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MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Motherboard Released – See Features and Specs

MSI recently announced a new X299 motherboard – the MSI X299 XPOWER Gaming AC motherboard; in addition to the first X299 motherboards we saw when the new platform and Intel Core X processors were launched. The X299 XPOWER Gaming AC features a built-in WiFi with Bluetooth wireless connection and a dual Intel LAN ports. It supports the new Intel Core X-series processor family compatible with the new LGA 2066 socket. It also supports quad channel DDR4 memory up to 4133+MHz (OC) or up to DDR4-4500+MHz (OC) on dual channel. The X299 XPOWER Gaming AC features a 12+1+1 digital power phase design with DrMOS; and multiple graphics card configuration up to 4-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossfireX. And let’s now forget the Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync for the RGB fans out there. These are just some of the features this motherboard is built with. Check out the official news below for more details.

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MSI Announces X299 XPOWER Gaming AC Motherboard

MSI, the leading gaming motherboard brand, is proud to announce its newest X299 flagship motherboard, the X299 XPOWER GAMING AC. Designed for PC enthusiasts and overclockers who love sheer performance, the new XPOWER features an incredible 14 phase (12+1+1) DigitALL premium power design with Loadline Calibration to harness even the most powerful Intel Core X-Series processors. With the addition of MSI’s Turbo Socket and External Clock Gen, powered by top quality components from Military Class 6, such as Titanium Choke II for higher efficiency and power delivery, even the most demanding overclockers are being challenged to push the new XPOWER to its limits.

Performance Inherited from the Legendary XPOWER Family
The X299 XPOWER GAMING AC is built on the strengths of the revolutionary XPOWER models through several generations, whether it’s black & yellow or TITANIUM silver. This generation the colors are back to black to emphasize the XPOWER legacy. The reactor design of the PCH heatsink embodies the power this new high-tech model has to offer.

Maximize M.2 SSD Performance and Prevent Throttling with New M.2 Shield Frozr
Besides top-level performance, the X299 XPOWER GAMING AC also features new unique features. The M.2 Shield FROZR is MSI’s new built-in M.2 thermal solution so you never have to worry about your PCI-Express based NVMe M.2 SSD to start throttling, lowering down performance. This premium M.2 Shield heatsink is connected to the motherboards’ PCH heatsink which features its same thickness and robustness as well as great cooling capabilities. 2x M.2 Shield v2 heatsinks are also available to deliver maximum performance when using multiple M.2 devices at the same time.

Make Your Gaming Rig Unique
With the choice between 16.8 million colors and 17 LED effects, MYSTIC LIGHT RGB allow anyone to completely transform their system and perfectly match colors with other components. To make any build more unique, one can use the 3D X-Mounting screws included to 3D print own designs or simply download available designs for things as FAN stands, VGA card support or more covers, and apply them with ease to the XPOWER’s chassis mounting holes.

Low Latency Online Gaming with Dual Intel LAN and Wireless AC
To maximize your internet and bandwidth when gaming, the new XPOWER features premium Dual Intel LAN, optimized for maximum transfer speeds by reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput. Besides one of the best wired options available, an Intel Wireless AC card is also included with XPOWER. Both Intel based Wireless and LAN ports come with bandwidth management and traffic prioritization. Simply use the user-friendly MSI GAMING LAN MANAGER app to set up and optimize your internet connection on your XPOWER fueled gaming rig the way you want.

Immersive Sound: Audio Boost 4 with Premium Components and Isolated Design
With Audio Boost 4, powered by Nahimic 2+, the X299 XPOWER GAMING AC delivers the highest sound quality through the use of premium quality audio components and an isolated audio PCB. An added audio cover and golden audio connectors ensure the purest audio signal.

Armoring Performance and Preventing Damage with Steel Armor
Steel Armor emphasizes on signal enhancement and prevents electromagnetic interference (EMI), all for pure signals to maximize performance on memory, graphics cards, and U.2 storage, makes X299 XPOWER GAMING AC unbreakable and tough when gaming or overclocking.

Included PCI-Express Card: MSI XPANDER-Z for M.2 Slot Expansion
X299 XPOWER GAMING AC also equipped with all the latest storage standards. TURBO M.2 and U.2 are available as well as plenty of SATA ports. Included in the box is the new M.2 Xpander-Z PCI-E add-on card. Once installed, a total of 5x M.2 slots are now available to be used, even at the same time to satisfy all the needs of any power user.

Limitless USB 3.1 Gen 2 Options, Includes Front Type-C
With significant improvement on performance and energy efficiency the ASMedia ASM3142 controller is fitted to all MSI X299 motherboards. This allowed us to upgrade the Front USB 3.1 Type-C connector from Gen1 to Gen2, for maximum performance. For the best performance and compatibility, MSI worked closely with several major case manufacturers like BitFenix, Corsair, In Win and Phanteks for thorough product testing, to make sure their new chassis’ featuring front USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C are 100% compatible with any MSI X299 motherboard.

DDR4 Boost: Record-breaking Memory Performance
By fully isolating the memory circuitry, DDR4 Boost ensures maximum performance and stability. The technical enhancements of DDR4 Boost allow for more stability at higher memory speeds compared to other brands. Enjoy the additional boost in gaming performance or when working with large video and photo files. Worth noting, is the recent breaking of the DDR4 memory WorldRecord using the MSI X299 GAMING PRO CARBON AC motherboard, to reach an astounding DDR4-5500. After breaking this WorldRecord, MSI engineers ensured that each MSI X299 motherboard is capable of running at least DDR4-5000 and some even more as the proven. For CPU overclocking MSI X299 motherboards feature the most powerful PWM design with more power phases, best for extreme overclockers.

The New Flagship X299 Motherboard: A Complete Package
With the X299 XPOWER GAMING AC, overclockers and gamers can now enjoy the best performance and features available on any X299 motherboard.

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