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MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Carbon Motherboard

MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Carbon Motherboard

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not cheap in comparsion with amazon
Where exactly is the M.2 on this drive?
SkipPe
right next to the three red horizontal line.
Just FYI, if you are in the market for high-performance CPU, AMD Ryzen's may offer more bang for the buck than the aging X99 platform, not to mention the skylake-e refresh coming out soon, which will hopefully be priced lower than x99 due to renewed competition from AMD.
Anzial
^^^^this exactly.
rdmtanner
I'm not overly impressed with Ryzen other than pricing and what it will do to Intel's pricing. A decent X370 board that supports SLI is still $350-400 CDN and it's still gonna cost me $500-700 for an unlocked 8 core. If I can pick up a X99 board at this price and a 6 core unlocked i7 for about the same price as a 8 core Ryzen I'll be very pleased.
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Bulk order shipped! The vendor informed us that the group's order was picked up and is on its way to our warehouse in New Jersey. Based on the tracking provided, the order is scheduled to arrive on 8/12.
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This is one insane motherboard!!!
8% off of a 600 USD item. Great drop.
it won't play the game for you.
When users decide on Intel's HEDP (High End Desktop Platform) such as today's X99, they are willing to pay a premium all across the platform for upper echelon performance and features. A subset of these enthusiasts are seeking the best of the best, eschewing even $200-300 motherboards for those in the $500+ range. This rather small niche has been long dominated in reviews and user satisfaction by a handful of boards, typically capped off by Asus ROG "Rampage" lineage as the perennial king of the hill for overclocking, gaming, and other enthusiasts tasks and metrics. In the last few years other motherboard companies have started to take aim at Asus' ROG by positioning various "named' luxury brands of their own and as MSI has built themselves up into one of the most trusted names in motherboards (alongside Asus and Gigabyte, rounding out the top tier of manufacturers according to most reviewers and hardware enthusiasts.) it is clear that boards like the Godlike (and the slightly less expensive offerings) are designed to take aim at Asus ROG.
As I have been seeking an upgrade for my X99 platform, I've compared several boards in this tier and while the MSI "Godlike" is certainly a great board in its own right, when a user is spending $550+ you're looking for the best of the best, and I feel that in some ways it is eclipsed by its target competitor and current king of the hill, the Asus ROG Rampage V Edition 10 - https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/ROG-RAMPAGE-V-EDITION-10/ . While the boards have many similarities (note - they both have USB 3.1 at 10gb/s, the fastest standard currently and use the TypeC connector) , I find that there are some features that make the Asus a better buy for the money. For instance, someone earlier asked about WiFi - the MSI bundles a 2-pole receiver for 867mbps at 802.11AC, while the Asus offers 3 for 1300mbps giving the potential for better performance. While the MSI's audio is a cut above as it should be at this price range, the Asus goes above and beyond adding hardware similar to their well regarded stand-alone Xonar sound cards, plus a bay device. The MSI uses "KillerNIC" products for some of their networking, which thankfully have been improved under the aegis of Atheros and I would no longer count it against them, the Asus has Intel for both wired and wireless which some may prefer.
Compare a few other features as you like between the two and don't get me wrong, they're both highest-echelon boards and offer a wealth of features. However, given this kind of price range I'd pick the Asus Rampage V Edition 10 over the MSI Godlike Gaming Carbon as it has a few upgrades that just put it over the top. Just something to look into before putting down your money!
Rance
The 10 has better lighting, better build quality, and since 1tb M.2 SSDs will soon come out the Rampage already has that feature built in for the future. One thing that isn't worth the price on the GODLIKE besides the stupid font is that the "carbon fiber" is actually stickers...
i'd save money on mobo and use that money on cpu tbh, get asus x99 strix
dudUKIM
Cheap out and you lose things that some may want. I spent $400 on my motherboard over getting a $150 one that will do just fine. The features completely make it worth it to me, better built in sound, better aesthetics, and to top it off and which was my selling point was better overclocking. A $150 board got me from 3.5GHz to 4.4GHz, while the $400 board let me easily push up to just below 5GHz.
If you cheap out you cheap out, for some that works, for others it doesn't. So if your only advise is just "save money and spend it elsewhere" I wouldn't even say it, its a useless comment that works for some, not for others and most will already know what works in that case before even reading a comment.
Holy shit, what a mobo!
7 people are stupid enough to spend 60 bucks less for a lower quality board. The Rampage V 10th Edition just destroys this motherboard in every way possible. Also before anyone comments I'm talking about the Godlike E-ATX version.
Wasn't Intel going to release their very own USB 3.1 B controllers ? If not the ASMedia ones are ok but if yes then i'd wait for those.
"At checkout, choose between the MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Carbon Motherboard, X99A Xpower Gaming Titanium, and the X99A Gaming Pro Carbon." Doesn't the Gaming Pro Carbon retail for a little over $300? Why is it $550 here? Am I missing something?
TamerlanRespawn
You are correct, and even the X99A Xpower Titanium retails for much less(430$ currently on newegg)
TamerlanRespawn
When you join/commit and make your choice, the X99A Gaming Pro Carbon and the X99A Xpower Gaming Titanium lower the price to $299.99 and $389.99, respectively.
man this thing is so sexy. I wish there were more x99 matx boards. Makes me kind of want to go back to a full atx build.
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Huh, guess I am. Still though, the entire point of x99 is loads of pci lanes and ram- both things you can't really use without a larger mobo.
Vexs
AsRock has a mini ITX Narrow 2011-3 board, ASUS and EVGA have mATX X99 boards also..
when a motherboard costs more than a 1070...
I'd rather pay a few dollars more and get the Asus Rampage V edition 10 which has better reviews and benchmarks higher
Emal
More features better build quality OC socket better lighting better application of everything.
I've been out of the computer building game for about a decade ... so I ask, I assume this would also be good to serve as a core around which I build a computer that blazes when post processing RAWs in Lightroom?
I've pretty much stopped pp my RAWs as the computer I have has so much latency when I step from image to image. Considering building a monster.
m8oman
Yes, X99 is more of a workstation-oriented chipset than say the z170 chipset. More PCI lanes, more RAM, more cores.
can I have one for free :)
Ok. Bur its s nice mobo tho
NepenthesLucas
Doesn't matter. Same goes for all the [others] disliking my comment. Anybody that asks for something for free is truly an idiot.
There are actually 3 MSI motherboards on drop.. Cheaper than Newegg, but pretty expensive boards
Great drop.. not suitable for buyers here
There's so much wrong with the description...(marketing nonsense mostly) (Reformatted at the request of BrainFlush)
"Unlike traditional memory designs where signals are often distorted by electromagnetic signals from other components" - every motherboard designer accounts for noise from nieghboring components.
"Killer DoubleShot-X3 Pro allows the two Killer Ethernet connectors and Wi-Fi adapter to work in tandem for the highest speeds around (up to 2.867 Gbps) whether you’re using a wired or wireless connection." - maybe, but you're limited to the slowest point between you and the other computer. Usually Ethernet works in multiples of 10. 1Gbps is common on motherboards, 10Gbps is available for servers or higher-end network cards. Your modem/router may be slower than 1Gbps. Your internet provider, if you live in the US, is either orders of magnitude slower than 1Gbps, unless you paid for business internet access, got Fiber, and/or have had better luck than I have.
"The Killer Network Manager allows users to customize which applications receive the most bandwidth, so you can prioritize your favorite games over other programs." - I wouldn't pay for this. If you want it as a feature, you can get free programs to do this for you. On the other hand, I am a power user and am not afraid of using the terminal/command prompt, and am therefore biased against what is most likely a more user friendly way of managing the speed of network access for your applications.
"Every audio component—from the jacks to the capacitors to the amplifiers—has been engineered to deliver the highest quality sound to satisfy even the most discerning listeners. With Audio Boost 3 Pro, which is powered by Nahimic Sound Technology, it delivers crystal clear 8-channel HD audio to help you hear more detail in your favorite games, movies, and music." - this uses the same 8-channel audio chip and components as almost any other motherboard. I got an AMD motherboard several years ago with 8-channel audio, same SNR ratio, no improvements since then, and that motherboard was less than $200.
"And as opposed to most motherboards, this one is able to deliver a steady stream of 5V power to each USB port" - this is a requirement for any USB port. Literally anything that provides power to USB devices (USB 2.0 or later) does this. Perhaps this has less noise on the 5V power, but it's not enough to affect any properly designed USB device.
"World’s First Built-In Overclocking Motherboard" - yeah...no. I can't remember all of them, but I recall ASUS ROG motherboards having this years ago, and I'm almost certain they weren't the first either.
"When you’re transferring files, use one of the two MSI USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, which offer transfer speeds up to an impressive 10 Gb/s" - USB 3.1 supports 10Gb/s - this is not specific to MSI.
"the MSI Super Charger is great for quickly charging external devices like smartphones and tablets" - if you own a modern smartphone or tablet, you should be aware by now that MSI isn't the only company with this feature. Also note that most quick-charge systems don't allow data transfer and charging at the same time. You may need to "safely remove hardware" and/or tell your phone that the USB connection is for charge-only. An exception is USB type C, which is available for this motherboard. USB type C is still recent, and will be more common once there are chips readily available to better handle the features it provides.
And, to be fair, some positives:
8 RAM slots instead of the standard 4, allowing 128GB of RAM
plenty of PCI-E and SATA III ports
M.2 slot for SSDs (which is designed to optimize SSD performance, thus allowing faster speeds than SATA - in other words, put your boot drive here)
two 1000 Mb/s ethernet ports (1Gbps each) - normally I've only seen one per motherboard
USB type C port - this is potentially the one connector to rule them all.
Pretty lights - this is where a fair amount of money is going. You can probably find a similar motherboard without the lights at a lower price. But you've got to admit, the lights look cool. Not worth having if you don't have some sort of window on your case, as no one will ever see it.
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NickNackGus
Not attacking you for the record, and I agree there's a lot of marketing BS. The benefits listed, though, are synonymous with X99 chipset boards, except for the USB-C, which is on most new revised boards for the Intel broadwell-E platform
MD does however take descriptions of the wrong product on occasion as I myself witnessed and pointed out on the Roccat Ryos FX product description, which went uncorrected nonetheless.
I didn't know I needed an RGB-capable motherboard until now. I did however know that a price like this is way too much...
550$ are you kidding ? MSI what were you thinking .
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You're talking about this video right?

I have this board and it's great, but I'm not sure the Godlike has the same audio components built in. It might still be really good.
Jhony
Yes that's the video. Yeah I guess I'm only taking Wendell's word for it. Both seem like awesome motherboards, but it may be the case that MSI's godlike motherboard isn't all that superior to yours aside from some bells and whistles
I have the standard MSI X99 motherboard and it works well, no need for something this expensive but it looks nice
Wish I could afford to drop a lot of cash on an x99 build!
Wow, hardcore, expensive motherboard. This price is a little less than Newegg though.
ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 > MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Carbon
SuperBiiz has the AUS for 549....