MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) review

Four slots bad, eight slots good?

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Intel's X79 platform plays host to the fastest CPUs currently available. So the MSI X79A-GD65 8D kicks out some monster benchmarks numbers when you drop in that Core i7 3960X processor.

What it doesn't do, however, is put significant distance between itself and cheaper X79 motherboards in stock clocked benchmarks.

If you want a reason to spend more, therefore, it'll be features like MSI's OC Genie overclocking tool that will have to win you over.

CPU rendering performance

MSI X79A GD65 8D Benchmarks

Video encoding performance

MSI X79A GD65 8D Benchmarks

Real-world productivity performance

MSI X79A GD65 8D Benchmarks

MSI X79A GD65 8D Benchmarks


Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelX79 Express
Multi GPU SupportedSLI, CrossFireX
Onboard VideoNo
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots5
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket R LGA-2011
Brand NameMSI
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i7
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory128 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots8
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces8
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots6
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
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 Ports3
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports2
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 3.0, PCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots6
Memory Form FactorDIMM
Processor TechnologyEnhanced SpeedStep Technology, Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Width305 mm
Depth244 mm
ManufacturerMicro-Star International Co., Ltd
Product ModelX79A-GD65 (8D)
Product NameX79A-GD65 (8D) Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600, Serial ATA/300
Manufacturer Part NumberX79A-GD65-8D
Manufacturer Website Address
Package Contents
  • X79A-GD65 (8D) Desktop Motherboard
  • User Guide
  • Back IO Shield
  • SATA Cable
  • Driver / Utility DVD
Limited Warranty3 Year