Today, we have a interesting leak regarding MSI's upcoming gaming 9-Series motherboard lineup which is expected to launch next month. As you all may have noticed from our reports, Intel will launch their next-gen 9-Series chip-set on 11th May which will include the latest Haswell Refresh processors and the new 9-Series boards which will debut on the same date.
MSI 9-Series Motherboard Gaming Lineup Leaked - Includes 6 Board
Now, we have talked a lot regarding the MSI 9-Series motherboard lineups over the past few weeks since they have been releasing teasers on their Facebook page and even displayed some prototypes of their Next Gen chipset motherboards during CeBIT 2014. Well those were just prototypes and we couldn't really make up as to exactly what features do these new boards support. From the few teaser images, we did make up that the new boards will come with interesting design and new features V-Check Points 2, OC Engine, Military Class IV components, Delid Die Guard (XPOWER AC), M.2 interface, Audio Boost 2 and last but not least, new design schemes. Well, today we have the entire 9-Series motherboard lineup for you to feast your eyes upon which are detailed below. Do note that these 9-Series chipset based boards listed below are the Gaming tier boards from MSI and we are yet to see their overclocking (MPOWER/XPOWER) and legacy lineup which will be unveiled a few days prior to launch.
So let's get on with the Gaming 9-Series Motherboard lineup from MSI which includes a total of 6 motherboards listed below:
- MSI Gaming 9 AC
- MSI Gaming 7
- MSI Gaming 5
- MSI Gaming 3
- MSI Gaming 3
- MSI Mini ITX
Each motherboard packs its set of unique interesting features and are aimed towards users targeting different price ranges and form factors. We will start off with the flagship MSI 9-Series Gaming 9 AC Motherboard which will compete with other Gaming motherboards from various manufacturers.
The flagship and most featured packed entry in the Gaming lineup is the MSI Gaming 9 AC motherboard. This flagship product comes with a neat new design and a cool set of features for gamers and enthusiasts for instance, the LGA 1150 socket supports the Intel Haswell, Haswell Refresh, Haswell Refresh K-Series (Devil's Canyon), and the Broadwell K-Series which arrives in 2015. So to sum it all up, this and all the other 9-Series motherboards have a longer support time.
The LGA 1150 socket is powered by a 12 Phase power design and provided juice through a single 8-Pin PCI-E powe connector in addition to the 24-Pin ATX connector. The military class IV components are seated beneath an new and improved heatsink design which involves heat transfer through heatpipe. Four DDR3 DIMMs offer support for memory upto 64 GB with speeds of upto 2666 MHz (O.C+). The motherboard features the V-Check Points 2 which will let users use 2 ground connectors so that you now can use up to 3 multi-meters at the same time. The Power On/Off, Reset and OC Engine switches can be found next to the DIMM slots. For Expansion, we are looking at 3 x PCI-e 3.0 x16 and 3 PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots. There's a M.2 PCIe slot which will be able to support mSATA SSDs with a good length for easier installation. The 9-Series chipset itself is fused underneath a large Dragoon style Gaming G-Series heatsink. MSI has been using the brand since some time now on their Gaming products which include note books, motherboards and graphics cards. For storage, we have 8 SATA 6 GB/s ports, a USB 3.0 header and a LED for diagnostics.
The MSI Gaming 9 AC also features the latest Audio Boost 2 with Xtreme Audio DAC (Digital to Audio Converter) chipset which improves sound quality radically when listening through speakers and headphones. The board also comes with the Killer E2200 LAN chipset and 802.11AC which improves wireless connectivity and inter-net speeds. Prices are unknown at the moment but we expect a $249-$299 range for this flagship part.
The most interesting board of the Gaming 9-Series motherboard lineup from MSI has to be the Mini ITX Gaming board. Featuring the same LGA 1150 socket, the motherboard comes in the Mini-ITX form factor which enables small form factor PCs and interesting concept design by modders and enthusiasts.
From a design perspective, the Mini ITX Gaming is a step froward by MSI equipped with a 6 Phase supply that is powered through an 8-Pin connector which will allow some decent overclocking on the new motherboards. Expansion slots include a single PCI-e 3.0 x16 and two DDR3 DIMM slots supporting a max of 32 GB memory with frequencies of 2666 MHz (O.C+). The motherboard has a 8-Layer PCB design and packs four SATA 6 GB/s ports for storage. A USB 3.0 header is also located right beneath the 24-Pin ATX connector. The VRM and PCH are hidden and cooled by the Dragoon themed heatsink design which involves heatpipe thermal transfer and goes well with the board's layout.
I/O connectors on the MSI Mini ITX Gaming include an 8.1 Channel Audio Jack powered with the MSI Audio Boost 2.0 technology, six USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, 2 e-SATA ports, Dual HDMI, Display port, SPDIF, Killer E2200 LAN and an 802.11 AC B/G/N wireless antenna connector port for ultra fast WiFi.
Rest of the lineup include the MSI Gaming 7 which is also a high-end board packing some interesting features such as the obvious LGA1150 socket with 12 Phase supply powered with an 8-Pin connector. Four DIMM slots and V-Check Points 2. The OC Engine switches have been moved to the bottom of the board while expansion slots com with three PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots, four PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots and a M.2 SSD port. Storage includes 8 SATA 6 GB/s ports and a USB 3.0 header is located right next to it. The board features the Audio Boost 2 technology for improved audio via the output device. A couple of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports are located at the I/O.
The MSI Gaming 5 comes with a 8 Phase supply powered with the 8-Pin power connector. Expansion slots include three PCI-e 3.0 x16, four PCI-e 3.0 x1 and a M.2 SSD interface. Four DIMM slots are located next to the 24-Pin ATX connector while storage packs 6 SATA 6 GB/s ports and a USB 3.0 header next to them. Audio Boost 2.0 is include but MSI has removed OC Engine, V-Check Points 2 and included a cheaper heatsink design without heatpipe to cut down the cost.
The Gaming 3 and Gaming 3 feature the same design and specifications, the only difference is that one comes with the top tier while the other comes with the entry tier 9-Series chipset. The main features include a 6 Phase power supply with a nice heatsink design followed by four DDR3 DIMM slots. Storage includes four SATA 6 GB/s ports while expansion includes two PCI-e 3.0 x16, two PCI-e 3.0 x1, three PCI and a M.2 SSD interface. Audio Boost 2 and MSI's Military Class IV components are featured on both boards.
MSI is fully geared for the launch of Intel's 9-Series platform and have three lineups ready for launch. The Gaming lineup is aimed towards gamers, MPower and XPower lineup is aimed towards overclockers while the Legacy line will be aimed towards the old school enthusiasts. You can check out some insight on the overclocking boards over here and you should probably stay tuned for more 9-Series motherboard leaks.