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: 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.
Excerpt: It's going to take a couple of weeks, but we're going to get through the mountain of Intel Z77 Express based motherboards that we've got sitting here in our office. We've already seen a couple of offerings including the ASRock Z77 Extreme6 , ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe and Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H . Today it's about an offering from MSI.
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. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
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