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Hardware MSI P55 GD65 Review

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 11 Sep 2009.

  1. Tim S

    Tim S OG

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  2. bumfluff

    bumfluff New Member

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    Thank you, been waiting for this...

    Edit: Doesn't look quite as brilliant as I hoped it would, but considering it lives with the Asus in pretty much everything other than overclocking I think it should exceed my needs.
     
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  3. yakyb

    yakyb i hate the person above me

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    yeah power usage was my big issue concern in this board and it appears to have come up trumps

    also the fact that i picked it up for £60 isn't bad

    hmm maybe bit-tech should open up a competition to allow us to design our perfect mobo in terms of part layout etc

    the judging would have to be pretty strict but would be a great peice of feedback to Asus /MSI / Gigabyte in relation to improving design

    i suppose it wont be an easy comp but a few people on here should be more than up to it
     
  4. wuyanxu

    wuyanxu still wants Homeworld 3

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    Asus doesn't allow i5 750 to 22x manual multiplier....... is there a secret?


    im sorry, for MSI, i lost respect for them after they rolled out "roller-coaster" heatpipe. i now see all MSI heatsinks as excessive.
     
  5. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    If you thought MSI ever got crazy with their heatsinks, have a look at this chap!

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  6. Guest-16

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    Yes, I was going to say, respect over heatpipes?

    Asus Striker Extreme? Numerous RoG boards? Any Gigabyte UD6 or Extreme?
     
  7. trig

    trig god's little mistake

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    for $60 less here in the states, the msi board is a much better buy...
     
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    Yea the States has a great deal with it comes to Lynnfield products :(
     
  9. specofdust

    specofdust Banned

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    I'm a little confused (surprise!) about Drmos. Is it purely related to power-saving, and better turned off? Or what?
     
  10. Guest-16

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    It's an IC - we've covered it in previous MSI reviews.

    The single IC contains MOSFETs and driver, rather than having all three separate. It saves space and power, but costs more. DrMOS is MSI's branding for it. EVGA use the same ICs on its P55 boards - but more of them.
     
  11. MonkeyNutZ

    MonkeyNutZ Crysis Fiend

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    Who in the design department thought a floppy connector was a good idea?
     
  12. Hustler

    Hustler Active Member

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    ". For a board in 2009 of this cost not to have an efficient BIOS recovery mechanism is sacrilegious"


    Boy....thats just asking for trouble eventually...for tech geeks the idea of being without their hardware for ANY amount of time, no matter how quick the RMA process is. and lets be honest, your lucky if you get a 3wk turnaround..

    No way would i risk having this board without a foolproof dual Bios recovery available.
     
  13. stan

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    That's a bit disturbing that you "bricked" a board using the onboard BIOS update facility, I mean that's generally considered the safest way to update any BIOS, think I'll be using a USB stick then!

    Also silly not to have an accessible Clear C-MOS option, opening up the case to re-set jumpers is caveman technology.
     
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  14. Guest-16

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    Indeed.

    But having said that I recently bricked an Asus too and that supposedly has a failsafe as well. We also had a Gigabyte update fail some time ago but it's backup worked perfectly :)

    Remember I do update BIOS' more frequently than you have hot dinners so I have an elevated usage model :p
     
  15. stan

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    I was not making a comment on your ability to update a BIOS, I was expressing suprise that the onboard update facility failed. Also looking at the MSI global site, the latest BIOS availble for download is BIOS v1.2 Dated 2009-08-20 and your review says you were using BIOS v1.41, is this a beta BIOS? The reason I'm interested is because I have this MSI board and I'm now distinctly uneasy about updating the BIOS which is usually the first thing I do, particularly as there is no recovery.
     
  16. 00se7en

    00se7en Too many computers, too little time

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    Unless something's broken I won't be updating my BIOS then! Pleased with the review - if the opinion is a 'strongly recommended' at £130, then at the £63 I paid should be a bit of a steal.

    Got the board and 8gb of DDR3 sitting on my desk, but my Core i7 is stuck at Novatech because the 2.5-inch Akasa SSD mounting bracket I stupidly ordered at the same time is on backorder. D'oh!
     
  17. stan

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    I'm also pleased with the review particularly the benchmarks against the Asus board and will be quite pleased if I can reach a 4GHz overclock.
     
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    I can send you 1.41 if you like? It's "retail" but they may have not updated it yet. We stay away from betas.

    00se7en - It's a "moderately strongly recommended". It'll do well for £130, but it's hardly rolled me over into suggesting it for everyone ;) For £63 though, I'd be laughing :p
     
  19. stan

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    thanks, by the time I get my CPU it will probably be posted.
     
  20. Sir Digby

    Sir Digby The Supprising Adventures

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    Ah, for £60 I'm happy with that...

    But as a general question, what are the possibilities of a motherboard coming out that dynamically changes the base clock as the turbo boost changes the multiplier? So that when overclocking with turbo boost the 4 core speed isn't limited by the frequency limits of the 1 core speed, but the 4 core frequency limits don't limit the 1 core speed as they do with turbo boost off.
     
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