Well it looks like EVGA is not the only one showing an X99 motherboard at Computex 2014. MSI has their upcoming X99 motherboard prototype on display at their booth. X99 motherboards will launch later this year with Intel’s Haswell-E high-end desktop (HEDT) platform.
Again this is just a prototype but looking at the color scheme and features we can guess it could be the next generation X99-GD65 board. Getting into specs the MSI X99 motherboard will feature Intel’s large LGA 2011-3 socket which will support Intel’s Haswell-E processors. The motherboard will feature a 8-phase VRM design that makes use of Super Ferrite Core chokes, solid state capacitors and other MSI Military Class IV components. Power to the board comes by way of a 24-pin ATX power connector and an 8-pin EPS connector for the CPU. Both the heatsink on the VRM and the PCH are not finalized versions.
There are eight DDR4 memory slots on the board (four on each side of the CPU socket), which of course support quad channel memory operation. As far as expansion slots go you have four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots and two PCI-Express 3.0 x4 slots. Along the edge of the board we can see eight SATA 6GB/s ports, a few fan headers and a USB 3.0 header. We are told that this motherboard will also have M.2 and SATA Express connectivity.
We can expect to see more details on X99 motherboards later this year as it gets closer to Intel’s Haswell-E launch. Expect prices of X99 motherboards to be in the $299-399 range.
Jan 29, 2015 0