MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Review

Published by Marc Büchel on 04.02.16
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Digital Power Design

Since quite some time MSI has been equipping its boards with digital power designs. On the X99A Godlike Gaming there are only high-end components when it comes to the power design. There are for example PWM controllers from Intersil as well as ICs from Powervation. Other than that there are "Dark Caps", which offer 10'000 operating hours, which is up to three times as much than what you get from standard caps.

Audio Boost 3

Audio Boost is MSIs interpretation of good onboard audio. In this case there is a Realtek ALC1150 codec, which has been equipped with an EMI shield and apart from that, there are high quality capacitors. Furthermore you find a 6.35 millimeter jack to directly attach high-end headphones.

MSI Steel Armor

There are five PCIe x16 slots on this particular board, which have been equipped with a steel frame. If you place a large and heavy gaming graphics card, while the board is mounted in a case, you will notice, that over time the slots starts to bend by a little bit. Furthermore, when transporting a system it can happen, that the PCIe slot break by the sheer force, when somebody is not dealing carefully with an assembled system. In both cases the steel armor should help increasing protection of the PCIe slots.

M.2 Support

The new MSI X99A Godlike Gaming motherboard features an M.2 slot. This motherboard can be equipped with an SSD in M.2 format and it is wired directly to the X99 PCH via four PCI Express lanes. In other words there is up to 32 Gbps bandwidth.

MSI Dragon Armor

MSI equipped their X99A Godlike Gaming with a shield spanning over a large part of the PCB. Integrated into this shield there is an RGB LED lighting, which allows for nice, indirect illumination. Apart from that all heatsinks have been integrated into the "MSI Dragon Armor" whereas the cooling blocks have been interconnected by a heatpipe.

OC Genie 4

OC Genie is MSI's automatic overclocking feature. By the touch of this button, the board is automatically going to overclock the CPU installed up to a certain extent.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 15 - UC Bench
Page 2 - Specs and Delivery Page 16 - Super Pi 1M / 32M
Page 3 - Features Page 17 - wPrime 1024M Multi Core
Page 4 - Layout Page 18 - Cinebench
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 19 - Tomb Raider
Page 6 - BIOS Page 20 - Metro Last Light
Page 7 - Test setup Page 21 - Thief
Page 8 - Preview / Gallery Page 22 - Right Mark Audio Analyzer
Page 9 - 3DMark Page 23 - BCLK Overclocking
Page 10 - 3DMark 11 Page 24 - Power Consumption
Page 11 - 3DMark Vantage Page 25 - Performance Rating
Page 12 - PC Mark 8 Page 26 - Price Comparison
Page 13 - SiSoft Sandra 1 Page 27 - Conclusion
Page 14 - SiSoft Sandra 2  

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