Computex 2017 - MSI today unveiled its latest fleet of motherboards to compliment Intel's new X299 chipset, built specifically to leverage Intel's high-end Core i9 Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors.
MSI's new X299 motherboard fleet is composed of three main series: the higher-end feature-rich MSI Enthusiast Series, the stylish MSI Performance Series, and the durable metal-infused MSI Arsenal Gaming series, all of which offer a range different motherboards and features for different price points.
MSI's Enthusiast Series includes the premium X299 GAMING M7 ACK motherboard is the X299 variant of the company's popular GAMING M series. This particular motherboard is "designed for gamers and PC enthusiasts who love performance," and features high-end tools for overclockers including a 10 phase DigitALL power design with Loadline Calibration and MSI's Turbo Socket.
The X299 GAMING M7 ACK also features M.2 Shield FROZR to cool M.2 SSDs, Audio Boost 4 PRO, which allows users to use two headphones and speakers at the same time, as well as a three-way conjunction of Killer networking hardware to ensure optimum online gaming. MSI's premium X299 mobo also features Mystic Light RGB along the board's heat sinks and covers, offering 16.8 million colors combos and 17 LED effects.
Next up is the MSI Performance Series, which includes the X299 GAMING PRO CARBON AC and X299 GAMING PRO CARBON motherboards. Let's start with the first one: the Gaming Pro Carbon AC is touted as "a modder's dream" and is the world's first motherboard to allow users to change-out the stock heat sink covers and X-Mount accessories with custom 3D-printed and modded covers, but MSI provides three color options: black, silver, and gold.
The board also comes with Mystic Light RGB LEDs and many of the premium M.2 cooling, audio boost, game boost, and Killer LAN networking features as the other models.
The X299 Gaming Pro Carbon is essentially the same as the X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC besides the swappable custom covers.
Last but not least we have MSI's Aresnal Gaming series, which is comprised of the X299 Tomohawk and X299 SLI Plus.
The X299 Tomohawk's main selling point is its solid reinforced design. The motherboard features stainless steel heat sinks and a "Steel Armor" design that's built with Military Class 5 components, making it "unbreakable in any gaming session."
The X299 Tomohawk also features front-facing USB Type-C for a myriad of different devices, and rocks the premium features of MSI's motherboard series including VR boost and game boost, along with Audio Boost 4 with Nahimic 2 to deliver "next level sound quality".
The MSI X299 SLI Plus is "engineered to gratify even the most demanding professional" and features premium power phases and high-end military class components to ensure optimum reliability. In fact, MSI boasts that the X299 SLI Plus is the "strongest SLI PLUS we've ever built."
"The X299 SLI PLUS adopts premium Dual Intel® LAN, optimized for maximum transfer speeds by reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput. Featuring 15KV protection, the X299 SLI PLUS also shields your network from lightning strikes and static electricity.
"Combining MSI exclusive System Saver design, users will never have to worry about a system issue. Simply use one of the System Saver's options to guarantee a successful boot up. For maximum data transfer performance and latest generation SSD support, the X299 SLI PLUS adopts the latest Turbo U.2 and Twin Turbo M.2 with Steel Armor.
"For the best DDR4 memory compatibility and stability, DDR4 boost with Steel Armor is included. The X299 SLI PLUS motherboard will make anyone's professional life easier with super stable, reliable and long-lasting top performance.
MSI also notes that its full fleet of X299 motherboads are the first to feature the new ASMedia ASM3142 USB 3.1 controller to enable maximum high-speed performance. In fact, all the front-facing USB Type-C connectors featured on MSI's X299 motherboards have been upgraded from Gen1 to Gen2 for improved performance and transfers.