Published: Jun 18th 2017, 21:11 GMT   Comments

Not many X299 motherboards were shown since Computex, but here’s a new one. MSI has a white edition of X299 TOMAHAWK called ARCTIC. It’s the same design as TOMAHAWK, except the motherboard is white. It has four PCI-Express x16 slots, 2x PCIe 1x and two M.2 slots. I think MSI should’ve kept the power connector and SATA ports white, but I guess we can’t have everything in this price segment (Tomahawk are mid-range series).

It’s worth adding that this is not the first white X299 motherboard, as Colorful has already showcased its iGame motherboard. The only major difference is that Colorful’s iGame X299 motherboards are EATX, while MSI’s motherboard is standard ATX.


  • Model Name: X299 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC
  • Segment: Arsenal GAMING
  • CPU support: Supports New Intel® Core™ X-series Processor Family
  • CPU socket: LGA 2066
  • Chipset: Intel® X299 Chipset
  • Graphics Interface: 4 x PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot, 3-way SLI / CrossFire
  • Memory support: 8 DIMMs, Quad Channel DDR4-4266+MHz; Dual Channel DDR4-4500+MHz
  • Expansion slots: 2 x PCI-E 3.0 x1 slots, SATA / M.2 / U.2 8x SATA 6Gb.s ports, 2x Turbo M.2 slots, 1x Turbo U.2 connector
  • Intel® Optane™: Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
  • USB 3.1: Gen2 3 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type A+C)
  • USB 3.1: Gen1 8 x USB 3.1 Gen1
  • USB 2.0: 7 x USB 2.0
  • LAN: Intel® I219-V Gigabit LAN
  • Audio: 7.1 Channel


  1. M.2 SHIELD FROZR: Strengthened built-in M.2 thermal solution. Keeps M.2 SSDs safe while preventing throttling, making them run faster.
  2. Designed for Extreme Performance: TURBO SOCKET with GAME BOOST, DIGITALL POWER Design
  3. Lightning Fast Game experience: TWIN TURBO M.2 with M.2 Shield FROZR and Intel Optane Memory
    Ready, Turbo U.2, LIGHTNING USB 3.1 GEN2
  4. GAMING LAN with LAN Protect, powered by Intel® : The best online gaming experience with lowest latency and bandwidth management
  5. AUDIO BOOST 4 with NAHIMIC 2+: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  6. MULTI-GPU: With STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots. Supports 3-Way NVIDIA SLI™ & 3-Way AMD crossfire™
  7. SYSTEM SAVER: 3 easy to use options to successfully boot your system again.
  8. VR READY and VR BOOST: Best virtual reality game experience without latency, reduces motion sickness. Supports Nahimic VR & TriDef VR.

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