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. We take a look at MSI’s P67A-GD80 to see just what kind of choice it could be.
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 PC gaming and general PC tasks and applications.
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.
I would call this board a second revision Sandy Bridge board from MSI as they have improved on many features over the previously reviewed
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: From the moment I opened the box, my impression of this board was one of polish. The layout is pretty much ideal, the color scheme tasteful, and the list of features is as long as my arm. While I was unable to use my preferred aftermarket cooler with this board, I attribute that entirely to the changes in socket clearance between Intel’s LGA 1156 and LGA 1155 specs.
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.
That said, the MSI GD80 that we looked at today rates at the top of my list for P67 boards that I have tested thus far.
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. Jednakże nie będzie to żadną wadą dla nabywcy tej płyty - komputerowego entuzjasty, zainteresowanego overclockingiem i budową doskonałego komputera z co najmniej jedną kartą graficzną w gnieździe PCI-Express x16.