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MSi H55-GD65


$165.00 Released February, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Supports all of the major video output options onboard. Easy overclocking - uses MSi's "OC Genie" software for straight forward overclocking. Good layout - will easily accommodate 2x larger graphics cards.

The Cons:Lacks SLI support - CrossFireX only. Doesn't support the latest connectivity options - no USB 3.0 or SATA 6Gbps support. The PCI-E x1 slot will be covered by most GPUs.

The MSi H55-GD65 is a mid-range to high-end ATX motherboard similar to the MSi H55-GD43. The H55-GD65 sports a number of improvements over the H55-GD43, most notably: an eSATA port and an improved integrated graphics unit which provides VGA, HDMI and DVI ports (the H55-GD43's integrated GPU only offers VGA and HDMI).

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Otherwise, the two motherboards are very similar as both sport an LGA1156 CPU socket, support for up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM and ATI CrossFirex support.

The H55-GD65's  integrated graphics unit provides it with out-of-the-box support for high definition video playback, offering VGA, DVI and HDMI outputs for dual-monitor setups. However, for those seeking improved graphical and/or gaming performance, the H55-GD65 also sports two PCIe x16 expansion slots which allow for up to two matching discrete ATI GPUs by way of ATI CrossFireX technology. Meanwhile, the H55-GD65's LGA1156 CPU socket allows it to utilize any Intel Core i3, i5 or i7-8xx processor as well as up to 16GB of dual-channel DDR3 RAM with data transfer rates of 1066 and 1333 MHz or 1600, 2000 and 2133 MHz when overclocking.

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 dual-GPU support
  • Active Phase Switching technology
  • 2 x PCIe x16, 2 x PCIe x1, 2 x PCI
  • 6 x USB 2.0 ports, 1x eSATA
  • 7 x SATA II

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    supports all of the major video output options onboard

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    easy overclocking - uses MSi's "OC Genie" software for straight forward overclocking

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    good layout - will easily accommodate 2x larger graphics cards

Cons
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    lacks SLI support - CrossFireX only

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    doesn't support the latest connectivity options - no USB 3.0 or SATA 6Gbps support

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    the PCI-E x1 slot will be covered by most GPUs

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    not compatible with the latest Intel "Sandy Bridge" CPUs

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