MSI’s Motherboards for Sandy Bridge Get Picturised Page: 1

Intel’s next generation of Core series processors – Sandy Bridge is still some weeks away from release, but motherboard manufacturers are already gearing up for it. First it was GIGABYTE and now it looks like MSI – tech forum Guru3D has reported three new motherboards from the manufacturer that are socket LGA1155 ready.

According to the forum post, MSI has readied one motherboard each for the performance crowd and the cost-conscious group, while the third board is an m-ATX one with integrated graphics. The boards have been dubbed P67A-GD65, P67A-GD55, and H67MA-ED55 respectively. MSI has not been stingy in the components and seems to have gone with all military-class components including solid chokes, high-C capacitors, and lots of overclocking abilities with OC Genie II.

Common features of the three motherboards include support for 4 modules of DDR3 memory, USB 3.0, SATA 6 Gbps, and 1 Gbps LAN. 2 PCI-E x16 slots and THX TruStudio PRO also boost the overall appeal of the motherboards.

Coming to specifics, the P67A-GD65 has been equipped with eight SATA 3 Gbps ports, two SATA 6 Gbps ports, two USB 3.0 ports, 8-channel HD audio, FireWire, and gigabit Ethernet. Its lesser cousin – the P67A-GD55 has almost the same features with a few exceptions – SATA 3 Gbps ports have been cut down to two and there are no eSATA ports.

The GD65 also has special overclocking features such as voltage measure points, OC Genie controls, and dual VRM heatsinks that are connected with a heat pipe for efficient heat distribution. The GD55 is missing most of these. Then again, both these boards feature CrossFireX and SLI multi-GPU technologies.

Talking of the HM67MA-ED55 board, it is m-ATX ready with Intel Flexible Display Interface available. It also has DVI, HDMI, and D-Sub display outputs. Connectivity comes through four SATA 3 Gbps, two SATA 6 Gbps, two PCI-E x1 and two x16 slots, and two USB 3.0 ports. FireWire and USB 2.0 ports are also in evidence.

MSI has also integrated its “Click BIOS” technology to make it easy for users to set up their BIOS and Super Charger USB ports for quick charging of smartphones and other USB powered devices.

The inside information according to the forum post is that MSI will be launching the motherboards in 2011 to coincide with the release of Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors.

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