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MSI Z68A-GD80 G3 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard Review

Author: Steve Grever
Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI

BIOS Features

MSI incorporated a UEFI BIOS into the Z68A-GD80 motherboard. We flashed the BIOS to the latest version and here are some screenshots of the available features and options in this graphics-enhanced BIOS.

 

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Main Menu

 

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Mainboard Settings Menu

 

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Advanced Menu under Mainboard Settings

 

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System Status Menu under Mainboard Settings

 

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ACPI Settings Menu under Mainboard Settings

 

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Integrated Peripherals Menu under Mainboard Settings

 

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Integrated Graphics Configuration Menu under Mainboard Settings

 

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USB Configuration Menu under Mainboard Settings

 

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Hardware Monitor Menu under Mainboard Settings

 

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Power Management Setup Menu Menu under Mainboard Settings

 

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Wake Up Event Menu under Mainboard Settings

 

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Boot Device Configuration Menu

 

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Overclocking Settings Main Menu

 

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CPU Frequency Options under Overclocking Settings Menu

 

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DRAM Frequency under Overclocking Settings Menu

 

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DRAM Timing Mode under Overclocking Settings Menu

 

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Energy Savings Main Menu

 

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Live Update, M-Flash Utilities Main Menu

 

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Browser Options (must install Winki from driver CD to use this option in Click BIOS II)

October 14, 2011 | 08:19 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Nice board and all. But it's $240 compared to $180 I paid for a P67A-GD65 7 months ago.

Surely the Virtu folks want to get paid, and Intel probably charges a bit extra for a Z68 compared to the P67, but as the consumer I don't ask *why*, I just see the price tag.

The board is not $60 faster. If one really needs the Z68 features, well then this is a great choice. I just think the pricing isn't good for the level of performance.

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October 14, 2011 | 09:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

That $240 price (at least, in the US) is for the B3 version, which is being replaced by the G3 reviewed here. I'm not sure why the price is higher, unless it's due to odd supply/demand.

The Z68A-GD80 G3 is around $220 from most resellers, but MSI also has the Z68A-GD65 G3 for people who are in the sub-$200 range; it is priced around $180 and is still an enthusiast class board.

Currently, I'm running a Gigabyte board. However, I am interested in seeing what MSI has up their sleeve with their upcoming X79 and 7-series chipset boards. I've had some good boards from them in the past, and it looks like they are making improvements to their Gen-1 UEFI BIOS with ClickBIOS II, which is very welcome.

October 14, 2011 | 10:46 AM - Posted by drbaltazar (not verified)

i tend to suggest to user to stick to intel when they get intel cpu

November 30, 2011 | 03:16 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

you do know Intel makes the chipsets but doesn't actually make motherboards anymore?

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