Summary: While Z68 is the new hotness, there are still plenty of solid P67 boards out there, and plenty of people who do not need or want the extra features Z68 offers. As a result of the recall, there are many more mature P67 boards out there to pick from.
Excerpt: In 2011, MSI has based their enthusiast-level Sandy Bridge motherboards on two main features: novice and advanced overclocking and stable and reliable hardware components. We had the opportunity in March to evaluate the sub-$200 P67A-GD65 , which flexed its muscles in several benchmarks including...
Conclusion: The P67A-GD80 is an odd situation. It’s obvious that MSI has packed the GD80 full of features, to the point where you can’t use them all at once. That means it’s a great motherboard, unless you need to use your eSATA ports while using the third PCI Express x16 slot.
Summary: Final Thoughts
It is great to see B3-stepping motherboards shipping and available for purchase. This puts Sandy Bridge back on track and makes it a viable option for gamers and enthusiasts who are looking to upgrade.
Pros: – Many improvements over previous boards (P67GD55, P67GD60), – 12phase power design, – Military Class II components, – ClickBIOS, – OC Genie II feature, – USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s, – Great layout and design
Cons: – DDR slots are close the CPU socket (same on many P67 motherboards)
Summary: It's nice to finally see the B3 stepping P67 chipsets finding their way to market, once again making Sandy Bridge a viable platform for performance enthusiasts. I suspect most all manufacturers will be offering new B3 boards in a few weeks, if they haven't started already.
Summary: Плата MSI P67A-GD80 версии 2.1 с UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) версии 10.0 уверенно раскрывает потенциал системной логики Intel P67 Express — как по производительности, так и в отношении необычайно обширных возможностей взаимодействия с разнообразной периферией.
Pros: Богатая функциональность, солидный разгонный потенциал, широкие возможности подключения периферии.
Conclusion: MSI P67A-GD80 to płyta główna z podstawką LGA 1155. Można na niej instalować wszystkie nowe procesory Intela z rodziny SandyBridge, choć nie pozwoli na wykorzystanie zintegrowanego w nich rdzenia graficznego.