MSI Computer P67A-GD65 Intel P67 Motherboard - FIRST LOOK
4 June 2011
Summary: If I say ClickBIOS, Military Class II, OC Genie II or Control Center II there's really no need to mention anything else, is there? We'll explain the four key features MSI is touting, first a little background to set the mood....
Excerpt: MSI’s mainstream offering to the P67 family is the P67A-GD65. According to the packaging the motherboard comes in it offers quite a bit in the form of overclocking, high quality on-board components as well as USB 3.0 and SATA III support. All the right things that a consumer are looking for.
Excerpt: MSI’s mainstream offering to the P67 family is the P67A-GD65. According to the box, it offers quite a bit in the form of overclocking, high quality on-board components as well as USB 3.0 and SATA III support. All the right things that a consumer is looking for.
Excerpt: MSI packed the P67A-GD65 with several high-end features that cater to a variety of users ranging from novice overclockers to hardcore enthusiasts looking for the best components at a competitive price.
Summary: The MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard brings forth a lot for computer enthusiasts to get excited about, not the least of which are dual PCI Express x16 videocard slots, (4) USB 3.0 ports, (6) SATA 6GB/s ports and specialized tools for seasoned overclockers.
Summary: The MSI P67A-GD65 is a rock solid board that has the features needed to make a great motherboard. When we combine the price of the MSI P67A-GD65 with the performance it radiates, it is plain to see that it will satisfy the needs of any gamer or overclocker extremely well!
Excerpt: We love Sandy Bridge, and we even like some aspects of the P67 chipset. But, we’ll say it again: Intel’s decision to cheap-out on SATA 6Gb/s will create massive port confusion. With the Asus board, we had to RTFM to figure out which port went to which controller and at what speed.
Pros: UEFI! Native SATA 6Gb/s; seriously cheap
Cons: Really confusing SATA ports; pre-release drivers are slightly wonky.
Conclusion: The P67A-GD65 is good but falls short of greatness. Overclocking it is a chore, although MSI tells us it’s addressing this. The price works against it too, and while voltage readout points and on-board power switches are desirable, you won’t use them every day.
Summary: The MSI P67A-GD65 is the first of a handful of new Socket 1155 boards that we have on hand to review in the coming weeks. It would be a bit unfair to proclaim this the "best P67 board on the market" or something similar, so we will refrain from doing that.