MSI P55a Fuzion Review
Let's cut straight to the chase. This MSI P55a Fuzion is hugely impressive.
When the Big Bang P55 was released the Lucid technology seemed so fantastical that very few of us expected it to work at all. Unfortunately it barely did. Driver issues and a swathe of issues meant that although it clearly had some potential there were more wrinkles to be ironed out than a shirt at the bottom of your suitcase.
Those wrinkles have most definitely been ironed out and whilst it's true to say that it wont be compatible with every game in your collection, that is true of many complicated technologies. If you were with us a couple of weeks ago you'll have seen how nVidias 3D Vision certainly didn't work with all titles. The Lucid chip works with most of the major current titles and driver updates are being released all the time that improve compatibility.
Of course if you're one of these people who are so fiercely loyal to a certain brand that the thought of having the other one sullying your motherboard is abhorrent you'll still have a standard motherboard that supports SLI or CrossfireX. So it has to deliver on all the other standard elements too.
Deliver it most certainly does. The a suffix to the model name indicates a revision of the standard P55 motherboard that we saw with the GD85, and in comparison to that this Fuzion not only overclocks higher, easier, but also has greater performance even at stock.
It looks great in its deep blue and black colour scheme. It has all the latest USB3.0 and SATA3 goodies. The OC Genie performs very well. Even without the Lucid chip this would be an easy recommendation. With it, it's almost a no brainer. Finally the possiblity of running whatever graphics card you like is upon us, with the bugs ironed out and a good compatibility list.
Pricing is currently unavailable but rumours are this will ship around the £230-250 bracket. Not the cheapest P55 by any stretch but with such a comprehensive feature set and amazing overclocking ability it still should be on anyones short list.
We're delighted to be able to award it our OC3D Gold award for being one of the finest P55 motherboards on the market. Also although it isn't the first appearance of the Lucid chip, it's the first time it's been genuinely jaw-dropping and for that reason we also award the MSI P55a Fuzion our Innovation award.