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MSi P55A Fuzion


$350.00 Released August, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Runs CrossFireX in full x16/x16 mode rather than x8/x8 as is often done. Fuzion technology works remarkably well, allows for two mismatched GPUs to be used in tandem. PCI-E slots are well-spaced, allowing plenty of room for GPUs with large cooling solutions.

The Cons:Doesn't support 4GB RAM modules. Far more expensive than similar or superior boards mostly due to its Fuzion technology, which isn't something most users will want to use. Some layout issues--RAM may intersect with PCI devices, GPU may be too close to the PSU in some chassis.

The MSi P55A Fuzion is a mid-range to high-end motherboard based around Intel's P55 northbridge chipset. It features an LGA1156 CPU socket type, supporting most of Intel's Core i line of processors as well as support for up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM.

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Additionally, the P55A Fuzion sports two PCIe x16 lanes with support for ATI CrossFireX dual-GPU technology while its Fuzion technology allows for even greater freedom for dual-GPU setups.

The P55A Fuzion's LGA1156 CPU socket allows it to handle any Intel Core i3, i5 or i7-8xx processor while its four DIMM slots allow it to handle 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. Its ATI CrossFireX support allows the P55A Fuzion to handle two matching ATI discrete graphical processors simultaneously for boosted graphical performance. However, the P55A Fuzion also features MSI's Fuzion technology which allows any two discrete GPUs to be used simultaneously with one another, regardless of type or brand.

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
  • Fuzion technology allows for a variety of dual-GPU setups
  • 2 x PCIe x16, 2 x PCIe x1, 2 x PCI
  • 1 x USB 3.0, 6 x USB 2.0
  • 6 x SATA II, 2 x SATA III

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Pros
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    Runs CrossFireX in full x16/x16 mode rather than x8/x8 as is often done.

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    Fuzion technology works remarkably well, allows for two mismatched GPUs to be used in tandem.

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    PCI-E slots are well-spaced, allowing plenty of room for GPUs with large cooling solutions.

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    Relatively futureproof with both USB 3.0 and SATA III--something not often seen in LGA1156 boards.

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    Generous heatsinks offer great overclocking performance.

Cons
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    Doesn't support 4GB RAM modules.

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    Far more expensive than similar or superior boards mostly due to its Fuzion technology, which isn't something most users will want to use.

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    Some layout issues--RAM may intersect with PCI devices, GPU may be too close to the PSU in some chassis.

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