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MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming review

MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard - The March of the Dragoon Army

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Overall rating 8.5/10
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


Bundled Software - Proprietary Tools and Utilities (Part II)

Click BIOS II

The Click BIOS II software can be accessed from the Control Center or from the shortcut that its installer places on the Windows desktop. Closely resembling the interface within the BIOS UEFI utility, it's main function is to literally access all the BIOS BIOS parameters from the Windows OS environment. This makes it an essential tool for power users to have unrestricted access to check and tweak all BIOS options from the Windows level.

After finalizing the tweaked settings, the software also enabled us to export the parameters' values into a configuration file that has a ".bd" file extension, which MSI has termed as the BIOSData. The file can be accessed and edited with any word editing software like Notepad or Wordpad. On top of changing the values of certain parameters, we could also enable or disable any of the onboard peripherals of the motherboard.

 

 

Killer Network Manager Control Panel

This software allowed us to monitor the network usage of different applications on our system. To reiterate, the MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming motherboard features a Killer E2205 Gigabit chip that is an improvement over the previous Killer E2200.

The Advanced tab would allow for network traffic prioritization, a highly prized option for online gamers who seek to reduce network latency for their gaming sessions.