MSI X99S SLI Krait Edition Unleashed – Black and White X99 HEDT Motherboard

MSI recently unleashed a Black and White variant of their X99S, following the success of their Z97S Krait motherboard, the MSI X99S SLI Krait Edition. Like the Z97S SLI Krait, the X99S SLI Krait Edition is mainly a black motherboard with white accent. It supports the new Intel Core i7 in LGA 2011-3 socket, including the Extreme Edition, and it supports Quad Channel DDR4-3333(OC) memory. It also supports NVIDIA Quad SLI or AMD Quad CrossFire for maximum gaming performance. It features Turbo M.2 that delivers next generation M.2 Gen3 x4 performance with transfer speeds up to 32Gb/s and SATA Express + USB 3.0 + SATA 6 Gb/s. It features a 12 Phase DigitALL power design with Military Class 4 high quality components. Overclockers will also find the MSI X99S SLI Krait to their liking, since it features OC Engine for more flexible BCLK adjustments, Guard-Pro, OC Genie 4 and Click BIOS 4. Check out the rest of its features and specifications from the official release below.

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MSI X99S SLI Krait Edition Features

The MSI X99S SLI Krait Edition motherboard perfectly caters to those looking for something different in terms of design but desire nothing but the best in terms of features and power.

Audio Boost, enhanced audio quality
Audio Boost meets Krait. Audio Boost delivers the highest audio quality so users can enjoy crystal clear sound and the best possible sound experience while gaming. Because the complete audio circuitry is isolated from other features, enjoy less interference and more stability. The built-in 600Ω headphone amplifier is perfectly suited to the use of studio-grade headgear to get the most amazing sound quality out of your PC. Also featuring golden audio jacks for pure audio signals, an EMI shielded audio codec, high quality audio capacitors and Illuminated audio PCB separation; rest assured the best possible audio experience is available with Audio Boost.

Optimized for multiple graphics cards
The MSI X99S SLI Krait Edition motherboard support Quad SLI and features four PCI Express 3.0slots perfectly aligned and with enough space for an optimal airflow when using multiple graphics cards. That way, there is no need to worry about an overheating PC, while enjoying the best graphics jumping off from your monitor when running an Nvidia SLI or AMD CrossFire gaming setup.

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Next generation storage, SATA Express & Turbo M.2
Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of your operating system, applications and games with MSI X99 motherboards, offering the next generation of high speed storage support through Turbo M.2 and SATA Express. Turbo M.2 is the successor to M.2 10 Gb/s, offering 3 times more performance up to 32 Gb/s using Gen3 x4. M.2 is packed in a small form factor and is compatible with 3 different sizes to fit most storage solutions. All latest generation Intel based MSI motherboards feature Turbo M.2 storage.

Where raw power meets class
The Z97S SLI Krait Edition motherboard already gained fame amongst case modders around the world. The MSI X99S SLI Krait Edition motherboard is continuing the black & white bloodline with an even more impressive and massive appearance. Now presenting even more black & white highlights, more features, powered by a 12 phase PWM design covered by bigger heatsinks, the X99S SLI Krait Edition motherboard is the perfect example where raw power meets class. All of this makes the X99S SLI Krait Edition motherboard another excellent addition to the case modding domain.

Stable and highly efficient with Military Class 4 and Guard-Pro
MSI Guard-Pro is the next step in motherboard stability with advanced levels of protection and reduced power consumption characteristics. ECO power reduces power consumption of your motherboard up to 29%, circuit protection, ESD protection and EMI protection all reduce interference and disruptions of surface by increasing the protection of on-board components. Humidity and high temperature protection bring the level of PCB quality up to the Military Class 4 standard where Dark Caps, SFC and Dark chokes provide higher energy efficiency and thanks to its Military Grade certification also much better stability in extreme circumstances.

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MSI X99S SLI Krait Edition Specifications

ProcessorSupports New Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition for LGA2011-3 Socket.
Chipset Intel® X99 Express Chipset
Main MemorySupport eight DDR4 DIMMs 2133/2200(OC)/2400(OC)/2600(OC)/2666(OC)/2750(OC)/3000(OC)/3110(OC)/3333(OC) MHz, up to 128GB Max.
- Supports Quad-Channel mode
- Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Slots4 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (PCI_E1,3,5,6), support up to 3-way mode
- 1-way mode: x16/ x0/ x0/ x0
- 2-way mode: x16/ x16/ x0/ x0*, 16/ x8/ x0/ x0**
- 3-way mode: x16/ x16/ x0/ x8*, x8/ x8/ x8/ x0**

• 2x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots (PCI_E2,4)
* For the CPU that supports 40 PCIe lanes
** For the CPU that supports 28 PCIe lanes
Multi-GPU Support• Supports 3-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
• Supports 3-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology*
* Supports Windows 7 and Windows 8/ 8.1
On-Board SATA • Intel® X99 Express Chipset
• 10 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (2x ports reserved for SATA Express port)*
- SATA1~6 support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10
- SATA7~10 ports only support IDE mode and AHCI mode.
- Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology (Windows 7/ 8/ 8.1)
• 1 x SATA Express port*
• 1 x M.2 port, supports M.2 SATA 6Gb/s module* or M.2 PCIe module up to 32Gb/s speed**
- M.2 port supports 4.2cm/ 6cm/ 8cm length module
- M.2 PCIe module does not support RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and RAID 10.

* The SATA Express port or SATA5~6 ports will be unavailable when installing the M.2 (Gen2 x2 mode) module in the M.2 port.
** Intel RST does not support PCIe M.2 SSD with Legacy ROM.
USB• Intel X99 Express Chipset
- 6 x USB 3.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB 3.0 connectors*)
- 6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB 2.0 connectors)

• ASMedia ASM1042AE
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel

• VIA VL805
- 4 x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
* Internal JUSB1 connector supports MSI Super Charger.
Audio• Realtek® ALC1150 Codec
- 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
- Supports S/PDIF output
LAN1x Intel I210-AT Gigabit LAN controller
Internal I/O Connectors1x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
10x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
2x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
2x USB 3.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 3.0 ports)
2x 4-pin CPU fan connectors
3x 4-pin system fan connectors
1x Clear CMOS jumper
1x Front panel audio connector
2x System panel connectors
1x TPM module connector
1x Chassis Intrusion connector
1x GO2BIOS button
1x Power button
1x Reset button
1x OC Genie button
1x Multi-BIOS switch
1x OC Genie mode switch
1x Slow mode booting switch
1x Slow mode booting jumper
Back Panel I/O Ports1x PS/2 port
2x USB 2.0 ports
1x Clear CMOS button
8x USB 3.0 ports
1x LAN (RJ45) port
1x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
5x OFC audio jacks
BIOS• The motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
• The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications.
Form Factor12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm) ATX Form Factor
Mounting9 mounting holes

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Price and Where to Buy

I’ll update this post as soon as current retail price and availability becomes available.

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