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MSI P55-GD85

Posted February 15, 2010 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards







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Here are the major features the P55-GD85 has to offer, and we’ll discuss a few in greater detail later in this review.


  • 8mm extra thick heatpipe.
  • 60% thicker than traditional heatpipe.
  • Thickest heatpipe used on mainboards.
  • 50°C lower temperature.

OC Genie

  • One second overclocking
  • World’s first true overclocking processor
  • 36% performance boost
  • Overclock 4 core B-clock & Ratio by OC Genie

USB 3.0

  • Revolutionary SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 10x faster than USB 2.0
  • Up to 5Gbps bandwidth, boost data transfer rate between PC and USB device


  • Support next-generation SATAIII, up to 6Gbps bandwidth
  • Double the data transfer rate of SATAII (3Gbps)


  • Excellent energy-saving capability and offers high-computing performance.
  • Provide superior energy-saving function and maintain an ultimate low temperature operation.
  • Comes with three incredible features.

Direct OC

  • Instant CPU Base Clock adjustment
  • Hardware low latency control
  • Attain hardware overclocking performance at all circumstances

V-Check Points

  • Provide CPU VCORE, VTT, DDR, PCH Voltage measure value
  • Key part’s voltage measurement for all end-users

APS (Active Phase Switching)

  • APS is Active Phase Switching is complete function to Control Power Demand With Switcing Dynamically, it’s for CPU, Memory and Chipset PWM.
  • Saving Power under Variable Loading.
  • Power Usage More Efficiency.

USB Safeguard

  • With the ESD dual-current protection chip, USB Safeguard can ideally protect your motherboard from the potential damage caused by static electricity when inserting USB devices.

Power eSATA

  • MSI Power eSATA. Normally eSATA devices need extra power via an adapter or an extra USB cable. This combo port supplies the needed power, so no extra USB cable for power is needed. MSI Power eSATA is 8x faster in transferring data than normal USB ports.


  • Faster and Flexible and instant
  • If BIOS crashes, it still can boot from USB Drive
  • Update BIOS from USB Drive by M-Flash Fucntion

All Solid Capacitors

  • Longer lifespan than electrolytic capacitors
  • Endurable to operation under higher frequency & temperature
  • Avoid exploding capacitors to cause mainboards failure

Blu-Ray Audio Support

  • The loss-less content protection technology with full-rate audio enjoyment from Blue-ray Disc
  • Support for 24-bit / 192kHz sample rate offers high quality digital decoders and speakers
  • Support 7.1 channels playback, plus 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo outputs


  • Easy connect to front panel & chassis cable
  • 2x USB, IEEE 1394, front panel (JFP1/2)& audio(JAUD1) M-connector in the package
  • Easy to tell the definition of each pin

User Friendly Design

  • Functions designed with button to be easy use.
    Help power-users tweaking process in-chasis enviornment

  • Onboard SATA ports are stacked on the mainboard to avoid mechanical issue with giant graphic cards like 8800 Ultra.

MSI Advanced Live Update Online

  • The MSI Live Update online is designed to automatically download and update the BIOS and driver when there’s a new version online. It helps reduce the risk of getting the wrong file and minimize the trouble of searching the files from MSI website.

Live Update 4

  • Live Update 4 is a single utility software that automatically checks BIOS, driver and utility updates and installs for you , which can save your time for searching and lower the risk while updating.

CrossFireX Support

  • Equip with 2 or more PCIe x16 slots, ATI CrossFire Ready.
  • The ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform.
  • Provides 2.7x faster performance than single graphic card solution.

Of these features, a few will be explore here in greater detail, but a few that also deserve mentioning tare the solid capacitors that improve power efficiency and extend the board’s lifespan, Direct OC allows dynamic overclocking control from within the Windows environment, and the OC Genie allows an autoclock of your system to enable in literally 1 second flat. M-Flash and M-Connectors allow for greater ease of use, and all of these, when used in conjunction with the V-Check Points voltage leads, are an enthusiast’s dream setup for tweaking and overclocking. Add in USB 3.0 and SATA III support, and this package makes the MSI P55-GD85 one of the new breed of LGA1156 elite.

Each of these bring something unique to the user experience, so let’s move onto the specifications and then to the board itself.

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