Excerpt: In the motherboard business, it’s about differentiating the product. Once in awhile a motherboard manufacturer like MSI does just that before "the other guy." And that’s where the Z68A-GD65-G3 comes in bringing PCI-Express Generation 3 support and a new UEFI interface to the table.
Summary: In the motherboard business, it’s about differentiating the product. Once in awhile a motherboard manufacturer like MSI does just that before "the other guy." And that’s where the Z68A-GD65-G3 comes in bringing PCI-Express Generation 3 support and a new UEFI interface to the table.
Summary: The MSI Z68A-GD65(G3) Motherboard performed as expected. It also overclocked very well, comparing equally to its competitors.
I was thouroughly impressed with the capabilities of the MSI Z68A-GD65(G3) Motherboard. Having done a few Z68 motherboards already, I found one of MSI's features to be the most useful of them all. This would be the ClickBIOS II software GUI that can be run independently within Windows.
Pros: Excellent Overclocking, PCIe Gen 3, Military Class II, ClickBios II Software, OC Genie II, Lucid Virtu, Intel Quicksync, Intel SSD Caching, Four SATA 6Gb/s Ports, Super Charger, SLI/Crossfire, DrMOS, THX TruStudio PRO, Teaming Genie, 5 Year Warranty
Conclusion: Overall the MSI Z68A-GD65 G3 is an excellent product with a number of high end features. Performance was solid throughout testing, and the Virtu GPU support performed well despite adding on another chip to the GPU performance. Support for multiple expansion devices, power conservation features, and enthusiast level overclocking garners a solid win for team MSI!
Summary: With Z68, many feel that Sandy Bridge has finally come into its own with features that likely should have been included with the original P67 chipset, such as the ability to overclock and use integrated graphics. We didn't touch on that feature too much here today but Intel and board manufacturers are really pushing things like the ability to switch between integrated and discrete graphics automatically.
Summary: We spent a considerable bit of time with the MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3), and during that time, it really grew on us. The new BIOS is very nice and easy to use, matches the board perfectly, and the overclocking features are pretty darn good too. Considering that boards in the same price range don't offer the same overclocking features, nor the software, we've got to give a bit of respect to MSI for delivering on basically every angle possible.
Pros: Full of overclocker-friendly features, without a high price normally associated with boards ready for extreme overclocking, Exceptional software package, including a custom Linux-based OS for quick Internet access, New MSI EFI BIOS with new design and layout, including support for mouse control and 3 TB+ drives, Lucid Virtu support, One of the best accessory packages yet; nothing missed in functionality no matter your case choice., PCIe Gen 3.0 support, 5-Year warrant...
Cons: BIOS options are spread out on too many pages, Color scheme broken with white SATA ports, OC Genie settings almost too conservative considering the board's potential.
Excerpt: Micro Star International (MSI) released its first over clocking capable 286 mother board in 1987. 24 years later they are still setting the pace for innovation and speed by releasing the first motherboards capable of PCI Express 3.0. Utilizing Intel’s Z68 chip set these motherboards are packed with every feature an enthusiast could be looking for.
Conclusion: The central question to answer before buying the MSI Z68A-GD65 is whether or not you need the new Intel Z68 chipset. Provided you're won over by Intel's Smart Response feature then the MSI Z68A-GD65 oozes quality and features in equal measure - but there's no denying that it is rather expensive.
Conclusion: A cursory glance at the diagram will reveal that Z68 allows for the use of onboard graphics dye. A more interesting feature is the “Intel Smart Response Technology”. This allows the use of a (small capacity; maximum of ~60GB) SSD to complement hard disk performance. In fact Intel sells a specific SSD model (based on SLC) to serve this purpose. Apart from this, there is nothing new here. It is basically an H6x and P67 hybrid.