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

Author: Steve Grever
Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI

PCMark Vantage

Futuremark's benchmark suite, PCMark Vantage, was released in 2010 we published an initial article on the new software that looked at some CPU performance as well as providing overviews for all the individual testing suites it uses and what kind of applications they emulate.  The new Vantage software takes a much more real-world user-scenario approach to testing that previous PCMark software and as such deserves more time our benchmark analysis. 


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PCMark Vantage is one of the most definitive synthetic benchmarks that gives hardware reviewers a comprehensive look at every performance category that users should care about in their PCs. One of the most interesting scores we recorded was during the gaming benchmark where the X79A-GD65 (8D) scored almost 1,000 points higher than the X79-UD5. This isn't really consistent with the synthetic or real-world gaming benchmarks we recorded earlier in so we may need to take these scores with a grain of salt. The MSI offering also posted solid numbers in the hard drive test, but lost by a few points to the Gigabyte X79-UD5 in overall results.

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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