Summary: Last year we were surprised by the MSI Z77A-GD65 GAMING which is basically a Z77A-GD65 in different colors. The only technical difference was in the network controller, which in the gaming variant was a Now that socket 1150 CPUs with Haswell are available, it is understandable that MSI offers a gaming version, bearing the name "Z87-GD65 GAMING". For those of you with a small budget, there is also the Z87-G43 GAMING and the Z87-G45 GAMING.
Pros: superior performance with good CPU power and numerous overclocking features, extensive equipment, including six USB 3.0 ports and eight SATA 6G ports, PCI Express 3.0 support to three PEG slots, very good overall performance, very good stability and excellent efficiency, voltage measuring points, mSATA slot, Audio Boost (ALC1150 + OPA1652)
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: 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
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: There is no doubt that the MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING is the best Gaming motherboard to date, that’s maybe because there’s not much competition as far as Gaming motherboards go, but MSI set out to adjust this and they have undeniably succeeded. Before I delve into the finer points, I’d just like to say, the box looks the business, the board looks awesome, the performance is excellent as is the Gaming orientated feature set and of course those dragon heat-sinks are just the...
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.