MSI Z77A-GD65 GAMING Mainboard Review: LGA 1155 Mainboard from New MSI Gaming Series
19 July 2013
Summary: The major but not the only distinguishing features of new Micro-Star gaming mainboards compared with the regular models is the replacement of the generic network controllers with Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200, which allows assigning priorities with focus on gaming traffic, thus reducing the delays during online gaming.
Excerpt: While the next-generation Intel chipset is just around the corner, the current Z77 chipset continues to be a very current offering from Intel. So much so that we recently saw MSI launch not only a new motherboard based on it, but a new motherboard series. The new Gaming Series was first seen with the release of the new GTX 650 Ti 2GB Boost Twin Frozr Gaming Series video card last month.
Summary: Although the MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Series Motherboard may be a day late to the party, it’s certainly not a dollar short. Everything we asked the Z77A-GD65 Gaming motherboard to do it did without fail. We’re happy with the overall performance and feature set the MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming motheroard has to offer!
Excerpt: With the Z77A-GD65 Gaming motherboard, MSI takes is award-winning Intel Z77-based board design and melds it with a Killer - a Killer NIC that is. MSI integrated the Killer e2205 GigE NIC into the board's design for the ultimate solution for online gaming. The Killer NIC is well known in gaming circles for its superior hardware-based network traffic prioritization engine, making it a natural integration choice for a top-end gaming board.
Summary: MSI enters the "gaming" motherboard market segment, albeit a lot later than many of its competitors. The GD65 series of motherboards from MSI has been a longtime favorite of ours and are easily some of the best motherboards that MSI has produced in the last few years. Does the GD-65 Gaming live up to the legacy of the GD-65 moniker?
Conclusion: For this board to wow me, it needs to show the world why it’s a gaming board and at the same time that it’s very much worth being called a gaming board. It is all good and well whacking the gaming moniker on a product, but if it doesn’t perform in that market, then it’s going to be one huge failure towards the manufacturer. So the big question arises asking if this board can do just that?
Summary: I'm in love. Really, it's hard for me to convey how I feel about the MSI Z77A-GD65 GAMING. This Dragon has in a way put me under its spell, and I am, in all honesty, not sure why. With the board sitting here next to me, the Dragons of the VRM cooler looking ready to eat my poor 3770K for a snack, the MSI Z77A-GD65 GAMING board presents a well-thought-out package with a highly polished design that really puts to shame quite a few boards I've had on my desk in what has...
Pros: Amazing new esthetic design, right down to its dragon-shaped heatsinks., Equipped with the brand-new Killer Gaming Networks E2205 Ethernet controller for the best in low-latency, gaming-prioritized internet traffic., Shocking USB 3.0 performance, Huge VRM capability that still sips the power., Decent accessories package, Above-average 3D performance, regardless of low CPU performance—perfectly matched for gaming., Fully functional and stylized AMI UEFI BIOS including ...
Cons: Slightly elevated price compared to similar boards currently available., Low automatic overclocking profile without obvious user adjustments to settings., Stock Turbo profile rather relaxed, Proper high-end memory support requires a BIOS update.
Conclusion: When a product on the market promotes itself as a gaming tool, it cannot just be part of the name or the branding. The product has to showcase why it is a gaming product, and why it is so deserving of our money above and beyond the standard product grade. Associating the product with professional gamers and marketing strongly are worth nothing if the product itself is a poor shell of what is actually good for gamers.
MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming review: motherboard for gamers
10 April 2013
Excerpt: During this year's CeBIT in the beginning of March, MSI announced it was developing a new line of motherboards aimed specifically at gamers. They're based on existing boards, but have different cooling and a number of gamer-oriented hardware features. We tested the first one in the series called Z77A-GD65 Gaming.
Excerpt: Midrange boards typically have to sacrifice features to get under $200 and MSI’s Z77A-GD65 shows evidence of this philosophy. It’s the only board here without a discrete USB 3.0 controller, instead relying on the native Intel chipset for all USB 3.0. It’s also the only board without DisplayPort. Folks still rolling PCI components will also have to look elsewhere, as MSI ditches the legacy expansion slot for another PCIe slot.