Msi x99s sli plus lga 2011


1. Introduction2. MSI X99A SLI Plus: Packaging & Bundle3. MSI X99A SLI Plus: Board Layout và Features4. MSI X99 UEFI5. MSI X99 Software6. Testing Methodology7. Tests: System-related8. Tests: Gaming-related9. Overclocking: Frequencies10. Overclocking: Performance11. Tests: Motherboard-related12. Closing Thoughts13. View All Pages


Two 4-pin fan hâm mộ headers are found along the motherboard’s vị trí cao nhất edge, one of which is allocated CPU duties, with the other running from the system fan hâm mộ channel. The other 4-pin CPU fan header is found between the DIMM ngân hàng and rear IO shield. MSI nestles the 8-pin nguồn connector close to lớn the primary MOSFET heatsink.

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Compared to the closely related X99S MPower and X99S Gaming 7 motherboards, MSI ditches the two-digit debug LED for the X99A SLI Plus. Even accounting for the low cost, I am disappointed to lớn see the two-digit debug LED omitted as it is a cheap và convenient troubleshooting tool.


Another area where MSI is able lớn shave a small amount of cost out of the motherboard is the power nguồn delivery system. Instead of using popular co-packaged MOSFET solutions from the likes of Fairchild or International Rectifiers, the company opts for ON Semiconductor high- & low-side MOSFETs.

Split evenly between the front và rear side of the motherboard are 16 ON Semiconductor NTMFS4C08N & a further 16 NTMFS4C05N high- & low-side MOSFETs. Eight of MSI"s Super Ferrite Chokes (SFC) indicate that this is a true eight-phase kiến thiết with additional power nguồn MOSFETs added into the mixture.

Overall nguồn delivery system management is handled by the 6-phase Intersil ISL6388 PWM controller. Acting as phase doublers & MOSFET drivers are four of Intersil"s ISL6611A (marked ‘11ACRZ‘) components. These four drivers work with the PWM controller to modulate the sixteen sets of power MOSFETs và allow them lớn act as eight physical phases.

A solid heatsink and thermal pad cool the front side MOSFETs và phase doublers, while a low-profile strip heatsink tends to the rear side components. Each of the two DIMM banks is driven by a single Powervation PV3203 controller and a two-phase system utilising the same ON Semiconductor NTMFS4C08N và NTMFS4C05N MOSFETs as those found in the CPU area.


Close to lớn the 24-pin power nguồn connector are the board"s two chipset-driven USB 3.0 front panel headers. A pair of internal USB 3.0 headers is a smart move for a modern motherboard as some cases use four front panel USB 3.0 ports. MSI"s chosen orientation of one pointing outwards và one sideways is smart as it leaves room for neat cable management in multiple usage scenarios.

The board features ten SATA 6Gbps ports, all of which stem from the X99 chipset. A single pair of these ports can be switched for a PCIe 2.0 x2 lane in order to provide the 10Gbps SATA-Express connection. Front panel USB 3.1 enclosures (as are supplied with some Z170 motherboards) are pretty much the only devices that make practical use of the 10Gbps SATA-Express connection.

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The standard array of front panel headers are found along the board"s bottom edge. MSI places the onboard power, reset, and OC Genie buttons in this location allowing a potential interference issue khổng lồ be caused by a graphics card in the lower slots. The SATA-Express connector will also suffer from that interference problem.

It is good to lớn see MSI using dual BIOS chips for redundancy as well as a switch to lớn manually toggle between them.


A PS/2 keyboard/mouse connection và two USB 2.0 ports serve solid legacy functionality which is ideal for troubleshooting. The rear panel clear CMOS button is an addition that is worthy of credit, as is MSI"s inclusion of a blue LED that makes locating it more straightforward.

The four USB 3.0 ports furthest left are provided by a VIA VL805 4-port host controller. Given the chipset"s single 5Gbps PCIe 2.0 lane input, it is safe khổng lồ say that these ports are likely to show poor tốc độ performance if more than one is used. The pair of USB 3.0 ports beneath the hãng sản xuất intel I218V Gigabit Ethernet connection are both provided from the X99 chipset.

The pair of blue-coloured ports immediately lớn the left of the LAN connection are 10Gbps USB 3.1 gene 2 Type-A ports provided by an ASMedia ASM1142 chipset.


A somewhat meagre number of fans headers is spread around the board. Three of the five 4-pin headers are within direct reach of the CPU socket, two of which are allocated CPU fan duties. The remaining two found along the board"s bottom edge are good for serving front & side panel chassis fans.

It is disappointing to see a header being removed from the typical location for serving a rear chassis tín đồ mount – just above the uppermost PCIe expansion slot.