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    Default MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard Review

    The Z77 Chipset has now been on the market for almost a year since its first debut. During its launch we saw several products from various manufactures that jumped into the pond to bring their latest and greatest at the time. Now that we have seen this platform and chipset mature a bit, many manufacturers have hit the drawing board and are trying to revamp new revisions to this already well bloomed platform. With that being said, today we are going to look at a new motherboard from MSI.On the test bench today we have the MSI Z77-GD65 Gaming Edition Motherboard for the Intel 1155 socket platform. We have seen the well matured version of the MSI Z77-GD65 perform above the average standard and actually received our Editors Choice award during its initial release.The new MSI Z77-GD65 Gaming Edition has spruced up its aesthetic appeal but that's not all. MSI has given this board a new set of software and hardware to meet the demands of today's gamers. Let's put it to the test and see if it lives up to its predecessor.

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    Default Re: MSI Z77-GD65 Gaming Motherboard Review

    Good review Kenny, love the looks of this board, it also seems to be a great performer.

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    Default Re: MSI Z77-GD65 Gaming Motherboard Review

    Great review Kenny of a nice moderately priced board Thanks for posting

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    Thanks! Yea, this was a real nice board... one of favs board that I have worked with to date.

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    Great review and sweet board. If I was going to build an Intel rig I'd use this board. You get a lot for your money and it has great looks too.
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    Default Re: MSI Z77-GD65 Gaming Motherboard Review

    Love the dragon in the pic. Gonna go read the review now,...........

    OK, I'm Back. Good review Kenny.
    I love the look of this board. The Dragon is a great touch and the colors are great.
    Performance was expected to be good considering it's a MSI product, but the software package stands out.
    I'd like to own this board. It's not the only one that MSI sells that I like.
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    Great review Kenny
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    What more can you ask for

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    Default Re: MSI Z77-GD65 Gaming Motherboard Review

    Love this board,very good review Kenny!! Did you get a chance to use the control center app? My M-Power has that feature, i must say if you dont have a 2nd monitor and an I-Pad it works great. It works beautifully.
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    Default Re: MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard Review

    Get James, Yea I did, its pretty cool... But I also had this on my other board, but this one had a few extra knick nacks here and there that made it better for the GUI.
    I have the non gaming version of this board, which is the Z77A-GD65 (this one was blue).

    But the stand out features on this board it the Killer E2200 NIC card that was embedded, gave you control over which apps or games you want to adjust the bandwidth you want to allocate to.
    Also the new aesthetics on this board really topped it off for me...

    4.8ghz stable for my 3770k is really good.

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    Default Re: MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard Review

    This board is very tempting. I can pick up a brand new, unopened i5-3570K for $170 cash. How would that chip with this board stack up against my Crosshair V Formula and FX-8350?
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    Default Re: MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard Review

    In terms of performance, they are pretty equal, while the AMD will beat the 3570k in some benches and vise versa... it really comes down to what you want to do with it.. AMD will be better at multi core required apps while the Intel is better in single core applications. It's really a toss up, I would say, Unless you were looking to get a intel, just to have a Intel build its a good buy, but if its not really needed, your AMD system will perform just as good...

    However, if you get a 3770k or even the 2600k, then I would say do it...
    If you have a MC near you, I say pick up the 3770k, its $229 at MC...

    Or if you can find a 2600k for a good price (about $200-220 shipped) then you have a killer system for not that much money.

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    Default Re: MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Solara2xb View Post
    In terms of performance, they are pretty equal, while the AMD will beat the 3570k in some benches and vise versa... it really comes down to what you want to do with it.. AMD will be better at multi core required apps while the Intel is better in single core applications. It's really a toss up, I would say, Unless you were looking to get a intel, just to have a Intel build its a good buy, but if its not really needed, your AMD system will perform just as good...

    However, if you get a 3770k or even the 2600k, then I would say do it...
    If you have a MC near you, I say pick up the 3770k, its $229 at MC...

    Or if you can find a 2600k for a good price (about $200-220 shipped) then you have a killer system for not that much money.
    Thanks Kenny. I appreciate the words of wisdom. If I buy the board and chip, then I'd have to wait to finish my waco loop. Kinda want to get that done so that is really what I should do since the performance is so close.
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    Default Re: MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard Review

    That's a very nice board and it looks great as well. Thanks for the review Kenny!
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    Default Re: MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard Review

    Really nice review!
    I like how this comes at the same price as the MPower
    Though personally the MPower would be the way to go for me, because I personally like the looks of it more. But this surely is a great alternative.

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    I believe the MPower costs $20 more, however a lot of people do like the new MSI Dragon Series boards, not many people like the yellow and black on the MPower as well as the ASRock Z77 OC Formula.

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    The heatsinkplates can be painted without voiding warranty, because they're plates on the heatsinks instead of the heatsink itself
    You can also just take the plates of, and then you'll have some greyish heatsinks

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