Conclusion: Final thoughtsThe logic behind this review was to see if there is a P67 board that offers everything that the majority of enthusiasts seek and that also comes with an affordable price tag. We know enthusiasts want a board that will unlock the true potential of their K series processors, offers high speed connections like USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s, has support for multi-GPU setups and once again, doesn’t break the bank.
Pros: Brilliant overclocking capabilities, Price, Connectivity, UEFI BIOS, Multi GPU support
Cons: Some UEFI BIOS glitches, Only 1 USB 2.0 header
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 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. The packaging can say one thing, but will its time on the test bench say the same? We will see.
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. The packaging can say one thing but will its time on the test bench say the same? We will see.
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. The B3 version of this board is fixed squarely under the $200 ceiling and includes highly-conductive polymerized capacitors, super ferrite chokes, and solid capacitors that should give this board a long lifespan and higher efficiency overall.
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. For example, if you're one to break out a digital multimeter while overclocking there are handy voltage read points next to the boards' DDR3 memory slots.
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. The situation is murkier with the P67A-GD65. The board features eight SATA ports and tells you which are SATA 6Gb/s. Unfortunately, it doesn’t tell you which controller they’re running off of.
Pros: UEFI! Native SATA 6Gb/s; seriously cheap
Cons: Really confusing SATA ports; pre-release drivers are slightly wonky.
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. But we can digest what we have seen here today and conclude that the GD65 is one solid board with a lot going for it.
Summary: The P67A-GD65 is nothing short of amazing. The board layout and design are top notch, with obvious R&D effort put forth by MSI to make this board in to a best in class performer. I was very impressed with the ease of use of the board itself, given the fact that the Intel P67 chipset and LGA1155 CPU are both very new technologies.