MSI P55-GD85 LGA 1156 Intel Motherboard Review

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Test Configuration

MSI P55 GD85 System Configuration

To spice things up for this review I decided to overclock the MSI P55-GD85 for the performance benchmarks. Since The highest memory multiplier was DDR3-1600 and I had DDR3-2000C7 sticks I opted for 21×166 which yielded 3.5GHz and DDR3-2000C7. Since my EVGA P55 FTW was on loan to a friend I opted for the Gigabyte P55A-UD6 as a comparison. I set both boards to 21×166, selected the XMP profile on the Corsair Dominator GT 2000C7 sticks, set the vcore to 1.35v, vtt to 1.30v, vdimm to 1.65v, and set the fan to 100% in BIOS. Windows 7 Professional x64 with ATI’s 10.1 drivers with default visual quality settings were used along with the latest versions of the selected benchmarks.

Intel Test Platform



Live Pricing


Intel Core i7 860


MSI P55-GD85


Corsair Dominator GT DDR3-2000 C7 2x2GB

Video Card

Asus Matrix HD 4890

Hard Drive

Seagate 7200.10 320GB


Dimastech Bench Table Hard V2


Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

Power Supply

Corsair HX1000

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate

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