MSI X79A-GD65 8D - Power without the Cost

5/11/2012 5:33:52 PM

MSI's more affordable entry for the X79 chipset market looks great and performs great

Not content with releasing something that is catered to just the high-end consumer market,

MSI has launched another motherboard that is centred towards those who want to have a high performance setup without having to spend too much money (we're saying this liberally, of course) on the components. To that end, MSI has, for you, the X79A-GD65 8D.

Description: MSI X79A-GD65 8D

An oddly named motherboard, you may say, but the GD65 8D is certainly one of the most professional looking boards we've seen come from MSI. Clad in black and blue, the peripheral layout for the DG65 8D certainly is impressive. Now we're not really certain about this but we did some research and found out that the 8D stands for the 8 DIMM slots that occupy the sides of the processor that supports up to 64GBs of RAM, be it 1,066, 1,333, 1,600, 2,133 or 2,400 MHZ variants. It also supports single, dual and quad memory modes depending on the number of RAM sticks that you use.

Description: MSI X79A-GD65 8D

The GD65 8D also comes with eight SATA ports, four of which are SATA II 3Gbps (in white) and the rest being SATA III 6Gbps (in black). As for graphics, the GD65 8D has five PCIe x16 slots, three of which are PCIe 3.0 and the other two PCIe 2.0. Capable of three-way SLI or CrossFireX, the choice is yours in this regard as to which path you want to take to build your ultimate gaming rig.

Description: MSI X79A-GD65 8D

At the back, MSI were gracious to fit in a whopping ten USB ports, eight of which are USB 2.0, while the other two are USB 3.0. As a standard these days, there is also a PS/2 port for gamers who prefer the lower latency of the last gen port, a clear CMOS button, an optical S/PDIF and coaxial audio output port. Firewire, Gigabit Ethernet and high definition audio ports that support up to 7.1 audio systems.

We ran some overclocking tests and managed to get the processor to be overclocked up to 4.2GFIz on air without having to dabble much with the voltage settings. Of course, with the proper cooling setup and voltage settings it is possible to get this monster to overclock the processor up to 5GHz. Not too shabby if you have the extra dough to cough up for a decent cooling system.

MSI X79A-GD65 8D

Price $ 395


Platform: Intel 2011

Form Factor: ATX

Chipset: X79

Memory type: DDR3


Performance 4 stars

Features 4 stars

Design 4 stars

Value 4 stars

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