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Computex 2014 – MSI shows USB 3.1 & X99 motherboards

This year’s Computex was all about DDR4 and PCI-E SSD’s, and of course MSI showed us their first DDR4 motherboard, a prototype of an upcoming X99 MSI motherboard. The motherboard has 8 DDR4 slots, 12 USB 3.0 ports and M2 & S-ATA Express connectivity. However, MSI didn’t settled with this so they also showed something never seen before, and that is an USB 3.1 motherboard. Powered by the ASMedia ASM1142 controller, the prototype MSI showcased in their booth promises speeds up to 10Gbps and full compatibility with USB 3.0 devices.

Of course, the USB 3.1 standard is not just yet finalized, so we will have to wait a bit until the first retail models hit the market. However, MSI can take the pride in being the first motherboard manufacturer to ever show an USB3.1 motherboard prototype.

Besides that, I have also noticed the new MSI Nightblade Z97 miniPC and it is nice to see that such a small system can host an AMD Radeon R9 290X. Of course, MSI was one of the big promoters of overclocking, with their Master of Overclocking world wide championship, so it comes as no news that they still focus on overclocking. A very imposing LN2 ready platform was showcased in their stand, and they also had a live LN2 show with overclockers Pt1T and Pepinorag.

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