Conclusion: There just isn’t much that I can really say once you take a look at our benchmark scores. This is just an amazing product that represents an incredible value. This board also has some really nice features, not the least of which is their Military Class III set of features. There is no question that this board was designed to be pushed to its limits and remain totally stable. This board was built to last.
MSI X79A-GD65 (8D): Almost Ideal LGA 2011 Mainboard
1 May 2012
Summary: This is a mainboard with good accessories bundle, convenient layout, efficient cooling system, wide functionality and low power consumption. It is really close to becoming a leader as soon as some minor issues are successfully resolved.
Excerpt: My first Sandy Bridge-E motherboard review of 2012 showcases the talents of Intel's latest i7-3820 3.6GHz quad-core processor and MSI's X79A-GD65 (8D) ATX motherboard. The enhancements included in the LGA 2011 platform combined with MSI's unique optimizations to the board's overclocking, gaming, and power management capabilities should make for an exciting testing experience.
Summary: We had some problems with the X79A-GD65 from the very beginning. There were some issues with the BIOS that came with the board. It would simply not scale past 1.2GHz with the CPU ratio manually set. I also experienced a BSOD during the OS installation. After getting the OS setup I had issues concerning random BSOD’s. This happened to me seemingly at random and multiple times. This was resolved quickly by MSI in the form of a BIOS update.
Summary: MSI is known for high quality motherboards, many of which are targeted toward the enthusiast and gamer. It is one of these products we are looking at today in the form of the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D). A mid-range offering in the LGA2011 motherboard market. Sandy Bridge E processor and 8 DIMM slots for your exploitation!
Conclusion: The MSI board has several innovative features. Onboard over-clock buttons, Both Gen 2.0 and Gen 3.0 PCI-e x16 slots (though the former are only x1) and oodles of accessories. It is hard not to recommend this board. Considering it costs about the same as the Intel offering but is offers much better functionality and is more user friendly.
Conclusion: When testing the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) we figured it would be a nice board, but didn’t have strong hopes for it to run with the much higher priced overclocking-based boards. We were (pleasantly) surprised. The GD65 surpassed the best OC boards in a few cases, which is saying a lot for a board that is much lower cost than the others in the comparison.
Pros: Excellent overclocking, Outstanding price/performance ratio, 3-Way SLI Capable, Performance mirroring the bigger players, Excellent UEFI, Winki 3 quick linux
Excerpt: Para esta ocasión tenemos en nuestro poder el nuevo motherboard tope de gama de MSI para el socket LGA 2011 basado en el chipset Intel X79. Se trata del modelo X79A GD65 (8D) el cual esta desarrollado en base a los componentes Military Class III exclusivos de MSI y cuenta con características propietarias como el OC Genie II ademá ...