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MSI X99S MPower Board Review

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Posted February 9, 2015 by Sandy Bruce in CPU & Motherboards

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Release Date: Now
 
Price at time of Review: $285
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Price, Theme, Features, Stability, 3 year Warranty, Bios
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

None
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Sporting a deep black PCB with yellow accents, powerful features, ability to handle the most extreme overclocking methods, and support of professional Xeon series CPU makes the MSI MPower serious contender for any professional workstation, monster gaming rig or breaking overclocking records.
by Sandy Bruce
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Conclusion

 

During this review I noticed that the parts I had used in a previous review performed better in the X99S MPower. This speaks to the hardware engineering and the BIOS development that occurs over at MSI. The ClickBios UEFI interface is simple to navigate and stacked with endless configuration options including some that will shutdown certain aspects of the board for extreme LN2 & DICE overclocking. Shutting down unused hardware features reduces points of potential instability allowing the memory and CPUs to be pushed further. It also has the benefit of reducing power draw. What we would call standard overclocking is a walk in the park also. CPU core clocks can be easily adjusted in ClickBios, auto OC Genie button or the Intel Extreme Utility while remaining stable. This is because of the steady power delivery and OC Engine to adjust straps in 100, 125MHz and 167MHz steps.

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Stepping up to the X99S MPower gains access to DDR4 up to 128GB at 3333MHz, 40 PCIe lanes, SATA Express, 32Gb/s Turbo M.2, and support for Quad SLI and Crossfire… basically every enthusiast feature wanted when putting together the fastest system possible. The X99 platform also supports a wide range of server or workstations Xeon CPUs, including the monstrous 18 core, 32 thread, 45MB L3 cache Xeon E5-2699 v3. Pair that CPU with 128GB of quad channel DDR4 and Quad SLI/Crossfire professional graphics adapters for the most powerful single CPU workstation available.

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Currently the X99S is $289 on NewEgg and $314 on Amazon. These prices places the MSI X99S MPower squarely in the mist of other major brand performance boards like the Gigabyte GA-X99 SOC Champion, ASROCK X99 OC Formula, EVGA X99 FTW, and Asus X99 Pro. That is a really tough spot to be in but the MPower stands up well against the competition. Sporting a deep black PCB with yellow accents, powerful features, ability to handle the most extreme overclocking methods, and support for professional Xeon series CPUs, makes the MSI MPower a serious contender for any professional workstation, monster gaming rig or breaking overclocking records. I struggle to find anything to complain about as the X99S MPower follows the footsteps of previous generations’ stellar enthusiast class products from MSI. There is no big yellow “M” on the board. There you go, I found something! That will not be enough to prevent us from awarding the MSI X99S MPower maximum overclocking board the Pure Overclock Editor Choice Award!

 

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