MSI X99A Workstation Motherboard Runs Nicely On Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Motherboards on 19 September 2016. Page 1 of 3. 10 Comments

The past few weeks I've been testing out the MSI X99A Workstation motherboard courtesy of MSI Computer and it's been working out very well across a spectrum of open-source Linux (as well as BSD) use-cases for those in need of a LGA-2011 v3 motherboard.

The MSI X99A Workstation motherboard was rolled out this summer as one of the newer Intel X99 products and comes with full support for the Broadwell-EP/Broadwell-E LGA-2011 v3 CPUs, dual Intel Gigabit LAN, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A/C connectivity, M.2/U.2 storage support, DDR4 ECC support, SATA Express, support for three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, and more.

Specifications:

CPU

- Supports New Intel Core i7 Processor Extreme Edition for LGA2011-3 Socket
- Supports Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0

Chipset

- Intel X99 Chipset

Main Memory

- 8 x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 128GB
- Supports DDR4 3333(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2933(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2666(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2400/ 2200(OC)/ 2133 MHz
- Quad channel memory architecture
- Supports ECC/ non-ECC un-buffered memory
- Supports DDR4 ECC RDIMM Memory
- Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

Slots

- 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
- Support x16, x16/x16, x8/x16/x8
- Support x16, x16/x8, x8/x8/x8
- 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots

Multi-GPU

- Supports 3-Way AMD CrossFire Technology
- Supports 3-Way NVIDIA SLI Technology

On-Board SATA

- Intel X99 Chipset
- 10 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (2 ports from SATAe port)
- SATA1~6 support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10
- SATA7~10 only support IDE mode and AHCI mode
- 1 x M.2 slot (Key M)
- Supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s
- Supports 2242/ 2260/ 2280/ 22110 storage devices
- 1 x U.2 port
- Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe storage
- 1 x SATAe port* (compatible with 2 SATA ports) - Supports up to PCIe 2.0x2
- Supports Intel Smart Response Technology

USB

- ASMedia ASM1142 Chipset
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) port on the back panel
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (Super Speed USB 10Gbps) Type-C port on the back panel
- ASMedia ASM1074 Chipset
- 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports on the back panel
- Intel X99 Chipset
- 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports available through the internal USB 3.1 connectors
- 8 x USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB 2.0 connectors)

Audio

- Realtek ALC1150 Codec
- 7.1-Channel High Definition 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

Back Panel I/O Ports

- 1x PS/2 mouse port
- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
- 4 x USB 2.0 ports
- 1 x Clear CMOS button
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 port
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
- 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
- 2 x LAN (RJ45) ports
- 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
- 5 x OFC audio jacks

Internal I/O Connectors

- 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
- 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- 10 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
- 1 x SATA Express connector
- 1 x M.2 slot
- 1 x U.2 port
- 2 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports)
- 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 Clear CMOS jumper
- 1 x Power button
- 1 x Reset button
- 1 x Multi-BIOS switch
- 1 x RGB LED connector
- 1 x Slow mode booting jumper

Dimension

- 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm) ATX Form Factor



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