MSI Shows Gold PCB Motherboard at CES- Plus Three Others

Posted by at 9:56 am on January 13, 2016

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At CES, MSI announced four new motherboards divided between the Skylake LGA 1151 and the Haswell-E LGA 2011-3 sockets.

Three of these motherboards are targeted at enthusiasts and share many features including support for USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) connections, M.2 ports and steel plated PCI-E slots. These boards also feature support for Audio Boost 3 and Nahimic Audio Enhancer 2, which can simulate surround sound audio from a 2D source.

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I tried try Nahimic Audio Enhancer 2 on one of the new MSI laptop and while from from a true test of the system, I found the software to be a promising tool for gamers and movie watchers.

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The X99A Godlike Gaming Carbon and one of the Skylake Z170 motherboards, the Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon, also feature MSI’s Mystic Light technology that allows you to customize the color coming from the motherboard’s LED lights.

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The lower-end motherboard in the group is the MSI B150M Gaming 3X, which is targeted at gamers but uses a lower-end B150 chipset and doesn’t possess an M.2 port or a third-party controller chip for USB 3.1 Gen 2. This board still stands out, however, because MSI opted to make the PCB a gold color, which is easily noticeable in the ocean of motherboards with black PCBs.

MSI CES 2016 Motherboards
Model B150 Gaming 3X Z170A Krait Gaming 3X Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon X99A Godlike Gaming Carbon
Chipset B150 Z170 Z170 X99
Memory Support 2 x DDR4-2133 MHz 4 x DDR4-3600 MHz 4 x DDR4-3600 MHz 8 x DDR4-3400 MHz
SATA 6 SATA-III 6 x SATA-III (Two Reserved For SATA-Express) 6 x SATA-III (Two Reserved For SATA-Express) 10 x SATA-III (Two Reserved For SATA-Express)
M.2 No 1 x M.2 Key M 1 x M.2 Key M 1 x M.2 Key M
USB 6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
4 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
8 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
8 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
8 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
6 x USB 2.0
Nahimic Audio Enhancer 2 No Yes Yes Yes

At post time there isn’t information we can share on pricing or availability for these motherboards.

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