MSI Z77A GD65 Motherboard Review
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?
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 Bus||100MHz|
|DDR3 Memory||DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*(OC), 2200*/2400*/2600*/2667*/2800* (OC, 22nm CPU required)|
|Max Memory (GB)||32|
|PCI-E Gen||Gen3 (16, 8, 4)|
|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|
|VGA Max Share Memory (MB)||1696|