Also, it's good to see that the entire motherboard will be cooled passively. MSI applies their SuperPipe cooling that we know from the GD65, but this time it has a larger heatsink that has to cover the 8+2-phase VRM. MSI uses a really thick 8mm heatpipe for the best cooling efficiency. Also do you spot the lower passive (wide) heatsink ? Stuffed under there is the P55 chipset.
Check it out, two x1 PCIe slots, three x16 PCIe graphics slots (rev 2.0), however only 16 PCie lanes are available. To top it off, two PCI slots. This GD80 is SLI (2-way / 3-way) compatible just like X58. Crossfire obviously will work with three cards as well, no questions asked there.
Look a bit closer, just above the analog audio headers and just above the white fan header you'll spot another diagnostic LED. That actually is an APS (Active Phase Switching) display. It shows the number of power phases that are activated.
And should you be worried about SLI/Crossfire bridges ... don't, it's all included.
Okay you guys and girls, that's it for this little preview of a P55 motherboard. This really as as much info as we are allowed to share. The P55 chipset itself falls under NDA, and of course Lynnfield processors (Core i5) are still pending a release and as such fall under embargo as well. Once that embargo will be lifted later this year, rest assured that we'll do our best to bring you fascinating coverage of this new technology, including a lot of tests and benchmarks.
We expect the pricing of this motherboard to hover at roughly 250USD. We certainly hope you enjoyed this little sneak preview. The MSI P55-GD80 is looking to be an incredible tasty motherboard offering loads of features, has a sharp design and obviously was build with overclocking in mind.
With that said .. one last photo. We'd like to thank MSI for supplying this motherboard prior to launch.
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.