Given what we've heard from various motherboard manufacturers over the past few weeks, Intel's new high-end desktop CPUs, codenamed Broadwell-E, will slot into existing X99 motherboards with nothing more than a BIOS update. Those building new rigs might want something fresher than motherboards released alongside Haswell-E CPUs nearly two years ago, though. Times have changed, and users expect new machines to have features like U.2 connectors, USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, and—of course—RGB LEDs. MSI's new X99A Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard offers these niceties and more.
Kidding aside, the X99A Gaming Pro Carbon is a black-and-silver, full-sized ATX motherboard for Socket LGA2011-v3 CPUs. It rocks eight DIMM slots for DDR4 RAM running at speeds up to 3466 MT/s, and it also gives builders four PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots. Storage options include ten SATA 6Gbps ports, an M.2 slot, a U.2 connector, and a SATA Express connection.
The board also sports a pair of USB 3.0 front panel headers. In what MSI is claiming as a world first, an internal USB Type-C port is included for cases with the omnidirectional connector on their front panels. There's no word yet on availability or pricing for this board, but we'd expect to see it in shops after Computex.