MSI Z77A GD65 Motherboard Review


MSI Z77A GD65 Review


The MSI GD65 comes with their Click BIOS II. The first thing that impresses us is that it works with our gaming-class mouse straight out the box. Normally UEFIs have issues with high-DPI sensors.

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Otherwise everything is clearly laid out and very easy to use indeed. It's one of the most user-friendly BIOS' out there.

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You have plenty of slots to save various settings, including the ability to take the OC Genie settings as a base point and building from them. All in all it's exactly what we like to see from a BIOS, being both stable and easy to use.

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16-07-2012, 04:59:20


Today we take a look at the latest board from MSI, the Z77A GD65, which now sits at the top of their range.

Continue ReadingQuote

16-07-2012, 09:30:31

MSI's z77 offerings have become a really popular suggestion for new builds on these forums. I'm glad that the official OC3D reviews agree!

Thanks for the review Bryan.Quote

16-07-2012, 09:32:25

Josh Weston
Yup, MSI have really hit jackpot with Z77, and for good reason.
A very good review - glad I made the right choice, and thanks to SieB for recommending the '65 to me!Quote

16-07-2012, 12:39:36

i took a punt on msi whilst building my new rig, never having used one before.

all i can say is, despite the bewildering options on the uefi (i really wish they'd agree on standardised namings across different uefi's) the board is godly and i'm glad my gamble paid offQuote

16-07-2012, 13:01:15

very nice review...
lovely looking boardQuote

16-07-2012, 18:27:04

Nice clean good looking and performing board what more could you ask for?Quote

18-07-2012, 10:03:47

msi just rocks !Quote

18-07-2012, 11:49:15

having run this board for over a month now, i can officially say all my preconceptions and expectations have been massively exceeded,
the only let down is my cpu refuses to go beyond 4.8 so can't get a 5ghz clock on it lolQuote

18-07-2012, 11:58:18

Josh Weston
What voltage have you tried to push?Quote

18-07-2012, 12:00:27

gone as far as 1.4v but refuses to boot, happy with 4.7 stable thoughQuote

18-07-2012, 12:01:39

Josh Weston
Yeah, I can't say i'd have been happy going over 1.4
And yeah, a stable 4.7 is great - what are your temps like when stress testing?Quote

18-07-2012, 12:02:55

with ivy bridge please do never exceed 1.3v , when you do a excessive voltage you will get less performanceQuote

18-07-2012, 12:03:15

max i've seen is 85 degrees in a 29.5 degree ambientQuote

18-07-2012, 12:04:54

Josh Weston
Your house is hot!
What stress test were you using? And at what volts?Quote

18-07-2012, 12:11:21

the temp probe sits directly above the h100 vent so gives and approx expellation temp
1.3v cpu core and ibtQuote

18-07-2012, 12:17:00

Josh Weston
A little on the hot side, but not bad at all. I'd be happy with those temps after IBT at 4.7
A testament to the CPU, the H100 and the GD65

And to GTX670 - I only go over for one off overclock attempts Quote

18-07-2012, 13:26:37

Originally Posted by GTX670 View Post
with ivy bridge please do never exceed 1.3v , when you do a excessive voltage you will get less performance
Does rather depend on your cooling too. Aircooling is going to struggle by 1.3v but you can go over on water as long as the temps are in check!Quote

18-07-2012, 14:04:13

well whilst im discussing the G55 in another thread i might just have to save up and extra £20 and get this instead shouldnt be too hard to i guess :PQuote

19-07-2012, 17:25:26

I got this board the other day to replace my maximus iv ex-z (fed up of the usb failing and wanted a blue themed board.)

It certainly looks the dogs. Haven't had a chance to o/c on it yet as my watercooling is all a bit frankenstein.Quote

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