Summary: MSI seems to have struck gold with its P55 line of boards. At first, I was not enthused by the P55-GD65, as it was the "lesser" motherboard compared to the GD80 that I had just reviewed a couple months ago. Those apathetic feelings quickly abated as I dug in to the board, and found its performance was nothing short of stellar. The overclocking experience alone speaks volumes to the design quality innate in this board.
Summary: MSI’s latest Intel P55 based board looks to be cut from the same mold as its big brother P55-GC80 motherboard. The GD65 is mean, lean, and ready to rumble. While it does not pack in all the features of the GD80, the GD65 does not act like a $155 motherboard.
Excerpt: Our coverage of the Intel Lynnfield processor release this fall has been pretty convincing: it is likely the best choice for a new gaming or enthusiast PC (see the Core i7-870 and Core i5-750 review as well as the Core i7-860 review ). The only chipset that can be paired with the Lynnfield CPU is Intel's very own P55 offering which is available in a WIDE assortment of motherboard on the market today.
Conclusion: What separates one motherboard manufacturer from the next is features and sometimes overclockability. The MSI P55-GD65 motherboard has a few unique features that mid-ranged motherboards don’t normally get. One of these features is the voltage checking. This feature gives users a real time voltage measurement that is accurate and relieving us from the constraints and unreliable software monitoring.
Excerpt: We are getting REALLY close to the launch of the new Intel Lynnfield processors (for really this time) and along with them will come a BARRAGE of new motherboards based on the P55 chipset. We have already spent some time with several of them but wanted to get at least a couple more of our pictorial/video previews online for you all to see to keep the juices flowing for launch.
Excerpt: Our special source from Taiwan (WindwithMe) has posted some exclusive photos of the up-and-coming MSI P55-GD65 Motherboard. It uses the soon to be released Intel P55 chipset. Check it out in our forums ...
Excerpt: Today I will be looking at a brand new product, literally only a week or two from release from one of the best known names in the computer hardware manufacturing business. That manufacturer is MSI or Micro Star International. The product is one of their new motherboards for the new line of I5 Intel CPU’s MSI’s P55 GD65. As it’s from MSI I expect it to be of the highest quality.
Pros: OCGenie takes the black magic out of overclocking., Manual overclocking is simple with a bit of researching., Simple to set up, just works., Looks good., Reasonable price.
Cons: I had issues flashing my bios but I did buy my board on release day so it shipped with the original bios