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MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming
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Launch SRP S$329
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MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming


Overall rating 8.5/10

The MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming board is targeted at gamers and overclockers with features like its Killer E2205 Gigabit chip and support for DDR3-3000 RAM!


Performance:
9
Features:
8
Value:
7.5
THE GOOD
Consistently good performer across all tests
Very overclockable
Killer Gaming networking controller
THE BAD
Lack of bundled Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity which its competitors offer
More PCIe lanes for multi-GPU configuration would have made this the best gaming board

Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • 3rd generation Intel Core i7, i5, i3; Pentium and Celeron Processors that support LGA1155 socket
  • Intel Z77
  • System Bus: DMI 2.0 (Direct Media Interface), FDI (Flexible Display Interface)
Memory
  • Up to 4 x DDR3-3000+(O.C)
  • 32GB Maximum
Storage
  • 2 x SATA 6Gbps connectors by Intel Z77
  • 2 x SATA 6Gbps connectors by Asmedia ASM1061
  • 4 x SATA 3Gbps connectors by Intel Z77
Audio
  • Realtek ALC898 HD audio CODEC
  • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Out port
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Out port
  • 6 x analog audio jacks
Video
  • Intel HD graphics engine
  • 1 x D-Sub port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 1 x DVI-D port
Networking Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN
FireWire (IEEE 1394) VIA VT6315N PCI-Express 1394 Host Controller
Rear I/O
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard port
  • 1 x D-Sub port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 1 x DVI-D port
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x RJ45 (LAN) port
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Out port
  • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Out port
  • 6 x audio jacks
  • 1 x Clear CMOS button
Internal Connectors
  • 1 x USB 3.0 header (2 ports)
  • 3 x USB 2.0 header (6 ports)
  • 1 x CPU fan connector
  • 4 x Chassis fan connectors
  • 1 x IEEE 1394 connector
  • 1 x Front panel audio connector
  • 1 x Front panel connector
  • 1 x Power button
  • 1 x Reset button
  • 1 x OC Genie button
  • 1 x Voltage Checkpoints connector
  • 1 x Multi BIOS switch
Expansion Slots
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16, x8/x8, x8/x4/x4)
  • 4 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slot
Other Features
  • Control Center
  • Military Class III
  • OC Genie II
  • ClickBIOS II
  • Sound Blaster Cinema
  • Killer Network Manager
  • Super Charger
  • Video Genie
  • Live Update 5
  • Winki 3
  • VIRTU Universal MVP
Form Factor ATX (30.5 x 24.5cm)