MSI P67A-GD65 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard Review
Introduction and Features
MSI packed the P67A-GD65 with several high-end features that cater to a variety of users ranging from novice overclockers to hardcore enthusiasts looking for the best components at a competitive price. The B3 version of this board is fixed squarely under the $200 ceiling and includes highly-conductive polymerized capacitors, super ferrite chokes, and solid capacitors that should give this board a long lifespan and higher efficiency overall.
MSI brings out the big guns with military-grade P67A-GD65
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MSI packed the P67A-GD65 with several high-end features that cater to a variety of users ranging from novice overclockers to hardcore enthusiasts looking for the best components at a competitive price. The B3 version of this board is fixed squarely under the $200 ceiling, and includes highly-conductive polymerized capacitors, super ferrite chokes, and solid capacitors that should give this board a long lifespan and higher efficiency.
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MSI also brought back their popular OC Genie II with one-click overclocking for users who want up to a 26% increase in performance over Intel's turbo boost alone without having to reconfigure the BIOS manually. The P67A-GD65 also supports SLI and CrossfireX graphics card configurations. Overclockers will also love having the V-Check points shown on the bottom-right corner of the photo above so they can monitor voltages for the board's core components.
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The P67A-GD65 also includes excellent documentation for novice users and a custom overclocking guide that walks enthusiasts through manually overclocking their Sandy Bridge processors or using OC Genie II. The inclusion of a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface also brings new features to the BIOS. Let's move on to see the board's other technical specifications, features, and overall layout.
MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard features
• Revolutionary SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 10x faster than USB 2.0
• Up to 5Gbps bandwidth, boost data transfer rate between PC and USB device
• A high-fidelity sound reproduction standard
• Accurately reproduce the fullest audio experience of movie, music and game soundtracks
• Charge iPad/iPhone/Smart phone
• Give maximal (1.5A) and appropriate current when devices detected
• Charge device under shutdown mode
• Support next-generation SATAIII, up to 6Gbps bandwidth
• Double the data transfer rate of SATAII (3Gbps)
• Equip with 2 or more PCIe x16 slots, Nvidia SLI Ready.
• Delivers up to 2x the performance of a single GPU configuration
• SLI technology dramatically scales performance on today's hottest games
• The loss-less content protection technology with full-rate audio enjoyment from Blue-ray Disc
• Support for 24-bit / 192kHz sample rate offers high quality digital decoders and speakers
• Supports 7.1 channels playback, plus 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo outputs
Live Update 4 is a single utility software that automatically checks BIOS, driver and utility updates and installs for you , which can save your time for searching and lower the risk while updating.• Instant MB info monitor
• Intelligently auto set clock/voltage of CPU and memory
• Smart Mode: 4 instant OC modes
• User friendly & totally free applications
• Power on to run applications in 25 seconds
• Multi-language interface support• Excellent energy-saving capability and offers high-computing performance.
• Provide superior energy-saving function and maintain an ultimate low temperature operation.
• Comes with three incredible features.
• APS is Active Phase Switching is complete function to Control Power Demand With Switcing Dynamically, it’s for CPU, Memory and Chipset PWM.
• Saving Power under Variable Loading.
• Power Usage More Efficiency.• Faster and Flexible and instant
• If BIOS crash, it still can boot from USB Drive
• Update BIOS from USB Drive by M-Flash Function
The MSI Live Update online is designed to automatically download and update the BIOS and driver when there’s a new version online. It helps reduce the risk of getting the wrong file and minimize the trouble of searching the files from MSI website.• Equip with 2 or more PCIe x16 slots, ATI CrossFire Ready.
• The ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform.
• Provides 2.7x faster performance than single graphic card solution.