MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Preview

Introduction and Technical Specifications

MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Preview

Introduction

The X299 motherboard has got a cool trick up its sleeve in that it supports a whole range of CPUs rather than just being able to run the biggest, most expensive models. This means you can buy a new system but go with an affordable CPU, and just save up next time round for one of the 18 core or similar options.

So if you can get the foundations right and adjust the components later on, it makes perfect sense to go for a flagship motherboard. You'll be using it for a while so it's important to have the biggest feature set that will last you the longest amount of time before you're looking enviously at newer products.

When it comes to flagship MSI motherboards the XPOWER has always been sitting proudly at the top of their range. The X299 XPOWER Gaming AC is no different, with so many connection options and voodoo underneath the hood that you'll struggle to fill up all the connectors for a long time to come.

Technical Specifications

It doesn't matter where you look down the specifications table, you're bound to be impressed. Memory is 8 slots of Quad channel supporting up to 128 GB of DDR4 at speeds upto 4133 MHz or 4500 MHz depending upon how many slots you fill. Storage is unquestionably the star of the show with Ten SATA ports, 3 M.2 ports and a U.2. If you are particularly wealthy and think 3 M.2 slots isn't enough then there is also a PCI Expansion board with another two M.2 sockets on it. Or you can stuff your PCI Express slots - all four of them - with graphics cards. To cover the rest of the features we need to look at the motherboard itself, so click on.

MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Preview  

«Prev 1 2 3 4 5 Next»

Most Recent Comments

14-07-2017, 04:19:52

Peace
I'm drooling in german right now! This is one sexy motherboard! Especially the design of the chipset heatsink and the circles you mentioned. RGB is simple yet sexy imho.

I'd go for a red and yellow/gold/orange Iron Man-like build. Escpecially because it looks like you can change the color of the center of the chipset heatsink independently! Can't wait to see the full review!Quote

14-07-2017, 05:03:33

AlienALX
Yeah I quite like that.Quote

14-07-2017, 14:19:47

Dicehunter
Damn that's 1 snazzy mobo !Quote

14-07-2017, 20:25:12

Excalabur50
I don't like the round bit ATM but it may grow on meQuote

14-07-2017, 23:55:54

Greenback
Quote:
Originally Posted by Excalabur50 View Post
I don't like the round bit ATM but it may grow on me

I think it could of done with being lower, because you are going to cover the top part with the end of a gpu by the looks of it. Though I'd probably turn that off in favour of the RGB's on the gpuQuote
Reply
x

Register for the OC3D Newsletter

Subscribing to the OC3D newsletter will keep you up-to-date on the latest technology reviews, competitions and goings-on at Overclock3D. We won't share your email address with ANYONE, and we will only email you with updates on site news, reviews, and competitions and you can unsubscribe easily at any time.

Simply enter your name and email address into the box below and be sure to click on the links in the confirmation emails that will arrive in your e-mail shortly after to complete the registration.

If you run into any problems, just drop us a message on the forums.