The MSi H55M-ED55 is a mid-range to high-end microATX motherboard similar to the MSi H55M-E33. The H55M-ED55 sports a number of significant improvements over the H55M-E33, most notably: ATI CrossFireX support, an eSATA port and MSi's OC Genie technology. Otherwise, the two motherboards sport the same basic features, including: an LGA1156 CPU socket, support for up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM and an integrated graphics unit.
The H55M-ED55's OC Genie technology automatically detects your system's hardware and decides on the safest overclock settings, making overclocking easier and safer. Its integrated graphics unit allows the H55M-ED55 to handle 1080p HD video out-of-the-box while its dual PCIe x16 expansion slots and ATI CrossFireX support allow the H55M-ED55 to be upgraded with up to two matching ATI GPUs for greater graphical performance. Additionally, the H55M-ED55's LGA1156 CPU socket provides support for any Intel Core i3, i5 or i7-8xx processor while its 4 DIMM slots allow for up to 16GB of dual-channel DDR3 RAM with data transfer rates of 1066 and 1333 MHz or 1600, 2000 and 2133 MHz by way of overclocking.
- LGA1156 CPU socket supports Intel Core i3, i5 and i7-8xx processors
- Supports up to 16GB of dual-channel DDR3 RAM @ 1066 or 1333 MHz and 1600, 2000 and 2133 MHz (O.C.)
- Integrated GPU provides 1080p HD support
- OC Genie technology
- ATI CrossFireX support
- 2 x PCIe x16, 1 x PCIe x1, 1 x PCI
- 6 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x eSATA
- 6 x SATA II