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Sep 23, 2014

MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition, a Motherboard for Multi-Video Lovers

As odd as it may sound, motherboards tend to seem more and more hardcore the fewer colors they actually sport. So, while a keyboard or mouse looks imposing when it’s glowing every possible color, motherboards tend to give the same cool impression if they're black and white.

Especially if you make sure that the white stands out. Like, say, if you color the PCI Express slots in it and maybe add some stripes to the heatsinks. The new motherboard from Micro-Star International is called Z97S SLI Krait Edition. It has both the white-topped heatsinks and white PCI Express slots. Not that all slots are that way. Only the ones meant to hold graphics cards.

The MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition specs

As we said before, there are two PCI Express slots meant for graphics cards. They are what give the mainboard their name really, even though the newcomer actually doesn't have such a grandiose multi-GPU support. While the two slots look good and all, they are just that: two. A single pair. Also, they can't both work in x16 mode at once. Only x8/x8. It means you can have more than decent multi-card setups (and contrary to the name, you can have AMD boards in CrossFire too), but nothing too amazing. Of course, some may say that having two cards in the first place is relatively amazing, so there's that.

On the flip side, there is more than enough room between the slots for even triple-slot coolers. Don't think you'll get much out of a dual-card setup involving dual-GPU boards though (four GPUs, as it were). Besides the PCI Express loadout (which also includes three PCIe x1 slots and two legacy PCI slots), the MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition also boasts M.2 and SATA Express ports (for small and fast SSDs, up to 10 Gbps), and advanced BIOS (with Click BIOS 4 interface and OC Genie 4 clock tweaking) and Military Class 4 components.

Availability and pricing

These are the details that Micro-Star International did not include in its press release. While the product page of the Z97S SLI Krait Edition is readily enough accessible, it doesn't have that info. Considering everything above, though, as well as the 4K UHD Support, DDR3-3300 memory support (four slots) and the abundance of I/O connectors, as well as video and network support, it's probably in the upper half of the market. The good news is that, if you're willing to pay for two video boards, you'll probably have no qualms about it regardless.

Press Release:
MSI, world leader in motherboard technology, is proud to announce its latest motherboard, the Z97S SLI Krait Edition. Inspired by and developed in cooperation with the world's elite case modders, the new Z97S SLI Krait Edition is equipped with an arsenal of new features, improvements like NVIDIA SLI certified for enthusiasts looking to pair up multiple graphics cards. On-board M.2 and SATA Express provides the latest storage technology with transfer speeds up to 10 Gb/s, with flexible solutions for using preferred devices. Military Class 4 provide all the stability you need through carefully selected and thoroughly tested components and materials. The Z97S SLI Krait Edition motherboard caters to those looking for a feature rich motherboard with a unique look & feel.
Perfect for case modding
Looking for that creative, one-off build? The new black & white design instantly adds a touch of class to a sophisticated build. The new MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition has been purposely designed together with the most elite case modders to meet the demands of community who craved a pure black and white motherboard.
Optimized for multiple graphics cards
MSI motherboards feature one or more PCI Express 3.0 slots, perfectly aligned and with enough space for an optimal airflow when using multiple graphics cards. This enables continued maximum graphics performance while you are enjoying the best graphics jumping off from your monitor when running NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire gamers setup.
Push your SSD to the limit with M.2 and SATA-Express
Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of your operating system, applications and games with MSI Z97 motherboards, offering the next generation of high speed storage support through M.2 and SATA Express. M.2 and SATA Express transfer data through a PCI-Express 2.0 x2 interface with speeds up to 10 Gb/s, making it 67% faster than SATA 3.0 solutions.
Stable and highly efficient with Military Class 4
Striving to provide consumers with the highest quality and most stable products, MSI utilizes its new Military Class 4 components for the all new MSI Z97 series. These key components have all been certified to seven MIL-810G tests to ensure stable operation under the harshest conditions.
The most advanced BIOS including OC Genie 4
In addition, MSI motherboards are also equipped with many exclusive new technologies, including the one-second overclocking OC Genie 4, the world's first graphical controlled interface Click BIOS 4 and the Command Center software that combines features such as monitoring, tuning and controlling of your hardware. The unprecedented level of flexibility and control offered in MSI's unique hard- and software design puts you in the driving seat of your motherboards configuration.

MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition
Images credits to MSI


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