MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Preview

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MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Preview

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Accessories are one of the easiest ways to tell the difference between a more affordable motherboard and a flagship one such as the XPOWER Gaming AC. The amount of stuff in the box is exceptional, from WiFi antennae to the dual M.2 expansion we saw on the previous page. It's not just the numbers of things that you get, but the quality of them too. Take a close look at that expansion card. It's something you'd expect to pay £50 for, let alone get 'free' with the motherboard.

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

The XPOWER reverts to the black PCB more common amongst the high end MSI motherboards. If you were expecting the X299 XPOWER to have the silver PCB we saw on the Titanium then the combination between the difficulty of applying the silver coating, as well as some tiny reduction in absolute performance at extreme overclocking end of the scale meant that MSI committed to the ease of production and higher performance that is available from a black PCB.

That doesn't mean the XPOWER is blacker than the cover of a Metallica album though, with silver heatsinks and every slot being reinforced, there is a lot of elements to attract the eye. We really like the use of circles too, something that is so rare on motherboards we're struggling to remember the last one that had them. No matter, the design of the XPOWER is fantastic, from the placement of the M.2 slots, the blending between the heatsinks, and the placement of everything. It looks amazing.

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

Including a sturdy backplate is vital for heat dispersion as well as rigidity. Given that the MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC is aimed squarely at the extreme enthusiast this is exactly the feature you'd hope to find.

Let's look more closely at a few of those features before showing you how it lights up.

MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Preview  

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Most Recent Comments

14-07-2017, 04:19:52

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

Yeah I quite like that.Quote

14-07-2017, 14:19:47

Damn that's 1 snazzy mobo !Quote

14-07-2017, 20:25:12

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

14-07-2017, 23:55:54

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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