While you still take your chances with getting a good CPU for unlocking, once you have one, MSI has included a BIOS feature in their new motherboards to make the rest of your core unlocking experience as easy as possible. Read More
Sub zero cooling can be an exciting adventure, and is essential to getting the very best possible overclocks. But care should always be taken to make sure you keep your components dry for obvious reasons. With this fool-proof insulation guide, benching with the cold stuff will be like a walk in the park. Read More
Congratulations to Icebob for making it into the benching team’s top 10! Icebob has been tearing up the rankings at hwbot lately, and is currently at #517 in the world (out of almost 21,000). His dedication and passion for overclocking Read More
Since P55 was introduced, it seems like I’ve seen nonstop complaints about options for running multiple graphics cards. This is because most P55 boards only have a total of 16x PCIe lanes available, to be divided between however many cards Read More
When choosing a graphics card to buy, brand name matters the least in actual performance terms. Since early graphic card releases are reference design, they are typically identical between brands; other than the packaging, cooler sticker, warranty, etc. As such, Read More
Since the release of Intel’s P55 platform, a seemingly endless number of motherboards have been popping up, ranging from under $100 for basic entry-level boards to close to $300 for feature-packed overclocking powerhouses. MSI’s top end 1156 motherboard, right around the middle of the P55 price range, is the P55-GD80. With all of the features and overclocking options, I was very excited when MSI sent me this board for testing.
Since the introduction of the P55/Lynnfield platform a few months ago, I’ve had the opportunity to test several P55 motherboards. Each has had it’s own advantages, as well as it’s own quirks and bugs. But every time I test a new board, I always come back to this one: Gigabyte P55 UD6.