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The MSI 880GMA-E55 is a Micro-ATX sized motherboard built to handle faster components and heavy use.

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Pros

Built-in HDMI, DVI and VGA ports with out-of-the-box support for HD video.

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Automatically overclocks RAM to 1600MHz.

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Relatively future-proof (USB 3.0, AM3).

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Well laid out--no awkward surprises when trying to build a system.

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Lots of great features (USB 3.0, SATA III) for a reasonable price.

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Cons

RAID 1 support doesn't work under Windows 7 64-bit.

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Some consistency issues with the core unlocker and certain processors.

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The MSI 880GMA-E55 is a Micro-ATX sized motherboard built to handle faster components and heavy use. Military Class Components are used for long-lasting 24/7 operation, with capacitors that run cool and can take some abuse. Overclocking is also supported with a built-in OC Genie that allows for changing voltages of individual parts and unlocking the hidden cores in a CPU. 64-bit AMD Phenom II, Athlon II and Sempron CPUs are supported, and work with a HyperTransport 3.0 system. Up to 16Gb of DDR3 memory can be used and is set up to be overclocked by the system. Lossless audio is processed on-board at 24-bit/192kHz high definition. In addition to 2 USB 3.0 ports, up to 2 FireWire ports can be set up for fast file transfers with various peripherals. 10/100/1000 Ethernet support is also built in.

Features
  • Superb Stability: Military Class Components
  • OC Genie: Easy Overclocking Technology
  • Unlock CPU Core: Unlock hidden CPU core and potential
  • Support USB 3.0 AND SATA 6Gb/s
  • Lossless 24bit/192kHz HD Audio
  • 64bit AMD Phenom II X6/X4/X3/X2, Athlon II X4/X3/X2 and Sempron CPU
  • HyperTransport 3.0 supporting speed up to 5200MT/s 
  • AMD 880G and SB850 Chipset
  • 4 unbuffered DIMM at 1.5v
  • DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600* (OC) DRAM, 16GB Max
  • 1 x PCI-E x16, 2 x PCI-E X1, 1 x PCI slots
  • SATA II 1~6 support by AMD SB850, RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 modes
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports
  • LAN: 10/100/1000
  • Supports up to two FireWire 1394 ports. (Rear panel x1, pinheader x1)
  • APS (Active Phase Switching)
  • 24.4cm(L) x 24.4cm(W) Micro-ATX Form Factor
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