MSI X99A XPOWER AC USB 3.1 Review
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.
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.