Conclusion: MSI has managed to package a great performing motherboard with one of the best bundles I've ever seen. The motherboard worked flawlessly in my use, and regarding the max Base-clock I can't be sure if this motherboard was the limiting factor or my CPUs.
Pros: Performance, OC Genie, Crossfire AND SLI support, Features, V-Switch and V-Check
P55 Roundup: Gigabyte P55-UD6 / P55-UD3 and MSI P55-GD80
20 September 2009
Summary: Almost two weeks after the official release of the Core i5 platform, we review three LGA1156 motherboards. We put the Gigabyte P55-UD3 and UD6 through the same batch of tests as the MSI P55-GD80 and check who comes out on top. Next to that we have some surprising results for those who want to use Turbo mode and also have a look at the extreme overclocking capabilities of both high-end motherboards.
Summary: I have one word for this board - Awesome. The board looks stellar, with its black and chrome blue colors, and the design of the board is one of the most solid designs I’ve seen. The amount of voltage I tormented the board with while overclocking in itself speaks volumes, given the fact that the board did not spontaneously combust and kept trouping along without issue. MSI packed it full of features as well.
Summary: It really is rare that I am as impressed as I am now with a motherboard like shown in this review. And props to MSI for that, they did their homework as from beginning to end the motherboard is exemplary.
The GD80 has so many additional features that you'd almost forget about the simple stuff like dual Gigabit Ethernet, Multi-channel audio over both analog and digital connectors, CrossFireX and SLI support, 8 SATA II ports, 9 USB 2.0 ports, 1 FireWire ports, 1 eSATA...
Conclusion: First, let's start with the physical aspects of the board. The overall layout is quite good considering how many additional features MSI have built onto the P55-GD80. The majority of the connectors and ports are on the edge of the motherboard, or as close as can be. There is a good variety of expansion slots and their layout is decent, although those planning to install a third dual-slot graphics card in the bottommost PCI-E x16 have to consider the overhang issue.
Pros: - Solid performance., - Surprisingly low power consumption., - Attractive theme & heatsink designs., - User-friendly layout., - 2-Way CrossFireX & 2-Way SLI capability., - Good SATA II & USB 2.0 connectivity., - Powered eSATA port., - Very impressive accessories bundle., - Very good BLCK & CPU overclocking capabilities., - Handy onboard V-Check read points., - Direct OC Base Clock buttons work very well., - The ability to monitor the temperatures of the individual MOS...
Cons: - ...the voltages it sets are too high for our liking., - Load-Line Calibration (LLC) is broken., - Software suite is buggy., - A dual-slot graphics card in the 3rd PCI-E x16 slot will overhang the motherboard., - Memory overclocking could be a, better.
Conclusion: A Closer Look at the MSI P55-GD80 pt.2 Click on image to enlarge The bottom right-hand corner of this motherboard is chalk full of interesting features. There is the onboard clear CMOS button, the OC Genie auto-overclocking button, the post code debug display, the Direct OC base clock (BLCK) adjustment button and lastly the touch-sensitive button panel with power, reset and green power buttons.
Summary: The MSI P55-GD80 PC motherboard supports mainstream Intel Core i5/i7 processors that use the Intel LGA1156 socket. It performs in line with what we expected, offers the features you'd expect and some more pleasantly surprising extras.
An ATX PC motherboard for Intel Core i5/i7 processors
Good Gear Guide.au
24 February 2010
Summary: On the whole, the MSI P55-GD80 is a motherboard for desktop PC enthusiasts with its long list of features and simple over-clocking. It is priced alright but MSI has not targeted the mainstream market with this model, leaving that role for lower-priced boards to penetrate the market later.
Pros: Good performer in all areas, plenty of on-board connectors, good overclocking potential
Conclusion: When I first cast eyes on the MSI P55-GD80 I was astounded by the very attractive design. So much so I found it hard to believe it had arrived from the MSI stable. The design bods have worked wonders with the aesthetics of the board which is easily one of the best looking pieces of hardware on the market today. The matching blue heatsinks and peripheral slots are very fetching and with no odd purple or yellow (or indeed pink and green!
Pros: Baseclock buttons, OC Genie (Auto overclock), DrMOS, Aesthetics, Accessories, Overclocking potential, On board temp and phase readouts
MSI P55-GD80 fremstår som et særdeles solid og godt hovedkort, som tilbyr svært mange tilkoblingsmuligheter og smarte funksjoner. Upåklagelig layout og en fullstappet eske med tilbehør av topp kvalitet vitner om at det er en toppmodell som denne gangen var på testbenken.
Kortet har god ytelse, men mangler litt på å nå helt opp til Asus P7P55D Deluxe som det ble testet opp i mot.