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The MSi P55-CD53 is a budget-friendly Intel P55 ATX motherboard with an LGA 1156 designed primarily for Intel Core i3, i5, or i7

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Pros

Built with overclocking in mind - has detailed frequency and clock changes in BIOS

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BIOS has very high degree of customizable options (not just for overclocks)

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High number of USB ports at this price point

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OC Genie onboard software interface makes real time overclocking easier

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Lower price than expected for this spec set and OC tools

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Cons

BIOS updater runs into frequent errors and can be frustrating to fix

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Lacks crossfire support, found in other motherboards at this range

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Some units have problems recognizing peripherals via USB ports, one or two faulty USB ports per board

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The MSi P55-CD53 is a budget-friendly Intel P55 ATX motherboard with an LGA 1156 designed primarily for Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 CPUs. Featured is support for eight SATA-II drives, Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0, six audio jacks, and dual-channel DDR3 RAM. Critics aren’t happy with the unit’s lack of support for either SATA 6G or USB 3.0, not to mention Crossfire or SLI (there is in fact no embedded video)—though it’s not a maker deal breaker for such an inexpensive board. They do however praise it for its performance, green-friendly efficiency (DrMos), and especially its overclocking with “extreme stability.” Plus MSI’s OC Genie smart overclocking chip means anyone without technical expertise can safely overclock their system without worry.

Features
  • Budget-Friendly ATX Motherboard
  • LGA 1156 Socket
  • Intel Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs
  • Intel P55 Chipset
  • DDR3 Memory Only (Dual Channel)
  • Four DIMM Slots (16GB Max)
  • PCI-Ex16 x1
  • PCI-E Gen2 (1x16)
  • PCI-Ex1 x3
  • PCI x3
  • IDE x1
  • SATA-II x8
  • RAID 0/1/5/10/JBOD
  • 10/100/1000 LAN
  • OC Genie w/Super Unlock
  • DrMos
  • Active Phase Switching
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