MSI P67A-GD65 Motherboard Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

MSI P67A-GD65 Review


The precursor to the latest LGA1155 P67 series of motherboards, the LGA1156 P55, was probably dominated by MSI. Many manufacturers released very good motherboards, but for consistency and the absolute best then we'd probably just edge our choice to MSI.

You can understand our excitement when we received the MSI P67A-GD65 for review then. The mid-range of the MSI P67 series it comes with all the features we could hope for including the excellent MSI OC Genie button which is a previous winner of our innovation award for the ease in which anyone can overclock their system simply, and effectively.

So does MSIs reputation continue into the latest Intel socket? Only one way to find out.

Technical Specifications

Looking through the boards specifications we have all that we'd expect on a modern mid-range board. SATA 6Gbp/s, USB3.0, SLI and Crossfire support as well as enough PCI sockets for most peoples needs.

Socket 1155
CPU (Max Support) Sandy Bridge
AM3 CPU Ready N/A
FSB / Hyper Transport Bus 100MHz
Chipset Intel® P67
DDR2 Memory N/A
DDR3 Memory DDR3 1066/1333/1600*/2133*(OC)
Memory Channel Dual
DIMM Slots 4
Max Memory (GB) 32
PCI-Ex16 2
PCI-E Gen Gen2 (1x16, 1x8)
PCI-Ex1 3
RAID 0/1/5/10
LAN 10/100/1000*1
USB 3.0 ports (Rear) 2
USB 2.0 ports (Rear) 8
Audio ports (Rear) 6+Coaxial/Optical SPDIF
Serial ports (Rear) N/A
Parallel ports (Rear) N/A
1394 ports (Rear) 1
Form Factor ATX
3-way SLI N/A
Hybrid SLI N/A
CrossFire Y

About the only surprise is the inclusion of two legacy PCI sockets. There can't be anyone left with a single PCI card, much less two?

Let's take a look at it shall we.

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Most Recent Comments

31-01-2011, 10:21:41

I am pretty disappointed by the results of this board. I expected it to be a great board at that price level. Well maybe next time MSI.Quote

31-01-2011, 11:19:33

lol. 28.8Ghz. Quote

31-01-2011, 11:20:58

Originally Posted by PCTwin View Post

lol. 28.8Ghz.
I just can't understand why it wouldn't boot at those speeds?? Quote

31-01-2011, 11:42:31


So perhaps the truly brilliant OC Genie will be the solution to the poor stock performance?

If it works as good as it does on my P55-GD65 then weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

I finally thought MSI was going good in the mobo section yet this is pretty disappointing to me

EDIT i must be fair i also hear people using it and its perfectly fine,

i guess my luck comes in again....Quote

31-01-2011, 12:16:26

I feel crushed I read in all these other sites about how awesome it was, but after seeing this I feel bitterly disappointed as well as being confused how it fared to badly here.

EDIT: Quite a few people seem to get 4.2GHz clock, so I guess MSI is being extremely conservative, in case someone got a half completed chip or something.Quote

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