Wednesday, October 19th 2011

MSI X79A-GD65 8D Motherboard Smiles for the Camera

MSI is readying a new LGA2011 HEDT (high-end desktop) motherboard based on the Intel X79 chipset, which features eight DDR3 DIMM slots, two per memory channel, letting you take advantage of the fast quad-channel DDR3 IMC of Sandy Bridge-E Core i7 processors, as well as not letting you fall short of memory expansion. The X79A-GD65 8D, as it's called, makes room for eight DIMM slots, four on either sides of the socket. The CPU is powered by a 5+2 phase VRM, and the memory by a 4-phase VRM.

Expansion slots include four PCI-Express x16, from which four are wired to the CPU socket, two are PCI-Express 3.0 x16 capable, four are PCI-E 3.0 x8 capable (depending on the way the slots are populated with add-on cards), one is PCI-E 2.0 x4 capable and is wired to the chipset. Then there's the lone PCI-E x1. NVIDIA 4-way SLI and AMD 4-way CrossFireX are supported.

Storage expansion includes four SATA 6 Gb/s and four SATA 3 Gb/s ports, all internal. There are no eSATA ports. Other connectivity features include 8+2 channel HD audio, four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel, two via header), one gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, and a number of USB 2.0 ports.

The X79A-GD65 8D will be driven by a UEFI BIOS that's rich in overclocking options, and will be backed by several other MSI exclusives such as OC Genie II, voltage measurement points, and POST readout. The board will feature in MSI's first wave of LGA2011 motherboards.Source: VR-Zone
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19 Comments on MSI X79A-GD65 8D Motherboard Smiles for the Camera

#1
mtosev
8 ram slots.YES!!!!
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#2
Volkszorn88
This board is a mix between BF3 awesomeness and a 3way with hot blondes.
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#3
entropy13
There's also the "vanilla" 4 RAM slots version of the GD65 board if you don't have the need for all those GB's and/or you can't afford the 8D version. There are other differences besides the number of memory slots though.
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#4
jasper1605
That is a good looking board right there. I think I may have to consider a 2011 upgrade by the end of 2011 if it releases before then :)
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#7
Doomedspeed
This is what my Translator brought up: 'MSI "plug the wife for a long time" Preview'

Made me cry. Classic.
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#8
Volkszorn88
If I was married, I would definitely plug my wife.
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#9
WarraWarra
Is this ready for 2nd gen socket2011 with full sandy-e pci-e3.0 fixes or only the half egg half pci-e3.0 socket2011 sandy-e 1st gen / 1st release versions.

If only half egg then I presume this would need to be replaced by Jun 2012 with another mboard ?
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#10
fusionblu
Now this is what the new 2011 motherboards should look like when they come out. :rockout:
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#11
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
Very nice looking board. Should be a powerful platform.
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#12
popswala
Hott stuff coming thru. I'm lovin' it. Lookin forward to some benchies on it. I'd like to know the whole pci-e config from single to quad.
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#13
Th3pwn3r
Oh lord, do want! This might be what I was wanting for a looong time. Sexiest board I've seen in a while.
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#14
timta2
"Military Class" makes an otherwise attractive board look like ass.
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#15
[H]@RD5TUFF
Drool, getting more and more antsy Sandy Bridge-E, but this board needs more SATA.
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#16
boogerlad
by: timta2
"Military Class" makes an otherwise attractive board look like ass.
rip off those crappy aluminum plates? After all, they just impair airflow.
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#17
SteelSix
by: boogerlad
rip off those crappy aluminum plates? After all, they just impair airflow.
I've removed heatsinks from two current gen "military class" boards and found them to be of excellent quality, well machined, great contact using good TIM pads. There are crappier ones out there for sure.

I looked at the PCH heatsink and thought Decepticons..
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#18
boogerlad
I meant the aluminum plates on top of the heatsinks.
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#19
SteelSix
by: boogerlad
I meant the aluminum plates on top of the heatsinks.
Oh my bad, yea those are silly. :)
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