Excerpt: With Intel’s new chipset introduction it was only a matter of time till we had the new boards from MSI. Now that we have it, let’s see what you get with the new Z87-GD65 Gaming! With Intel’s new chipset introduction it was only a matter of time till we had the new boards from MSI. Now that we have it, let’s see what you get with the new Z87-GD65 Gaming! Introduction – MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming MSI has been building boards for a very long time, much like Gigabyte or ASUS.
Summary: MSI’s GAMING series is back with an all new entry. The Z87-GD65 GAMING is certainly a promising contender and is one of the more unique offerings we’ve seen from MSI. We liked the last GAMING board we looked at, and we have liked all previous GD-65 series motherboards, hopefully this followup entry can measure up.
Summary: Let's get one thing straight: gaming motherboards are no better at running games than typical enthusiast boards. There's little that modern mobos can do to affect gaming performance, which is almost entirely bound by the system's CPU and graphics card. Gaming motherboards can, however, offer features that might appeal to people who play games. That's just what the Z87-GD65 Gaming attempts to do.
Summary: At a price point of $189, the MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming is in the Mainstream Gaming category of Intel Z87 motherboard systems.
Benchmark results for the Z87-GD65 Gaming board exceeded expectations. Across the board the GD65 turned in excellent results, with many being the best during our testing.
Board Layout -
The Z87-GD65 is a standard ATX motherboard measuring 12 inches in length and 9.6 inches in width.
Excerpt: The Z87-GD65 Gaming board is MSI's flagship Intel Z87 board in their Gaming line of produces. MSI packed the board full of features including an integrated Killer NIC and an illuminated audio chipset. The board is stunning with its red and black coloration and the series' dragon logo prominently imbedded in the chipset heat sink. At a retail price of $189.99, this board would be a nice addition to any enthusiast system.
Summary: So there it is. The MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING board offers a bunch of features for the gaming enthusiast and some pretty decent memory overclocking, but it is by no means a top-tier "engineering showcase". What it does, it does very well, but at its core, the enthusiast's wallet was part of the design consideration.
Pros: Centralized GAMING theme in both hardware design and esthetics, Packed with high-end gaming features yet still affordable, Good stock and overclocked performance, Decent accessories package, Wide-open BIOS ready for tweaking, All fans independently controllable, Excellent memory overclocking, Fully functional AMI UEFI BIOS that includes mouse support and support for 3 TB+ drives
Cons: High idle power consumption, Relatively low automatic overclocking, No Intel Thunderbolt, Not everyone likes dragons
Conclusion: So far in our endeavours with Intel Z87 we have examined offerings from GIGABYTE, but now we turn to MSI and go straight to their premium gaming motherboard, so what we do we think? Well, our findings are very positive indeed. In likeness to our Z77-GD65 Review we find ourselves falling head over heels for the new Z87-GD65 Gaming. It’s physical design is very pleasing to the eye – the stealth of black is a particular favourite amongst both enthusiasts and gamers.
Pros: + One of the best looking Z87 motherboards around, + Performs great at stock settings – consistent, + BIOS is fluid, attractive and easy to use, + Lots of onboard features – GO2Bios, OC Genie etc, + Military Class 4 components used throughout, + Reasonably priced
Excerpt: The Gaming series from MSI burst on to the scene only recently, with the Z77 Gaming being one of our favourite motherboards of the last generation. It looked the part, was stuffed with technology and very competitively priced.
Excerpt: I den ene ende af skalaen har vi det ludfattige GD43 til 950 kroner. I den anden ende smadrer Intel DZ87KLT-75K enhver forestilling om valuta for pengene med en pris på 2000 kroner. I midten har vi den gyldne middelvej, MSI Z87-GD65, til 1450 kroner. Her taler vi om et bud på den tredje vej. Ikke ultrabilligt, ikke ultradyrt, men pragmatisk placeret et sted i midten og med en spilorienteret drejning, der burde få vores tænder til at løbe i vand.
Summary: Новая материнская плата MSI Z87-GD65 из игровой линейки GAMING показалась нам вполне успешной. По сравнению с предыдущим семейством Socket 1155 производитель не стал серьёзно менять раскладку, на первый взгляд отличия найти сложно. Разве что на материнской плате Z87 появились отдельные кнопки питания, сброса и OC Genie. Добавим к этому функции разгона UEFI BIOS и точки прямого измерения напряжений, так что мы получили модель, которая подойдет и оверклокерам.
Pros: Превосходная эффективность с хорошей подсистемой питания CPU и многочисленными функциями разгона, Хорошее оснащение, включая шесть портов USB 3.0 и восемь портов SATA 6G, Поддержка PCI Express 3.0 на трёх слотах PEG, Очень хорошая производительность в целом, очень хорошая стабильность и великолепная эффективность, Точки измерения напряжений, Слот mSATA, Мощная звуковая подсистема (ALC1150 + OPA1652)