Released February, 2010
The Pros:Competitively priced for a LGA1156 supporting motherboard. Ideal for building a high-performance gaming machine. Can handle 2x CrossFireX setups smoothly.
The Cons:None of the SATA ports have 6Gbps connectivity. While there are two PCIe x16 slots, only one of them offers a full 16 lanes of bandwidth while the other one just does 4.
The MSi H55M-ED55 is a mid-range to high-end microATX motherboard similar to the MSi H55M-E33. The H55M-ED55 sports a number of significant improvements over the H55M-E33, most notably: ATI CrossFireX support, an eSATA port and MSi's OC Genie technology.
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Otherwise, the two motherboards sport the same basic features, including: an LGA1156 CPU socket, support for up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM and an integrated graphics unit.
The H55M-ED55's OC Genie technology automatically detects your system's hardware and decides on the safest overclock settings, making overclocking easier and safer. Its integrated graphics unit allows the H55M-ED55 to handle 1080p HD video out-of-the-box while its dual PCIe x16 expansion slots and ATI CrossFireX support allow the H55M-ED55 to be upgraded with up to two matching ATI GPUs for greater graphical performance. Additionally, the H55M-ED55's LGA1156 CPU socket provides support for any Intel Core i3, i5 or i7-8xx processor while its 4 DIMM slots allow for up to 16GB of dual-channel DDR3 RAM with data transfer rates of 1066 and 1333 MHz or 1600, 2000 and 2133 MHz by way of overclocking.
- LGA1156 CPU socket supports Intel Core i3, i5 and i7-8xx processors
- Supports up to 16GB of dual-channel DDR3 RAM @ 1066 or 1333 MHz and 1600, 2000 and 2133 MHz (O.C.)
- Integrated GPU provides 1080p HD support
- OC Genie technology
- ATI CrossFireX support
- 2 x PCIe x16, 1 x PCIe x1, 1 x PCI
- 6 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x eSATA
- 6 x SATA II
User Reviews (1)
competitively priced for a LGA1156 supporting motherboard
ideal for building a high-performance gaming machine
can handle 2x CrossFireX setups smoothly
has 6 SATA ports, more than enough for most systems
plenty of USB ports and headers for as many peripherals as you'll ever need
none of the SATA ports have 6Gbps connectivity
while there are two PCIe x16 slots, only one of them offers a full 16 lanes of bandwidth while the other one just does 4
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