MSI X99S GAMING 7 (Intel LGA 2011v3) Review 34

MSI X99S GAMING 7 (Intel LGA 2011v3) Review



Today is the day Intel's newest platform launches, and I once again have an MSI board product here to help me show you what Intel's X99 Express and the new Haswell-E CPUs offer those who decide to take the plunge early. For many generations now MSI has helped me with launch-day coverage, and if you are a gamer who has purchased an MSI board in the past to get the most out of your shiny new parts, I'm sure you understand why MSI's GAMING line-up is one that gets me excited.

MSI's GAMING line-up has been available for a few years now, built from the ground up with gamers and their needs in mind. From the favored black and red esthetic and its built-in hardware for gamers, such as a KillerNIC e2205 LAN controller, MSI's GAMING line-up has evolved into something sure to breathe some fire into your next build. Maybe the dragon-themed esthetic has something to do with that too.

Intel's X99 Express platform revolves around the new LGA2011-3 socket, an updated design with new drive features and support for the latest in memory technologies, DDR4. In fact, that "S" in the MSI X99S GAMING 7's name stands for the inclusion of one of those technologies still yet to break ground in enthusiast space, SATA Express. There has been a lot of contention in the weeks and months before the launch about what these newest technologies actually have to offer, and since this is a motherboard instead of a CPU review, you unfortunately won't find much information directly related to those particular subjects, but you will find a few performance benchmarks that in some way reflect what you might get out of Intel's latest. So without any further ado, let's take a closer look at the MSI's X99S GAMING 7.


CPU SUPPORT:New Intel Core i7 Processor Extreme Edition for the LGA2011-3 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 8 Phases
Memory Power: 2+2 Phase
CHIPSET:Intel X99 Express
MEMORY:8 x DIMM, Max. 128 GB, DDR4-2133 to DDR4-3333+(OC)
BIOS:Dual AMI UEFI BIOS with 2x 128 Mb Flash ROMs
SLOTS:4 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (Electrical configuration dependent on installed CPU)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 Slots
HDD CONNECTIVITY:10 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s(Ports 1~6 support RAID 0/1/5/10)
1 x SATA Express Port
2 x M.2 port, up to 32 Gb/s
NETWORKING:1 x Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN
PORTS:12 x USB 3.0 ports (4 at front panel, 8 at rear panel)
6 x USB 2.0 ports (4 at front panel, 2 at rear panel)
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
5 x OFC audio jacks
1 x Clear CMOS Button
1 x PS/2 port
1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT Port
AUDIO:Realtek ALC1150 High Definition Audio CODEC
FAN HEADERS:5 x 4-pin
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 244 mm)
  • Audio Boost 2
  • USB Audio Power
  • STEAM OS support
  • Military Class 4 with Guard Pro
  • OC Genie 4
  • Click BIOS 4
  • Sound Blaster Cinema 2
  • Total Fan Control
  • Gaming Device Port
  • Smart Utilities
  • Command Center
  • Easy Button 3
  • Clear CMOS Button
  • Live Update 6
  • Super Charger
  • ECO Center
  • MB Gaming APP
  • Intel Extreme Tuning Utility
  • XSplit Gamecaster
  • Turbo M.2


The MSI X99S GAMING showed up on my door step in a fancy yet familiar wrapping, the silver dragon now a reflective silver and the box's red highlights as bright as rubies. MSI definitely impressed me with the box, both front and rear, but what about what is inside?

Flipping open the lid reveals the board itself sitting up top, with the bundled accessories below, underneath a layer of cardboard that protects the board from shipping mishaps.
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