MSI P55 GD65 i5 Mobo
Posted by: Mac on: 30.09.2009 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
It has been a while since I had a new Intel system, my last one was based around a trusty Q6600, so I wasnít really sure what to expect from a brand new, literally only released a few days, i5 set up and I have to say I am VERY impressed with it and with the MSI P55-GD65 at the heart of the system it makes for a great high-ish end system. The MSI P55-GD65 was simple to work with and I think even the most hardened system builders and newbies alike would be able to build a very nice PC around it. I canít really fault it, I did have a slight problem flashing the bios as none of the included methods seemed to work, this I put down to the fact it was SO new it came with the original release bios v1.0 but a post on the very helpful MSI FORUMS soon fixed that.
†Other than that I really canít fault the GD65. It overclocks like a dream both with the OCGenie and with manual overclocking, I could probably have taken it further but the 4Ghz I achieved was my goal and I reached it with ease. The board looks very nice and would make a nice centre piece for a project build and retailing at approx £130 is a reasonable price. There are cheaper but they donít have the magic auto overclocking button and there are others that are ALOT more expensive, but you donít need to pay silly amounts when the GD65 will do what they can, unless you need a couple of extra sata ports??
Fantastic board for a reasonable price, if you are looking to build a good high-ish end setup but canít afford i7 donít bother looking anywhere else.
- OCGenie takes the black magic out of overclocking.
- Manual overclocking is simple with a bit of researching.
- Simple to set up, just works.
- Looks good.
- Reasonable price.
- I had issues flashing my bios but I did buy my board on release day so it shipped with the original bios
Reality Check: Definitely RECOMMENDED reasonable price overclocks like a dream buy one you wonít regret buying it.
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