The market launch of the new Intel processors with Broadwell-E architecture gave rise motherboard manufacturers to update their product range by Intel LGA2011-3 socket. First of all the new fees received native support for the new Intel Core i7 68xx and 69xx processors at the BIOS level (support for “old” will not go away), and, of course, changed somewhat consumer properties of the products.
For the “enthusiasts» MSI company has prepared a top-end model of the motherboard MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM.
Already familiar to us from the review board MSI Z170A MPOWER GAMING TITANIUM silver box design with a picture of the board and there is a package MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM. The difference – is the availability of a convenient carrying handle.
The box has a cover, inside which are the features of the board. This design aimed at acceleration (level components Military Class 5, 12, s-phase power supply system), the implementation of modern high-speed interfaces for disk drives (u.2 and M.2 with bandwidth up to 32 Gbit / s), USB 3.1 Gen2 interface type connectors A and C (10 Gbit / s), sTEEL ARMOR for slots PCI-E x16 (metal frame that provides increased reliability slots), optimization of the Intel network codecs (wired Intel I218-V and wireless Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Intel 8260 ), the sound of the audio Boost 3 with sound enhancement technology (ON Nahimic), the ability to connect LED strips.
The reverse side contains a brief description of the individual elements, implemented on the board and its specifications.
Rich package bundle emphasizes a top level motherboard. A separate box contains copious amounts of information material: a summary and a complete user’s manual, cables stickers, logo, information on the results of testing, cardboard on the doorknob “Do Not Disturb” and two DVD. Also inside you can find sets of cables: 10 x SATA, 2 external antenna with magnetic mount, the SLI flexible bridges (2 long and 2 short) cable to connect the RGB tape rear IO panel, cable set V-Check for measuring voltages.
The motherboard MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING ITANIUM made in light silver color scheme to match its title that fans will like to pay “non-standard” colors. TITANIUM plastic casing and massive radiators add solidity to the board is designed to fit under the processor socket Intel LGA2011-v3 (Haswell-E, Broadwell-E).
At first glance, in terms of the size of the device does not stand out from the other cards under the socket LGA2011-3, but if you look closely, you’ll see quite a large width (dimensions 30.5 x 27.2 mm), and therefore need to be careful when choosing housing. Unlike MSI Z170A MPOWER GAMING TITANIUM from MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM no metal bekpleyt on the reverse side and thus visible to all “podnagotnaya” – Dedicated sound of the Audio Boost 3, on the borders of which there are LEDs, the presence of only two “full” the PCI slots -E x16.
The layout of the upper part of the typical – socket LGA2011-3, which are located between 8 slots for memory modules DDR4-2133-3446 (OC), providing maximum memory up to 128 GB. Slots have a metal frame STEEL ARMOR for high reliability. Provided by the presence of two additional board ATX12V power connector (8-pin and 4-pin) and …
… Using two heatsinks connected with a heat pipe.
The power supply system have strengthened the board and consists of a 12-phase, obtained through phases doublers Intersil ISL6617CA, controlled PWM Controller Intersil ISL6388.
The top right side, in addition to the 24-pin EATX power connector and four 4-pin power connectors for fan / pump, rich in a variety of indicators, buttons, and switches: POST-code indicator measuring point voltage (V_Check), power button, reset and change frequency multiplier / frequency depending on the position BLKOC_SEL1 switch, switch mode Slow mode, the group switches PEGSW1 work PCI-E slots, Discharge’s button is the equivalent of extricating the battery charge.
There are wheel GAME BOOST Knob, allowing you to select one of overclocking options. Voltage and frequency are set automatically. For each of the CPUs depending on their exposed mode frequencies which are summarized in the table below.
The board sold the five slots PCI-E 3.0 x16 with STEEL ARMOR technology and one PCI-E 2.0 x1. Placement of PCI-E x16 slots are not very good in terms of installing a single graphics card and oversized air cooler, which is able to block the slot, although this arrangement allows you to install up to 4 double-slot cards.
When you install multiple graphics cards in CrossFire / SLI mode depending on the type of processor (with 28 or 40 lines PCI-E) configuration work PCI-E slots, M.2 and U.2 port will be different.
In contrast PCI-E x1 slot is located M.2 (M key) 2242/2260/2280/22110 size. Of particular interest to the lower edge, where in addition to the usual set of ports (connector front-panel audio, 2 x SYS_FAN2 / 3, the TPM connector, 2 x USB 2.0 2 port, system board) to focus the Molex 1 x (intended to provide additional power PCI- slots E), jumper boot mode Slow mode, OC_RT1 button (while holding the system will try to successfully start with exposed BIOS settings) and OC_FS1 (entrance to the BIOS), JLED1 connector for RGB LED strips.
Also, the left and above, there are ports 1 x SATA Express (2 x SATA), 8 x SATA, U.2, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 connector and 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 type C. The radiator mounted on the Intel X99 chipset , and has a large backlit logo.
True to work port / slot restrictions are imposed depending on the position JUSB4 / SE1_65 switch. Table presented below. The full version of possible working configurations contained in the User’s Guide.
After removing the plastic cover and the radiator can see the selected audio portion Audio Boost 3 with controllers that provide additional functionality in addition to the regular board features Intel X99 chipset:
Out of interest on the rear panel of the motherboard MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM note the presence of two antenna connectors for the module Wi-Fi / Bluetooth, a combined PS / 2 port, reset button, port USB 2.0 BIOS update (BIOS FLASHBACK +) and modern ports USB 3.1 Gen2 type A and C. Other: RJ-45, 6 x USB 3.1 Gen1 and 2 x USB 2.0.
The motherboard MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM is equipped with a proprietary version of the UEFI BIOS called «Click BIOS 5″, which can be found in other MSI motherboards based on the Intel Z170 chipset, so that the layout / interface is not much different from them (description Click BIOS 5 is given in the review of the MSI Gaming Z170A the Pro ). Present 2 display modes: EZ Mode and Avdanced.
Exception – a setting typical of motherboards based on Intel LGA2011-3 socket. For example, some changes are under overclocking Overclocking (OC).
Together with the MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM board two DVD disc are containing drivers and utilities (one of them are drivers for Wi-Fi / Bluetooth adapter). A set of tools is almost the same (MSI Command Center, Live Update 6, RAMDISK, Fast Boot, Gaming App , Dragon Eye, M-Cloud, Gaming Lan Manager, Nahimic), as well as at the board the MSI Z170A the MPOWER GAMING the TITANIUM , so the details do not stop will.
The main problem with the MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM motherboard may wish to use the position / a cooler, for example, such as the Noctua NH-D15 (width 150 mm), which makes it impossible to install the video card in the top slot PCI-E x16.As a consequence, in order to maximize the throughput capacity of the video card will have to use a processor with 40-lines PCI-E and PCI_E4 slot (x16). And if you put the card in the top slot PCI-E x16, it will need a “narrow” or cooler as the best option, the transition to the liquid cooling system.
Considering the used cooler, we installed video card PowerColor PCS + R9 380 4 GB slot PCI_E4 with x8 mode of operation, as the processor Intel Core i7 6800K has only 28 lines PCI-E.
Recall that the motherboard MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM has advanced overclocking capabilities, and one of them is a GAME BOOST Knob, allowing you to select one of the options for overclocking – everything else will make the board itself.For example, by using the jog mode 8 for Intel Core i7 6800K processor we got a frequency of 4200 MHz in the BIOS (X42 multiplier) with automatic increase in voltage Vcore = 1.350V and Vspu_sa (System Agent) = 1.250V.
However, under load LinX 0.6.5 core temperature quickly exceeded the mark of 96 ° C, and we have interrupted the test.
4200 MHz processor to a more sparing mode, we have not obeyed; in this case, putting the factor h41 (4100 MHz) and by reducing the voltage of the nuclei (the Vcore) to 1.280 V, the temperature under load does not exceed 83 ° C.
On our website we have already tested the motherboard ASUS ROG STRIX X99 GAMING and that it we used for comparison with the test board MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM.
The best result (by 1-4%) exhibited board MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM, because during testing it was noted – in a normal mode of operation, it exposes the frequency of the ring bus / Cache (CPU Cache / Ring Ratio) 3100 MHz compared to the ASUS board, which has the value equal to 2800 MHz.
In terms of design the motherboard MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM and discussed previously MSI Z170A MPOWER GAMING TITANIUM very similar – the same silver color, focus on enthusiasts, equipped with modern interfaces USB 3.1 Gen2 (type A and C, up to 10 Gbit / s)), U.2 and M.2 (up to 32 Gbit / s), the presence of firm UEFI Click BIOS version 5 and an expanded set of accessories and software. However MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM is a level higher, as intended to build a top system on the socket Intel LGA2011-3, therefore has strengthened 12-phase power supply system, massive radiators with a heat pipe in the power section, Wi-Fi / Bluetooth module from Intel and advanced overclocking features.
About the lack of payment can be regarded as its form factor E-ATX (width 27.2 cm). It will be possible to set not all hull. Not too well, and placement of PCI-E x16, especially the top slots, which will be blocked dimensional air cooling system.
To match the level of the motherboard MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM is and its price. I