You know, it's always cool and mysterious when you receive an early sample .. after unboxing instantly we were impressed. That's a hot looking feature rich motherboards alright. the one thing that immediately strikes us is that everything on this motherboard seems to be focused at performance, this will be a killer overclocked alright. We'll chat about it a little more later on though.
We received the final retail sample already and as such it comes packed with a massive bundle. Among the gear inside the kit you'll find :
MSI Driver/Utility CD
SATA power cable
Back IO shield
Oh yes, and one fine motherboard :)
So here we have the motherboard itself, it's a fairly impressive looking motherboard alright. Though pricing on P55 motherboards still needs to be announced we expect it to be in the 250 USD price range. Some of the more notable features:
MSI P55-GD80 review MSI's P55-GD80 motherboard will be the flagship P55 motherboard, it oozes with features and performance and stands out alright. Next to the six standard SATA II ports an additional JMicron controller provides two internal and one external SATA ports, and one IDE connector. Two gigabit Ethernet connections, 8-channel audio, Firewire, and 14 USB ports make for the rest of the package. Other specs include support for 4 x DDR3-2133 memory allowing up-to 16GB to be installed, 3 PCIe x16 slots for SLI and CrossfireX (limited to an 8/8/4 setup though), 8 SATA ports, 1 eSATA port, 14 USB 2.0 ports, Dual Gbit/s LAN, 8-channel audio. And that's really just the regular stuff.
MSI P55-GD80 Lynnfield Motherboard Preview We have a nice preview to offer you guys on the upcoming MSI P55-GD80 Lynnfield Motherboard. This board has a lot of overclocker-friendly features, such as on-board controls for clock-speeds, clear-CMOS, OC-Genie, a DIP switch to control voltages, and voltage-sensing points that make measuring voltages convenient. part from the Intel P55 chipset, it uses an NVIDIA nForce 200 bridge chip that broadcasts 16 PCI-Express lanes (from the processor root complex) to 32 lanes on the PCI-E x16 slots. And next to the six standard SATA II ports an additional JMicron controller provides two internal and one external SATA ports, and one IDE connector. Two gigabit Ethernet connections, 8-channel audio, Firewire, and 14 USB ports make for the rest of the package.