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MSI Z68A-GD65 (B3) LGA1155 Intel Z68 B3 DDR3 CrossFireX & SLI SATA3 and USB 3.0 A&GbE ATX Motherboard

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  • CPU: Socket 1155 Support Intel Sandy Bridge Processors
  • Chipset: Intel Z68 (B3) Chipset
  • Memory: 4x DDR3-2133(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 DIMMs, Dual Channel, Unbuffered, Max Capacity up to 32GB
  • Slots: 2x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Slots(support CrossFireX & SLI); 3x PCI-Express x1 Slots; 2x 32-bit 3.3v/5v PCI Slots
  • SATA: 4x SATA2 Ports, Support RAID 0/ 1/ 5/ 10; 4x SATA3 Ports(two support RAID 0/ 1/ 5/ 10)
  • Audio: Realtek ALC892 Flexible 8-channel Audio Codec, w/ jack sensing
  • LAN: Realtek 8111E PCI-Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • Ports: 10x USB 2.0 Ports (4 rear, 6 by header); 4x USB 3.0 Ports(2 rear, 2 by header); 1x PS/2 Port; 1x VGA Port; 1x DVI Port; 1x HDMI Port; 1x Optical SPDIF Out; 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Out; 1x RJ45 LAN Port; Audio I/O jacks

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MSI Z68A-GD65 (B3) LGA1155/ Intel Z68 B3/ DDR3/ CrossFireX & SLI/ SATA3 and USB 3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

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Product Dimensions 9.6 x 8.2 x 2.2 inches
Item Weight 3.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.5 pounds
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ASIN B005CGGW1S
Item model number Z68A-GD65 (B3)
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3.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #5,583 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Motherboards
Date first available at Amazon.com July 13, 2011

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Especially like the on board reset, power and overclock buttons for use outside a case. The auto overclocker works well (OC Genie). The board looks great and the disc comes with good software. No problems as of yet. Highly recommended.
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I have been building computers since 1981. I overclocked back then by de-soldering the clock crystal from the motherboard and soldering in a faster one. Obviously, things have changed over the years and this board is an example of an excellent enthusiast board. Overclocking a 2500K processor from its stock speed to 4.9GHz took no more effort than loading BIOS and changing the multiplier to 49 and saving the changes.

My system runs everything thrown at it and has never crashed. Unlike the previous posters, I specifically chose this board after careful research, taking into account the reviews of it on multiple sites. It's been rock-solid reliable and fast as @#$^.

I also have it's P67-based predecessor, the P67A-GD65, and it too is an outstanding motherboard.

My only experiences with MSI's RMA process was when Intel released the P67 Chipset in January 2010 and, after 6 weeks, realized there was a bug in the chipset that could not be fixed with a driver update or microcode. It required Intel to initiate a $1.2B recall of every single P67-based motherboard on the planet. The "problem" requiring the recall was that SATA performance, over a span of about 3 years would degrade until the SATA channel stopped working.

MSI, like most companies at the time, were swamped with requests to swap out the boards. Additionally, it took Intel a month of hard work to correct the hardware problem and manufacturer enough chipsets to start the RMA process for replacement boards. May 1 I received notification that a new board was being shipped to me. I received it the next day. I put the "bad" motherboard in the box and attached the "included return shipping label" MSI supplied, installed the new (B3 version) board, and have not had a single issue.
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My sister bought this board as a Christmas gift for my son at his request.

We tried everything I could think of to get it to boot, but we kept getting a continuous loop with a dreaded four beeps. Components as follows:

Mobo - MSI Z68A-GD65 (B3)
CPU - I73770K (Intel indicated it would work with this motherboard)
RAM - 2 x 8Gb Corsair Vengeance DDR3 (set)
HDD - WD Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache
GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX670
PS - Corsair AX 850 - Both 24-pin primary and 8-pin CPU power securely attached
CPU Cooling - Corsair H80
Case - Antec DF85

- Assembled on granite counter with wood floors using anti-static wrist band. Nothing dropped on board during assembly.
- CPU successfully tested in another computer w/ Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe motherboard and other similar components.
- RAM successfully tested in same computer noted above. Placed in DIMM 1 & 3 per manual...also tried single in DIMM 1
- Tried boot with GPU installed and without
- Tried with monitor attached and without
- Tried with keyboard and mouse attached and without
- Tried with front panel audio, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 attached and without

I have to add that this motherboard arrived with a label on the back partially torn off. Not the quality control I would have expected.

Requested return. Awaiting resolution.
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Updated - February 2013

After several email exchanges with their "customer service" asking me to re-do everything I had already done to isolate the problem, the seller finally agreed to accept a return which I shipped at my expense. A few weeks, they sent back the exact same motherboard with the same issues as before.
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I purchased this motherboard from another site and had high hopes for it. I was wrong. I hate the new bios feture.I kept getting a failure to load bios error, which is caused by the outdated disc sent with the board. I also spent 4 weeeks putting together a 3,000 paper weight since the motherboard is the main and first component to be installed. The system is a dual cooled liquid set up and it took a long time to put it together to have to rip it apart to get this board out. I kept getting a loop process, where the computer boots and reboots over and over. Also as mentioned in another review on the P67 version of this board, their customer support is crap!!! I sent the board in as a RMA and they sent me back a "new board" as per the ticket. I got a white box with the same motherboard in it and a sticker pasted over the original one. It said on the limited amount of info on the packing slip " motherboard swapped" and had a new S/N number. All they did was place a new sticker over th old one. You would think that the RMA dept. or whoever does the board work would have at least removed the old sticker and replaced with a new one. I would have rather them tell me that it was repaired than lie to me and say it was replaced. This is not the first MSI product I have had issues with either.

Its OK though, I build about 25 computers a year and have used MSI products in the past for other customers, but from now on, I will not use them in a build. This motherboard has a lot of potential, but it is buggy and the company knows this. I am kind of shocked that you carry this model as a lot of other sites have discontinued this model or say it is out of stock and may not be available again. Gee, I wonder why? I really think what they did is Fraud, but I do not know who to report it to.
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