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MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard Review

Posted May 2, 2013 by Kenny in CPU & Motherboards







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Price at time of Review: $179.99 on Newegg


Great Aesthetic Appeal, Overclocking Stability, Feature Rich Software


The rear panel VGA connector may be a waste, but this is a minor gripe.
For an inexpensive price, this board brings great value and performance. It also adds great aesthetic appeal, making it an easy top-tier choice.
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Power Consumption and Temperatures

Overclocking also comes with a price. While it offers more power for performance, it can also increases the use of power, and raises temperatures overall.

From the looks of the overclocking, you can see that the OC CPU consumed quite bit more power. With our 6870 and CPU fully loaded, we topped out at 292 watts. Not bad, but if you are energy conserving you may want to rethink it.


While we didn’t see big movements with the motherboard temps even during overclocks, please be careful with CPU temps. As you can see, even with watercooling on the 3770k, the processor at 4.8GHz peaked at 85.3C with prime95 running for 45mins. That’s pretty much the danger zone, but our chip didn’t stay there the entire time. It moved around quite a bit in the 70’s and low 80’s.

We still don’t recommend anyone running the chip with those temps on a 24/7 basis.


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    Eric H

    Looks like a really killer motherboard. Awesome review Kenny.


    So which one would you choose? The GD65 Gaming or the MPower? Both reviews were very strong. Why would I choose one over the other?


      Hey Jeffrey,

      Thank you for reading the review. While both motherboards you mentioned are great options, to be honest, it comes down to what features you are going to be able to take advantage of. Both boards are capable of handing some nice overclocking, while the MPower is targeted more towards the overclock crowd the GD65 Gaming is also a strong contender in that arena. The GD65 does have some unique features like the Killer LAN port which allows you to optimize your internet traffic towards applications you will be using and the MPower features are also great.

      I would put the 2 side by side and see which one has more features you will use and take advantage of. Also, if you are concerned with any aesthetics, pick the one that will suit what your looking to do. At the end of the day, both boards are very good.

      If it were me, I personally like the GD65 Gaming more, due to a couple of reasons. 1. I am primary a gamer, so the gaming properties within the GD65 Gaming suits my needs more, not only that, but I prefer the aesthetics of the GD65 Gaming more then the MPower. Now only that, the GD65 is slightly cheaper with a great feature packed package. So unless you need all the the features the MPower has, I say the GD65 is great for the avg. user and I would use the money you saved toward other items such a better graphics card or a SSD to boost performance overall.



        Really helpful answer. I’ve been looking for this type of review and comments to choose between both cards.

        Awesome job, thank you !

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