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The MSi P55A-GD65 is a mid-range to high-end ATX motherboard similar to the MSi P55A-GD55.

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Pros

Included BIOS updating software is easy to use and can be used from Windows.

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Well priced for an LGA1156 board with USB 3.0, SATA III and CrossFire/SLI.

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OC Genie technology makes overclocking easy even for those not used to it.

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Well-placed CPU socket leaves plenty of room for larger RAM heatsinks.

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Cons

Sideways SATA ports are awkward to use.

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The wrong SATA III drivers are installed on a fresh Windows installation, requiring some searching to find the correct ones.

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PCI slots are a little cramped together, may cause graphics cards in CrossFire/SLI to run too hot.

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The MSi P55A-GD65 is a mid-range to high-end ATX motherboard similar to the MSi P55A-GD55. Its main advantage over the P55A-GD55 is its PCI-E Expansion Switch design which provides faster, 'truer' SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0. Otherwise, the P55A-GD65 and P55A-GD55 sport the same basic features, including an LGA1156 CPU socket, support for up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM and ATI CrossFireX/Nvidia SLI support.

The P55A-GD65's PCI-E Expansion Switch design eliminates the speed bottleneck present in Intel's P55 chipset, allowing for 500MB/s transfer speeds, doubling the speeds of high-performance features such as SATA III and USB 3.0. Its LGA1156 CPU socket allows the P55A-GD65 to utilize any Intel Core i3, i5 or i7-8xx processor while its four 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 overclocked. Meanwhile, the P55A-GD65's two PCIe x16 expansion slots support both ATI CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI dual-GPU setups, allowing for easily expandable graphical performance.

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
  • PCI-E Expansion Switch design
  • 2 x PCIe x16, 2 x PCIe x1, 2 x PCI
  • 2 x USB 3.0, 6 x USB 2.0, 1 x eSATA
  • 7 x SATA II, 2 x SATA III
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