MSI X99A XPOWER AC USB 3.1 Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

MSI X99A XPOWER AC USB 3.1 Review

Introduction

Technology is nothing if not relentlessly marching forwards. Sometimes we have quieter periods when the limits of what is currently achievable are reached, and sometimes, like at the moment, there is a swathe of new things all coming at once. Just as we were getting used to the idea of Thunderbolt we get SATA Express. Two minutes later USB 3.1 and M.2 Express drives are dominating things. We'd just reached the limits of DDR3 speeds and here comes DDR4. It's a time of significant change and the dust hasn't yet settled on which of the many competing technologies will emerge from the dust clouds and plant their flag alongside USB, SATA, PCI Express etc as the standard bearers for the immediate future.

The X99 chipset might have been around a little while but that doesn't mean manufacturers have stopped refining their motherboards by dressing them with some of these ultra-modern accoutrements. One such manufacturer is MSI, and it's their X99A XPOWER AC motherboard that we're looking at today.

Technical Specifications

The specifications of the X99A XPOWER AC are all fairly common elements of such a high-end motherboard. Of particular note though is the inclusion of two USB 3.1 ports. We've seen before how much extra bandwidth this offers over the already pretty-speedy USB 3.0. What's the real highlight of the XPOWER is how much you get in the box, so let's head on to page two to see a pile of accessories.

MSI X99A XPOWER AC USB 3.1 Review

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Most Recent Comments

12-05-2015, 12:09:34

hoxlund
i absolutly love my x99a xpower ac motherboard

now about this 15 bios? care to share? im running their A.1

id love to try it out on mineQuote

04-06-2015, 07:28:10

MSIRawZ
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Originally Posted by hoxlund View Post
i absolutly love my x99a xpower ac motherboard

now about this 15 bios? care to share? im running their A.1

id love to try it out on mine
See here: http://forum.hwbot.org/showthread.php?t=133282Quote

04-06-2015, 07:49:23

Dicehunter
Could someone please educate me on this.

On the Rampage 5 in Tomb Raider you get 92FPS and on the XPower you get 101FPS, Does this have to do with bandwidth or more lanes via an add-in chip or something along those lines ?Quote

04-06-2015, 16:17:42

hoxlund
both boards have dual full x16 pci-e slots. so shouldn't come into play. as long as your using a full 40 pci-e lane cpu, ie not the 5820k cpuQuote

04-06-2015, 16:32:44

MSIRawZ
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Could someone please educate me on this.

On the Rampage 5 in Tomb Raider you get 92FPS and on the XPower you get 101FPS, Does this have to do with bandwidth or more lanes via an add-in chip or something along those lines ?
BIOS can play a huge part. Many FAE teams from all vendors spend time optimising it better for applications like 3DMark, Cinebench and even popular games. As motherboards mature over time from launch the performance improves thanks to BIOS updates that may also improve OC ability too.Quote
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