MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) PCI-Express 3.0 LGA1155

MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) PCI-Express 3.0 LGA1155

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Introduction


Fresh in the TechPowerUp motherboard testing facility is the latest Z68 offering from MSI, the Z68A-GD65 (G3). A refresh of the previously released Z68A-GD65 (B3), the new MSI "G3" motherboard comes with all the features of the last iteration, with an updated BIOS interface, and new to Intel platforms, PCI Express Generation 3, which is set to add future functionality for upcoming "Ivy bridge" 22 nm CPUs and future videocards from NVIDIA and AMD. We strap the Z68A-GD65 (G3) into our test bench, fire it up, and get an early look at what the next generation offers.

Specifications

Specifications
CPU SUPPORT:Intel Socket 1155 2nd Gen Core Family/Unlock Processor
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 8+2 phase
Memory Power: 1 Phase
CHIPSET:Intel Z68 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Intel Integrated (via installed CPU)
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1066 to DDR3 2133
BIOS:MSI UEFI BIOS with 32 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots(x16/0 or x8/x8)
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
2 x PCI v2.3 slots
HDD CONNECTIVITY:4 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s (Intel Z68)
2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Intel Z68)
2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Marvell 88SE9128)
NETWORKING:1 x Realtek 8111E PCIe Gigabit Lan
PORTS:10 x USB 2.0 ports (4 at back panel, 6 at front panel)
4 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at back panel, 2 at front panel)
1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo connector
1 x HDMI port
1 x DVI port
1 x VGA port 2 x RJ45 LAN connectors
8 x Audio port with 6 analogue audio jacks + 2 Digital
AUDIO:Realtek ALC892 HD CODEC
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor( 305 mm x 245 mm )
MSI FEATURES:
  • Military Class II Components
  • THX TruStudio PRO
  • PCI Express Gen 3
  • Click BIOS II
  • OC Genie II
  • Lucid Virtu software bundle
  • Super Charger
  • M-Flash
  • APS(Active Phase Switching)
  • Winki 3
  • DrMOS
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