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MSI X99S Gaming9 AC Review – Software and BIOS

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MSI provide us with a significant software suite on their gaming boards. As we mentioned before, part of this is XSplit and some Creative Audio software. Also included is our Killer NIC control panel, power saving software, Live Update to keep drivers/bios up to date, quick OC tool and Command Centre which helps us to monitor and tweak our board.

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In terms of the BIOS, MSI once again use their Click BIOS 4 which allows us to use our mouse and keyboard, just like the OS to quickly tweak our board. A basic summary screen gives us access to key features and we can then delve a little deeper into the settings, view information on the installed components, update our BIOS from USB and configure detailed fan profiles.

MSI X99S Gaming9 AC Review – Performance

Key Test Specifications:

Intel Core i7-5960X /Intel Core i7-4790K
ASUS Rampage V Extreme, Gigabyte X99-Gaming 5, Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5
NVIDIA GTX 980
16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800
16GB Corsair Dominator DDR3-2666
Samsung 840 Evo 1TB
Samsung 850 Pro 512GB (SATA Testing)
OCZ RevoDrive 350 (PCIe testing)
Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 SSD
Corsair AX1500i
Antec Kuhler 1250
Installed on a Dimastech EasyXL Test Bench
Windows 8.1 64-bit
NVIDIA Drivers: 344.07

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MSI X99S Gaming9 AC Review – Conclusion

Starting with the build quality and design of the X99S Gaming 9 AC we have a board which immediately creates a decent first impression. The black PCB looks great mixed with the red flashes and the choice of LEDs works well. That said, the main LED logo should be lower down as it is partially blocked by any decent high end GPU. Elsewhere around the board we note that the overall layout is good, plenty room in the slot layout for multiple GPUs to breath however the top slot is very close to the memory slots, so take care with any card that use a large backplate. Interestingly the screw holes are a little odd. We would have preferred a little more room around the bottom left one on the EMI shield to allow the use of thumbscrews. Also the Dragon Armor on the IO area actually uses the standard screw holes for attaching. This could create issues for those with hefty coolers who want a very secure fit in their case. We would have liked MSI to separately attach the shield. Really there are no significant concerns though, plenty of connectivity, loads of flexibility for the components which can be used and all current technology (SATA Express, PCIe 3.0, M.2 etc) all supported along with the enhanced audio features.

In terms of performance, lets start with the Streaming Engine. We noted in our time testing that the implementation was a little troublesome to begin with. However with the latest BIOS, drivers and software updates the situation has improved. We were able to run as if we had a dedicated, discrete capture card and noted no issues using storage which was out of the ordinary, such as our Plextor M.2 SSD. Elsewhere the Wi-Fi actually matches our main card here at HH HQ so we know that it offers excellent performance in AC mode and Killer NIC tech is tried and trusted too. We used Crucial and Corsair DDR4 in our testing, of various speeds, without issue and our GTX 980 ran as well as it has on other X99 boards. In terms of comparisons with other brands, we noted no performance issues on SATA, PCIe, M.2, USB, memory or the CPU. This is a very competitive board and while it didn’t win every bench, there were some (like USB 3.0 writes or PCIe) where it edged ahead.

For value, the extra software certainly strengthens the position of the MSI baord (especially the X-Split licence and dedicated hardware) and the easy OC options both software and via button allow even novice users to maximise the performance of their hardware. Additionally we hit 4.5GHz with ease in manual overclocking on our 5960X.

Summary: A board which certainly stands out from the crowd thanks to its dedicated streaming hardware. Very competitive performance and some great support for varied components.

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Stuart Davidson

3 Comments

  1. Thanks for the review!
    Totally fall in love with MSI X99S Gaming AC.

  2. I would love to have this new MOTHERBOARD

  3. andrew

    Sexy design and good review.Thanks and think over to take one home

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