• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Slot: Intel LGA2011-3
  • CPU: Intel X99
  • RAM Slots: 8
  • RAM Type: DDR4 (Quad Channel)
  • Ports: USB 3.0 x4, USB 3.1 x2 (Type A x1, Type C x2), RJ-45 x2
  • Connectivity: SATA III x10, Ultra M.2 SATA x1, PCIe 3.0x16 x5
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Modding options aplenty
  • Cons:
  • Price
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark 8 (Home): 4,601 points
  • PCMark 8 (Creative): 4,843 points
  • PCMark 8 (Work): 4,798 points

Ti for You?

Intel’s Skylake processor may have just entered the market, but MSI has saved what might be considered its most ambitious motherboard for the X99 platform. Named the MSI X99A Godlike Gaming, we take a look at what this celestial motherboard is capable of.

As is customary when it comes to X99 motherboards, the Godlike Gaming features eight DDR4 DIMM slots, capable of supporting up to 128GBs of DDR4 memory, and can support overclocked memory via XMP up to 3,400MHz. The Godlike Gaming motherboard has 10 SATA III ports, one SATA Express port and one M.2 SATA port, which goes up to 32Gbps in transfer speeds. Looking to build a quad-GPU configuration? The Godlike Gaming has five PCIe 3.0 ports and enough space for some of the biggest GPUs in the market.

As far as I/O ports go, the motherboard comes equipped with four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.1 ports, one each of Type A and Type C ports. On top of that are also two Killer LAN RJ45 ports, Killer WiFi ports, and gold-plated audio ports.

The armor surrounding portions of the Godlike Gaming motherboard is called the Dragon Cover, and serves several functions besides just looking cool with its Mystic Light colour schemes, which allows you to light up the board in a variety of colours and lighting effects. It also serves as a means to shield the components from dust, and keeping the chipset cool at all times.

The MSI X99A Godlike Gaming motherboard features metal-reinforced PCIE slots so that they don't bend when using heavy GPUs

The MSI X99A Godlike Gaming motherboard features metal-reinforced PCIE slots so that they don’t bend when using heavy GPUs

Audiophiles will also like the motherboard’s Audio Boost 3 Pro, which houses a variety of components, some of which include an isolated audio PCB, Chemi-Con audio capacitors, dedicated headphone op-amps and DAC, as well as a dedicated headphone-out port at the back. We tested these features with a number of headphones, and the audio quality was simply mind-blowing for a wide variety of genres.

Overclocking options are also aplenty on the Godlike Gaming, which include the new OC Engine, which supports flexible BCLK adjustments ranging from 100/125/167MHz increments, V-Check points for voltage regulation, and MultiBIOS II, which is very useful in case the first BIOS you used crashes for some reason. If these options are too complicated, there’s also the MSI Gaming App, which allows you to overclock your PC in just a number of clicks.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The MSI X99A Godlike Gaming motherboard is easily one of the most feature-packed X99 motherboards out there at the moment. If you’re looking for something with both style and substance, and don’t mind the asking price, this is a great motherboard to consider.

(previously published in issue September 2015)

MSI X99A Godlike Gaming