MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Intel X299 LGA 2066 Motherboard Review: Page 2 of 9

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Posted by Damon Bailey on Friday, July 28, 2017 - 8:00am

Features & Specifications

 

Product Specifications

Socket LGA-2066
CPU (Max Support) X-Series
Chipset Intel® X299 Chipset
DDR4 Memory

- Quad channel memory support DDR4 4133+(OC) / 4000(OC) / 3866(OC) / 3800(OC) / 3733(OC) / 3600(OC) / 3466(OC) / 3400(OC) / 3333(OC) / 3200(OC) / 3000(OC) / 2933(OC) / 2800(OC) / 2667 / 2400 / 2133 MHz*

- Dual channel memory support DDR4 4500+(OC) / 4400(OC) / 4333(OC) / 4266(OC) / 4200(OC) / 4133(OC) / 4000(OC) / 3866(OC) / 3800(OC) / 3733(OC) / 3600(OC) / 3466(OC) / 3400(OC) / 3333(OC) / 3200(OC) / 3000(OC) / 2933(OC) / 2800(OC) / 2667 / 2400 / 2133 MHz*

Memory Channel Quad
DIMM Slots 8
Max Memory (GB) 128
PCI-E x16 4
PCI-E Gen Gen3
PCI-Ex1 2
SATAIII 8
M.2 Slot 2
U.2 1
RAID 0/1/5/10
TPM (header) 1
LAN 10/100/1000*1
USB 3.1 ports (Front) 1(Gen2, Type C), 4(Gen1, Type A)
USB 3.1 ports (Rear) 1(Gen2, Type C), 1(Gen2, Type A), 4(Gen1, Type A)
USB 2.0 ports (Front) 4
USB 2.0 ports (Rear) 3
Audio ports (Rear) 5+Optical SPDIF
Form Factor ATX
SLI Yes
CrossFire Yes

Detailed Specifications

CPU

  • Supports Intel® Core™ X-Series Processor Family for LGA2066 Socket

* This function will be supported depend on the CPU.

Chipset

  • Intel® X299 Chipset

Main Memory

  • 8 x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 128GB*
  • Quad channel memory architecture with the CPU that supports up to 4-channels DDR4**
    • X-series processor support DDR4 4133+(OC)/4000(OC)/3866(OC)/3800(OC)/3733(OC)/3600(OC)/3466(OC)/3400(OC)/3333(OC)/3200(OC)/3000(OC)/2933(OC)/2800(OC)/2667/2400/2133 MHz*
  • Dual channel memory architecture with the CPU that supports up to 2-channels DDR4**
    • X-series processor support DDR4 4500+(OC)/4400(OC)/4333(OC)/4266(OC)/4200(OC)/4133(OC)/4000(OC)/3866(OC)/3800(OC)/3733(OC)/3600(OC)/3466(OC)/3400(OC)/3333(OC)/3200(OC)/3000(OC)/2933(OC)/2800(OC)/2667/2400/2133 MHz*
  • Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

* For the latest information about memory, please visit http://www.msi.com
** Please refer the DIMM Slots section for more details.

Slots

  • 4 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
    • Support x16/ x4/ x16/ x8 mode with the 44-lane CPU.
    • Support x16/ x4/ x8/ x0,x8/ x4/ x8/ x8 modes with the 28-lane CPU.
    • Support x8/ x0/ x8/ x0, x8/ x4/ x4/ x0 modes with the 16-lane CPU.
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots

* Please refer to manual for PCIe 3.0 bandwidth table.

Multi-GPU

  • Supports 3-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology
  • Supports 3-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology

Storage

  • Intel® X299 Chipset
  • 8 x SATA 6Gb/s ports*
  • 2 x M.2 slots (Key M)*
    • Supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s
    • M2_1 slot supports 2242/ 2260 /2280 storage devices
    • M2_2 slot supports 2242/ 2260 /2280/ 22110 storage devices
    • Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready**
  • 1 x U.2 port *
    • Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe storage
  • Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology***

* M.2 slots, U.2 port and SATA ports share the same bandwidth.
** Please refer to manual for Intel® Optane™ Memory Configuration.
***The functions will be supported depend on the CPU.

RAID

  • Intel® X299 Chipset
  • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices
  • Supports RAID 0 and RAID 1 for M.2 storage devices*

* M.2 PCIe RAID volume can be created with M.2/Optane Genie. Please refer to manual for M.2 PCIe SSD RAID.

USB

  • ASMedia® ASM3142 Chipset
    • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) Type-A port on the back panel
    • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (Super Speed USB 10Gbps) Type-C ports(1 port on the back panel, 1 port available through the internal USB connector)
  • ASMedia® ASM1074 Hub
    • 3 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) Type-A ports on theback panel
  • Intel® X299 Chipset
    • 5 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports (1 port on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
    • 7 x USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) ports (3 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors)

Wirsless LAN & Bluetooth®

  • Killer™ Wireless-AC 1535 module
    • The Wireless module is pre-installed in the M2_3(Key-E) slot.
    • Supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band (2.4GHz,5GHz) up to 867 Mbps speed.
    • Supports Bluetooth® 4.1

Audio

  • Dual Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    • 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
    • Supports S/PDIF output

LAN

  • 1 x Killer™ E2500 Gigabit LAN controller

Internal I/O Connectors

  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 3 x M.2 slots (Key M x2, Key E x1)
  • 1 x U.2 port
  • 2 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports)
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
  • 1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector
  • 1 x 4-pin Water Pump connector
  • 4 x 4-pin system fan connectors
  • 1 x Front panel audio connector
  • 2 x Front panel connectors
  • 1 x TPM module connector
  • 1 x Virtual RAID on CPU connector
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1 x Slow mode booting jumper
  • 1 x GAME BOOST knob
  • 1 x Power button
  • 1 x Reset button
  • 1 x Multi-BIOS switch
  • 1 x RGB LED connector
  • 1 x 2-Digit Debug Code LED

Back Panel I/O Ports

  • 1 x Clear CMOS button
  • 1 x BIOS FLASHBACK+ button
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
  • 3 x USB 2.0 Type-A ports
  • 2 x Wi-Fi Antenna connectors (optional)
  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A port
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
  • 5 x OFC audio jacks

Dimensions

  • 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
  • ATX Form Factor

Mounting

  • 9 mounting holes

Included in the Box

  • Drivers & Utilities Disc
  • Motherboard User Guide
  • 4 x SATA Cable
  • I/O Shield
  • SATA Cable Labels
  • 1 x SLI HB Bridge M
  • 1 x 1 to 2 RGB LED Extension Y Cable 80cm
  • 3D X-MOUNTING Screw Pillars
  • Case Badge
  • 2 x Antenna

Features

MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Intel X299 LGA 2066 Motherboard

  1. Clear CMOS & FlashBack+ Button
  2. Lightning USB 3.1 Gen2
  3. Killer GAMING WIFI
  4. Killer GAMING LAN
  5. Golden audio jacks with S/PDIF
  6. Full gaming IO cover - Stunning looks, protecting the I/O ports
  7. Solid heatsink with RGB LED - Delivers best cooling, with RGB LED to customize colors
  8. DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor - Optimized traces and isolated memory circuitry
  9. PCI-E Steel Armor - Protecting VGA cards against bending and EMI
  10. M.2 Shield FROZR - Keeps 2x M.2 SSDs safe while preventing throttling, making them run faster
  11. U.2 with Steel Armor - NVMe support, up to 32 Gb/s using PCI-Express Gen3 x4
  12. Audio Boost 4 PRO - 2x audio processors & Nahimic for the most immersive gaming experience

M.2 Shield FROZR
Part of the motherboards heatsink design. M.2 Shield FROZR is the next generation M.2 Thermal solution which helps avoid SSD Throttling by offering the best thermal protection, making sure any NMVe based M.2 SSD maintains maximum performance

3D Print Support
Included with this model ar5e 3D X-mounting screws. Modify and customize your system with 3D printed materials and easily apply your own 3D print designs such as covers, FAN stands, and SLI Bridges using the special 3D screws.

Find out more here: https://www.msi.com/Landing/mod-hub/main/m3d_list

Mystic Light and Sync
Personalize your PC with 16.8 Million colors / 17 effects controlled in one click with the Mystic Light APP on a mobile device.

Audio Boost 4 PRO with Nahimic 2+
Isolated audio with 2x high quality audio processor, premium components & Nahimic 2+ for the most immersive sound.

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