Summary: The MSI P55-GD80 LGA 1156 motherboard is a deluxe item, but beware. I got one new in the box, and it wouldn't flash the bios, and this is an old board, so the user would need to flash the bios initially, in most cases. The bios flash utility was no good. But i have tried a few of the p55 motherboards by various manufacturers, and the boards are old. When the board is a p55A model, with sata 6 gig capability, then the board is newer, and usually works out.
The best Motherboard for the 1156 socket , i7's and i5's
29 September 2011
Summary: I have 3 of these boards in 3 different set ups, one with an i7 820, and its a solid fast machine. Another with an i5 760 with 2 ATi5770's in Crossfire and it's an incredible gamer, and mine which is an i5 750 with 2 GTX 460's in SLi, I also have mine overclocked and running stable at 4GHz and running Corsair Dominator 1600MHz ram with timmings at 7-7-7-20.
Summary: 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 ports. Then features like the new OC Genie real-time overclocking processor with accompanying OC Genie & DirectOC buttons, touch-sensitive onboard power/reset switches, phase LEDs for every major component, a...