MSI Unveils X99A Titanium & Other Broadwell-E Motherboards With “One Click to VR” Feature
MSI has revealed its upcoming product lineup at Computex 2016, including the exciting VR backpack, and the new GTX 1080 Twin Frozr VI cards. In addition to this, the company also launched its updated X99 motherboards for Intel’s recently released Broadwell-E CPUs. Worth mentioning, the new CPUs also support the “old” socket type and chipset from Haswell-E though firmware has to be updated on older boards.
The new motherboards from MSI are branded as “X99A” lineup, where “A” denotes that the product coincides the launch of Intel Broadwell-E. These include X99A Titanium, X99A Gaming Pro Carbon, and soon to be released X99A SLI Plus lines, which are aimed at high-end, mid-range, and entry-level X99 markets.
MSI has added a new “One Click to VR” feature to its existing automated board functions, specifically designed to handle VR effectively. Further, the feature also executes a basic CPU overclocking, as well as disables certain applications which are not necessary.
Note that this is in addition to the already present OC Genie, which is designed to run a variety of system checks to determine the optimal overclock for the hardware. In comparison, One Click to VR is more of a software-driven funtion focused on optimizing VR games.
Featuring a metallic finish, the MSI X99A Titanium board comes in an all-silver design with a stark white PCB. Not only does it sport a completely new design, the board also has Mystic Light extension RGB cable and a pin header on board. The Patented Turbo Socket has 2036 CPU pins that enable users to unlock CPU and memory overclocking.
The board also allows for automatic configuring key aspects of BIOS thanks to low-level UEFI functions. Other features include the M.2 Steel Armor offering better EMI-shielding and DDR4 Boost that allows gamers to increase the frequency of their TAM up to DDR4-3466 on X99.
MSI has also moved to support the Turbo U.2 with its latest X99A motherboards, which will allow 2.5” SSDs to operate on the PCI-e interface rather than more limited SATA interface.