MSI Z77A GD65 Motherboard Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

MSI Z77A GD65 Review   

Introduction

The previous generation of Intel LGA1155 motherboards ran the range from the bargain basement all the way up to the enthusiast level. Of course because most of us only have a certain budget the ones in the middle of the sandwich usually prove to be the most popular, and so it was with the MSI P67 GD65. A very highly rated motherboard that we found to be only good, it proved such a big seller that for the Z77 range of MSI Motherboards the GD65 version has moved from the midrange to the range-topper.

Positioning it at the top of the MSI range naturally brings with it certain expectations. After all if it was considered so good that a GD85 was unnecessary then we hope it's all things to all people. Is that the case though?

Technical Specifications

Specifications wise the GD65 is a pretty standard Z77 affair, with the usual array of connectivity options and memory speeds available, alongside the PCI Express 3.0 slots.

We're pleased to note that it retains the excellent Genie Overclock, a previous winner of an OC3D Innovation award.

CPU (Max Support)i7
FSB / Hyper Transport Bus100MHz
ChipsetIntel® Z77
DDR2 MemoryN/A
DDR3 MemoryDDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*(OC), 2200*/2400*/2600*/2667*/2800* (OC, 22nm CPU required)
Memory ChannelDual
DIMM Slots4
Max Memory (GB)32
PCI-Ex163
PCI-E GenGen3 (16, 8, 4)
PCI-Ex4N/A
PCI-Ex14
PCIN/A
IDEN/A
SATAIII4
SATAII4
RAID0/1/5/10
LAN10/100/1000*1
TPM1
USB 3.0 ports (Rear)2
USB 2.0 ports (Rear)4
Audio ports (Rear)6+Coaxial / Optical SPDIF
Serial ports (Rear)N/A
Parallel ports (Rear)N/A
1394 ports (Rear)N/A
eSATAN/A
Display PortN/A
DrMOS IIY
VGA1
HDMI1
DVI1
VGA Max Share Memory (MB)1696
4-way SLIN/A
DirectXDX11
Form FactorATX
DrMOSN/A
APSY
SLIY
3-way SLIN/A
CrossFireY

 

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Most Recent Comments

16-07-2012, 04:59:20

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...075737664l.JPG

Today we take a look at the latest board from MSI, the Z77A GD65, which now sits at the top of their range.


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16-07-2012, 09:30:31

Master&Puppet
MSI's z77 offerings have become a really popular suggestion for new builds on these forums. I'm glad that the official OC3D reviews agree!

Thanks for the review Bryan.Quote

16-07-2012, 09:32:25

Josh Weston
Yup, MSI have really hit jackpot with Z77, and for good reason.
A very good review - glad I made the right choice, and thanks to SieB for recommending the '65 to me!Quote
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