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The launch of the newv Intel Sandy Bridge platform has redefined what mainstream and performance computing is all about. Going forward, it is likely that all Intel CPUs will be on this platform for the next year or two and if you want to go the Intel route for the latest chipset, the Sandy Bridge+6 series chipset combination is the way to go. The X58 and 6-core CPU platform still exists for the high-end market as it has more PCI Express lanes and higher memory bandwidth due to triple memory channels, but the Sandy Bridge+6 series chipset replaces the Clarkdale+P55 chipset and H55 chipsets.
MSI is best known as a Tier-1 Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer which has really focused on their design strengths in recent years. They were the first motherboard company to introduce LucidLogix HydraLogix platform, the first to use Military-Class components in their motherboards and much more. They have a full lineup of motherboards to coincide with the Sandy Bridge launch ranging from a new high-end Big Bang Marshall board to the mainstream H67MS-E43 and P67S-C43 boards that are geared for the lower end of the market. The important thing to realize is that with the launch of their 6 series motherboards they have brought features like Military-Class 2 components to their entire lineup. Today I’m looking at their Performance segment in the form of the P67A-GD65 board.