When shopping for a new motherboard I’ve found that a lot of people tend to lean toward what you have had good experiences with in the past. For me I have a short list of companies that I tend to prefer in my personal rigs and MSI is on that list. When I covered the X99 launch I didn’t have the chance to check out their X99 offerings but today I finally do. They sent over the X99S MPower. It isn’t their highest end board but it is damn close. Now I can sit down and see how it compares to the competition. My previous experiences with MSI MPower boards have been good, but the X99 boards I have tested to date have been extremely good, will it be able to keep up? Let’s find out.

Product Name: MSI X99S MPower

Review Sample Provided by: MSI

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes




Supports New Intel® Core™ Processors for the Socket LGA2011-3

Main Memory

Intel® X99 Express Chipset


4 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots

2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots 

On-Board SATA

Intel X99 Express Chipset

10 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (SATA1~6)

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.

- Supports RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and RAID 10

- Supports Intel Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology and Intel Smart Connect Technology


Intel X99 Express Chipset

- 6 x USB 3.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors)

- 6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors)

VIA VIA805 Chipset

- 4 x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel

ASMedia ASM1024AE Chipset

- 2 x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel

*Internal JUSB1 connector supports MSI Super Charger.


Realtek® ALC1150 Codec

- 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio

- Supports S/PDIF output


1x Intel I210 Gigabit LAN controlle


-Supports 3-Way AMD CrossFire™ Technology*

-Supports 3-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology

*Supports Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1.

Internal I/O Connectors

- 1 x 24-pin ATX power connector

- 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector

- 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector

- 10 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

- 2 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)

- 2 x USB 3.0 connector (supports additional 4 USB 3.0 ports)

- 2 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors

- 3 x 4-pin system fan connectors

- 1 x Clear CMOS jumper

- 1 x Front panel audio connector

- 2 x System panel connectors

- 1 x TPM module connector

- 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector

- 7 x V-Check connectors

- 1 x GO2BIOS button

- 1 x Power button

- 1 x Reset button

- 2 x Base Clock control buttons

- 1 x OC Genie button

- 1 x Multi-BIOS switch

- 1 x OC Genie mode switch

- 1 x Slow mode switch

- 1 x 2-Digit Debug Code LED

* Provides additional power to PCIe x16 slots

Back Panel I/O Ports

- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port

- 1 x Clear CMOS button

- 1 x Optical S/PDIF-out  port

- 2 x USB 2.0  ports

- 8 x USB 3.0  ports

- 1 x RJ45 LAN jack

- 1 x 5 in 1 OFC audio jack


-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.


30.48cm(L) x 24.38cm(W) ATX Form Factor


9 mounting holes.


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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35890 19 Nov 2014 19:48
Today I take a look at another X99 motherboard, this time something with a little lower price point compared to the other boards I have tested.

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