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MSI X99A GodLike Gaming Carbon LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

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CARBON MEETS GODLIKE

Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer is used extensively the world of car racing and aerospace technology, where lightweight & strength is most important. The CARBON motherboards black scheme combines great looks with sophistication that is sure to make your pc stand out in looks and performance.

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GAME IN STYLE

Each game demands different skills, each gamer selects, customizes and levels their own gaming character. Why stop there? MSI Performance GAMING motherboards allow you to fully customize & personalize your gaming PC to any color you want while delivering top performance for a great gaming experience.

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UNMATCHED MEMORY PERFORMANCE AND STABILITY

With traditional memory design the memory signals are often distorted by electromagnetic signals from other components, making the system perform slower or become unstable. MSI introduces DDR4 Boost technology with optimized traces and fully isolated memory circuitry. This design ensures the memory signals stay pure for optimal performance and stability.

Steel Armor technology is now also available for DDR4 Boost, offering better EMI-shielding and even better signal strength, for optimal memory performance.

GODLIKE DESIGN WITH HEAVY PLATED ARMOR

The MSI® X99 GODLIKE GAMING motherboard is designed to provide gamers with best-in-class features and technology. To cool, protect and highlight these features, heavy plated armor is used. Stunning looks, backed by the MSI Dragon, the X99A GODLIKE GAMING motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to gaming perfection.

X99A DRAGON COVER

The Dragon cover doesn't just look cool with its GODLIKE branding, it also protects I/O devices against Electro Magnetic Interference, ensuring pure signals.

X99A EXTENED DRAGON ARMOR

This awesome looking protective shield helps to keep the audio signal pure, preventing interference from other components.

X99A ENHANCED HEATPIPES

Designed to withstand anything, the heatsinks found on this motherboard truly represent style & performance.

X99A DRAGON HEATSINK

Heavy plated armor makes sure your system stays cool during even the longest gaming sessions or extreme overclocking.

KILLER™ DOUBLE SHOT-X3 PRO

Killer™ DoubleShot-X3 Pro allows the 2x Killer™ Ethernet connectors and the Killer™ Wi-Fi adapter to work together for the ultimate high speed attack. The Killer Network Manager decides which apps runs on which connection for gaming traffic optimization. This will give you the max throughput as high as 2.867 Gbps.

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X99A Killer™ WIRELESS AC 1535 with ExtremeRANGE™

Killer™ Wireless-AC 1535 with ExtremeRange™ Technology delivers industry-leading speed, intelligence and control for PCs. Killer's Lag and Latency ReductionTM Technology combined with Killer's ExtremeRange™ Technology revolutionizes the user experience by driving better throughput, lower latencies, and longer WiFi ranges. Play your game, stream your game, and enjoy your HD video - all at the same time and uninterrupted.

BENEFITS
  • Lag and Latency Reduction™
  • ExtremeRange™ Technology
  • Cutting edge 11AC performance
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Advanced Stream Detection™
  • Visual Bandwidth control™
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TRUE GAMING LAN WITH DUAL KILLER™

Designed with gaming DNA, Killer™ LAN is optimized for championship level online and LAN eSports. This GAMING motherboard features 2 Killer™ dedicated gaming network ports.

The Killer E2400 Intelligent Networking Platform, featuring Advanced Stream Detect, is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Killer™ LAN automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutterfree in-game performance and the competitive edge.

GAMING OPTIMIZED BANDWIDTH MANAGEMENT

Built for a superior online gaming experience with optimized traffic prioritization and low latency, Killer™ Network Manager with Advanced Stream Detect™ automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games.

THE KILLER NETWORK MANAGER
  • Automatically prioritizes games above other applications
  • Allows you to change applications' traffic priority
  • Allows you to customize you to customize bandwidth for each application
X99A STUDIO GRADE SOUND WITH AUDIO BOOST

With Audio Boost we're delivering the highest sound quality through the use of premium quality audio components. That way, you can enjoy breathtaking, crystal clear sound and music through 6-channel Audio or high impendence headphones and truly dominate the game.

WITH NAHIMIC, ENJOY SOUND THAT PUSHES THE LIMITS OF REALITY

Nahimic sound technology has been approved for its quality and precision in projects undertaken by the military field and the aeronautics industry. It offers immersive virtual 7.1 sound in high definition using exclusive stereo equipment.
Nahimic lifts your gaming experience to a new level, offering you highly sought-after gaming benefits.

USB AUDIO POWER

Most motherboards will be unable to deliver a strong 5V power signal to all USB ports at the same time, highly affecting audio output quality. Only MSI USB Audio Power continuously delivers a stable 5V to the USB ports, making sure you can continue to enjoy the crystal clear audio standard you expect.

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X99A OC GENIE 4

OC Genie is the world's first built-in hardware overclocking technology on motherboards. With this one-second overclocking option we're giving you even more performance. Just hit the button and your PC gets another adrenalin shot. Delivering up to 20% of free extra performance for the CPU and memory.

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2X FASTER
MSI USB 3.1 GEN 2

Transferring your favorite games, music and movies over USB has never been faster. USB 3.1 Gen2 enables lightning fast transfer speeds up to 10Gb/s!

Benefits
  • 2X faster than USB 3.1 Gen1
  • 20X faster than USB 2.0
  • Up to 10Gbps data transfer bandwidth
  • Boost transfer rate for your PC and peripherals

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Type-C with reversible design

Get all the performance benefits from USB 3.1 Gen2 combined with the convenience of the USB Type-C connector. This reversible connector allows for effortless connecting of USB devices.

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FAST STORAGEWITH SATA EXPRESS

SATA Express offers a solution in high speed storage through PCI-Express, providing more bandwidth for the latest generation SSDs up to 10 Gb/s.

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PUSH YOUR SSD HARDER WITH TURBO M.2
Delivering speeds up to 32Gb/s using Gen3 x4, Turbo M.2 is more than 5 times faster than a regular SATA III connection!
Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of applications and games with MSI motherboards.

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M.2 TO TURBO U.2 (optional)

The U.2 Host Card delivers performance up to 32 Gb/s and allows support for next gen 2.5-inch SSDs using the U.2 connector. A redriver chip is added to increase data transfer speed.

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TURBO SOCKET FOR NO LIMITS OVERCLOCKING

Providing extra pins (2036 in total) opens doors for better overlocking of Intel® Extreme processors and DDR4 memory. Turbo socket allows for additional tuning of DDR4 memory and Ring voltages, resulting in record breaking DDR4 memory overclocking performance, lower latencies and enhanced stability while overclocking.

OC ENGINE

Thanks to the OC Engine, MSI motherboards support more flexible BCLK adjustments, from 100 / 125 / 167 MHz straps. Using these straps opens doors to achieve the absolute maximum in overclock. All MSI X99 motherboards come with the next generation Clock Generator offering even lower jitter and power consumption resulting in even higher stability under extreme conditions.

STEELSERIES CERTIFIED

Get ready to enjoy the best gaming experience with MSI & SteelSeries!

Enthusiast gaming gear brand SteelSeries has officially approved MSI GAMING motherboards as 'SteelSeries Certified (SSC)'. This certification is based on the performance demands and stability of MSI GAMING motherboards and SteelSeries products. Your SteelSeries headset, mouse and other top quality gaming gear works best on MSI GAMING motherboards.

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X99A MILITARY CLASS 4 COMPONENTS

Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Hi-c CAP, Super Ferrite Choke and Dark CAP will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme gaming conditions.

DrMOS
A Hi-c CAP is a very small, but super-efficient capacitor. Besides ensuring enough spacing around a CPU socket to install large coolers, it also allows for 93% energy efficiency. Thanks to Hi-c CAP`s MSI mainboards are the most energy efficient in the market.

Hi-c CAP
Titanium Choke uses a Titanium core that has better ability in thermal and higher temperature tolerance. This allows the Titanium Choke to run at a 220 degree Celsius high temperature, have a 40% higher current capacity, a 30% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.

SUPER FERRITE CHOKE
Super Ferrite Choke uses a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Choke to run at a 35 degree Celsius lower temperature, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.

DARK CAP
With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP`s has been a staple in high-end design mainboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR)as well as its over-10-year lifespan.

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HUMIDITY PROTECTION

Reduction in moisture absorption helps prevent "Conductive Anodic Filament". Untreated PCB's can have 10x higher failure rate.

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HIGH TEMPERATURE PROTECTION
All key components used in MSI motherboards have all passed military testing ensuring stable operation in the haishest environments.

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CIRCUIT PROTECTION

Carefully selected materials, multiple PCB layers and shielding result in the best circuit protection for our GAMING motherboards.

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ESD PROTECTION


Each and every I/O port is protected against the hazards of Electro Static Discharge.

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EMI PROTECTION


All MSI motherboards comply with strict American FCC regulations and reduce the impact of Electromagnetic Interference.

OPTIMIZED FOR MULTIPLE GRAPHICS CARDS
SLI /CrossFire support

This motherboard supports SLI / CrossFire. Optimal PCI-Express slot placement allows for better fitting and airflow.

That way, you can enjoy the best graphics at the highest framerate jumping from your screen when running an NVIDIA® SLI™ or AMD CrossFire™ setup.

PREVENT DAMAGE

Worried about damaging the PCI-Express slot or your graphics card because of the weight?
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MSI® VGA ARMOR

Steel Armor has more solder points on the PCB for more strength and protects the PCI-Express signals against electromagnetic interference for a stutter-free gaming experience and higher GPU overclocking.

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GAMING DEVICE PORT

MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized to deliver the best connectivity for high end gaming mice to fully utilize its speed. You can customize your mouse' DPI to change accuracy and program macro combinations using the easy to use Mouse Master software to perform multiple commands with just one click.

GAMING BENEFITS
  • More responsive, faster reactions
  • Customizable mouse settings
  • Customizable mouse accuracy (DPI)
  • Program macros for multiple actions in 1 click
  • Smoother gameplay
OVERCLOCKING MADE EASY

Outperform your competition with the MSI® GAMING APP which allows simultaneous control of both your Motherboard and Graphics Card's overclocking.

Simply select your preferred mode with the click of a button: / Silent / Gaming / OC /

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CPU-Z MSI GAMING EDITION

MSI has worked closely with CPUID to develop this special edition of CPU-Z featuring the famous MSI GAMING dragon. Use CPU-Z to gather information on some of the main devices of your system, such as your CPU speed, Memory speed and timings, motherboard BIOS version and much more.

SSD NOT FAST ENOUGH? TRY MSI RAMDISK!

Get an unlimited RAMDisk for free (worth $35) with MSI GAMING motherboards. RAMDisk allows you to create a virtual drive from your system memory, enabling speeds up to 25x faster than a modern SSD. You can load complete games, speed up your browser or your page file significantly increasing system performance! You even increase your SSD's lifespan by using RAMDisk as it reduces unnecessary read and write operations to your SSD.

  • Speed up system performance
  • Speed up games, apps and browser
  • Increase SSD lifespan
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CONNECTIVITY

Be sure to take full advantage of all the GAMING weapons by connecting your devices to the optimized ports.

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  1. PS/2 Gaming Device Port
  2. USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A-Port
  3. Killer™ LAN Ports
  4. Killer™ LAN Ports
  5. Killer™ Wi-Fi Connectors
  6. HD Audio Connectors
  7. USB Gaming Device Port
  1. Clear CMOS Button
  2. USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C-Port
  3. USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports
  4. USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports
  5. 6.3mm Hi-Fi Audio Jack
  6. Optical S/PDIF Out

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
UPDATE: I am negating this review due to UTTERLY TERRIBLE customer service by MSI. So bad it's SURREAL! [OLD:Solid, clean, stable, well-built. Super-sexy. VERY nice. (If very overpriced... But it wa

Pros: UPDATE: I am DESTROYING any value of this review with this follow-up. I had an RMA experience with MSI that was so terrible and just utterly DISRESPECTFUL that it was surreal. After the board's PCH failed, I got a replacement board back after several days of arguing with them over the phone. But, even a little under a year later, I'm still so TICKED at them that I don't even want their board in my system anymore. Therefore, I have purchased an ASUS Rampage V Extreme 10 - JUST to spite them. (And for some of the better build features. It's really just higher quality - despite how happy I had been with this MSI board.)

Don't get me wrong. The board works. I will simply sell it. However... I can not abide such disrespect and, aside from liking this ASUS board better, I am literally doing this out of spite for just how utterly terrible their customer service was.

Due to this experience, MSI has utterly ruined their brand name for me. I had given them a second chance after several years of "HO-HUM" design decisions and failures... I will NOT make that mistake again. EVER.

[[ORIGINAL]]
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- NOT RED. (Too much red-colored stuff out there these days. Thanks to MSI for FINALLY catching on.)
- Solid build quality
- Super clean layout and finish
- Great power management
- Outstanding Wifi and ethernet performance!
- Wifi antennae (2) have magnetic bases and which allows you to stick them to your metal case! Neat!
- Extra-clean instruction manuals (Not that I needed them, of course. Just noticed it.)
- Innovative M.2 > U.2 adapter module
- Metal-reinforced memory/PCIe slots! This boost to structural integrity looks real nice and gives peace of mind!
- The BIOS has myriad options available for tweaking. Particularly convenient boot device selection and ordering!
- Fired right up with my new Broadwell-E i7 6850K CPU!
- High-end RAM clocks to 3200MHz just fine on this board. Used XMP easily. (It doesn't use XMP by default.)
RAM Used: (Vengeance LED (White) 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 3200MHz 16-18-18-36 (CMU32GX4M4C3200C16)
- All of my other hardware seems to work just fine with this board. (Graphics cards, soundcard, misc.)
- Plentiful/colorful RGB LED's. (With accurate color, despite what someone else here said.) Has numerous patterns and control software, "Mystic Light", seems to work OK.
- Software that comes with the board is actually USEFUL. *gasp*
- "Goodbye!" driver disks! "Hello!" dual-tipped micro-USB/USB-C flash drive with drivers and software on it!

Cons: $$$ COST, COST, COST!! $$$
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YES. $550-600 is TOO MUCH. Even for THIS amazing board! It just doesn't add so much more value than it's near-competitors that this price is justified. NO board really does.

BIOS MENU
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Despite being amazing in it's scope with all of the options available to you, the BIOS menu really needs an overhaul. It really needs to be organized better. (They could learn a lot from ASUS here... Their UEFI BIOS layouts are TOP-NOTCH.)

STICKERS
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Cheap stickers with a carbon-fiber printed pattern on the heatsinks that are obviously meant to put meaning behind the "carbon" monicker. I knew before I bought the board but it still feels like they were meant to give the illusion of "carbon" in the name. This feels like manipulation as it seems like one way they might have been trying to justify the extreme cost of this board. (BOO. NOT COOL.)

RGB LED's (and Mystic Light)
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RGB LED lights on the board; there was a real missed opportunity in that there were no permanent settings/controls in the BIOS to control the LED lights. Instead, AT FIRST, you're led to believe that using your bluetooth-connected phone with the "Mystic Light" app to select the colors and flashing patterns is the only way to do this. This wouldn't be an issue except for the fact that the LED's default back to OFF setting EVERY single time you reboot the board. The only reason that I'm not more agitated about it is because they at least included Windows-based software that gives you the ability to set the color and patterns. It restores the settings each time Windows starts. (Static BIOS settings with the ability to update settings in real-time would have made more sense, however. Not everyone uses Windows!)

SHEET METAL BETWEEN PCIe SLOTS
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Strips of thin sheet metal between the PCIe slots have adhesive meant to keep their ends stuck to the board's surface but the adhesive utterly fails to do so. This represents a slight, insignificant ding to the build quality. But, because this doesn't affect structural integrity or operational stability in any way, I'm not concerned. I used other adhesive to fix.

WIFI ANTENNAE
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The cables on the Wifi antennae really needs to be trimmed down. They just don't need to be that long.

KILLER NETWORKS ETHERNET/SOFTWARE
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The Killer Networks software is still utter garbage as it throttles your internet speed tests/connection - regardless of how you prioritize your software. The software also doesn't appear to utilize LACP frames so those of us who wish to create a port-channel group on our L2/L3 managed switches (Cisco WS-C4948 with cat4500-ipbasek9-mz.122-54.SG1.bin) are left trying to use the teaming features of the software - which don't appear to do ANYTHING useful. Don't use it. Install JUST the drivers for excellent network performance. It's FAST and has yielded noticeable improvements in gaming over my old Intel Gb NIC.

USB 3.1 HEADER
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I really wish MSI had designed the USB 3.1 header to face off the edge of the motherboard rather than standing straight up Those connectors are difficult to work with as it is. Why would we want such a large header cable stemming straight up off of the surface of the board? This is causing me difficulty in adapting the board to my HAF X case. (Which still has the USB 3.0 female type-A ports on the rear of the front-panel board - which is non-standard these days.) I'm having to find a low-profile, 90-degree elbow connector or dongle first. Then I'll need a cable long enough... Then I'll need an adapter as I can't find a cable long enough with the female type-A connectors. It's doable but it's a bit of a jury rig - which I don't prefer.

Other Thoughts: WHERE WAS THE QA FOR BIOS?
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UPDATE: Despite a few BIOS updates since I had bought the board, they still failed to correct a few ridiculous typos/spelling errors. Simple things like this matter as they show a lack of effort.

You'll notice that nearly all of my "Cons" were superficial gripes. (However annoying those things are...) There is absolutely nothing about this board that I've found that prevents it from being a rock-solid performer. Windows 10 threw a fit here and there but it had nothing to do with the board. After smoothing things out, Windows 10 runs just fine. Things are fast and snappy. Gaming improved significantly for not having also upgraded my graphics card. (Yet.)

If you feel like you want to accomplish something, chances are MSI's software has the function(s) you're looking for. Install it and look.

Updating BIOS has been as easy as it could possibly be. (Two updates have come out since my purchase.) I hope that MSI will continue supporting this board with regular BIOS updates. (Including, hopefully, a way to make permanent the RGD LED settings!)

This is a FAST, ROCK-SOLID board. There is no reason it shouldn't satisfy even the most hardcore gamers/enthusiasts out there.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI product. We certainly value your feedback and please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience you have experienced with the motherboard and your RMA process. If you would like further technical assistance, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | JM04082019008 | usreview@msi.com
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Mobo

Pros: This motherboard was perfect for my build and is great quality, I'm very satisfied overall!

Cons: The connection on the WiFi antennas is fragile not on the motherboard but on the included external antennas and they often slip out of the connector.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent board with a couple quirks

Pros: - BIOS takes guesswork out of OC'ing with the OC Genie
- 128gb memory support beyond 3000Mhz
- PCIe slots reinforced to the board making the slots more durable than other boards
- Many ports (USB, USB3.0, M2, SATA) and headers ensuring you can use pretty much whatever hardware you have

Cons: - Would have liked clearer instructions on what hardware can be used in which PCI slots
- Seems to take a couple seconds longer to POST relative to most boards I've used

Other Thoughts: This is an outstanding board. Overclocking is easy with the OC Genie in BIOS where you simply turn it on/off and the utility will auto-OC your CPU and memory speeds. I also liked that everything on the board (heatsinks/pipes, covers, etc) are low profile, so when you fill up with memory, video cards, and other hardware, I didn't run into any conflicts.

One thing you'll notice with this board is there is actually a supplemental power connection beyond the standard 24-pin motherboard supply and the 8-pin CPU supply. It is a 4-pin connection immediately adjacent to the 8 pin connection. Relax...you aren't missing a cable. This is actually just a supplemental power connection if you want to do serious OC'ing. So under normal use and/or reasonable overclocking without voltage increases, you do not need to use this connection. But if you need this connection, either you can get a 4-pin cable or you can use another 8-pin power cable and either split it in half or plug half of it in (since the 8-pin connector is merely two 4-pins side by side).

Secondly, the documentation is a bit sparse on how the PCIe slots work. In a two-way SLI setup, you need the cards in the first and fourth slots. But that is explained in the instructions. What the documentation will not tell you is this will disable the fifth slot, so if you have something like a sound card and you put it in the fifth slot, it will not work. You need to use the third slot in the event you have a third piece of PCIe hardware.

Similar to the second point, if you utilize the M2 for an SSD, this will disable the third slot and you'll need to move the sound card up to the second slot.

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5/ 5
Fantastic MB! Would buy again

Pros: This is a well made motherboard with a lot of options. Has very good placement of the connectors. The manual is great and offers a ton of easy to understand information.
I really have no complaints.
It looks fantastic and slick in my build.
Has 2 CPU power connectors.
Has 2 CPU fan connectors.

One great pro is that the PCI configuration is great for SLI/CF - they ensure that enough space is between the cards to allow for some air flow between the cards.
The bios and other software is easy to use and understand.
I used some RAM that wasn't on their official compatibility list and it was detected right away. Enabled XMP with no issues.

Cons: Price but I guess you get what you pay for?
I think, given the price, I'd prefer 2 full m.2 connectors.

Other Thoughts: I'll be honest, I was really concerned about using a MSI board (I usually use Asus or Gigabyte) due to "poor QC". I also wasn't too happy about dropping this much money on a board. But I did extensive research and this seemed to the best x99 I could find that fit all my needs.

I also want to state, get a board with debug LEDs, they are fantastic and really make your life easier. So far, I had to use them twice to diagnose build issues (loose connectors). I was going to go with another GB board but they don't have any debug LEDs?!?!

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
2/ 5
not happy

Pros: supports 128 gb ddr4 ram and a 10 core cpu. sweet lights, good placement on slots and sweet mv2 support

Cons: top it off the blue tooth did not work nore did the wireless so I sent it back

Other Thoughts: will edit my post when I get my replacement

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Manufacturer Response:
Greetings Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI product. We certainly value your feedback and please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenient experience. If you need further assistant, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific standard Time.

Thank you for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
MSI X99A GodLike Gaming Carbon LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99

Pros: This board works great out of the box. I was able to overclock my 6850K to 4.0+ Ghz without any effort. My setup gives me 40 PCI lanes, Quad-channel memory @ 3200XMP, up to 128gb ram, good audio, Killer Nics, and two Nvidia cards in SLI. The board fits perfect in my Extended-ATX case (Cooler Master HAF-X).

One of the big selling points for me was the SLI spacing between cards. Buy the cheaper MSI Gaming-Pro-Carbon, if you you don't want to run SLI. The spacing on the MSI-Gaming-Pro for SLI is horrible. The cards are stacked too close and suffocate the top card in SLI. This is NOT a problem with the MSI-Good-Like-Carbon mobo (2-card spacing)!!! Both of my GPUs run equally cool, and the system works flawlessly. My two GTX-1080 SLI cards never break above 70c on any game, with Max settings in 4K. I love it!!!

Cons: $$$$...... I still haven't figured out how to setup the Bluetooth, but it is gimmick, so who cares. You can change the colors of the Mobo on the desktop, so you don't need the bluetooth app.

Documentation leaves something to be desired. I'm not a Noob, so it's not a huge deal.

Other Thoughts: I have a MSI GodLike Carbon Mobo, Intel 6850K, and two GTX-1080s in SLI. In theory you would be good with a 6700K, but if you have the extra cash, the 6850K is a good choice.
I upgrade my PC every 8-10 years, so spending the extra money makes sense, for when Windows 11, 12, 13 are released. With this setup I have access up to 128GB of memory, two GPUs using 16X PCI-express lanes, and can Max-Out every current game on the market in 4K using the 1080s in SLI (The Witcher, Crysis 3, Doom, Battlefield 1, Skyrim, etc.)

Yes this setup is over kill, but this CPU & MOBO will still be above average 5 years from now.

I would recommend to others.

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Verified Owner
1/ 5
DOA - DON'T BUY

Pros: Looks cool

Cons: Everything. Doesn't work.

Other Thoughts: After spending a couple months collecting parts, sleeving cables, water cooling almost everything, and getting top of the line (or so I thought) components, I go to finally turn on my computer and guess what? It doesn't do a thing. Long story short, motherboard was DOA. Now because I spent more than 30 days building my computer and waiting on parts from overseas, I can't even return the damn thing. Now yes I know now to turn everything on outside the case for this reason exactly, but I didn't. I trusted that spending 600$ on a motherboard would mean it would work out of the darn box. It didn't.

Now since I couldn't return to Newegg because it has been over 30 days, I had to warranty a brand new MB to MSI only to receive a used, refurbished, scratched up POS. Awesome. Thanks MSI. I send you a brand new motherboard, and your policy states that you only send out rebuilt used stuff. That is complete crap. So now I am returning, AGAIN, this MB for which they can't guarantee I won't get another physically damaged board.

MSI, get your stuff together, because you are doing it WRONG.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Very Satisfied!

Pros: The board is well made and very robust. It worked right out of the box. Had no issues with setting the OC. Windows 10 installation was a breeze.

Cons: poor manual. Doesn't describe everything that comes in the box and where it should go. Take your time when making all of your board connections.

Other Thoughts: I know some people have had issues with MSI and some with this board. I have always had good luck right out of the box with MSI and ASUS Motherboards so I can't complain. I am running 64Gbytes of RAM, Intel i7 3.3GHz 2011-v3 CPU, 1500W power supply, GE1080 Founders Edition Video card and a cpu water cooling system from Corsair.

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