MSI is set to reveal new motherboards and features at CES 2017, and we’ve got a few teasers here already before the announcements. But first, let us take a look at the TOMAHAWK, SLI, and SLI PLUS motherboards slated to launch next year.

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The next generation SLI series follows the strict all-back finish of the yesteryear’s SLI Series boards with an added shine factor via the DDR4 Steel Armor. The TOMAHAWK series on the other hand saw a huge aesthetic upgrade, featuring a slicker and a more toned down styling compared to the older generation.

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Perhaps the most interesting feature added to MSI’s boards is the M.2 Shield. This is basically a cover with a thermal pad to aid passive cooling. Some M.2 SSDs gets really hot and throttles down to prevent damage so this is a novel feature.

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Another addition is the Mystic Light function to the PCB gout of the audio chipset. I believe this feature is audio reactive.

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Last but not the least, we’ve got the DDR4 Steel Armor. This basically adds extra reinforcement to the DRAM slots which is similar to what MSI did with the PCI-E slot armor.

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MSI is expected to announce the next generation motherboards at CES 2017.