MSI X99A Tomahawk LGA 2011-3 ATX Motherboard

MSI X99A Tomahawk LGA 2011-3 ATX Motherboard

MSI X99A Tomahawk LGA 2011-3 ATX Motherboard

MSI X99A Tomahawk LGA 2011-3 ATX Motherboard

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Product Highlights

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Intel X99 Chipset
  • LGA 2011-3 Socket
  • 8 x Quad-Channel DDR4-3333 (OC)
  • 10 x SATA III, 2 x SATA Express, 1 x M.2
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slots
  • 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 Slots
  • Realtek ACl1150 7.1-Channel HD Audio
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • Supports 3-Way NVIDIA SLI/AMD CrossFire
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MSI X99A overview

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Built with a USB 3.1 controller and carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer, the X99A Tomahawk LGA 2011-3 ATX Motherboard from MSI is a member of their Arsenal GAMING series of motherboards. Covered in full black camouflage with ambient LED lights and packed with gaming features, the X99A Tomahawk is designed to fit in cases that support an ATX form factor. This 12.0 x 9.6" motherboard supports Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processors, the LGA 2011-3 socket, and the Intel X99 chipset.

The ATX form factor of the X99A Tomahawk has eight DIMM slots that are able to support up to 128GB of quad-channel ECC and unbuffered memory, as well ECC RDIMM modules, plus Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules. The supported memory speeds are 3333 (OC), 3200 (OC), 3000 (OC), 2933 (OC), 2800 (OC), 2666 (OC), 2600 (OC), 2400 (OC), 2200 (OC), and 2133 MHz. There are also a total of ten SATA III 6 Gb/s ports (two ports from the SATA Express port), one SATA Express port, one U.2 port that supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe storage, and one M.2 slot (Key M) that supports PCI3 3.0 x4 and SATA III drives with a form factor of 2242, 2260, 2280, and 22110. Additionally, there are three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (supports x16, x16/x16, or x8/x16/x8 for 28 and 40-lane CPUs) and two PCIe 2.0 x1 slots. USB 3.1 connectivity is integrated with one Type-C port and one Type-A port, both of which are on the back panel. The back panel also has four USB 3.0 Type-A four USB 2.0 Type-A ports, while internally there are four USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports. Using the Realtek ALC1150 audio codec, this motherboard can support 7.1-channel (7 speakers + 1 subwoofer) HD audio.

The X99A Tomahawk supports multi-GPUs using 3-Way AMD CrossFire technology and 3-Way NVIDIA SLI technology. MSI has also designed this motherboard with features such as dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, Audio Boost 3, the MSI Super Charger, USB Redrivers, Double ESD protection, SteelSeries and Gaming certifications, Military Class 5 components, an unlimited RAMDisk, a gaming device port, and more. Included with this motherboard are necessary cables and connectors, an I/O shield, and I/O panel port labels. Protection is provided by a limited 3-year warranty.

General Features

Non-Stop Gaming
MSI Arsenal GAMING Series motherboards are covered in full black camouflage with LED ambient lights and are packed with gaming features, making them the suitable for battle.
Mystic Light Extension
MSI's Mystic Light Extension is a dedicated header for 4-pin RGB-strip and lighting control. It provides an intuitive way to control the LED strip without an ordinary controller and this standard 12V RGB strip can be installed on to the 4-pin Mystic Light Extension RGH-strip header, at which point users can adjust the lighting to their preferred style.

The Mystic Light Extension header supports standard 5050 RGB LED strips with a maximum power rating of 2A (12V). For maximum brightness, the strip length should not exceed 6.6' / 2.0m. Two extension cables, without RGB LED strips, are included in package.
Maximize Your Storage Devices
Turbo U.2 - 32 Gb/s
Turbo M.2 - 32 Gb/s
SATA Express - 10 Gb/s
Activate all the devices at the same time with 40 Lan CPU
Memory Performance and Stability
With traditional memory design, the memory signals are often distorted by electromagnetic signals from other components, making the system perform slower or become unstable. MSI's DDR4 Boost technology with optimized traces and fully isolated memory circuitry helps ensure the memory signals stay pure for increased performance and stability.
Low Latency
MSI Gaming LAN features carefully selected components to help ensure an online gaming experience without lag.
Twin Gaming LAN with Intel
Designed with gaming DNA, Twin Gaming LAN, powered by Intel, is optimized to provide a powerful online gaming experience. Featuring two of Intel's most efficient dedicated gaming network controllers, combined with MSI's Gaming LAN manager, you get to experience an increase in speed and networking performance for games.
Gaming Optimized Bandwidth Management
Dedicated to providing an online gaming experience with optimized traffic prioritization and low latency, MSI's Gaming LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games. It also allows you to change applications' traffic priority and customize the bandwidth for each application.
LAN Protect
Featuring 15kV anti-surge protection to help shield your network from lightning strikes and static electricity, LAN Protect is a LAN connector designed to give you an improved networking experience. It's highlighted with a red LED inside the RJ45 connector to show its functionality.
Audio Boost 3
With Audio Boost 3, powered by Nahimic Sound Technology, MSI delivers high sound quality through the use of premium quality audio components. That way, you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music through 8-channel HD Audio or high-impedance headphones. Features include golden audio jacks, an EMI-shielded HD audio processor, an isolated audio PCB with LED line, chemi-con audio capacitors, dual headphone amplifiers, and a front dedicated headphone out.
Game Boost
Overclock your system instantly and generate more fps in games with one push of a button using Game Boost. You can also enable XMP using the XMP button in Click BIOS.
Gaming Hotkey
Gaming Hotkey enables more functionality using your own keyboard. Simply assign functions to any key and launch your favorite games, load overclocking profiles, or do real-time overclocking with the push of a single button.
Super Charger
MSI's Super Charger delivers more power than regular USB chargers to smartphones, tablets, USB controllers, and portable consoles. These devices can be quickly charged when your PC isn't being used for gaming, helping to eliminate the need for wall power sockets.
USB Redriver
USB 3.0 signal integrity suffers with longer cables. MSI's USB 3.0 Redrivers, connected to the internal USB 3.0 ports on MSI motherboards, enable you to use longer USB 3.0 cables, especially in larger chassis.
Front USB 3.0
With a cleverly placed USB 3.0 front pin header on MSI motherboards, you can connect up to four USB 3.0 devices directly to the front of your PC's chassis. This way, you can easily enjoy fast USB speeds without having to use the hard-to-reach USB ports at the rear.
Double ESD Protection
The front USB 3.0 ports on MSI motherboards are protected by a set of protective ICs to help prevent damage caused by Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) from plugging/unplugging USB devices.
10 Gb/s USB 3.1
Transfer your favorite games, music, and movies over USB faster than ever. USB 3.1 enables fast transfer speeds up to 10 Gb/s.
USB Type-C with Reversible Design
Get all the performance benefits from USB 3.1 combined with the convenience of the USB Type-C connector. This reversible connector allows for effortless connecting of USB devices.
SATA Express
SATA Express offers a solution in high speed storage through PCI-Express, providing more bandwidth for SSDs up to 16 Gb/s.
Turbo M.2
Delivering speeds up to 32 Gb/s using PCIe Gen3 x4, Turbo M.2 is more than five times faster than a regular SATA III connection, while Steel Armor provides improved signal quality. Enjoy a fast system boot up and fast loading of applications and games.
Turbo U.2
A Turbo U.2 connector delivers performance up to 32 Gb/s and allows support for next gen 2.5" SSDs using the U.2 connector.
STEEL Armor - Reinforced PCI Express Slot
With the increased size and weight of modern high end graphics cards, traditional PCI Express slots often show signs of bending or even breaking. Meet STEEL Armor, strengthened PCI Express slots using more solder points to make sure you never have to worry about breaking off any of the slots.
SteelSeries Certified
Enthusiast gaming gear brand SteelSeries has officially approved MSI GAMING motherboards as 'SteelSeries Certified (SSC)'. This certification is based on the performance demands and stability of MSI Gaming motherboards and SteelSeries products. Your SteelSeries headset, mouse, and other gaming gear works well on MSI GAMING motherboards.
Gaming Certified
MSI's GAMING motherboards are tested in its gaming lab, Internet cafes and together with the world's best eSports players to make sure you get top performance and reliability in the world's most popular games. Through 24-hour on- and offline game testing, MSI ensures the onboard network configuration, audio reception and FPS performance are tested and tuned to perfection for you to enjoy the best possible gameplay experience.

Only the motherboards that pass this test receive the GAMING CERTIFIED status and are considered true MSI GAMING motherboards.
Enhanced CPU Overvoltage Protection
Onboard overvoltage protection helps prevent overvoltage and short-circuit damage of the CPU and other components. A red LED near the 24-pin CPU power connector let you know that overvoltage protection is activated for easier troubleshooting.
EZ Debug LED
MSI's EZ Debug LED is a troubleshooting tool built with four LEDs to indicated CPU, memory, VGA, and boot operations every time your system boots up and can be used to identify the source of a problem.
SteelSeries Certified
Enthusiast gaming gear brand SteelSeries has officially approved MSI Gaming motherboards as 'SteelSeries Certified (SSC).' This certification is based on the performance demands and stability of MSI Gaming motherboards and SteelSeries products. Your SteelSeries headset, mouse, and other top quality gaming gear works well with MSI Gaming motherboards.
Gaming Certified
MSI Gaming motherboards are tested in their gaming lab, Internet cafes, and together with the eSports players to make sure you get top performance and reliability in the world's most popular games. Through 24-hour on- and offline game testing, MSI ensures the onboard network configuration, audio reception, and fps performance are tested and tuned for you to enjoy your gameplay experience.
Military Class 5 Components
Military Class 5 includes Titanium Choke and Dark CAP to help ensure that your PC runs stable under extreme gaming conditions.
Titanium Choke
Titanium Choke uses a titanium core that has better ability in thermal and higher temperature tolerance. This allows the Titanium Choke to run at a 428°F / 220°C high temperature, have a 40% higher current capacity, a 30% improvement in power efficiency, and better overclocking power stability.
Dark CAP
With their aluminum core design, Dark CAPs has been a staple in high-end motherboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.
Humidity Protection
Reduction in moisture absorption helps prevent "Conductive Anodic Filament." Untreated PCB's can have 10x higher failure rate.
High Temperature Protection
All key components used in MSI motherboards have all passed military testing, ensuring stable operation in the harshest environments.
Circuit Protection
Carefully selected materials, multiple PCB layers, and shielding result in improved circuit protection for MSI Gaming motherboards.
ESD Protection
Each and every I/O port is protected against the hazards of Electro Static Discharge.
EMI Protection
All MSI motherboards comply with strict American FCC regulations and reduce the impact of electromagnetic interference.
Optimized for Multiple Graphics Cards - SLI/CrossFire Support
This motherboard supports SLI / CrossFire, and optimal PCIe slot placement allows for better fitting and airflow. That way, you can enjoy the great graphics at the higher framerates when running an NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire setup.
MSI Steel Armor
Steel Armor has more solder points on the PCB for more strength and protects the PCIe signals against electromagnetic interference for a stutter-free gaming experience and higher GPU overclocking.
Click BIOS 5
Explore the improved Click BIOS 5 and use it to tune your system's performance to get the most out of your games. MSI Click BIOS 5 is the next generation UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 10. Control your system in two modes: EZ mode, for the most used settings and functions, vs. Advanced mode, for more detailed settings and fine-tuning options to boost your system's performance.
Gaming Device Port
MSI's Gaming Device Port is optimized to deliver connectivity for high end gaming mice to fully utilize their speed. You can customize your mouse's dpi to change accuracy and program macro combinations using the easy to use Mouse Master software to perform multiple commands with just one click.
WTFast is the Gamers Private Network, like a global automated army of IT specialists all working together to optimize your game connection from end to end. WTFast reports rich connection stats for your online game, so you can see exactly what is happening with your game connection.
Your Game, Your Stream, Your Fame
XSplit Gamecaster & Broadcaster V2 lets you easily record your gaming moments and broadcast your live gameplay sessions to Twitch, YouTube, UStream and more. It's simple, easy to use, and ideal for sharing your gameplay with friends, family, or the world.
Overclocking Made Easy
Outperform your competition with the MSI Gaming App, which allows simultaneous control of both your motherboard and graphics card's overclocking. Simply select your preferred mode with the click of a button - Silent, Gaming, or OC.
MSI Dragon Eye
MSI Dragon Eye allows you to watch a YouTube video or Twitch Stream while playing a game. Simply add a link or stream to the Dragon Eye application and select the size, position, volume, and transparency and start gaming. With a few hotkeys, you can start/pause your video or set the volume.
MSI has worked closely with CPUID to develop this special edition of CPU-Z featuring the MSI Gaming dragon. Use CPU-Z to gather key information on the main devices of your system, such as your CPU speed, memory speed and timings, motherboard BIOS version, and much more.
Get an unlimited RAMDisk for free with MSI Gaming motherboards. RAMDisk allows you to create a virtual drive from your system memory, enabling speeds up to 25x faster than a modern SSD. You can load complete games, speed up your browser or your page file, significantly increasing system performance. You even increase your SSD's lifespan by using RAMDisk as it reduces unnecessary read and write operations to your SSD.
In the Box
MSI X99A Tomahawk LGA 2011-3 ATX Motherboard
  • Cables and Connectors
  • Gaming I/O Shield
  • I/O Panel Ports Label
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    MSI X99A specs

    CPU - Supports Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processors for the LGA 2011-3 socket
    - Supports Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 (depending on the CPU)
    Chipset Intel X99 chipset
    Memory 8 x DDR4 memory slots, supports up to 128 GB
    - Supports DDR4 3333 (OC) / 3200 (OC) / 3000 (OC) / 2933 (OC) / 2800 (OC) / 2666 (OC) / 2600 (OC) / 2400 (OC) / 2200 (OC) / 2133 MHz
    Quad-channel memory architecture
    Supports ECC/non-ECC unbuffered memory
    Supports DDR4 ECC RDIMM memory
    Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    Slots - 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (PCI_E1, PCI_E4~PCI_E5, supports x16, x16/x16, or x8/x16/x8 for 28 and 40-lane CPUs)
    - 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots (PCI_E2~PCI_E3)
    Multi-GPU Support Supports 3-Way AMD CrossFire technology
    Supports 3-Way NVIDIA SLI technology
    USB ASMedia ASM1142 Chipset
    - 1 x 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Type-A port (back panel)
    - 1 x 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Type-C port (back panel)

    ASMedia ASM1074 Chipset
    - 4 x 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 Type-A ports (back panel)

    Intel X99 Chipset
    - 4 x 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 ports (available through the internal USB 3.0 connectors)
    - 8 x USB 2.0 ports (four on the back panel, four available through the internal USB 2.0 connectors)
    Storage Intel X99 Chipset 10 x SATA III 6 Gb/s ports (2 ports from the SATA Express port)
    - SATA1~6 supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10
    - SATA7~10 only support IDE and AHCI modes

    1 x M.2 Slot (Key M)
    - Supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA III 6 Gb/s
    - Supports 2242 / 2260 / 2280 / 22110 storage devices

    1 x U.2 Port
    - Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe storage (depending on the CPU)

    1 x SATA Express Port (compatible with two SATA ports)
    - Supports up to PCIe 2.0 x2

    Supports Intel Smart Response Technology (depending on the CPU)

    SATA Express ports (including SATA5~6) will be unavailable when installing M.2 SATA storage in the M.2 slot. The SATA Express port (including SATA5~6) will be unavailable when installing PCIe storage devices in both the U.2 and M.2 ports (for 28-lane CPUs only).
    Audio Realtek ALC1150 Codec
    - 7.1-channel HD audio
    - Supports S/PDIF output
    LAN 1 x Intel I218LM Gigabit LAN controller
    1 x Intel I210AT Gigabit LAN controller
    - Supports Intel LAN Teaming Technology
    Internal I/O Connectors - 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
    - 1 x 8-pin ATX 12 V power connector
    - 1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector
    - 1 x 4-pin Water Pump connector
    - 3 x 4-pin system fan connectors
    - 1 x Front panel audio connector
    - 2 x Front panel connectors
    - 1 x TPM module connector
    - 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
    - 1 x RGB LED Pin Header
    - 1 x Power button
    Back Panel I/O Ports - 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
    - 1 x Clear CMOS button
    - 5 x OFC audio jacks
    Mounting Nine mounting holes
    Dimensions - 12.0 x 9.6" / 30.5 x 24.4 cm
    - ATX form factor
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
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    Package Weight 4.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.0 x 10.0 x 3.0"

    MSI X99A reviews

    X99A Tomahawk LGA 2011-3 ATX Motherboard is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Quality Excellent quality product, nice layout, very nice features, very nice price for what you get.
    Date published: 2016-12-28
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