MSI unveils its new X299 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC

MSI goes for the white look with its gorgeous X299 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC motherboard.

Published Sun, Jun 18 2017 8:35 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:55 AM CST

MSI has officially unveiled its new X299 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC motherboard, with its freakin' beautiful - and super unique look.

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The new X299 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC sports 4 x PCIe x16 slots, 2 x PCIe 1x, and 2 x M.2 slots. MSI's TOMAHAWK range is the company's mid-range series, so this doesn't have all of the bells and whistles that the high-end/enthusiast motherboards will have. We do have MSI's own Mystic Light feature, which will light up the board - and in that white theme, it'll look crazy good in the right combination of RGB LEDs, graphics card/s, and case/fans.

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  • Model Name: X299 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC
  • Segment: Arsenal GAMING
  • CPU support: Supports New Intel® Core™ X-series Processor Family
  • CPU socket: LGA 2066
  • Chipset: Intel® X299 Chipset
  • Graphics Interface: 4 x PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot, 3-way SLI / CrossFire
  • Memory support: 8 DIMMs, Quad Channel DDR4-4266+MHz; Dual Channel DDR4-4500+MHz
  • Expansion slots: 2 x PCI-E 3.0 x1 slots, SATA / M.2 / U.2 8x SATA 6Gb.s ports, 2x Turbo M.2 slots, 1x Turbo U.2 connector
  • Intel® Optane™: Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
  • USB 3.1: Gen2 3 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-C+C)
  • USB 3.1: Gen1 8 x USB 3.1 Gen1
  • USB 2.0: 7 x USB 2.0
  • LAN: Intel® I219-V Gigabit LAN
  • Audio: 7.1 Channel


  • M.2 SHIELD FROZR: Strengthened built-in M.2 thermal solution. Keeps M.2 SSDs safe while preventing throttling, making them run faster.
  • Designed for Extreme Performance: TURBO SOCKET with GAME BOOST, DIGITALL POWER Design
  • Lightning Fast Game experience: TWIN TURBO M.2 with M.2 Shield FROZR and Intel Optane Memory
  • Ready, Turbo U.2, LIGHTNING USB 3.1 GEN2
  • GAMING LAN with LAN Protect, powered by Intel® : The best online gaming experience with lowest latency and bandwidth management
  • AUDIO BOOST 4 with NAHIMIC 2+: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • MULTI-GPU: With STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots. Supports 3-Way NVIDIA SLI™ & 3-Way AMD crossfire™
  • SYSTEM SAVER: 3 easy to use options to successfully boot your system again.
  • VR READY and VR BOOST: Best virtual reality game experience without latency, reduces motion sickness. Supports Nahimic VR & TriDef VR.

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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