MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Preview

Features

MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Preview

Features

We've covered a lot of the differences between the X299 and X99 chipsets when it was launched, but if you missed that then, as you would expect from a more recent design, the main theme is bigger, better, faster, more. More PCI Express lanes - depending upon the CPU you choose to install - faster memory, better turbo boosting (two cores rather than just the one), more USB ports, more M.2 ports. However you slice it, the X299 is stuffed with technology.

MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Preview  
MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Preview  
MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Preview  
MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Preview  
MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Preview  

Features specific to the XPOWER Gaming AC tick all the MSI boxes as well as showing that sometimes they need a proofreader. Backpalte indeed. With 14 phase power management - 12+1+1 - the X299 XPOWER is ready for the 18 core Intel Core i9s when they finally hit the market, and there are umpteen fan headers, thermal probe points and pump headers to guarantee you can keep everything cool. With all the discussion on VRM temperatures that is flying around at the moment it is important to be able to monitor things as well as be able to cool it all. Lastly there is a dual M.2 expansion card that can run RAID directly from the CPU which we'll look at on the next pages.


MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Preview  
MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Preview  
MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Preview  

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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
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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
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