It is getting closer and closer to when Intel will be launching their Haswell-E processors and the X99 chipset. MSI has just revealed one of their high-end X99 motherboard offerings in their X99S SLI Plus.
It looks like MSI is going with an all black color scheme with this motherboard, much like what we have seen from ASUS’s X79 Black and the EVGA X79 Dark. The exact specifications of the motherboard are unknown at this time, but you can expect all of the features of a flagship X99 motherboard. From the released photo (above) we can see that this motherboard will feature:
– 8 Memory Slots with Quad Channel DDR4 Support
– M.2 Sata Express Slot
– 8 Phase PWM Design
– 40 PCIE Lanes (capable of Quad SLI/Crossfire)
– 10 SATA Ports 6GB/s
– 14 USB Ports
– LGA 2011-3 Socket with x99 Chipset
– Will Support Haswell-E i7-5960X, i7-5930K and i7-5820K
Like most high-end MSI motherboard the X99S SLI PLUS will feature MSI’s Military Class IV components which do include military grade capacitors and MOSFETs. Dual quad channel memory up to 3000 MHz+ is supported. Aggressive black heatsinks cover the power delivery components and the X99 PCH. There are 10 SATA 6GB/s ports, a single SATA Express port, and a M.2 slot. You can also see a USB 3.0 header towards the center of the board.
Expansion slots will include four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots and two PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots for quad-SLI and CrossfireX. Below the PCI slots we can see power and reset buttons as well as the OC Genie button.
MSI will be launching this motherboard as well as 7 other X99 motherboards on August 29th.