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: 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.
Summary: I find myself really confused when it comes to the MSI Z77A-GD65. The fact that out of the box performance is a little lower than the ASRock board is a little disappointing and the AIDA64 RAM performance as well when we overclocked was a little weird.
Conclusion: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time.
Pros: Z77 Express brings native USB 3.0 at last, Lucid Virtu MVP, Slot spacing ideal for SLI/Crossfire setups, OC Genie II provides quick, safe overclocks, POST code display and dual switchable BIOS make troublehooting and disaster recovery easy, Mil spec components
Cons: Stickers leave residue on the board, OC Genie kinda conservative, No compelling reason to upgrade from Z68...unless you depend on USB 3 mass storage