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hello guys...

it seems like I am forced to get another motherboard from MSI, after I have just lost my P55-GD55 (MSI too), but unfortunately, here in Syria, I couldn't find any P55 motherboard but from MSI, the others I could find to host my I7 860 were an H55 boards, all the boards available are LGA775, and LGA1155, which as you know can't host my i7 860....

sure in this case, I am better off to go the same way even if it was MSI, than going with H55 chipset and lose the hyperthreading function, right ??

there are only three boards from MSI that are suitable for my CPU, P55A-GD65, P55A-G55, and H55M-E21.

sure I tend to prefer not to go with the last one, but anyway, I am having bad impression about MSI after my P55-GD55 burnt, but do you think the P55A-GD65 is also bad ?? I heard some good news about it, but I can't find how many power phase it has ?? if I am not mistaken, my ex P55-GD55 was 4+1 I think, but I read that it's DrMOS heatsink was not a good one, which caused it to burn with several people when trying to overclock, now I would like to know about the P55A-GD65, and is it better than the P55-GD65 or at least similar to ?? if so, you know that we all heard and read good stuff about the P55-GD65, and I think people said it overclock nice, right ??

what I need to know about this motherboard now is:

- how many power phase ?

- is it a bad idea to go with MSI again after my bad experience with their P55-GD55 ?? or the P55A-GD65 is a different story ??


the problem is just as I said, that I am limited to MSI, since as I said, there are no other P55 motherboard, almost in all Syria, this is due to the sanctions I think ?? and we didn't use to shop online, this is if there are companies to ship to here even !!

in overall, what do you think about P55A-GD65, and how well it overclocks ??


best regards to all.
Edited by the magical me - 5/12/12 at 5:24pm
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The gd55s had issues... If you can get a h55-gd65 cheap enough then don't sweat it vs the p55. I tried a few msi boards with 870\860 & the two oc'd about the same, now the bigbang fuzion overclocked the best, but it was not much better...
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post #3 of 34
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The gd55s had issues... If you can get a h55-gd65 cheap enough then don't sweat it vs the p55. I tried a few msi boards with 870\860 & the two oc'd about the same, now the bigbang fuzion overclocked the best, but it was not much better...

sorry, but I didn't mention a GD55s, or even I know that such a board exists, I asked about the P55A-GD65, and as I mentioned, I am restricted to only what's available in my country due to the sanctions!! the boards I mentioned above are the only P55 boards that are alive here nowadays.
Edited by the magical me - 5/12/12 at 5:51pm
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post #4 of 34
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now I am reading a good reviews about it (the P55-GD65), I hope I get lucky with it, and not as my ex P55-GD55.
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Get the GD65. I have the P55A-G55 and while it's a good basic board I've found it's pretty limited for overclockability because its VRMs and North Bridge cooling mechanisms are not optimized for operation at non-stock settings.
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post #6 of 34
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Get the GD65. I have the P55A-G55 and while it's a good basic board I've found it's pretty limited for overclockability because its VRMs and North Bridge cooling mechanisms are not optimized for operation at non-stock settings.

then it seems like my ex P55-GD55 I think ?? I think it had the same cons.


and you're right, I am getting optimistic, as I said, I am reading good reviews about the P55A-GD65, but I don't know what's the difference between it and the P55-GD65 (without the "A") ??
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my stupid ex P55-GD55 burnt @ 1.240 for CPU V, though the CPU temps didn't exceed the 70s really, but I think the board itself didn't handle that amount of voltage in spite of being not that high... what a petty, shame to MSI for that board.
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Ok, the differences are pretty subtle: The P55 "A" type can handle Core i3s as well as Core i5/i7. The P55 "non-A" will only handle Core i5/i7.

Also, the P55 "A" type does not have a dedicated PCI-E x4 slot or SLI capability BUT does have SATA 3 and USB 3.0. It also appears to only have one onboard Ethernet port instead of two.
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Ok, the differences are pretty subtle: The P55 "A" type can handle Core i3s as well as Core i5/i7. The P55 "non-A" will only handle Core i5/i7.
Also, the P55 "A" type does not have a dedicated PCI-E x4 slot or SLI capability BUT does have SATA 3 and USB 3.0. It also appears to only have one onboard Ethernet port instead of two.

yes, I have just read something like that. and I feel good about SATA3 and USB3.

but I wonder how well it overclocks ?? I read somewhere that it could overclock an i7 860 to 3.3 GHz @ stock volt, though this seems to be doable with any board, but to your knowledge, my ex board couldn't even boot with the CPU clocked @ 3.1 with stock volts.
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but I still couldn't know about how many power phase the P55-GD65 is ?? also what about its DrMOS status ?? does it heat as hell like the P55-GD55 ??
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