Review: MSI X99 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI X99 SLI Plus (14)

Thew new X99 platform offers a lot of high performance, but in most cases we would see a much higher price tag associated with them. The MSI X99 SLI Plus features a stealthy all black design, but its main attraction will be the £160 price tag. The board also includes m.2 SATA support, along with 3 x sli or 3 x crossfire support. Lets start of our review of MSI’s X99 SLI Plus. We have included the full specs below, but we will get more into the boards offerings with a closer look at the board itself. Here is the main points the board has to offer.

  • Supports New Intel® Core™ i7 processors Extreme Edition in LGA 2011-3 socket
  • Supports Quad Channel DDR4-3333(OC) Memory
  • Turbo M.2: delivering next generation M.2 Gen3 x4 performance with transfer speeds up to 32 Gb/s
  • SATA Express + USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
  • Multi-GPU: NVIDIA Quad SLI & AMD Quad CrossFire Support
  • OC Engine: For More Flexible BCLK Adjustments
  • USB Steel Power: Super Stable 5V Power & Better Signal Transmission over USB
  • Intel® Gigabit LAN: Always connected with Intel® Gigabit LAN networking
  • Guard-Pro: Improved Protection and Power Efficiency
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • Command Center: Control & Customize Your PC Settings

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• Supports New Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition for LGA2011-3 Socket.
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.

• Intel® X99 Express Chipset

Main Memory
• Support 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
– Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)


• 4 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, 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**
* 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.


• 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.

• Realtek® ALC892 Codec

– 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio

– Supports S/PDIF output

• 1 x Intel I218 Gigabit LAN

Internal I/O Connectors

– 1 x 24-pin AT x main power connector

– 1 x 8-pin AT x 12V power connector

– 10 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

– 1 x SATA E xpress connector

– 1 x M.2 connector

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

– 2 x USB 3.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 3.0 ports)

– 2 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors

– 3 x 4-pin system fan connectors

– 1 x Front panel audio connector

– 2 x System panel connectors

– 1 x TPM module connector

– 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector

– 1 x Clear CMOS jumper

– 1 x Slow mode booting jumper

– 1 x Power button

– 1 x Reset button

– 1 x OC Genie button

– 1 x Multi-BIOS switch

Back Panel I/O Ports <

– 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port

– 2 x USB 2.0 ports

– 1 x Clear CMOS button

– 8 x USB 3.0 ports

– 1 x LAN (RJ45) port

– 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector

– 5 x OFC audio jacks


• 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.

• 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm) ATX Form Factor


• 9 mounting holes


1. Introduction and Specifications

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