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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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by Kenny
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To wrap things up, the MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming motherboard has a color scheme which is a huge improvement to its aesthetic appeal. The red and black really contrast nicely. The dragon logo on the S/B heatsink was a nice touch and gives it a unique look. We appreciated this change from MSI and hope we continue to see this going forward.

When it comes to its software package, we think that MSI went above and beyond. The intensive software package that was available with the motherboard really made it stand out from the rest. While we won’t see all users taking advantage of everything included, we did like that it was without the additional high ticket price tag. This was especially appreciated since this board offered quite a bit of unique features such as the Killer E2200 NIC and the Sound Blaster Cinema software to enhance your experience while gaming or media playing.

For its performance, this board had outstanding performance. In fact, we had no trouble with its set-up, which was a great sign to begin with for us. The only item we would say we had to trouble-shoot was our first set of memory that was installed would not allow for the motherboard to boot. While we still aren’t sure if it was the memory or the motherboard, we notified MSI and they are looking into the issue. However, of the 5 sets of memory we tried, only one set didn’t boot which were the G.Skill Sniper series, which may not have been the fault of the motherboard. While our problem may be an isolated issue, we thought it was important to bring up. That problem was quickly solved once we loaded our other sets of memory.

Taking another look at its performance, the board overclocked quite nicely. While the overclocking will vary from chip to chip, the motherboard does play a big role in its overclocking stability. We didn’t have any stability issues with the MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming series board. And, as you have already seen, our benchmarks show that the overclock helped a great deal with the overall perfomance.

At the price point of $179.99 on newegg.com, we feel that you get premium performance for value here. We really enjoyed this review and give this motherboard our Editors Choice Award!


Editors Choice Award – PureOverclock – MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Series Motherboard. 






    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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