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Featured is support for six SATA-II drives, Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0, eSATA, six audio jacks, and dual-channel DDR3 RAM.

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Pros

overclocks easily with included utilities

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good compatibility with a variety of DDR3 memory brands

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Crossfire functionality is reliable and fast

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audio output is easily configurable and high definition

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Cons

manual is poorly translated English, difficult to understand

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cooling around the CPU takes up a fair amount of room, hard to work around when installing PCI cards

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becomes unstable quickly when overclocking it unless a beta version of the firmware is installed

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The MSi P55-GD55 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 six SATA-II drives, Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0, eSATA, six audio jacks, and dual-channel DDR3 RAM. In comparison to the P55-CD53, critics appreciate the addition of eSATA and Crossfire support. However, tests at XbitLabs were extremely disappointed with the unit’s inability to overclock a CPU ‘normally,” though they did not go into further details. Regardless, the MSi P55-GD55 (like the CD53) hosts an OC Genie smart overclocking chip so that even those without technical expertise can safely overclock without worry. General praise on Amazon and Newegg from users tend to support this fact.

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 x2
  • PCI-E Gen2 (1x16), Gen 1 (1x4)
  • PCI-Ex1 x3
  • PCI x2
  • IDE x1
  • SATA-II x6
  • RAID 0/1/5/10/JBOD
  • 10/100/1000 LAN
  • USB 2.0 x10  
  • eSATA x2
  • OC Genie w/Super Unlock
  • DrMos
  • Active Phase Switching
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