MSI P55A Fuzion

Lucid have been quite insistent on pushing their Hydra GPU Load Balancer chip onto MSI for a product to sell.  Despite the nature of the drivers and lack of supported video game titles, MSI are releasing the P55A Fuzion, with an onboard Lucid Hydra chip, at some point this July we believe.

With a predicted price of $159, the Fuzion is essentially the little brother to the Big Bang Fuzion, but with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s.  Against other P55 boards of similar price, this puts the P55A Fuzion in direct competition with the ASUS P7P55D-E and the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3P.  However, this does make it the cheapest Lucid Hydra enabled motherboard on the market, should you wish to take the plunge.



ECS are desperately trying to break into consumer markets, so we were set upon with their new P55 board. As part of the ECS Black series, the PCB comes in pure black and white, and offers three PCIe x16 Gen 2.0 slots spaced for tri-GPU setups, 4 USB 3.0 slots, 2 SATA/eSATA 6Gb/s ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 7.1 channel HD audio.  Extra PCIe lanes come in the form of a PLX chip, located between the first and second PCIe slots.

What is most unusual about his motherboard is a 4-pin molex connector situated beside the DDR3 slots.  Depending on the purpose of this molex connector (it seems in a weird position to provide extra power to the GPU layout or the CPU) this may or may not inconvenience users, depending on case and cable management.


Biostar TH55XE

The TH55XE from Biostar is an oddly coloured H55 micro-ATX board also on display at Computex.  Using a black PCB with orange, white, and yellow components, this is board aimed at the HTPC market.

With support for Core i3/i5/i7 processors, 4 DDR3 DIMM slots and Realtek ALC888 8+2 Channel HD Audio, Biostar believe the motherboard could make a perfect combination for an in-home entertainment system.  However, as seems to be the case constantly with Biostar, the combination of PCI and PCIe slots may not be to anyone’s taste. The PCIe x16, PCIe x1, PCI, PCI arrangement will frustrate users wanting an x1 audio card and a double slot or large passive GPU - we'd much rather like an PCIe x1, PCIe x16, PCI, PCI arrangement. 

Socket LGA 1155 - Intel
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  • Acreo Aeneas - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    I haven't used a ECS board in over 6 years. My first DIY build used the cheapest, lowest end ECS AMD board (Athlon XP 2000+). It ran fine on stock settings for over 1.5 years. It went into storage as a backup board which I later scrounged back from that pile some 2 years ago hoping to reuse it in a Linux home server box. The board refused to boot. Borrowed a friend's Barton Core Athlon just in case it was my old Athlon XP 2000+. Still didn't work. Motherboard's LED light lit up, so I know power is at least flowing to that LED, but it refused to boot after running through every possibility. I eventually gave up and if I remember, I tossed out in the trash a week later.

    No blown caps (checked every one), so I know it wasn't bad caps.

    I would think since they do have budget and mid-range boards nowadays, they have improved on QC and quality of components used?

    Besides, they can't be that bad if several brands use them to manufacturer motherboards or parts (ex: PCChips is manufactured by ECS mostly).
  • Nischi - Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - link

    Oh my God what a beautiful girl it was on the frontpage for this news! Does anyone here at all have a name for this cute girl, or perhaps higher resolution images? :)

  • John J - Friday, July 16, 2010 - link

    Ive had Msi boards for years they just dont break most stable longest lating boards out there.

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