Conclusion: For $109.99 list (and a bit cheaper from several online resellers), the G65 offers plenty of bang for the buck and enough higher-end bells and whistles to keep power users happy. We reiterate our beginning question about whether power users ought to be buying Intel or AMD platforms in the first place, but sometimes this simply boils down to a religious question. Far be it from us to judge faith and desire.
Pros: Plenty of I/O and expansion capability, Decent price point for the higher-end feature set, Onboard power, reset, and overclocking buttons, Four video-output types with triple-display capability, Strong power component quality
Cons: Only PCIe 2.0, with 16 total graphics lanes, Lack of integrated SSD caching capabilities
Excerpt: With AMD’s most recent APU release, Richland, we are really beginning to see that the all-in-one chip is a feasible alternative to not just the average user, but also gamers and even power users. High performance, low power consumption, and low prices combine to create a potent chip, and as we have shown in our Richland APU review, there is still more potential hidden inside waiting to be released.
Summary: MSI mainboards look great, have very convenient layout and use only high-quality components. These boards are energy-efficient, fast and work well with default settings. However, there are quite a few things in their BIOS that could use some extra work and the boards do not keep the power-saving technologies up and running during overclocking. Everything we have just said is true for the main hero of our today’s review.
Conclusion: When looking at a motherboard for the first time, my initial thoughts tend towards two areas. Firstly, does it look like it would be a good performer – there is a certain level of confidence that comes from a positive aesthetic perspective, and if it looks like a dump it would probably act like one. The second thought is usually geared towards the PCIe layout, and I imagine trying to place two GPUs and a sound card (either PCI or PCIe x1).
Excerpt: Last month AMD launched its new generation A10/A8/A6/A4 desktop processors. These CPUs need a new type of processor socket, called Socket FM2. Hardware.Info reviewed three motherboards with the new AMD socket based on the most high-end A85X chipset, the ASUS F2A85-V Pro, the Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 and the MSI FM2-A85XA-G65.
Conclusion: Since it’s based on the A85X chipset, the MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 also provides full native support for USB 3.0 and SATA III (6gbps) ports. Sadly the board itself isn’t packed with goodies; apart from the drivers disc and manuals, you only get four SATA cables, V-check point cable, M connector and the rear I/O panel shield.
Conclusion: It’s been quite quiet on the motherboard front lately with no releases from both Intel or AMD, though we’ve seen a few manufacturers aim on higher-end Z77 based boards from the likes of ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte and MSI. Also with Thunderbolt being released, we’ve noticed a few boards crop up from time to time, though the hardware to match the boards isn’t exactly available in full force.
Conclusion: Today sees the official launch for AMD’s new APU platform named Virgo. It doesn’t just include a whole stack of new APU processors, but also sees a release of some new motherboards, featuring the FM2 socket and of course a variety of new chipsets.
Summary: Honestly, when you have had the new Trinity APUs in your hands and at the test benches, the only thing you can conclude is that PCs based upon these APUs are low-end / entry level products. Okay CPU performance versus really good integrated GPU performance.
Being entry-level product based I am a little surprised to see motherboard manufacturers jump onto A85X as much as they do. Honestly I expected simple motherboards. But take today's tested example.
Summary: Hvordan er det så gået med MSIs teenager? FM2-A85X-G65 har klaret sig rigtig godt. Det er et bundkort der er en mellemting mellem et lille mATX bundkort, uden de vilde features og så et eATX bundkort spækket med det hele. Overall set bliver jeg ikke skuffet. Ydelsen ligger til et flot 7-tal hvis jeg kigger på 7-trinsskalean, de bruger i skolen. Hvad angår OC potentiale og bundle er alt også i orden her. Dog ikke til mere end det middelmådige, måske lidt over.
Pros: - Ydelsen, - OC potentialet, - Prisen
Cons: - Kvaliteten, - Ingen SLi support, - Kun 2 USB 3.0 tilslutninger