
 
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On topic: I just thought that Z89 and Z97 guys are not -probably- that much worried about the new X99 (except happy-go-spending ones).
But those having the older 2011socket boards may be considering the jump, maybe?
Right, but a CPU review should cover that, no?

I'll add some numbers though.
 
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I'd too like to see an x99 vs x79 comparison in the future if possible.
 

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I'd too like to see an x99 vs x79 comparison in the future if possible.
Definitely possible. I've posted numbers in the past, and can re-add the old numbers in seconds, but I'll take the time to re-install OS and benches on my personal rig and within a couple of reviews I will add numbers. I do reviews for you guys, and I think I have had enough requests between messages, PMs, and comments here in this thread, so that'll happen 100% for sure.

No cpu test bed :)? still NDA or how?
I do not have NDA about CPU. I have a retail CPU. But I have started back into school, and as such, do not have as much time as I used to. So we have a new CPU reviewer. He has recently posted 4790K review, and hopefully he'll have CPU reviews for the X99 platform soon.
 
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@cadaveca Thank you for yet again an unparralled review of a product !! To say it's geatly appreciated of your dedication to this art is an understatement !
Would like to say that MSI is very smart to include the XTU ! As we have discussed years ago, it's a fantastic tool, and to see more vendors tweaking it to them is great.
I'm sure that with this day of age where the graphic BIOS is common, back in the day's of like my Z68 it was the only way to get a board tuned/tested correctly.

One curious thing is that it want's to show 4000w and 1000A on some loadout's, is it still a bug? Mine did that with other versions other than 2.1,
but mainly 2.1 was the only version that had ALL BIOS functions avaiable, plus the sub-timings for RAM, that ended up being key for my speed and stabialty.
 

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@cadaveca Thank you for yet again an unparralled review of a product !! To say it's geatly appreciated of your dedication to this art is an understatement !
Would like to say that MSI is very smart to include the XTU ! As we have discussed years ago, it's a fantastic tool, and to see more vendors tweaking it to them is great.
I'm sure that with this day of age where the graphic BIOS is common, back in the day's of like my Z68 it was the only way to get a board tuned/tested correctly.

One curious thing is that it want's to show 4000w and 1000A on some loadout's, is it still a bug? Mine did that with other versions other than 2.1,
but mainly 2.1 was the only version that had ALL BIOS functions avaiable, plus the sub-timings for RAM, that ended up being key for my speed and stabialty.
I need more time with the software before I can comment. And as we've discussed, I really like this software, so have been using it although I don't always talk about that side of things in reviews. Let me play for some time and I can give real feedback on this subject.
 
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