MSI X99A Workstation Motherboard Announced with 7000-Hour Validation

By Published August 15, 2016 at 6:52 pm

MSI has begun filling-in its X99A line of Broadwell-E motherboards with workstation-targeted options, built for compliance with ECC Registered DIMMs and with boosted maximum data throughput via M.2. The motherboard fits LGA2011-3 socketed CPUs, including Haswell-E and Broadwell-E, and supports SLI with nVidia Quadro GPUs for production workloads. Additional focus is placed on storage controllers and HSIO allocation, fitting for a board that will be deployed in workstation environments (e.g. render machines, CAD/ProE machines).

The X99A Workstation motherboard uses what appears to be an 8-phase power design for its core VRM, with additional phases for the memory. The VRM is comprised of titanium inductors with a max temperature of 220C, supporting higher current for extreme overclocks. Dark capacitors (solid caps) populate the board and VRM's capacitor bank, rated for a 10-year lifespan.

Other electrical focus points include grounding for all rear I/O ports – pretty common for ESD protection, these days – and circuit protection on the thick PCB.


MSI's Workstation boards go through additional validation over “normal” motherboards, including 7000 hours of high-voltage testing, thermal degradation testing, and EMI testing. This is the biggest value-add for production users, as the general guarantee is extended uptimes with intensive 24/7 workloads. Rendering models and simulations for extended periods (where a failure means lost work) would be an ideal use case match.

Learn more about the X99A Workstation here.

- Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke.

Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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