To wrap things up, the MSI Z87A-GD65 Gaming motherboard has a color scheme which didn’t change much from its previous version on the Z87 chipset motherboard. However, this is very much appreciated! This is because the new black and red theme is a huge improvement in aesthetic appeal over its older traditional classic design motherboard. Also, the dragon logo on the S/B heatsink is a great 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 included an abundance of software. 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 motherboard had outstanding performance. We also had no trouble with its set-up, which was a great sign. With the 4770K, we found that our 2133MHz memory was able to run at the advertised speeds with little to no work. All we had to do was enable the XMP profiles and we were set. While in the OC sector, we had some trouble getting OC Genie to reach its advertised speed of 4.2GHz, but we quickly narrowed that down to the processor being the issue and not the motherboard.
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 Z87A-GD65 Gaming Edition board up to 4.6GHz, however heat became our enemy in this sector.
With the 4770K Processor, all we had to do was find its sweet spot with speed and voltage. Once you find that, this motherboard performed rock solid.
The Z87A-GD65 Gaming Edition can be found at a price point of $187.99 on Newegg.com. This is an outstanding price for a stellar performing motherboard. Because of the features, value and performance of the MSI Z87A-GD65 Gaming Edition motherboard, it earns top billing with our PureOverclock Editors Choice Award.
MSI Z87A-GD65 Gaming Edition Motherboard – Editor’s Choice