MSI P55-GD65 Reviewccokeman -
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A good accessory bundle is a benefit that can't be overlooked as not everyone has a stock of cables, connectors and assorted hardware parts to get their brand new purchase installed and running. MSI has put together a nice bundle that includes all of the information for the technologies and software used with the P55-GD65. Even the WINKI OS has its own manual. The I/O panel is just your standard stamped steel panel that includes identification of the connections on the outward facing side. What almost seems standard fare is the inclusion of an extra set of USB ports on an expansion bracket. With most connectivity coming as USB these days a few extra can't hurt.
Surprisingly MSI has included FDD connectivity on this board, so you get an FDD cable and IDE cable, 4 SATA cables with locking ends and the molex to SATA power adapters to use in case your power supply does not have enough connections for the drives you have.
The bridge connections for multi GPU solutions have traditionally been supplied one of two ways. For ATI's CrossfireX solutions the bridge connections have usually come with the video cards while the Nvidia bridge connections usually came with motherboards that supported the technology. Now that the X58 and P55 chipsets support both its nice to see both connectors included. The M-connectors make it easy to hook up those small front panel connections to a larger block of pins out where you can see so you don't have to try and fit man sized hands into the bottom of a small chassis and make the connections blindly and hope you have the orientation correct so your HDD lights actually work.
Now let's take a look at the P55-GD65 and see what it has to offer.