MSI Announces X399 SLI PLUS Motherboard for AMD Threadripper

Subject: Motherboards | October 9, 2017 - 03:20 PM |
Tagged: msi, amd, Threadripper, X399, X399 SLI Plus, motherboard, workstation

MSI has announced a new X399 workstation motherboard for AMD Threadripper processors with the X399 SLI PLUS, a performance-oriented option with a full compliment of the company's premium motherboard features.

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"Perfect for content creators who are looking for a great performer with plenty of connectivity options, MSI’s new X399 SLI PLUS is an optimized workstation motherboard, built for designers. Featuring heavy plated heatsinks, Military Class V components and numerous unique and patented performance enhancing features, this motherboard is the best choice for professionals looking for speed and stability."

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MSI's feature list includes:

  • Supports AMD RYZEN THREADRIPPER Series Processors
  • Support 8 DIMMs, Quad Channel DDR4 3600+ (OC)
  • DDR4 Boost: Advanced technology provided by MSI OC lab to ensure maximum compatibility for overclocking performance.
  • AUDIO BOOST 4: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync: Personalize your PC with 16.8 million colors / 17 effects controlled in one click with the Mystic Light APP or a mobile device.
  • Professional IO cover & heatsink: Stunning looks, protecting the I/O ports
  • EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot
  • Lightning Fast Game experience: 3 x Turbo M.2 , 1 x M.2 Shield, and Lightning USB 3.1 Gen2
  • Lightning USB: Double bandwidth, supports USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A + Type C
  • PCI-E Steel Armor: Protecting VGA cards against bending and EMI
  • X-Boost: Great tool to boost your USB & Storage performance
  • Double ESD Protection: Double layer grounding motherboard mounting holes
  • Military Class 6, Guard-Pro: Latest evolution in high quality components for best protection and efficiency
  • Click BIOS 5: Award-winning BIOS with high resolution scalable font, favorites and search function
  • VR Ready: Best virtual reality game experience without latency, reduces motion sickness

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The cost and actual release date were not provided by MSI, but it should be listed for sale soon at the usual places.

Source: MSI

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October 9, 2017 | 07:22 PM - Posted by DoNotBeFooledEpycRules (not verified)

"MSI’s new X399 SLI PLUS is an optimized workstation motherboard"

No It's not as that would be the Epyc/Socket SP3 single socket motherboards that are real Wokstation Motherboards. X399 is not Certified/Validated for ECC usage. Supporing "ECC" and Certified/Validated for for ECC usage are two very dufferent things.

The Epyc Options are affordable enough(unlike Intel's Xeon platform) and AMD's users do not need to use any consumer variants in an attempt at affording a real Workstation Hardware/Firmware ecosystem that is tested Certified/Validated for ECC memory.

Epyc/SP3 supports RDIMM, LRDIMM and Epyc/SP3 MBs are Certified/Validated to support ECC. The Epyc 7401P is a 24 core/48 thread SKU at $1075 that only costs $76 dollars more than the TR 1950X($999) and the Gigabyte MZ31-AR0 (rev. 1.0) single socket motherboard is running $610-$625 online and that SP3 motherboard supports 128 PCIe lanes and 8 memory channels. So the Epyc/SP3 deal has twice as many PCIe lanes/memory channels and the 7401P has 8 more cores/16 more threads(24 cores/48 threads) for ony $75 dollars more than the TR 1950X's(16 cores/32 threads) $999.

Do not be fooled because AMD's Epyc/SP3 trounces Threadripper/X399 in features 2 to 1 for Workstation PCIe lane counts and Memory counts and the Epyc/SP3 platform is actually tested certified/validated for ECC and that's in that ECC support is in the warrenty for Epyc/SP3 MB parts.

Does this MSI motherboard support dual 10 gigabit ethernet or the other remote management features/multi-MI25 point to point features etc! Look at the Epyc/Sp3 MB ecosystem ad see whta a real workstation platform supports.

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