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Phase Utilization

One Last Look: ASRock And MSI Preview P55 Motherboards
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Phase Utilization

Several vendors claim to optimize intricate power circuits, switching phases on and off as needed. MSI's implementation (which centers on a relatively-conservative eight phase hardware design) is complemented by an LCD readout indicating exactly how many power phases are being used at any given time.

Given that the Core i5 and Core i7 processors launching next month are 95W parts, we suspect that MSI's decision to go eight-phase, even when competing vendors are deploying as many as 24, is probably a safe bet. We've already taken a pre-production i5 up past 4.1 GHz on this board without any sort of issue. And we know from discussions with Intel that lower phase counts, designed properly, can be just as effective as more complex solutions.

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    apache_lives , August 28, 2009 7:36 AM
    MSI *shudders*
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    dingumf , August 28, 2009 7:58 AM
    Yea MSI still isn't a respectable company after what I've seen from the TV tuner I bought from them.
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    apache_lives , August 28, 2009 8:10 AM
    dingumfYea MSI still isn't a respectable company after what I've seen from the TV tuner I bought from them.


    ever heard of a Geforce4 Ti4200 overheating? or a cd burner that burns once and requires a reboot to work again? dont get me started on how shoddy there products are.
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    JeanLuc , August 28, 2009 10:31 AM
    A Ti4200? That's was launched in 2002, get over it. MSI has some really neat products especially when it comes to motherboards, in fact they currently have the best AM3 board on the market so if there recent success with AMD chipsets can be carried over to Intel chipsets we should see a good range of top quality boards from the launch of P55.
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    The_Blood_Raven , August 28, 2009 10:33 AM
    Ever since the P35 MSI has been making some great boards and their GPUs with the aftermarket cooling work very well.
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    viometrix , August 28, 2009 12:25 PM
    EVGA ALL THE WAY
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    viometrix , August 28, 2009 12:29 PM
    any really good tech enthusiast wouldnt use msi anyways....theyd go with evga, asus, and some supermicro products... msi is just too low end or mainstream for me. being the fact that i ran the rma dept for a computer company i worked for, we had to send msi products back for repair or replacement 5 to 1 versus other products for other manufacturers. so say what you want, i am stating a failure rate that is practical in the industry
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    origosis , August 28, 2009 1:24 PM
    I think it makes some sense to put alot of work into the P55 boards. It might make it cost more then the 1366 boards, but people like me like the idea of taking an $80 part and making it run faster then the $600-$900 i7.. Is it possible? I dunno. But if we can spend $200 on a p55 board and spend $50-$200 on an i5 and get it running close to the i7 975... Then that makes sense to have these expensive p55's... a niche? i don't think so. Probably a pretty big crowd these days. Look at how well the AMD's with hidden cores sell.
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    apache_lives , August 28, 2009 2:18 PM
    VioMeTriXany really good tech enthusiast wouldnt use msi anyways....theyd go with evga, asus, and some supermicro products... msi is just too low end or mainstream for me. being the fact that i ran the rma dept for a computer company i worked for, we had to send msi products back for repair or replacement 5 to 1 versus other products for other manufacturers. so say what you want, i am stating a failure rate that is practical in the industry


    Exactly right and agree there, and reguardless of trolls voting down facts are facts

    zipzoomflyhighI've used 6 MSI boards and currently have a MSI HD4850. Never had a problem with any of them.


    You either work for MSI or are lucky

    zipzoomflyhighYou recommend EVGA, a company that just started making mobo's a couple years ago over MSI, ROFL.


    ROFL @ MSI being recomended

    As for ASUS - I must have sold atleast 1000 P5GC-MX, P5GC-MX/1333, P5KPL-CM and P5KPL-AMPS over the last few years and only seen ~5 with any issues, for a budget motherboard there second to none, and have a decent Intel chipset.
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    meatwad53186 , August 28, 2009 4:01 PM
    JeanLucA Ti4200? That's was launched in 2002, get over it. MSI has some really neat products especially when it comes to motherboards, in fact they currently have the best AM3 board on the market so if there recent success with AMD chipsets can be carried over to Intel chipsets we should see a good range of top quality boards from the launch of P55.


    Lol @ "MSI" having the best AM3 board. I'm sure it's not a horrible board, especially for the price, but when a Crosshair III can be had for $35 more or the M4A79T Deluxe for $24 more, why would you even consider the GD70?
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    meatwad53186 , August 28, 2009 4:03 PM
    The articles need an edit function like the forums ^^^ Lol @ MSI having the "best" AM3 board.
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    Shadow703793 , August 28, 2009 4:23 PM
    Can you PLEASE get your hands on a i5 ASUS or GIGABYTE board (or EVGA). I am 90% sure I will NOT buy any other manufacture boards for OCing (esp. MSI). May buy a Foxconn for Dice/LN2 run as they seem pretty decent for that kind of work for the price.
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    megamanx00 , August 28, 2009 6:49 PM
    For that price I would have thought that the MSI board would incorporate the NForce 200 in order to provide 16x/8x/8x support.
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    cangelini , August 28, 2009 6:53 PM
    Shadow703793Can you PLEASE get your hands on a i5 ASUS or GIGABYTE board (or EVGA). I am 90% sure I will NOT buy any other manufacture boards for OCing (esp. MSI). May buy a Foxconn for Dice/LN2 run as they seem pretty decent for that kind of work for the price.


    Between Asus and GB, I think we've previewed somewhere around 5 or 6 boards already ;-)
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    hellwig , August 28, 2009 7:32 PM
    Why are these P55 boards at near $200 prices? One word: Intel's Core i7 multi-socket naming fiasco.

    Ok, that was a lot more than 1 word, but the simple fact of the matter is, they'll be able to market these boards as Core i7-capable boards. People who don't know as much will see Core i7, the list of features, and compare those to $200 x58 boards, and think they're getting a bargain, not realizing the Core i7 for LGA1155 is different from the Core i7 for LGA1366.

    Its like people who buy a brand new GeForce 250GT to replace their "outdated" GeForce 8800GTX.
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    Shadow703793 , August 28, 2009 10:07 PM
    cangeliniBetween Asus and GB, I think we've previewed somewhere around 5 or 6 boards already ;-)

    For i5? Linky?
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    Shadow703793 , August 28, 2009 10:08 PM
    Shadow703793For i5? Linky?

    Edit: Nvm I found them. But what about EVGA?

    DAMN IT! THIS COMMENTS NEED A EDIT BUTTON!
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    Shadow703793 , August 28, 2009 10:09 PM
    At any rate, when can we expect a full review/round up for i5? Also would you happen to have the ATI 5xxx cards in the lab? :D 
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    razorblaze42 , August 30, 2009 2:38 PM
    I have an EVGA graphics card I'll sell ya. Only selling because of the white lines it displays on my monitor. Oh did I mention the swamp land in Florida?
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    belial2k , August 31, 2009 4:15 AM
    I'll buy Asrock and MSI before I buy another EVGA product. Probably the most overpriced, overhyped products on the market right now all stemming from a fake "lifetime" warranty on their products that they don't honor.
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