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MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) LGA 2011 ATX Motherboard Review

Author: Steve Grever
Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI

BIOS Features

MSI's has incorporated their ClickBIOS II technology into the X79A-GD65 (8D) motherboard, which they tout as being the world's first Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) and software GUI. This application allows users to have full control over their BIOS settings from the UEFI BIOS itself and after users boot into Windows as well. Their GUI also has touchscreen support and a generous amount of overclocking options for novice and experienced overclockers.

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Main Menu


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Standard Mode - Main Menu


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System Status Menu


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Advanced Menu


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Advanced Menu, PCI Subsystem Settings


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Boot Menu


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Overclocking Settings Menu


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Overclocking Settings Menu, Advanced DRAM Configuration


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Overclocking Settings Menu, CPU/DRAM voltage options


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Overclocking Settings Menu, CPU Specifications


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Overclocking Settings Menu, CPU Features


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ClickBIOS GUI from Windows 7 desktop

March 6, 2012 | 11:24 PM - Posted by amythompson (not verified)

The one thing the X79A-GD65 (8D) has going for it is the number of DIMM slots you have. Of course 8 DIMMS can give you a huge workable memory footprint of 32GB for not much money now days. The MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) costs $290.00 at Newegg. Other enthusiast set motherboards start around the $250 mark.

March 7, 2012 | 11:54 AM - Posted by AMDScooter

Nice review, thanks! These look to be great boards and MSI continues to pump out quality product. That said a few things really disappoint me on the new Intel IB chipset lineup that are in no way unique to this board. The most disappointing to me is the lack of native SATA3 ports.

: - Supports two SATAIII ports (SATA1~2) by X79

Really Intel? Still only 2 ports? Lacking is too kind a word IMHO. This is supposed to be an enthusiast chipset yet it has no more native SATA3 ports than the "old" P67 based board I'm currently running. So as an enthusiast the only way I get SATA3 speeds with more than 2 SSD's in a RAID0 is an aftermarket solution taking up an expansion slot.

Aside from that I'm really impressed by the temps you achieved on air with that OC. 4.6Ghz~1.5v and only 50c on air with a 125TDP cpu HT enabled? That's the best I've seen to date. I cant keep my 2500K 4.6Ghz~1.3v that cool using a H70 under load. You guys testing in a walk in freezer? ;)

Anyway thanks for the review. All I have to do now is find a reason to justify an upgrade with the boss. I don't think upgradeitis is gonna cut it this time around.

April 10, 2013 | 05:21 AM - Posted by Rajan (not verified)

I recently bought the MSI x79A GD45 8D . I installed the components, and switched on. Unfortunately the computer kept on restarting every couple of seconds. I couldn't even get into the BIOS

October 3, 2013 | 04:50 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You have to reset the cmos at the back of the pc ;)

December 15, 2013 | 06:16 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I have recently bought one of these unfortunately when I turn it on I get no display. There is a dubug code FF on the board.

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