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MSI X99S SLI PLUS

The MSI X99S SLI PLUS is compatible with Intel processors with the Socket 2011-3 / R3 / LGA2011-3 socket.

It has 128 GB DDR4 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.

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MSI X99S SLI PLUS

help iconCPU SocketSocket 2011-3 / R3 / LGA2011-3help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconSLI Support4 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetIntel® X99 Chipsethelp iconCrossfire Support4 graphics cards
help iconForm FactorATXhelp iconOnboard GPUno
help iconMax RAM128 GB DDR4help iconPCI Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 4 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconRAM Slots8 x DDR4help iconSATA 1.00
help iconMemory Channels4help iconSATA 2.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
    help iconSATA 3.00
    help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots4help iconRAID Supportyes
    help iconUSB 2.0 Rear2help iconInternal I/O
    • 1 x 24 pin power connector
    • 1 x 8 pin power connector
    • 1 x fan header
    • 1 x S/PDIF connector
    • System Panel Connection
    • TPM Chip
    help iconUSB 3.0 Internal4help iconBack Panel I/O
    • Line Out Connector
    help iconUSB 3.0 Rear8

    MSI X99S SLI PLUS compatibility review

    The MSI X99S SLI PLUS uses the Intel Socket 2011-3 / R3 / LGA2011-3 CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR4 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to MHz, and 0 DDR4 slots allowing for a maximum total of 128 GB RAM.

    Conforming to the ATX standard, the MSI X99S SLI PLUS should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.

    The MSI X99S SLI PLUS has 9 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage.

    The MSI X99S SLI PLUS does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 4 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v3.0, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the MSI X99S SLI PLUS's PCIe v3.0. The MSI X99S SLI PLUS supports up to 4 Nvidia SLI connected graphics cards or up to 4 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves.

    The MSI X99S SLI PLUS has 6 USB 2.0 slots and 12 USB 3.0 slots. USB 3.0 slots are theoretically capable of data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is over 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 top speed of 480 Mbit/s. Although USB 2.0 slots alone currently serve as well as ever, an upgrade would better future-proof your system as more USB 3.0 compatible peripherals emerge. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, which means you do not even have to use the newer slot functionality if you do not wish to.

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