- 3 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
- 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
- 1 x U2 connector (32 Gbps)
The audio solution is based on a Realtek ALC 1220 CODEC and a combination of Nahimic 2 software suite. If you look closely you can spot Nichicon audio grade Fine Gold capacitors. Nichicon Fine Gold capacitors are suited for high-grade audio equipment to provide rich sound in the bass and clearer high frequencies.
Check the heatsinks, pretty cool design. You can spot three M.2. slots and also take not of the metal cover on the two primary x16 PCI-Express slots as well as the DIMM slots now as well. It provides a more sturdy and stronger slot, handy for very heavy graphics cards.
Just above the primary PCIe X16 slot you can see a 6-pin power connector. You can connect a power cable to it to driver more juice over the PCI-Express slot, it would add another 75 watt capacity.
One 8-pin and 4-pin connector to power that processor of yours, that should be plenty. You can just connect the one 8-pin, heck even 4-pin would be more then sufficient for a 4-core processor.
The motherboard has a 16-Phase Power delivery design for the processor based on digital power controllers. MSI as always follows their stringent component selection, now dubbed as Military Class revision V.
Here to the right you can see the OC Dashboard, it can be plugged directly onto the motherboard, but an extension cable has been supplied as well so you can locate it wherever you want. Our actually got damaged during transport hence we could not test it, however you can clock up/down, power on/off/reset and do slow boot as well as voltage monitoring here with a DMM. I do like the implementation this way, subtle and not obtrusive at all.