MSI P67A-GD65 review

The first affordable P67 mobo arrives

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The MSI board is, at best, half the price of the Asus RoG board we've looked at, and for that you do get a rather chunky feature set. What you don't get is the raw performance of the Maximus IV Extreme or the overclocking chops. But for those not necessarily into hardcore OCing, the 4.2GHz you can pick up from the OC Genie alone will suffice.

CPU rendering performance

Cinebench R10 – seconds: quicker is better

MSI P67A-GD65: 38
Asus Maximus IV Extreme: 35

CPU encoding performance – FPS: higher is better

MSI P67A-GD65: 35
Asus Maximus IV Extreme: 35

Overclocking performance

Intel Core i7-2600K – GHz: higher is better

MSI P67A-GD65: 4.2
Asus Maximus IV IV Extreme: 4.6

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelP67 Express
Multi GPU SupportedSLI, CrossFireX
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots1
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameMSI
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i5, Core i7, Core i3
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory32 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Number of PCI Slots2
Audio Channels7.1
Fast EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces8
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots7
eSATAYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports10
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports2
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots5
Height305 mm
Width245 mm
ManufacturerMicro-Star International Co., Ltd
Product ModelP67A-GD65
Product NameP67A-GD65 Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600, Serial ATA/300
Manufacturer Part NumberP67A-GD65
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.msicomputer.com