MSI has left us an image of the motherboard that is being labeled as their new flagship motherboard, the MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC is geared for the next Intel LGA2011-2 socket designed for the Intel Core i7 processors Haswell-E. This motherboard will come with a DDR4 memory controller with Quad Channel, and as the name suggests will have the Intel X99 Express chipset.
The specifications of the new MSI Gaming X99S 9 AC are not yet confirmed, so we can only make assumptions from what we can see in the picture. Apparently it will feature eight DDR4 memory sockets and allow us to install 64 or 128 GB of DDR4 quad channel memory; on the other hand, seems to have five PCI-Express 3.0 sockets, with support 4-way SLI configurations / CrossFireX. As for storage capacity, one M.2 and SATA Express slot is included, plus eight 6Gbps SATA 3 connectors. As for his powers of connectivity includes WLAN 802.11 AC, Killer E2200 Gigabit Ethernet and eight USB 3.0 ports.
Right in the middle of the motherboard is a feature called ‘Streaming Engine’, which is plugged into what looks like a mini-PCIe slot. Current internet chatter is wondering if this is some new proprietary feature from MSI, or something akin to onboard WiDi allowing video streaming without wires. MSI is remaining tight lipped until the full release.
It is interesting to see SATA Express and M.2 on X99, and we are still in the dark as to whether these features have shared bandwidth via the PCH due to Intel RST limitations or can be used concurrently.
Pricing is unknown, and will most likely be in the higher echelons of the X99 price bracket in. If MSI is going to release an X99 XPower type of motherboard, it will be either the XPower or the Gaming 9 AC that would be the most expensive.