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The MSi P55A-GD55 is a mid-range to high-end motherboard similar to the MSi P55A-G55.

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Pros

legacy support - includes COM and LPT ports

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lots of overclocking options, including an automatic 'OC Genie' mode

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lot of USB ports - 10 on the back panel and up to 4 more via the on-board pin connectors

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great documentation - includes individual booklets on many of the manufacturer's proprietary features

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Cons

confusing BIOS menu options

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front panel audio connectors are on the far side of the board

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the PATA/floppy drive connectors are blocked by a PCI-E slot

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lacks digital audio outputs on the back panel

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manufacturer warranty - only 1 year

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The MSi P55A-GD55 is a mid-range to high-end motherboard similar to the MSi P55A-G55. Although sporting a handful of minor improvements over the P55A-G55 (most notably 2 eSATA ports), the P55A-GD55's most important improvement is its DrMOS server class power component. Otherwise, the two motherboards sport the same features, including: an LGA1156 CPU socket, support for up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM and ATI CrossFireX/Nvidia SLI dual-GPU support.

The P55A-GD55's DrMOS power component offers phase switching 400% that of traditional MOSFET power components, also offering 90% greater power efficiency. Its LGA1156 CPU socket provides the P55A-GD55 with 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 or 1333 MHz as well as 1600, 2000 and 2133 MHz when overclocked. Additionally, the P55A-GD55 features support for both ATI CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI dual-GPU setups, allowing for easy graphical upgrading.

Features

  • 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.)
  • ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI dual-GPU support
  • DrMOS server class power component
  • 2 x PCIe x16, 2 x PCIe x1, 3 x PCI
  • 2 x USB 3.0, 8 x USB 2.0, 2 x eSATA
  • 6 x SATA II, 2 x SATA III
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