MSI X99A GAMING PRO CARBON, Intel X99, S 2011-3, DDR4, SATAe, U.2, M.2, 3-Way SLi/CrossFire, GbE, USB3.1 Gen2 A+C, ATX

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Product Overview Black With Carbon Skin
Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer is used extensively the world of car racing, where each second counts. Besides its strength and futuristic look, carbon-fiber is also very light for ultimate performance to pursue track records. MSI GAMING motherboards are dedicated to ultimate performance and the best gaming experience. The CARBON motherboards black scheme combines flashiness with sophistication that is sure to make your pc stand out in looks and performance.

Mystic Light
Customize and set up your own color scheme with Mystic Light. Make your build look on fire or cold as ice. You are in control. You can select any of the colors from the palette to match your systems’ design. Tired of always the same color? Just change it to another one using the easy to use Mystic Light APP available on PC, phone and tablet, and make your PC look & feel brand new!

• 16.8M Colors.
• 17 LED Effects.
• GAMING App Mobile (Coming Soon).

Mystic Light Extension: Dedicated Header For 4-Pin RGB-Strip & Lighting Control
Designed for anyone who simply wants to have a perfectly stylish gaming rig. With MSI's Mystic Light Extension header, it provides the most intuitive way to control the fascinated LED strip without the ordinary controller. Just install the standard 12V RGB strips onto the 4-pin Mystic Light Extension RGB-strip header, then control your lighting to any style you want. Extend the Mystic Light to whole gaming rig and your gaming room.
*The Mystic Light Extension header supports standard 5050 RGB LED strips with a maximum power rating of 2A (12V). For highest brightness, strip length should not exceed 2m. *2 extension cables, without RGB LED strips, are included in package.

Mystic Light LED Modes
• Breathing
• Wave
• Flashing
• Double Flashing
• Meteor
• Lightning
• Rainbow
• Random
• Stack
• Pop
• Rap
• Jazz
• Play
• Movie
• CPU Temperature Control
• Off

Unmatched Memory Performance and Stability
With traditional memory design the memory signals are often distorted by electromagnetic signals from other components, making the system perform slower or become unstable. MSI introduces DDR4 Boost technology with optimized traces and fully isolated memory circuitry. This design ensures the memory signals stay pure for optimal performance and stability.

DDR4 Steel Armor
Steel Armor technology is now also available for DDR4 Boost, offering better EMI-shielding and even better signal strength, for optimal memory performance.

GAMING LAN: Dominate The Game With Lowest Latency
Get ready to crush your enemies on the battlefield with MSI® GAMING LAN, featuring carefully selected components to ensure the best online gaming experience without lag.

Dedicated Gaming LAN With Intel®
Experience a more fluid game with Intel® i218 LAN. Intel® i218 LAN is designed to deliver high performance when gaming, delivering more throughput than other solutions.

Intel® i218 LAN is optimized for championship level online and LAN eSports by reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput. This way, your CPU can be used more effectively and you can enjoy more FPS when gaming.

Gaming Optimized Bandwith Management
Dedicated to giving you the best online gaming experience with optimized traffic prioritization and low latency, MSI GAMING LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games.

• Automatically prioritizes games above other applications.
• Allows you to change applications' traffic priority.
• Allows you to customize bandwidth for each application.

LAN Protect
Featuring 15KV anti-surge protection to shield your network from lightning strikes and static electricity, LAN Protect is a LAN connector designed to give you the best networking experience. It's highlighted with a red LED inside the RJ45 connector to show its functionality.

Nahimic Audio Boost 3: Reward Your Ears With Studio Grade Sound Quality
With Audio Boost 3, powered by Nahimic Sound Technology, we're delivering the highest sound quality through the use of premium quality audio components. That way, you can enjoy breathtaking, crystal clear sound and music through 8-channel HD Audio or high impenda?nce headphones and truly dominate the game.

• Nahimic Sound Technology: Offering immersive virtual 7.1 sound in high definition using exclusive stereo equipment.
• Golden Audio Jacks: With golden audio connectors you get the best possible signal output with less chance of distortion.
• High Quality EMI-Shielded HD Audio Processor: Audio Boost 3 is fueled by a EMI-shielded high quality HD audio processor, making sure you enjoy the purest sound quality.
• Isolated Audio PCB with LED Line: Audio Boost 3 acts like a dedicated soundcard by physically isolating the audio circuitry to give you a more clear audio signal.
• Chemi-Con Audio Capacitors: Delivering high fidelity crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics and realism.
• Dual Headphone Amplifiers: The built-in dual headphone amplifiers rewards your high quality headphone with studio level sound quality up to 600O delivered from your gaming PC.
• Front Dedicated Headphone Out: Convenient use of front panel audio output while retaining high quality amplified sound.

Nahimic Audio Enhancer
Nahimic audio software offers high definition sound technology which boosts the audio and voice performance of your gaming computer. Enjoy an immersive virtual 7.1 sound over your standard stereo equipment!

Loud and clear: Quality of communication between teammates is strategic
Nahimic guarantees the perfection of your voice transmissions. Your team will hear you loud and clear, giving you a huge advantage in the battlefield.

• Voice Leveler & Noise Reduction

• Voice Shaper Harmonious Voice: The Voice Shaper applies an EQ filter to magnify your voice.

Voice your broadcasts: “Bang, wham, GG!” enrich your livestream
Streaming your gaming sessions live? Look out! nahimic’s HD Audio Recorder gives your best gaming captions a studio quality sound with a single click. Add even more fun, thrill and epicness to your streams thanks to the Audio Launchpad!

A simple and powerful tool
Benefit from the full power of Nahimic's audio engine to reach the best audio quality for your in-game recordings.

• Audio Launchpad: The Sound Tracker is made up of a moving arrow in a circular radar. Configure its position, size and transparency for an optimal in-game integration.
• Easy to launch: Use a shortcut to launch the soundtracker.

A new way to locate your target: A companion to explore your playfields
The Sound Tracker provides a visual indication that permits batter localizaion of the loudest sound while in the game. New to a game ? The Sound tracker will be your best ally to navigate an unfamiliar environment.

• Sound Tracker Discrete design: The Sound Tracker is made up of a moving arrow in a circular radar. Configure its position, size and transparency for an optimal in-game integration.
• Easy to launch: Use a shortcut to launch the soundtracker.

And game comes true: Nahimic Immersive Audio becomes your special weapon in-game
Sound is a major part of your gaming experience. Live, feel and bocome invincible, thanks to a unique sound

• Virtual Surround
• Trebble Enhancer
• Smart Loudness
• Bass Boost
• Voice Clarity

• Expert Settings Take Control: Tune your listening experience with 4 gaming and 3 multimedia audio profiles. Enjoy 10 band EQ with 6 preset profiles and 1 custom profile. Access to the playback and recording device properties. Easy to access from main UI.

Overclocking with Game Boost!
Need more FPS? Need more CPU and memory power? With Game Boost’ overclocking option we're giving you even more performance. Just turn the dial and your PC gets another adrenalin shot. With Game Boost going up to eleven , a performance increase up to 5GHz is possible!
*Features may vary according to your platform and model

Gaming Hotkey enables more functionality using your own keyboard. Simply assign functions to any key and launch your favorite games, load overclocking profiles or do real-time overclocking with the push of a single button. The possibilities are endless!

• Customize any shortcut on your keyboard.
• User friendly, easy to use application.
• 1 key load up of your favorite game.

Total Freedom, Maximum Ease
Easily program your most used commands to be executed with a single keystroke. You are free to choose any key you want.

• Shortcut Hotkeys: Assign your own keyboard special functions.
• Windows keys: Quick launch any application or folder.
• MSI® Smart keys: Quick launch of mail, browser or more.
• Login Keys: One press to login (program passwords).

2X Faster MSI USB 3.1 Gen2
Transfer your favorite games, music and movies over USB faster than ever. USB 3.1 Gen2 enables lightning-fast transfer speeds up to 10Gb/s!

• 2X faster than USB 3.1 Gen1.
• 20X faster than USB 2.0.
• Up to 10Gbps data transfer bandwidth.
• Boost transfer rate for your PC and peripherals.

Type-C with reversible design
Get all the performance benefits from USB 3.1 Gen2 combined with the convenience of the USB Type-C connector. This reversible connector allows for effortless connecting of USB devices.

Front USB Type-C
FRONT USB TYPE-C is compatible with next generation PC chassis, perfect for the latest smartphones and great for next generation mobile storage devices, the X99A GAMING PRO CARBON is world’s first motherboard to feature front USB 3.1 Type-C.

Super Charger
With MSI Super Charger you can deliver more power than regular USB chargers to your smartphone, tablet, USB game controller or portable console. You can quickly charge these devices when you're not gaming on your PC, eliminating the need for wall power sockets.

USB Redrivers
USB 3.1 Gen1 signal integrity suffers with longer cables. The special USB 3.1 Gen1 Redrivers connected to the internal USB 3.1 Gen1 ports on MSI motherboards, enable you to use longer USB 3.1 Gen1 cables, especially in larger chassis.

Front USB 3.1 Gen1
With a cleverly placed USB 3.1 Gen1 front pin header on MSI motherboards, you can connect up to 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 devices directly to the front of your PC Chassis. This way you can easily enjoy fast USB speeds without having to use the hard-to-reach USB ports at the rear.

Double ESD Protection
The front USB 3.1 Gen1 ports on MSI motherboards are protected by a set of protective ICs to prevent damage caused by Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) from plugging/unplugging USB devices.

Fast Storage with SATA Express
SATA Express offers a solution in high speed storage through PCI-Express, providing more bandwidth for the latest generation SSDs up to 16 Gb/s.

Turbo M.2 Steel Armor
Delivering speeds up to 32Gb/s using Gen3 x4, Turbo M.2 is more than 5 times faster than a regular SATA III connection! Exclusive Steel Armor provides best signal quality. Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of applications and games.

Turbo U.2 On Board
Turbo U.2 connector delivers performance up to 32 Gb/s and allows support for next gen 2.5-inch SSDs using the U.2 connector.

Supports NVM Express (NVMe)

Turbo Socket for No Limits Overclocking
Providing extra pins (2036 in total) opens doors for better overlocking of Intel® Extreme processors and DDR4 memory. Turbo socket allows for additional tuning of DDR4 memory and Ring voltages, resulting in record breaking DDR4 memory overclocking performance, lower latencies and enhanced stability while overclocking.

OC Engine
Thanks to the OC Engine, MSI motherboards support more flexible BCLK adjustments, from 100 / 125 / 167 MHz straps. Using these straps opens doors to achieve the absolute maximum in overclock. All MSI X99 motherboards come with the next generation Clock Generator offering even lower jitter and power consumption resulting in even higher stability under extreme conditions.

Enhanced CPU Overvoltage Protection
Onboard overvoltage protection prevents overvoltage and short-circuit damage of the CPU and other components. A red LED near the 24 pin CPU power connector let you know that overvoltage protection is activated for easier troubleshooting.

EZ DEBUG LED: Easy Diagnostic
MSI EZ DEBUG LED is an easy troubleshooting tool built with 4 LEDs to indicate to CPU / Memory / VGA / Boot operation every time you boot up your system.

Run into trouble? Use the LEDs to easy identify the item causing problems.

SteelSeries Certified
Get ready to enjoy the best gaming experience with MSI & SteelSeries!

Enthusiast gaming gear brand SteelSeries has officially approved MSI GAMING motherboards as ‘SteelSeries Certified (SSC)’. This certification is based on the performance demands and stability of MSI GAMING motherboards and SteelSeries products. Your SteelSeries headset, mouse and other top quality gaming gear works best on MSI GAMING motherboards.

GAMING Certified
Our GAMING motherboards are tested in our gaming lab, internet cafes and together with the world’s best eSports players to make sure you get top performance and reliability in the world’s most popular games. Through 24-hour on- and offline game testing, MSI ensures the onboard network configuration, audio reception and FPS performance are tested and tuned to perfection for you to enjoy the best possible gameplay experience.

Only the motherboards that pass this test receive the GAMING CERTIFIED status and are considered true MSI® GAMING motherboards.

Military Class 5 Components
Military Class 5 is the latest evolution in high quality components. The Titanium Choke and Dark CAP ensure that your PC runs stable under extreme gaming conditions.

Titanium Choke
Titanium Choke uses a Titanium core that has better ability in thermal and higher temperature tolerance. This allows the Titanium Choke to run at a 220 degree Celsius high temperature, have a 40% higher current capacity, a 30% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.

Dark CAP
With their aluminum core design, Dark CAPs has been a staple in high-end motherboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.

• Humidity Protection: 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.
• Circuit Protection: Carefully selected materials, multiple PCB layers and shielding result in the best circuit protection for our GAMING motherboards.
• ESD Protection: Each and every I/O port is protected against the hazards of Electro Static Discharge.
• EMI Protection: All MSI motherboards comply with strict American FCC regulations and reduce the impact of Electromagnetic Interference.

Optimized For Multiple Graphics Cards: SLi/CrossFire Support
This motherboard supports 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 from your screen when running an NVIDIA® SLI™ or AMD CrossFire™ setup.

Prevent Damage!
Worried about damaging the PCI-Express slot or your graphics card because of the weight?

MSI® Steel Armor
Steel Armor has more solder points on the PCB for more strength and protects the PCI-Express signals against electromagnetic interference for a stutter-free gaming experience and higher GPU overclocking.

The All New, Award-Winning CLICK BIOS 5
Explore the greatly improved, award-winning CLICK BIOS 5 and use it to tune your system to maximum performance to get the most out of your games. MSI CLICK BIOS 5 is the next generation UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 10.

Control your system in two modes: EZ mode, for the most used settings and functions. Advanced mode for more detailed settings and fine-tuning options to boost your system’s performance.

• Variety of options to boost your game performance.
• Next gen UEFI BIOS with award winning design.
• High-resolution multi language scalable font.
• Easy to use.
• Advanced overclocking.
• Sharp, hi-res, scalable design.

Gaming Device Port
MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized to deliver the best connectivity for high end gaming mice to fully utilize its speed. You can customize your mouse’ DPI to change accuracy and program macro combinations using the easy to use Mouse Master software to perform multiple commands with just one click.

Gaming benefits
• More responsive, faster reactions.
• Customizable mouse settings.
• Customizable mouse accuracy (DPI).
• Program macros for multiple actions in 1 click.
• Smoother gameplay.

Technical benefits
• 3x more gold than regular connectors.
• 10x longer lifetime when plugging/un-plugging.
• Prevents oxidation.

Your Game, Your Stream, Your Fame
XSplit Gamecaster & Broadcaster V2 lets you easily record your gaming moments and broadcast your live gameplay sessions to Twitch, YouTube, UStream and more.

It's simple, easy to use and ideal for sharing your gameplay with friends, family or the world - or for capturing those perfect gaming moments, just for the heck of it.

• Record & Stream: Use XSplit Gamecaster to stream all of your gaming activities.
• Video Editor: Edit your recordings and conquer the world.
• Realtime Notes: Draw attention whilst casting with in-game annotations.
• TriDef SmartCam: Fully automatic chroma key that can work on any background.
• Adaptive Bitrate: Automatically adjusts your bitrate according to your network conditions.
• Game Detection: Game Capture Auto Detect allows for automatic streaming when starting a game.

WTFast is the Gamers Private Network; like a global automated army of IT specialists all working together to optimize your game connection from end to end. WTFast reports rich connection stats for your online game, so you can see exactly what is happening with your game connection.

• Built just for MMO gamers.
• Reduce average ping.
• Greatly reduce connection flux, spikes and packet loss.
• MSI Exclusive 2-month premium license.

Overclocking Made Easy
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:
• Silent
• Gaming
• OC

On-Screen Speed & Temperatures
Real-time monitor GPU Core, DRAM Frequency, GPU & CPU Temperatures and much more, in game or in other fullscreen applications, customizable to your preference.

A Different View On Gaming
MSI Dragon Eye allows you to watch a YouTube video or Twitch Stream while playing a game simultaneously. Simply add a link or stream to the Dragon Eye application and select the size, position, volume and transparency and start gaming. With a few hotkeys you can start/pause your video or set the volume.

MSI has worked closely with CPUID to develop this special edition of CPU-Z featuring the famous MSI GAMING dragon. Use CPU-Z to gather key information on the main devices of your system, such as your CPU speed, Memory speed and timings, motherboard BIOS version and much more.

SSD Not Fast Enough? Try MSI RAMDisk!
Get an unlimited RAMDisk for free (worth $35) with MSI GAMING motherboards. RAMDisk allows you to create a virtual drive from your system memory, enabling speeds up to 25x faster than a modern SSD. You can load complete games, speed up your browser or your page file significantly increasing system performance! You even increase your SSD's lifespan by using RAMDisk as it reduces unnecessary read and write operations to your SSD.

• Speed up system performance.
• Speed up games, apps and browser.
• Increase SSD lifespan.


Intel Extreme Tuning Utility
The most complete overclocking tool from MSI and Intel. Besides every OC setting thinkable, XTU also has a built-in benchmark and submits results directly to the world’s largest OC competition website:

Command Center
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.

USB Speed Up
MSI-Exclusive USB Speed Up software, designed for increasing the USB 3.1 performance up to 30% more than normal one, is easy to use and saves your time for waiting file transfer.

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.

Fast Boot
No more seamless waiting for your O/S to be loaded! MSI Fast Boot helps to make your system boot lightning fast. MSI Fast Boot also features a GO2BIOS button. Simply click it to restart your PC and go straight to the system BIOS.

Command Center Lite
This lightweight overclocking tool doesn't need installation and doesn't occupy unnecessary system resources lowering system benchmark scores. With a single mouse click you have access to the most important overclocking features.

Command Center Lite Memory
Keep track of your memory timings with this lightweight application. Command Center Lite Memory helps you to tune your memory to perfection and reach new heights. Features • Supports New Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition for LGA 2011-3 socket.
• DDR4 Steel Armor with Best signal stability , Quad Channel DDR4-3466+(OC).
• Mystic Light: Customize and set up your own color scheme with GAMING APP to make your PC look & feel brand new!
• Mystic Light Extension: Extend you style to everything.
• Turbo U.2 & M.2 Steel Armor: Delivering next generation M.2 Gen3 x4 performance with transfer speeds up to 32 Gb/s.
• USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C & Type-A combo + USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (front) + SATA EXPRESS 10Gb/s + SATA 6Gb/s.
• Audio Boost 3 : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality.
• Nahimic Audio Enhancer: Immersive sound quality that pushes the limits of reality.
• GAMING LAN with LAN Protect, powered by Intel® : The best online gaming experience with lowest latency.
• XSplit Gamecaster V2: Show off you skills to the world with a 1 year premium license for this popular streaming software.
• Military Class 5: The latest evolution in high quality components featuring the brand new Titanium Chokes.
• Guard-Pro: Improved Protection and Power Efficiency.
• MULTI-GPU with Steel Armor: Steel Armor PCI-E slots. Supports 3-way NVIDIA SLI & AMD Crossfire™.
• Game Boost: Generate more FPS in games with 1 push of a button.
• EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot.
• Overvoltage Protection:Prevent Unforeseen Damage.
• GAMING Hotkey: Launch your favorite games with a single button.
• Click BIOS 5: Award-winning brand new Click BIOS 5 with high resolution scalable font.
• SteelSeries Certified: Optimized for SteelSeries gaming gear.
• GAMING CERTIFIED: 24-hour on- and offline game testing by eSports players for the best gaming experience.
Core Specifications
Form Factor ATX
CPU Socket 2011-3
Chipset Intel X99
RAM Memory Support
Memory Type DDR4
Memory Channel Quad (4)
Memory Type (ECC) Non-ECC
Memory Type (R/U) UDIMM (Unbuffered)
Memory Speed (Mhz)
  • DDR4 - 2133
  • DDR4 - 2200(OC)
  • DDR4 - 2400(OC)
  • DDR4 - 2600(OC)
  • DDR4 - 2666(OC)
  • DDR4 - 2800(OC)
  • DDR4 - 2933(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3000(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3200(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3333(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3400(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3466(OC)
Max. Memory Capacity 128GB (8x16GB)
Audio Realtek ALC1150 7.1 HD Audio
Graphics Support
Primary GPU Interface PCIe 3.0 (x16)
SLI Support 3-Way SLi
Crossfire Support 3-Way CrossFire
On-Board Graphics Connectors None
Internal Connectivity
Expansion Slots
  • 1 x M.2, 2242/2260/2280, PCIe/SATA
  • 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x8 Bandwidth)
SATA Support SATAe / SATA3 / M.2
RAID Support via SATA3 0~5
Storage Mode Support
  • AHCI
  • Intel® Smart Response Technology
  • NVMe Boot (via M.2 PCIe Slot)
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 10
  • RAID 5
Internal I/O
  • 1 x 24-pin (Power)
  • 1 x 4-pin CPU Fan Connector
  • 3 x 4-pin System Fan Connector
  • 1 x 8-pin (Power)
  • 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1 x Front Panel Audio Header
  • 2 x Front Panel Connector
  • 1 x GAME BOOST knob
  • 1 x Multi-BIOS switch
  • 1 x Power button
  • 1 x Reset Button
  • 1 x RGB LED connector
  • 1 x SATA Express (Compatible with 2x SATA III)
  • 8 x SATA III - 6Gb/s
  • 1 x Slow mode booting jumper
  • 1 x TPM Header
  • 1 x U.2 Connector
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Header
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Header
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C port
  • 1 x Water Pump Header
External Connectivity
Network Interface Type Wired Gigabit LAN (10/100/1000)
Network Chip/Modules 1 x Intel® I218V (Gigabit LAN)
Rear I/O Connectors
  • 1 x 10/100/1000 (LAN)
  • 2 x Audio I/O
  • 1 x Clear CMOS Button
  • 1 x Line In
  • 1 x Line Out
  • 1 x Mic-In
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo
  • 1 x SPDIF Out (Optical)
  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
Other Motherboard Specifications
Water Cooled No
QPI Speed N/A

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MSI X99A GAMING PRO CARBON, Intel X99, S 2011-3, DDR4, SATAe, U.2, M.2, 3-Way SLi/CrossFire, GbE, USB3.1 Gen2 A+C, ATX is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid board at a solid price I had an ASUS X99-A II motherboard which failed inside a week. I would've purchased the MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon but it hadn't been in retail at that time so I went with the ASUS - wish I'd waited. Back to the X99A Carbon! Although the RGB LED's are not my bag the motherboard does come in a nice matte black finish which does look nice in my all black PC interior - not my design choice, it's just that black seems to be the colour of choice for manufacturers these days. Components - as always with MSI, they are very good quality which I (and you) should be delighted by. Which I am. Connectivity - all good on this front with 10 SATA devices catered for and also SATA Express (makes use of 2x SATA), M.2 and U.2 devices. So, plenty of connections which should make the board a little more future-proof. All good. There are plenty of fan connectors on the board and one connector specifically tailored for Water Pumps (which I can attest works well) and all can have fan curves or profiles set in BIOS. The BIOS is not the best out there, but quite full featured nonetheless and is not far from being a very good BIOS - just a little extra work required in navigation, as it can be confusing. The Easy part is quite good for beginners (just don't OC too far!) and the Expert area gives easy access to the every setting applicable to your components. Special mention goes to Dual BIOS chips - thank you for this...really, thank you MSI. (ASUS has 'CrashFree BIOS' which, for me, crashed and could not be resurrected.) Speed - I have only had the ASUS X99-A II in my possession and can say that the MSI X99A Carbon is just as fast and maybe a touch faster in one or two tests. Nothing overly scientific and there is scope for statistical variance, but I was happy that it performed as well or slightly better than the ASUS, which itself was already a good board. Power - I have a power meter attached to the socket and found that the power drawn by the build with the MSI X99A Carbon to be lower than with the ASUS. I thought it may be a problem with the power meter, but after some tests on the power meter and some reading on the Internet, it does seem that the MSI X99A Carbon is quite energy efficient - which is cool by me! I have an i7-6800K and a GTX 1070 (also MSI) attached to the MSI X99A Carbon and despite the much lighter wallet, I am quite pleased with the resulting performance - no more upgrades for a while! Famous last words... All in all, I am very happy with this board and would not hesitate in recommending it to my nearest and dearest! Thanks for reading!
Date published: 2016-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent board with great feature set I was looking for a premium X99 board to go with an i7 6850k for my new build, eventually choosing this one over the ASUS Strix. I have not regretted the decision in the slightest. This was my first MSI board and I am rather impressed by it. This motherboard is packed with features that justifies its premium pricing - plenty of SATA w/RAID, M.2/U.2, plenty of USB (including USB 3.1 Gen2 which might start being useful in 5 years), lots of PCIe lanes and great RAM overclocking options. As such, you get lots of flexibility for whatever your build is intended for despite the "gaming" label. Having said that, the feature set and bundled software are primarily oriented at gamers. The reinforced PCIe slots are nice to have, with all slots reinforced, and I had no problems with supporting a quite-heavy GTX1080. The lack of onboard wi-fi is not a problem for me at all, but may be for some - in which it is a trivial problem to rectify. The BIOS is quite pretty and is very easy to use; one click of the XMP button and all the correct settings for my 3200MHz RAM was instantly applied. There is a physical dial and button (suitable for Nigel Tufnel) which is supposed to make overclocking easy, although I have not tried it and prefer to do things manually. Although it is dependent on the silicon lottery, I had no problems reaching a stable 4.4GHz at reasonable (1.30) volts. The board has a very clean design, with most protruding components hidden under stylised shields, making building and cable management very easy. This also makes it look absolutely fantastic, incredibly sleek with a good array of RGB lighting, with headers for more RGB lights for case modding. Although I primarily compared feature sets, the looks certainly did shift my attention considerably. I did spend a late night playing with the lighting software getting the lights to flash to music. I was initially unable to install Windows to my M.2 PCIe SSD, as it was not recognised. I simply installed to my SATA SSD and used the SSD drive migration tool as soon as it was installed. I have had no problems booting from the M.2 SSD since. One tiny gripe is that there are only two USB2.0 headers on the motherboard, so I was only able to connect the hub on the front of the case and only one of my two Corsair products for Corsair Link functionality. However, the loss of this gimmick does not have any real impact. I always have the option of an expansion card later on if I so choose. Overall, this is an excellent, great-looking board and I am very happy with it. At this price point, you probably can't go too wrong with motherboards from most manufacturers, but this one has just the right combination of features and looks for me.
Date published: 2016-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First time buying a MSI MB and very happy! First time buying a MSI Motherboard and I am very pleased! I have no issues with this motherboard at all. It is beautiful in my system and really matches my black and white theme. Working great with my new I7-6800k, really good clear instructions ofthe installation steps that came in the manual with good links to youtube videos. Easy overclocking with this board for both the CPU and ram. The RGB software is really easy to use and I had a lot of fun setting it up and playing with all the different settings.The reinforced PCi-E slots are really useful as my 980ti is on the heavy side and I feel safe knowing this board won't warp. Overall great experience using this motherboard and I would recommend it.
Date published: 2016-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a perfect Motherboard This Motherboard is Great it was my first time Building a Pc and I didn't have a problem with installing it, I have a MSI GTX 1080 and a I7 6900K CPU and have had no problem with it. So if you are looking to upgrade to the GTX 1080 this Motherboard can do it, but I only have one 1080 in it at the minute going to Put a second in soon :)
Date published: 2016-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful board, but the looks are just an added bonus! This motherboard is fantastic sofar i have had no issues, I have a gtx980 a i7-6800k and some corsair 3200mhz ram and a samsung m.2 ssd plugged into this motherboard with no issues ! The i7-6800k is running at 4.4ghz overclocked at 1.4v with no stablity issues what so ever. So far i am very pleased with this product and would recommend this! If you are looking for a good gaming board with solid overclocking ablitys and fantastic software from msi look no further!
Date published: 2016-07-06
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