MSI P67A-GD65 review

The first affordable P67 mobo arrives

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Our Verdict

Despite the lack of transcode core this is a fine first P67 from MSI, and a great value one too.

For

  • Decent pricing
  • Full feature set

Against

  • Disappointing Turbo
  • No Quick Sync Video

With the launch of a whole new chipset, you can bet your last kidney that there'll be a slew of new motherboards hitting the scene from pretty much everyone who's ever laid capacitors on PCB.

This here P67 board from MSI represents something very different from the Asus Maximus IV Extreme that's also just been released. It isn't necessarily aimed at the high-end enthusiast segment. It's a board for people wishing to build up their new platform with a reasonable feature-set and at a reasonable price.

The bonus of having so much stuff move over to the CPU die in Sandy Bridge is that manufacturing motherboards is a little cheaper, and so you get a lot for your £140. There's full SLI and CrossFire licensing, the latest line in USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps storage interfaces, and the 'Military Class' components that make these MSI boards rather robust.

So how does it stand up?

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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