MSI Previews 100-Series Motherboards Beside RGB-Lit X99A "Godlike Gaming"

While many of our readers continue to ask questions about Intel's sixth-generation platform, MSI was trying to steal the show by flaunting its RGB LED X99A Godlike Gaming motherboard at the front of the booth.

MSI X99 Godlike RGB motherboard

A phone app controls the "Godlike Gaming's" lighting, while aluminum frames add rigidity to PCIe x16 slots. We'll let you guess which of these two features make the board a better-functioning product, and which simply adds flair.

  Z170A-G45-Gaming B150M Pro-VD Z170A-G43 B150M Pro-VDH Z170A PC Mate
Form FactorATXMicro ATXATXMicro ATXATX
Expansion Slots3x x16, 4x x11x x16, 2x x12x x16*, 2x x1, 3x PCI2x x16*, 1x x12x x16*, 2x x1, 3x PCI
Memory Slots4x DDR42x DDR3L4x DDR42x DDR34x DDR4
Storage1x 32 Gb/s
6x 6 Gb/s (2 for SATA-E)
6x 6 Gb/s (2 for SATA-E)6x 6 Gb/s (2 for SATA-E)6x 6 Gb/s (2 for SATA-E)1x 32 Gb/s
6x 6 Gb/s (2 for SATA-E)
Rear USB 
4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.02x USB 3.1, 4x 3.0, 2x USB 2.04x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.06x USB 3.0
Video
DVI, VGADVI, VGA, HDMIDVI, VGADVI, VGA, DisplayPort
Audio
3 Analog5 Analog, 1 Optical3 Analog5 Analog, 1 Optical
Network2x Gig-E, 1x 867 Mbit Wi-Fi1x Gig-E1x Gig-E1x Gig-E1x Gig-E
*unspecified lane count

The design of its other boards helped us to confirm the extra four PCIe 3.0 lanes of the Skylake integrated PCIe controller. While the enthusiast-grade Z170A-G45 Gaming shows PCI-Express switches for setting SLI-enabling x8-x8 mode, MSI only confirmed CrossFire capability for lower-priced models. Unlike SLI, AMD CrossFire can run on x4 slots.

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  • 3ogdy
    Godlike....Jesus H Christ. What's next? Bible-Z-Power? CondomStrength-X?
    MSI G-Zus' E-ster? The Sacredblood competing with Sabertooh?
    Put a Devil's Canyon on a Pope's PowerLight 2016? Let's hope they won't have children.
    MSI 6-5P0T? The FL35HL16HT 4 (in collaboration with) YO'MOMMA stick?

    Introducing the new gaming seat from MSI: The Rectum Z! The ultimate X-perience!

    FFS...

    Seriously now,
    What if I happen to have boot problems or lag while gaming on that motherboard? Does that mean GOD doesn't LIKE me?
    What does it mean if there's a better board around? That God is gaming on bullshit hardware? I bet God can game better, right?

    And isn't it strange that it's nothing but a GodLike motherboard that's using the 2 most typical colors from hell - red and black? Wasn't heaven supposed to be white and all that?
  • PlowHouse
    @3ogdy, Thank you for this lol... Great comment to start the morning.
  • Larry Litmanen
    Quote:
    MSI G-Zus' E-ster?..


    That's a good one.