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MSI X299 SLI PLUS Review

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You can't have a proper experience as a PC enthusiast with a new platform by simply playing with a motherboard and a CPU. You really got to play with a few boards and a few CPUs, and right now, that's no big deal because you've got a few GPUs mining 24/7. However, there's the unfortunate reality of you having to pay for that hardware, and that hardware costs good money. When that render is complete or you finish editing that image, you can get paid and get more hardware. If you're that guy or gal, and I know that I am, the MSI X299 SLI PLUS is the board for you. Because when the work is done, we want to play some games; PC's aren't just for work, after all!

For me, MSI is that company you go to if you are a gamer. It doesn't matter if you are streaming your gameplay for views, climbing the ladder in CS, or simply playing casual games to pass the time, MSI has that option ready to meet your needs. But for the professional user, MSI has left that space relatively blank until now. They've had options, but none as focused as this one.

This review isn't like our last X299 motherboard review. This isn't a pre-release product; this is what you'll find on store shelves. I got to see this board evolve a bit before it made its way to retail, and as always, that process is fun and all that much more reassuring since we know that this board is not only ready, but refined. As a tech professional, that's exactly what you are looking for.


CPU Support:Supports Intel Core X-Series Processor Family for the LGA 2066 Socket
Power Design: CPU Power: 9 phase
Memory Power: 2 phase
Chipset:Intel X299
Integrated Graphics:N/A
Memory:8x DIMM, Support Quad Channel DDR4-4133 (OC)+, Dual Channel DDR4-4500 (OC)+
Expansion Slots: 4x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (connectivity varies based on CPU)
2x PCIe 3.0 x1 slot
Storage: 8x SATA 6 Gb/s port (Intel X299)
1x U.2 port
2x M.2 port (PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gb/s)
Networking:1x Intel I219-V, 1x Intel I211
Rear Ports: 1x Clear CMOS button
1x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
4x USB 2.0 Type-A ports
4x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports
2x LAN (RJ45) ports
1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A port
1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
5x OFC audio jacks
1x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
Audio:Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec
Fan Headers:6x 4-pin
Form Factor:ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.3 cm
Exclusive Features:
  • Dual Intel LAN
  • M.2 Shield
  • DDR4 Boost
  • Turbo Socket
  • DigitALL Power
  • Twin Turbo M.2 (Intel Optane Memory Ready)
  • Turbo U.2
  • Lightning USB 3.1 GEN2
  • Mystic Light
  • System Saver
  • Audio Boost 4
  • Steel Armor
  • VR Ready
  • EZ Debug LED
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