Gigabyte’s GA-P55M-UD4 and MSI’s P55M-GD45 are in a head to head battle at The Tech Report.  Both are microATX boards giving you the advantages and drawbacks to picking a smaller board, the power draw is lessened and the price is lower, but you miss out on a few expansion slots.  There was no clear winner in this battle, while neither board sacrificed performance while being trimmed down there were some problems.  For Gigabyte it was the BIOS and MSI has problems with peripherals.  They are still strong choices and well worth considering.

“The first wave of P55-based Lynnfield motherboards has included not just the usual ATX fare, but also number of interesting MicroATX models. We’ve rounded up a pair of micro boards from Gigabyte and MSI to see how they stack up against full-size competition.”

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