MSI Z77A GD65 Motherboard Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

MSI Z77A GD65 Review

Test Setup

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Intel Core i7-3770K
8GB G.Skill Trident 2400 @ 10-12-12-31
Sapphire HD7950
Catalyst 12.4
Cougar CM1000 PSU
Corsair F80 SSD
Thermalright Silver Arrow
Windows 7 x64 


We'll come to manual overclocking in a moment. The easiest way to overclock your system on the GD65 is to press the OC Genie button then turn it on. It nearly instantly determines a decent overclock and applies it. In our case it pushed our i7-3770K to 4.2GHz, and set our 2400MHz G.Skill to 2133MHz. Not earth shattering results, but any performance gain is nice, and being so easy it does mean that even the most cautious user will never have to run their setup at stock settings.

OC Genie

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Of course we don't just stop there, and some judicious tweaking later we obtained a rock-solid 4.8GHz on our i7-3770K, which is what we'll be using for our testing.

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MSI Z77A GD65 Review   

Finally, although it wasn't stable enough to run all of our tests at, this is the first motherboard we've tested that would boot with our G.Skill Trident at 2600MHz.

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Most Recent Comments

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

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