MSI Z97S SLI Krait Preview
MSI Z97 Krait Motherboard
Once upon a time motherboards were an array of different colours. They usually possessed either a brown or searing blue PCB, but the plastics had zero in common with either the PCB or, more often than not, the bit of plastic next to them. It was like an explosion in a Skittles factory. Gradually as manufacturers became wiser, and the selection of components become produced by the same people who created your motherboard, so it became possible to have a system composed entirely of two basic colours. And there was much rejoicing.
If, like us, you get a little tired of the choice of black with either red, blue, yellow or green accents, and you yearn for the chance to reflect your secret passion for 'Ready Steady Go' and Go Go Boots, MSI have brought along the Krait Edition of their Z97S motherboard. Monochrometastic, pop pickers.
With so many parts of our systems capable of being white, or black, or some combination of them, the motherboard has always been the element that let the side down. Now with the Krait you can be certain of having the entire system look like a uniform arrangement, rather than a compromise.
There certainly isn't a compromise when it comes to the motherboard either. It might be aimed at the affordable end of the spectrum, and perhaps the IO area gives a hint as to its low pricing, but all of the elements you will actually use are there. If you're honest with yourself the amount of things that your motherboard could do in theory, but are left to gather dust, is astounding. Even our systems have many slots that haven't even glimpsed a card.
It would have been easy for MSI to abuse such an eager audience by limiting this monochrome scheme to a very expensive 'board and forcing you to pay up to enjoy the looks it brings to the party. We hear that it's coming in underneath £90, which is extremely affordable. It's not like many features have been slashed either with the Z97S SLI Krait supporting SLI, M2 SSDs, SATA Express, Raid, Gigabit LAN. Heck there is even a HDMI output on the back if you want to go for a very low-power system.
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