MSI Z87 GD65 Gaming Review
Initially the GD65 looks just like the Z77 version, but there are notable tweaks and revisions everywhere you look. We have a mSATA port just above the PCIe1 which can combine with the storage using the MSI SuperRAID. The buttons have disappeared from the top right hand corner which now has an increase in fan headers.
Down the bottom we have the gorgeous Dragon Gaming heatsink as well as the usual headers. It's nice to see that MSI have moved the battery from the default placing just beneath the first PCIe slot down to below the second one where it's far easier to get at if needed.
The buttons are now on the trailing edge of the GD65 Gaming with the OC Genie switch right next to it, and a Go2BIOS button for those times when you've pushed things too far. It just makes sense to have your 7segment display, BIOS switch and power controls all in the one place.
Something we've often talked about with Dual-BIOS systems is the ability for the user to switch between them rather than relying upon some nebulous internal switch deciding which to use, so it's nice to see the MSI Z87 GD65 Gaming adopting such a manual switch.
This level of detail extends to the heatsinks which are 30% larger than those on the Z77 Gaming boards, and beautifully sculpted into the shape of the dragon that is the MSI Gaming logo.
Finally we have a whopping 8 SATA 6Gbps ports, no 3Gbps ones here thankfully, although this does mean that USB ports on the rear are somewhat lacking with only two USB 2.0 and four USB 3.0's.