Keeping in line with MSI's military themed product lineup, the X99A TOMAHAWK is another weapon in MSI's X99 arsenal. Offering the latest in storage and aesthetic technologies, the X99A TOMAHAWK aims to meet the market's demand for strong basic features on a refreshed X99 motherboard.
While many gamers like the idea of building PCs based on the color theme of different components, it's rare that the color of the various components match. The mismatch of color might even lead to product choices based on aesthetics rather than performance or price, but with the X99A TOMAHAWK, you won't have to make these sacrifices.
For many years, builders have asked for more color neutral products, but out of fear of being too bland, vendors have avoided putting these types of products out to market. As a refreshed X99 motherboard, the X99A TOMAHAWK offers U.2, x4 PCI-E 3.0 M.2, and of course, RGB LED support. Surprisingly, the motherboard also has dual Intel NICs. The X99A TOMAHAWK is designed and marketed as a mid-range X99 motherboard, but let's see what it has to offer.
The X99A TOMAHAWK has three x16 PCI-E slots and supports 3-way SLI/CrossFireX. It also supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 (which I will just call USB 3.1), USB 3.1 Gen 1 (which I will call USB 3.0), x4 PCI-E 3.0 and SATA based M.2, U.2, SATA Express, and dual Intel 1Gbit LAN.
The X99A TOMAHAWK is available from many large retailers for roughly $240.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and X99A TOMAHAWK Overview]
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