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...
Summary: Coming in at $179.99 at the time of writing, the MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming really comes in at a good price point considering the performance of the board and just the overall look. I think the big thing at the moment is how long will the Z77 platform be around for with the new Intel Haswell 8-series...
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.
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.
Summary: This is the first "Gaming" series board I’ve seen from MSI. My impression is that MSI is playing catchup to ASUS and Gigabyte on this front and while this is very late this generation I think this is something MSI can do well going forward.
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.
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...
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.
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., De...
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.
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.
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.