Monday, March 2nd 2009

MSI P55 Motherboard Pictured

MSI will be one of the first motherboard manufacturers to design one based on Intel's upcoming P55 chipset, supporting Intel's upcoming Core i5 series processors, using the LGA-1156 socket design. Boy, is this one interesting board. Pictured by Hardware-Aktuell, the MSI G9P55-DC picture shows perhaps the first picture of a fully-assembled LGA-1156 socket, with its complete retention mechanism in place.

The CPU is fuelled by two independent 6-phase power circuits. Four DDR3 DIMM slots support dual-channel memory. Storage comes in the form of six SATA II ports routed to the P55 chip, with four (blue) SATA II ports and an IDE connector courtesy of an additional controller. The board features two PCI slots, a PCI-E x1 slot to hold a "hardware" sound card (part of the package), an open-ended PCI-E x4 slot and three PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots. In case you're wondering how the 16 PCI-E lanes the CPU ends up sparing for graphics ends up into a 3-Way SLI supportive solution, take a look at what would trick you for a southbridge. That, infact is the NVIDIA BR-03 chip. It can provide two PCI-E x16 links, or PCI-E x16, x8, x8 connections to the three slots, much like in the nForce 780a SLI solutions for the AMD platform. Let the puny chipset heatsinks not fool you either. This board is pre-production and its release-grade version will feature an MSI-made cooling solution that cools the chipset and the rather crowded VRM area. We will learn more about this board as CeBIT progresses.

Source: Hardware-Aktuell
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13 Comments on MSI P55 Motherboard Pictured

#1
Fitseries3
Eleet Hardware Junkie
ddr3 2300?

wtf is that all about?

stupid location on the buttons... as usual.
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DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
This board looks nuts.

The cmos battery is right under a pci-e slot and if you need to take it out for any reason you'd need to take a gpu out and I had to do that with my last board more than I thought.

As fits says the buttons are in the wrong place and would 1366 coolers work on this ?
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Fitseries3
Eleet Hardware Junkie
p55 uses a 76mm hole spacing last i heard.

maybe they changed since then... i dont see why they couldnt use the 72mm that 775 uses or the 80mm that 1366 uses. having 5 different hole spacings is kinda retarded.
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#5
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: Fitseries3
p55 uses a 76mm hole spacing last i heard.

maybe they changed since then... i dont see why they couldnt use the 72mm that 775 uses or the 80mm that 1366 uses. having 5 different hole spacings is kinda retarded.
Oh dear lawd.
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#6
Agility
It seems that P55 is the intel killer to me. i7 core isn't REALLY that expensive. I mean look at the change in sockets. It's like X58 = i7. Now you can't go i5 if you had an X58 chipset. That's so monopolizing. And removal of Triple channel, that's so fucking retarded. :shadedshu
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#7
sapetto
No more LGA775? :wtf:
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#8
Famous Hobo
I think i5 is supposed to replace c2d. There isn't a point though unless they make cheap p55 mobo's.
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#9
sapetto
so core i5 will support only ddr3?
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thebeephaha
by: Fitseries3
p55 uses a 76mm hole spacing last i heard.

maybe they changed since then... i dont see why they couldnt use the 72mm that 775 uses or the 80mm that 1366 uses. having 5 different hole spacings is kinda retarded.
Yea its quite annoying.
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#12
ShadowFold
What's wrong with 1366? I really hope having two different sockets for each market doesn't become a trend. At least with 775 you could go from a E5200 to a Q9650 on the same motherboard. This leaves i5 users with no upgrade path...
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Agility
by: ShadowFold
What's wrong with 1366? I really hope having two different sockets for each market doesn't become a trend. At least with 775 you could go from a E5200 to a Q9650 on the same motherboard. This leaves i5 users with no upgrade path...
That's what i meant how retarded they are. They're going for those BUDGET On motherboard to be on processor as well. It's gonna ruin everything and their sad market, espically with the recession now.BOOOOO
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