MSI Z77A-GD65 review

A solid Z77 debut with the old-school CPU silicon

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We'll have to wait a little longer to see just what the Z77 chipset and MSI Z77A-GD65 are capable of with the full might of Intel's new Ivy Bridge chips.

For now, we've taken a look at how they perform courtesy of the Intel Core i7 2600K, which is hardly a slouch.

Providing a baseline and a reminder of how the 2600K stacks up in a 6 Series motherboard is ECS H67H2-M.

It's early days for the Z77, but our intial tests reveal a pretty broad spread of performance at both stock and overclocked settings.

But one thing is for sure, the Z77 is an overclocking beast.

Memory bandwidth

MSI Z77A GD65 Benchmarks

CPU rendering performance

MSI Z77A GD65 Benchmarks

Video encoding performance

MSI Z77A GD65 Benchmarks

Gaming performance

MSI Z77A GD65 Benchmarks

Overclocking performance

MSI Z77A GD65 Benchmarks

MSI Z77A GD65 Benchmarks

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelZ77 Express
Multi GPU SupportedSLI, CrossFireX
Onboard VideoCPU Dependent Video
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots3
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameMSI
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i5, Core i7, Core i3, Pentium Dual-core, Celeron Dual-Core
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory32 GB
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces8
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots7
HDMIYes
DVIYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports6
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports4
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports3
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 3.0, PCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots7
Memory Form FactorDIMM
Width305 mm
Depth245 mm
ManufacturerMicro-Star International Co., Ltd
Product ModelZ77A-GD65
Product NameZ77A-GD65 Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300, Serial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part NumberZ77A-GD65
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.msicomputer.com