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MSI Z77A-GD55 Motherboard Pictured

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Here are the first pictures of MSI's Z77A-GD55 motherboard. The GD55 is a notch below the GD65 in terms of its feature-set, and will likely hold a cost-benefit sweetspot. The motherboard is designed to support today's "Sandy Bridge", and tomorrow's "Ivy Bridge" Core processors in the LGA1155 package, and is based on Intel's Z77 "Panther Point" chipset. The CPU is powered by a lighter 9-phase VRM compared to the 12-phase VRM on the GD65. It retains the expansion slot layout of its elder brother, consisting of two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (x16/NC or x8/x8), four PCIe x1, and one PCIe 2.0 x4 (physical x16).

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Looks good and seems to have nice features for a mid-range board. Price shall dictate it's success, as always...


















Inb4 "Let PCI/ PS/2 die already!".
 

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Inb4 "Let PCI/ PS/2 die already!".
PS/2 will die when even a $5 USB keyboard offers NKRO comparable to a $5 PS/2 keyboard. Right now it takes >$50 USB keyboards to do that.
 
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What's this? A MSI board I find physically appealing?
 
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I really like the looks of this board nice Heatsinks that aren't over the top.
 
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what should die are "gun-heatsinks" god i hate those.....

thank you msi.....this board is classy
 
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Im happy to see MSI are making progress
 

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PS/2 will die when even a $5 USB keyboard offers NKRO comparable to a $5 PS/2 keyboard. Right now it takes >$50 USB keyboards to do that.
NKRO is only useful for super-duper-high-end gamers who absolutely need to be able to hit four keys at the same time and have them all register.

I hardly think the price of the keyboard matters for such rarely needed function.
 

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The boards highlights really would work in a cold cathode config. Honestly though what does Z77 have over Z68?


NKRO is only useful for super-duper-high-end gamers who absolutely need to be able to hit four keys at the same time and have them all register.

I hardly think the price of the keyboard matters for such rarely needed function.
it certainly helps in FPS Games such as UT/QUAKE/HALO/COD/DE/DF/MOH/GR/BF...