MSI X99A GAMING 9 ACK USB 3.1 Motherboard
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LET THE GAMES BEGIN
MSI® GAMING motherboards are designed to provide gamers with best-in-class features and technology. Backed by the imposing looks of MSI's Dragon, each motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to gaming perfection.
THE BEST GAMING WEAPONS AT HAND
• Amazing sound with Audio Boost 2, powered by Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2
• USB Audio Power
• The highest frag and the lowest lag with Killer™ E2200 Game Networking
• Push your SSD to the limit with Turbo M.2 & SATA-Express
• Show off your gaming skills to the world with XSplit Gamecaster
• SteamOS ready out of the box
• Military Class 4 components
• Super stable with Guard-Pro
• Specialized production lines just for GAMING motherboards
• OC Genie 4
• Gaming Device Port
• Boost your FPS with the MSI GAMING App
• Click BIOS 4 (click here to visit our dedicated BIOS page)
• Optimized for multiple graphics cards (SLI & CrossFire certified)
• Take control with Command Center & Live Update 6
• OC Essentials
MSI USB 3.1 2X FASTER
USB 3.1 allows for speeds up to 10 Gbps, doubling the speed compared to USB 3.0 and 20x faster than legacy USB 2.0. USB 3.1 is even faster than SATAIII! Transferring your favorite games, music and movies over USB has never been faster.
• 2x faster than USB 3.0
• 20X faster than USB 2.0
• Up to 10Gbps data transfer bandwidth
• Boost transfer rate between your PC and external storage devices
KILLER™ DOUBLESHOT PRO
Killer™ DoubleShot Pro combines Killer Ethernet and WiFi adapters, built for superior online traffic speeds and low latency. Advanced Stream Detect™ automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games.
Through the detection and prioritization of gaming traffic you can finally fully utilize your network without fear of being kicked from an on-line game because of high ping. This enables true multi-tasking without manually enabling or disabling applications, updates and installations. Killer networking actually allows you to use your PC 24 hours a day.
LOWEST LATENCY, FASTEST SPEEDS
Enjoy the best possible online gaming experience. Wireless AC Killer has 2.9x times faster data throughput compared to traditional Wireless-N solutions. The biggest advantage is lower latency when gaming. Killer WI-FI has up to 3.5x times lower latency than other WI-FI solutions.
TEAM UP KILLER LAN WITH KILLER WIFI
Introducing world's first Killer LAN & Wireless gaming connection on a motherboard, the X99A GAMING 9 ACK offers unmatched gaming performance. Smart teaming combines both LAN & Wireless for the best possible gaming experience. The Killer Network Manager decides which apps runs on which connection for gaming traffic optimization. Truly unique is using Killer LAN and Killer WIFI combined for insane networking speeds.
RECORD AND STREAM ALL OF YOUR IN-GAME ACTIVITY WHILE ENJOYING YOUR GAMES AT MAXIMUM FPS
Because X99 lacks an integrated GPU, Intel Quicksync is no longer available to help while streaming your gaming activity. MSI Streaming Engine captures video real-time through a dedicated hardware solution making sure you are free of any impact on CPU performance, where other solutions demand vital resources highly impacting FPS performance.
Record your gaming activities at amazing 1080p quality with 60Mbps bitrate, without sacrificing CPU and graphics performance.
• AVerMedia encoding chip
• HD H.264 Hardware Compression
• 1080p Full HD recording
• 60 Mbps bitrate
• No CPU and GPU performance impact
• Optimized for XSplit Gamecast
Run into unstable situations when pushing your CPU to the limit? This occurs because the internal clocks are linked through the 100 MHz BCLK strap. Thanks to a integrated Clock Generator, MSI motherboards support more flexible BCLK adjustments, from 100 / 125 / 167 MHz straps.
Using these straps prevents system crashing while overclocking on the edge and opens doors to achieve the absolute maximum. The MSI X99 motherboards all come with the next generation Clock Generator offering even lower jitter and power consumption resulting in even higher stability under extreme conditions.
MORE SPEED, MORE BANDWIDTH, LESS POWER
MSI engineers made sure you can enjoy high speed DDR4 compatibility. DDR4 brings higher memory speeds at even lower power usage as low as 1.2v.
DDR4 offers higher volume sticks, this means larger memory configurations are possible up to 128GB.
Much like the design of the I/O Cover, this awesome looking piece of protective shield helps to keep the audio signal pure, preventing interference from other components. This is extremely important when demanding high quality sound.
PROTECTIVE I/O COVER
A black design I/O Cover with GAMING 9 imprinted doesn't only look cool, but it also protects against Electro Magnetic Interference. Making sure whatever device you connect, you will always receive a pure signal.
REWARD YOUR EARS WITH TRUE QUALITY
Get ready for ear-drum shattering sound, with MSI Audio Boost 2! With Audio Boost 2 we're delivering the highest audio quality with the use of Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music through 8-channel HD Audio.
ISOLATED AUDIO PCB
With traditional onboard audio the signal is distorted by electromagnetic signals from the rest of the PCB. Audio Boost 2 acts like a dedicated soundcard by physically isolating the audio circuitry which is separated by a red LED path. Less interference gives you a more clear audio signal.
DIRECT AUDIO POWER
Enjoy a heavy caliber audio experience with Direct Audio Power. A dedicated power input to Audio Boost 2 allows for a more powerful and stable power delivery, resulting in a more explosive and pure sound experience.
CREATIVE SOUND BLASTER CINEMA 2
Thanks to Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2, you're getting amazing surround sound with just stereo headphones or speakers.
Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 enables you to clearly hear specific sounds in gaming environments. Hear your enemies perfectly, make your ears a decisive tool to finish on top.
To shield the audio core from EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) caused by other add-in cards the audio chip is protected by a high-grade EMI cover with backlight illumination.
DUAL HEADHPONE AMPLIFIERS
Prepare for an eargasm. The built-in dual headphone amplifier rewards your high quality headphone with the most amazing studio level sound quality up to 600O delivered from your gaming PC.
Tired of having to connect your headset in difficult to reach places? MSI GAMING motherboards are designed to be easy to use, featuring front & rear audio outputs fueled by Audio Boost 2.
HIGH QUALITY AUDIO CAPACITORS
With the use of professional Nichicon Japanese capacitors, specially designed for audio purposes, MSI GAMING motherboards provide the highest possible audio signal filtering. Delivering high fidelity crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics and realism.
• Acoustic series
• Lower Tolerance
• Lower Dielectric Absorption
• Lower ESR
• Lower Leakage Current
• Higher Stability
GOLDEN AUDIO CONNECTORS
With golden audio connectors you get the best possible signal output with less chance of distortion.
• Up to 600 Ohm crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics
• Dedicated amplified output (red) optimized for studio-grade headgear
• Superb signal conductivity and will not wear over time
USB AUDIO POWER
When connecting multiple USB devices, most motherboards will be unable to deliver a strong 5V power signal to all USB ports. This is highly noticeable with high-quality external USB DACs where sound quality degrades as the motherboard is unable to deliver a perfect USB signal.
Only MSI USB Audio Power continuously delivers a stable 5V to the USB ports on motherboards, making sure you can continue to enjoy the crystal clear audio standard you expect.
• Enhances USB Audio Quality
• Stable 5V Power & Better Signal Transmission over USB
FAST STORAGE WITH SATA EXPRESS
SATA Express introduces a new solution in high speed storage through PCI-Express, providing more bandwidth for the latest generation SSDs up to 10 Gb/s.
PUSH YOUR SSD EVEN HARDER WITH TURBO M.2
Delivering speeds up to 32Gb/s using Gen3 x4, Turbo M.2 is more than 5 times faster than a regular SATA III connection! Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of applications and games with MSI motherboards.
NEXT GENERATION M.2
Turbo M.2 is the successor to M.2 10 Gb/s, offering 3 times more performance up to 32 Gb/s using Gen3 x4. M.2 is packed in a small form factor and is compatible with 3 different sizes to fit most storage solutions. All latest generation Intel® based MSI motherboards feature Turbo M.2 storage.
STEAMOS SUPPORT OUT OF THE BOX
MSI is committed to PC Gaming and that is why MSI GAMING motherboards support SteamOS by default. Because of this, MSI works close with numerous tier #1 system integrators that released their popular SteamBOX PCs.
A Hi-c CAP is a very small, but super-efficient capacitor. Besides ensuring enough spacing around a CPU socket to install large coolers, it also allows for 93% energy efficiency. Thanks to Hi-c CAP`s MSI mainboards are the most energy efficient in the market.
SUPER FERRITE CHOKE
Super Ferrite Choke uses a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Choke to run at a 35 degree Celsius lower temperature, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.
With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP`s has been a staple in high-end design mainboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.
Carefully selected materials, multiple PCB layers and shielding result in the best circuit protection for our GAMING motherboards.
With MSI ECO Centre you can physically cut the power to unused chips to save up to 29% power usage.
10% Reduction in moisture absorption helps prevent "Conductive Anodic Filament". Untreated PCB's can have 10x higher failure rate.
HIGH TEMPERATURE PROTECTION
All key components used in MSI motherboards have all passed military testing ensuring stable operation in the harshest environments.
Each and every I/O port is protected against the hazards of Electro Static Discharge.
All MSI motherboards comply with stringent American FCC regulations and reduce the impact of Electromagnetic Interference.
FOCUS ON QUALITY
We put extra effort in increasing customer satisfaction. Our RMA rate has drastically decreased in the last few years.
To achieve the highest quality the MSI GAMING motherboards are developed by our most senior engineers on the most advanced production lines.
We are continuously improving our customer services, so in case you might run into a problem you can be assured we offer a fast response to your questions and hand you in depth information on the subject.
GAMING DEVICE PORT
MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized to deliver the best connectivity for high end gaming mice to fully utilize its speed. This results in a much faster and smoother mouse response in games.
• More responsive
• Smoother gameplay
• Faster reactions
• 3x more gold than regular connectors
• 10x longer lifetime when plugging/un-plugging
• Prevents oxidation
OC GENIE 4
OC Genie is the world's first built-in hardware overclocking technology on motherboards. With this one-second overclocking option we're giving you even more performance. Just hit the button and your PC gets an adrenalin shot; delivering up to 20% of free extra performance for the CPU, memory and iGPU.
BOOST YOUR FRAME RATE
Outperform your competition with the MSI GAMING APP which allows simultaneous control of both your Motherboard and Graphics Card's overclocking.
Simply select your preferred mode with the click of a button:
This allows you to tune the system to your pleasure without any technical knowledge of overclocking.
CLICK BIOS 4
The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Not only that it reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support, It comes with many cool features.
4-WAY SLI / CROSSFIRE
The X99A GAMING 9 AC motherboard supports 4-Way SLI / CrossFire. Optimal PCI-Express slot placement allows for better fitting and airflow.
That way, you can enjoy the best graphics at the highest framerate jumping off from your screen when running a NVIDIA® SLI™ or AMD CrossFire™ setup.
LIVE UPDATE 6
MSI Live Update is renewed! Our popular software automatically downloads and installs the latest drivers, BIOS and software. Rest assured while your system is always configured using the latest software so you get the maximum performance and stability.
MSI's Command Center software is a very powerful tool to push your motherboard to the max. With a very intuitive touch ready interface, Command Center allows users to tune settings to increase system stability, maximize overclocking performance and adjust cooling features.
MSI Command Center integrates an unlimited RAMdisk. With a RAMdisk you can create a virtual drive from your system memory enabling speeds 20x faster than a modern SSD.
• Speed up system performance
• Load complete game images
• Speed up games, apps and browser
With MSI Super Charger you can simply deliver more power than regular USB chargers to your smartphone, tablet, USB game controller or portable console. This allows you to quickly charge these devices for use when you're not gaming on your PC, eliminating the need for wall power sockets.
USB 3.0 signal integrity suffers with longer cable length. The special USB 3.0 Redrivers on GAMING motherboards, connected to the internal USB 3.0 ports, enable you to use longer USB 3.0 cables, especially in larger chassis.
SMART FAN CONTROL
Smart Fan Control gives you complete control of all your fans on the motherboard, convenient for gamers and overclockers;
• Users can real-time monitor the status of the fans
• Set profiles
• Record fan speed, voltage and temperate status into a log file.
With an awesome product comes an inspiring heatsink! Styled after the iconic MSI GAMING Dragon. The heatsink is oversized to provide the best thermal transfer and heat dissipation to enable your PC to just game 24 hours per day.
A small set of tools that are essential to get the best performance out of your motherboard.
• Increase stability
• Assist in trouble shooting
• Allow you to keep your complete system in check
• Allow for simple management
This way you can keep your mind on gaming and be confident that you have the tools to maximize your performance.
Be sure to take full advantage of all the GAMING weapons by connecting your devices to the optimized ports.
AUDIO BOOST 2
• 30µg Gold plated Audio Connectors
• Amplified Audio
USB AUDIO POWER
• Optimized stable 5V USB ports
• Best sound quality for external DACs
GAMING DEVICE PORT
• Optimized for high-rate gaming keyboards and mice
• Triple gold plating for extended lifetime Features • Supports New Intel® Core™ i7 processors Extreme Edition in LGA 2011-3 socket
• Supports Quad Channel DDR4-3333(OC) Memory
• USB 3.1: Delivering speeds up to 10Gb/s, USB 3.1 offers performance twice as fast as a regular USB 3.0 connection.
• ACK: Use Killer DoubleShot Pro to combine Killer WIFI with Killer LAN for the best online gaming experience
• Turbo M.2 : Delivering next generation M.2 Gen3 x4 performance with transfer speeds up to 32 Gb/s
• SATA Express + USB 3.1 + SATA 6Gb/s
• Streaming Engine: Fantastic Full HD hardware streaming at 60 Mbps without impacting CPU performance
• Multi-GPU: 4-Way NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support
• OC Engine: Reach higher overclocking results with more flexible BCLK adjustments at 100/125/167MHz.
• Audio Boost 2: Reward Your Ears with True Quality
• USB Audio Power: Serve Stable 5V Power & Better Signal Transmission over USB
• XSplit Gamecaster: Show off you skills to the world with a 2 year premium license for this popular streaming software
• Guard-Pro: Improved Protection and Power Efficiency
• OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
• Gaming App: Boost your framerate
• Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
• Sound Blaster Cinema 2: Benefit from Creative software to get a more realistic surround sound experience
• Gaming Device Port: Optimized with Triple Gold-plating for High Polling Rate Gaming Devices
PCIe Slot Configuration:
5 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, support up to 4-way mode
- 1-way mode: x16/ x0/ x0/ x0/ x0
- 2-way mode: x16/ x0/ x0/ x16/ x0*, 16/ x0/ x0/ x8/ x0**
- 3-way mode: x16/ x0/ x0/ x16/ x8*, x8/ x8/ x0/ x8/ x0**
- 4-way mode: x8/ x8/ x0/ x16/ x8*, x8/ x8/ x0/ x8/ x4**
* For the CPU that supports 40 PCIe lanes
** For the CPU that supports 28 PCIe lanes
|Memory Type (ECC)||Non-ECC|
|Memory Type (R/U)||Registered/Unbuffered|
|Memory Speed (Mhz)||
|Maximum Memory Capacity||128GB|
|Graphics Interface||PCIe 3.0 (x16)|
|SLI Support||Quad SLi|
|Crossfire Support||Quad CrossFireX|
|Network Interface Type|
|Network Interface Chip/Modules|
|SATA||SATA III 6Gb/s|
|RAID Support via||SATA|
|Storage Mode Support|
|Expansion Slots||5 x PCIe 3.0 x16|
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- DOA Period:
- 28 days
- RTB Period:
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Date Issued: 29th Aug 2014
New processors usually grab all the release limelight, relegating the supporting core logic and memory to mere footnotes. This time, a brand-new chipset and DDR4 memory are equal partners in the platform.
Date Issued: 29th Aug 2014
Intel's X99 is a long-overdue platform upgrade for the high-end consumer market. Despite delivering an incremental CPU upgrade from Sandy Bridge-E to Ivy Bridge-E, Intel determined the supporting X79 motherboard needed no such upgrade.