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MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 3, 2015 9:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: MSI

BIOS

 

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MSI has done a great job with their UEFI, it is one of the better ones when it comes to the X99 platform. Overclocking features are abundant, and voltage control over the extra pins is present. MSI's UEFI works well, it is quick, provides all the features you could want, and provides consistent overclocking results. I am a big fan of how MSI has implemented their fan control, it is easy to use, and the GUI is intuitive and useful.

 

 

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Software

 

Killer Double Shot X3 Pro

 

Imagine you could offload minor tasks like uncontrollable Windows 10 updates, motherboard utility updates, and Reddit browsing onto the Wireless-AC while providing a single GBit connection for Battlefield 4, and another GBit NIC handling your torrent, local NAS file backup, and Netflix. This would allow for pretty unobstructed internet connectivity. Killer's Double Shot X3 Pro is Killer's uber-teaming application. It requires three Killer NICs; in this case two wired e2400 NICs and one Killer 1535 Wireless-AC card. These are Killer's latest NICs, and their existence was leaked around Computex time, and this is the first board I have had with this software.

 

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In theory Killer's Double Shot X3 Pro allows for all three NICs to make independent connections to the router, and then you can assign which applications use which NIC. This assignment is partially automated, in that you can choose the priority of the application, and then through a pre-determined NIC assignment protocol, the fastest applications are assigned to certain NICs, while slower applications are assigned to other NICs. The application actually downloads updated lists of application priorities, so it can auto assign priorities if you chose not to manually do it.

 

Now, while this sounds awesome in theory, many have questioned its benefits considering a single internet connection alone won't saturate the bandwidth of a single 1GBit NIC considering most Internet plans aren't that fast. So while it does have its uses, the network outside of your router will serve as the ultimate bottleneck, and not your local network. If you have a fast wired network and you can saturate the bandwidth then it could be beneficial. It is basically link aggregation with applications assigned to dedicated NICs.

 

Nahimic

 

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Nahimic is a company which produces gaming audio software. The software is designed to improve the quality of the audio and its realistic elements. MSI had a pretty good demonstration of it at Computex, and it was quite impressive.

 

Other Software

 

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MSI also provides their other software, such as their custom Realtek suite, their LED control software, and Gaming Application which has easy to use presets for system performance.

 

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If you want to tune in Windows you can use MSI's Command Center or Intel's XTU, both work on this motherboard. MSI also has Command Center Lite Memory which allows on-the-fly timing adjustments, and MSI finally got a CPU-Z skin!

 

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I have used MSI's Live Update 6 many times, and it works well. MSI also has a fast charging application.

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