MSI P67A-GD65 Motherboard Review

MSI P67A-GD65 Review

Introduction

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 (1×16, 1×8)
PCI-Ex4 N/A
PCI-Ex1 3
PCI 2
IDE N/A
SATAIII 4
SATAII 4
RAID 0/1/5/10
LAN 10/100/1000*1
TPM 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
eSATA 2
Form Factor ATX
DrMOS Y
APS Y
SLI Y
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.