G7P55-DC and G9P55-DC: Socket 1160 motherboards for Core i5 from MSI
At MSI's Cebit booth we found two motherboards which are labeled G9P55-DC and G7P55-DC, although those names could change until the boards hit the market. Both devices are intended for use with Intel's forthcoming socket 1160 CPUs.
The names of the two MSI boards combined with Intel's current name schema indicate that the new chipset which is used on the G9P55-DC and the G7P55-DC will be called P55 - Intel hasn't confirmed this yet. Like Intel's top chipset X58 the new middle-class chip offers CrossfireX and SLI with up to three cards. It also has an integrated graphics unit and accordingly the G7P55-DC is equipped with a DVI and a D-Sub connector.
While the G7P55-DC is a single chip design (North- and Southbridge are not separated), there is an additional chip on the G9P55-DC although MSI could not tell us what this chip is for - we suppose it delivers additional PCI-Express lanes. Both boards, like the P7U and P7U Pro from Asus (see: Core i5: First Asus motherboard with socket 1160 pictured), have four memory slots and thus will most likely support Dual Channel only - the Core i7 and X58 support Triple Channel.
The G7P55-DC offers the graphics slots, eight SATA ports, two Gigabit LAN ports and Turbo buttons on the board itself. Furthermore the socket 1160 board supports MSI's power saving technology APS. Chip and memory each have a 2-phase power supply - thus better overclocking results are expected.
MSI told us that the Turbo buttons are just dummies at the moment. Among other things they can be used for MSI's automatic OC feature DOT (Dynamic Overclocking Technology) and LEDs on the motherboard.
The first Core i5 motherboards will probably hit the markets in Q3 2009.
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