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