MSI Z68A GD65 G3 Review

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The packaging is the normal MSI affair with many technologies emblazoned upon the front and the usual array of eye-catching numbers on the back. The Postman wasn't too gentle with our one but thankfully the damage is wholly contained to the box and the internals are in perfect order.

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The accessories are four SATA cables, IO shield, header blocks to make installing single pin cables easier, or indeed the front panel ones. It's nice to see the hardware and software manuals split up especially as, generally speaking once the system is up and running the motherboard manual tends to be surplus to requirements.

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And here it is. As you can see it's a lot like the P67 GD65 and, aesthetically at least, it's rather average.

A small point that will matter less to those of you who install once, rather than us who spend our days building and dismantling systems, the Lotes CPU Socket comes with a different pin protector that the usual one that fits beneath the pressure plate. This just clips over the top. Much simpler, a lot faster, and far less likely to be forgotten.

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Most Recent Comments

28-09-2011, 05:19:45

With the Gen3 technologies starting to appear on motherboards, we take a look at the GD65 from MSI.

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28-09-2011, 05:43:34

Good to see the Gen3's are starting to come out now. The GD65-G3 seems a pretty decent board and just shows how overpriced the Sniper 2 is.

The GD65-G3 might not look as good but it doesn't look bad and performance wise, at half the price, it's not far off the Sniper 2 either nothing worth spending another £150 for anyway.

Also, I have probs with my Steelseries Xai in the BIOS of my P8P67 I have to use the keyboard, I think UEFI doesn't like some gaming miceQuote

28-09-2011, 06:40:40

Would be nice could test some of the Asrock gen3's ?Quote

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