Conclusion: The MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard offers a nice collection of features and extras for those looking for a strong mainstream Sandy Bridge performer, but just misses out on landing in the top tier.
Pros: Convenient board layout. Sports four 6Gbps SATA ports. Includes USB 3.0 expansion bracket, lots of other in-box extras. Supports both SLI and CrossFireX. Offers one-button overclocking.
Cons: No CrossFireX bridge cable included. Allows only two additional USB 2.0 ports. No integrated video. UEFI a little messy. Possible SATA port confusion.
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.
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.
Excerpt: KitGuru has covered the Sandybridge platform fairly regularly in the last month, analysing Intel’s K processors, and pushing them to their limits. Today however we are taking our first look at an MSI board, the fully loaded P67A-GD65. This features MSI’s clever Icy Choke Technology.