The X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM is compatible with Intel processors with the Socket 2011-3 / R3 / LGA2011-3 socket.
It has 16 GB DDR4 maximum RAM and conforms to the E-ATX form factor standard.
|CPU Socket||Socket 2011-3 / R3 / LGA2011-3||Graphics Card Interface||PCIe v3.0|
|CPU Compatible Make||Intel||SLI Support||4 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||X99||Crossfire Support||4 graphics cards|
|Release Date||29 Jul 2016||Onboard GPU||no|
|Form Factor||E-ATX||PCI Slots|
|Max RAM||16 GB DDR4||SATA 1.0||0|
|RAM Slots||8 x DDR4||SATA 2.0||0|
|Memory Channels||4||SATA 3.0||0|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||RAID Support||yes|
|USB 2.0 Internal Slots||2||Internal I/O|
|USB 2.0 Rear||3||Back Panel I/O|
The X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM 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 3200 MHz, and 0 DDR4 slots allowing for a maximum total of 16 GB RAM.
Released on 29 Jul 2016, the X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM is now over 4 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies. This motherboard will be dwarfed in performance by its modern counterparts, and will likely have very little support from MSI.
The E-ATX X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM uses a less common standard than the traditional ATX you most often see. As such, you should be wary of its compatibility with other cases, as well as the compatibility of PSUs with the case you choose.
The X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM 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 X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM 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 5 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 X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM's PCIe v3.0. The X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM 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 X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM has 5 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.