Intel launched several new Core i3 and i5 processors earlier this month, but the only motherboard that came out with them were based on the low end H55 chipset.  We know that there will be an Q57 and an H57 chipset soon arriving, but until now we have not seen what one can do.  Hardware Secrets changes that with their review of the MSI H57M-ED65, the first H57 board seen in the wild. 

It sports a pair of PCIe 2.0 16x slots that can handle Crossfire (no SLI), though that second slot will run at 4x and not a single legacy PCI slot.  DDR3 support goes up to 16GB of DDR3-2133 MHz via overclocking in the BIOS and there are six SATA-300 ports with RAID support and a PATA port supported by an additional JMicron controller.  There is also a total of 14 USB 2.0 ports, a single Gigabit Ethernet connection and 7.1 support via a Realtek ALC889 chip.
“Motherboards based on the new H55, H57 and Q57 chipsets are targeted to the new Core i3 and Core i5 processors with integrated video, and MSI has so far released four different models based on H55 and one model based on H57, H57M-ED65 (a.k.a. MS-7587), which brings lots of extra features. Let’s take a look on this motherboard.”

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