At a first glance the MSI
X99A Godlike Gaming leaves a very good impression with its
good looking design. The manufacturer decided to go for a combination of black, red and silver, which suites nicely and in the end you get an aesthetic
looking product. The layout itself is well thought and there is for example plenty of space around the CPU socket to install large CPU coolers. The fact that there are SATA connectors which have been angled by 90 degrees allows
for an easy installation of oversized graphics cards.
Especially the "Dragon Armor" is a real eye-catcher and there is even an RGB lighting.
The MSI X99A Godlike Gaming comes with a digital 12 phase power design, whereas those 12 phases are realized with 6 phase doublers from Intersil (ISL6617). Apart from that every single phase received an SFC (Super Ferrite Choke) inductor, which according to MSI is rated at 60A. Furthermore there are 11 330uF Tantalum capacitors and a PWM controller from Intersil (ISL6388).
A quick look at the memory VRM
shows MSI is using a PWM controller from Powervation (PV3203). This dual-phase controller is paired up with phases from Fairchild (FDMS3668S).
Overall the X99A Godlike Gaming features a solid power design, which can easily cope with the loads generated by extreme overclocking.
There are eight DIMM-slots on the
MSI X99A Godlike Gaming. Officially supported is DDR4 with up to 3400 MHz. There is enough space between the DIMM-slots and the CPU socket which
means that you won't run into any compatibility problems with large coolers even when you choose to install RAM with big heatspreaders.
Also supported are Xtreme Memory Profiles (XMP) in version 2.0.
On the X99A Godlike Gaming PCH as well as current converters have been equipped with separate cooling
blocks. There is a total of four heatsinks covering power design as well as PCH and all of them haven been connected by a heatpipe in order to
improve the heat transport.