MSI X99A XPOWER Gaming Titanium Review

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If you read our review of the Z170 Titanium then the X99 will look very familiar. The benefits of modern chipsets meaning that you can almost design the PCB separately from the socket and Intel chip and then just plug the relevant pieces in. We thought that the Z170 Titanium was gorgeous and the X99 doesn't change that opinion. In a world largely made up of black PCBs, with the occasional white model, having a silver one is a brave step but one that has definitely come off.

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In keeping with the silver theme of the Titanium, the heatsinks and covers are all also in that lovely shiny shade. Unlike many of the latest motherboards we've seen there isn't any lighting on the board, which might disappoint those of you who prefer your systems to be replicas of the Blackpool Illuminations, but with the neutral silver we don't mind it too much. After all, only white would really work unless you went for something searingly neon and bright. Subtlety is the key with the Titanium sleek and mercurial. 

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All of the slots have metal bracing on them to both improve the ruggedness of the Titanium whilst also giving the board a more harmonious look than you'd get from simple black plastics. Speaking of plastics the cover for the IO portion and sound elements is disappointingly plastic. Given the Titanium name and that lofty price point we were hoping for something a little better. Heatsink design is definitely an area that MSI have weakened on from their early Dragon Gaming successes.

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Whatever you might feel about the looks there is no doubt that the hardware is up to snuff. U.2 sockets, M.2 options, masses of USB, wherever you look there are high-bandwidth technologies, guaranteeing that your system will perform as smoothly as it looks.

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Most Recent Comments

19-08-2016, 16:15:05

Thelosouvlakia
Great move to use the public bios to test this board else everything might have worked fine and you would be like "Hey this is one damn great board".Quote

20-08-2016, 00:56:25

Excalabur50
Awesome review Guv and Kudos to you for working with MSI to get those issues sorted as it's a nice looking board and needs to perform as good as it looksQuote

20-08-2016, 05:06:58

Mysterae
This will be why OverclockersUK have this mobo with "free" ram and M.2 drive bundle for £350. They've picked the ram for you to save on all the returns!Quote

20-08-2016, 05:31:01

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by Mysterae View Post
This will be why OverclockersUK have this mobo with "free" ram and M.2 drive bundle for £350. They've picked the ram for you to save on all the returns!
Any money it either gets more expensive or the free ram disappears

IIRC I paid about £230 for my Big Bang Xpower II, which is what this sort of replaces.Quote

20-08-2016, 05:52:10

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Mysterae View Post
This will be why OverclockersUK have this mobo with "free" ram and M.2 drive bundle for £350. They've picked the ram for you to save on all the returns!

Crappy speed - so it faffing should work

Pointless getting 2400mhz with this mobo tbhQuote
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