MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING (LGA 1150)

MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING (LGA 1150)

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Introduction


MSI has graced our motherboard review pages a few times recently, most notably only a short while ago with the Z77-GD65 GAMING motherboard, a product that showcased MSI's new focused design philosophy of delivering products specifically tailored around certain users, as each segment of the enthusiast market truly has different things they look for, never mind differing budgets. The introduction of the new MSI GAMING brand was one that made a huge impression on me, showcasing an attention to detail and focus that a lot of users I have spoken with often missed sorely.

Although it has only been a bit over a month or so since we saw the MSI Z77-GD65 GAMING, MSI is back again with Intel's new Socket 1150. The MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING board is, just like it's older brother, a product solely for the discriminate gamer. It is built from the ground up to meet the needs of both amateur and professional gamers around the world. Carrying a certification from FNATIC, one of the more renowned pro-gaming clans out there (I never heard of them), the MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING board is MSI's newly hatched gaming dragon, ready to set its competition on fire.



Specifications

Specifications
CPU SUPPORT:4th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processor family for the LGA 1150 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 12 Phases
PCH Power: 1 Phase
Memory Power: 2 Phases
CHIPSET:Intel Z87 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 64 GB, DDR3 1066 to DDR3 3000+(OC)
BIOS:Dual AMI EFI BIOS with 2x 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16 or x8/x8 or x8/x4/x4)
4 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot
HDD CONNECTIVITY:8 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (six via Intel Z87, two via ASMedia ASM1061)
1 x mSATA slot(disables Intel SATA Port 6)
NETWORKING:1 x Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN
PORTS:6 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at front panel, 4 at rear panel)
8 x USB 2.0 ports (6 at front panel, 2 at rear panel)
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio block with 6 OFC audio jacks
1 x Optical Digital Audio port
1 x Coaxial Digital Audio port
1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse port
1 x HDMI port
1 x DVI-D port
1 x VGA port
1 x ClearCMOS button
AUDIO:Realtek ALC1150 HD CODEC
FAN HEADERS:5 x 4-pin PWM
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor (304 mm x 244 mm)
EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
  • OC Certified
  • Audio Boost
  • Killer Ethernet
  • Military Class4
  • OC Genie4
  • Click BIOS4
  • SoundBlaster Cinema
  • GO2BIOS
  • Easy Button
  • Direct OC
  • V-Check Points
  • Clear CMOS Button
  • Total Fan Control
  • Lucid Virtu MVP 2.0
  • Gaming Device Port
  • Super RAID
  • Super Charger
  • Command Center
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