MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon is primed for Broadwell-E

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.

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    • thesmileman
    • 4 years ago

    I would like this better if it didn’t light up the text “Gaming pro” and didn’t backlight the dragon. I like subtle RGB lighting.

      • Growler
      • 4 years ago

      When I saw the first picture, I thought, “That’s a great looking motherboard!”

      Then I saw the second picture, and threw up a little in my mouth.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 4 years ago

    I am now expecting to see toothbrushes with RGB LEDs that are marketed as being for gamers–“Give the competition the brush-off! Dominate your opponents and make a clean sweep!”

    Then we’ll see the gold-plated motherboards come out. Sigh.

      • drfish
      • 4 years ago

      [url=<]Closer than you think.[/url<] RGB LEDs [i<]and[/i<] it's motion controller! [i<]Edit: [url=<]Here's another one.[/url<][/i<] [quote<]Figuring out how to use accelerometers to monitor its position while it kicks around at 30,000 vibrations per minute is no mean feat—although the task of filtering out that noise was made easier, said Oral B’s R&D group manager Frank Kressmann, because “We know the frequency of the motor.” There’s an element of “gamification” to the experience, as the app records your performance each time you brush and lets you know how it compares to previous sessions, subtly encouraging you to do your best. When the Genius launches in July, it will be possible to upload your scores to the cloud, Kressmann said, but by default it will all stay on your phone. The pressure warning light, which glows green by default and turns red when you press too hard, uses an RGB LED. That made it trivial to allow the app to change the default color, personalizing the brush for different users. “The color of lighting is very emotional,” said Kressmann. “If you bond with the brush you are more likely to come back for the next brushing event.”[/quote<] [i<]That's equal parts actually kind of cool and totally insane. I'm surprised that I can't bring myself to mock it completely.[/i<]

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