MSI Z77-A GD55 Photographed

👤by Tony Le Bourne Comments 📅07.02.2012 17:07:42

The name may be covered up but sources would suggest that this is the MSI Z77A-GD55. Offering the new Z77 chipset from Intel that will support LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge CPUs as well as coming 22nm Ivy Bridge CPUs. This board has trimmed off excess fat compared to the Z77A-GD65 to offer a quality board at a lower price point.

We can see that this board features CrossfireX and SLI support, 90 USB 3.0 header and SATA ports (2x 6Gb/s 4x 3Gb/s), 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x8/x8), 4x PCIe x1 and a PCIe 2.0 x4 (physical x16). We also see no less than 5 fan headers littered about the board, 3 of which are PWM, along with overclocking features such as voltage meter points, power/ reset and OC Genie switches.

The rear I/O affords a universal mouse/keyboard PS2 port, 4x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0, gigabit lan, VGA, DVI and HDMI video out, 8 channel HD audio as well as optical and coaxial SPDIF audio out. Hiding between the top USB ports and optical out we also see a small 'clear CMOS' button.

We see MSI's latest heatsink arrangement consisting of the now familiar blue colour associated with MSI shrouded in black advertising 'Military class III' and 'OC Genie II'. Under the heatsinks we see the 9 phase power delivery to the CPU.

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