MSI announces the X99A-SLI motherboard which is the success of MSI’s X99A SLI PLUS. The new MSI X99A-SLI features a few modern connectivity features, such as 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, a U.2 connector, and USB 3.1 with type-C. The board is design for Core i7 “Broadwell-E” processors and has 8-phase VRM design with standard 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors.
The X99A-SLI expansion slots include three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 and two PCIe 2.0 x1. For Storage connectivity, it has one 32 Gb/s M.2 slot, a 32 Gb/s U.2 port, one 10 Gb/s SATA-Express connector, and eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports. The rear IO connectivity comprises of two 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 ports, from which one is type-C, and eight other USB 3.0 ports (four on the rear panel, four by headers). 8-channel HD audio, and a Gigabit Ethernet connector powered by Intel controller.