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MSI Z77A-GD65 Z77 DDR3 1600 LGA 1155 Motherboards

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  • CPU: Socket 1155, Supports 3rd Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors
  • Chipset: Intel Z77
  • Memory: 4x DDR3-2800(OC)/2667/2600/2400/2200/2133/2000/1866/1600/1333/1066 Memory, Dual Channel, Max capacity up to 32 GB
  • Slots: 3x PCI-Express3.0 x16 Slots, 4x PCI-Express2.0 x1 Slots
  • SATA: 4x SATA3 Ports, Two Support AHCI/RAID 0, 1, 5, 10; 4x SATA2 Ports, Supports AHCI/RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
  • LAN: Realtek Intel 82579V PCI-Express 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • Ports: 10x USB 2.0 Ports (4 rear, 6 via header); 4x USB 3.0 Ports(two rear, two via header); 1x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Port; 1x VGA Port; 1x DVI Port; 1x Coaxial S/PDIF-Out Port; 1x Optical S/PDIF-Out Port; 1x HDMI Port; 1x RJ45 LAN Port; Audio I/O Jacks
  • LAN: Realtek Intel 82579V PCI-Express 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
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Z77A-GD65 LGA1155/Intel Z77/DDR3/SATA3&USB3.0/CrossFireX&SLI/A&GbE/ATX Motherboard

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
RAM 32 GB DDR3 2400;DDR3 2133;DDR3 1066;DDR3 1333;DDR3 1600
Chipset Brand Intel
Graphics Card Ram Size 1760 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Brand Name MSI
Item model number Z77A-GD65
Item Weight 2 pounds
Product Dimensions 11.6 x 3 x 8.1 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 11.6 x 3 x 8.1 inches
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Audio-out Ports (#) 6
Voltage 1.5 volts

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ASIN B007QWIA52
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4.1 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,287 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Motherboards
Shipping Weight 3.5 pounds
Date First Available April 2, 2012

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This is a fantastic motherboard and highly recommended for anyone building a high-end system. It has a number of great features:

* UEFI BIOS is super easy to use.
* Great software for editing BIOS settings from the desktop, and overclocking on the fly from the desktop.
* BIOS switch in case you mess up your main one. This falls back to a recovery BIOS.
* Automatic overclocking by turning on a switch on the motherboard (OC Genie II). To give a sense of how well this works, it overclocked my 3.5 ghz 3770k to 4.2ghz automatically with this on. You can get higher overclocks by hand but the automatic OC stays within a definite safe range. It also overclocks your RAM and the integrated GPU.
* TPM module support. As I work as a software engineer specializing in information security this is a big bonus for me. No TPM is included but you can get one from MSI. This enables high end cryptographic functions, as well as features like BitLocker in Windows. (I use the TPM and it works well).
* Virtu MVP, for great gaming performance and to enable you to take advantage of the full functionality of both your discrete and integrated graphics.
* No Thunderbolt port. Yeah, this is a feature. Thunderbolt is a security risk since it allows DMA. Don't waste money getting the GD80 since the only difference is it adds the bug of a Thunderbolt port. (While you are at it, if you care about security, disable the IEEE1394 port in the BIOS).

The only negatives I can think of:
* No reason to not include a TPM out of the box. But I guess I can't blame them too much, most of their competition doesn't support this at all.
* As other reviewers have noted, there are stickers all over the board when you first take it out of the box.
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I purchased this motherboard about a month ago and decided to hold off a bit before reviewing it. Afterall, it's kinda hard to review a
board with any accuracy if you haven't used it more than a few hours.

Background: Hardware geek. Been building computers and overclocking them since the days when we unsoldered the clock crystals from the board and soldered on higher ones. Plenty of modding experience (Lego Cases, Hello Kitty Lunchbox computers, etc)

I got the MSI board because I've used the following MSI Boards with no problems (that were the fault of MSI*)

P67A-GD65
Z68A-GD65
FM2-A85XA-G65 (On the AMD side of the house)
P6N Platinum

*The P67 platform (1st generation) was recalled because Intel found a fault in the Chipset that resulted in worsening SATA performance to the point the SATA channels died. After having to wait a 2.5 months for enough replacement chipsets to be made, allowing MSI to build replacement motherboards, MSI overnighted a new P67A-GD65 B2 version board, told me to put the bad board in the box the good board came in, and slap the pre-paid label on it. Swap-out was that easy. I have used it for a couple years with no problems.

Note: I mention a proper "system" later on in my review. Why? It makes no sense to have an insanely great part if you pair it with a low quality part. The system is only as good as its weakest link and should be designed with each part inspected to see not just how it works on its own but how it works with everything else in the computer.

Too often people buy the highest rated individual items without researching if those items can be assembled to make a fully functional computer system.
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Has everything you could really need in a Z77 Motherboard- PCI-E 3.0, USB 3.0, SATA 6GB/s. The OC Genie II feature seems to work, though CPU-Z is telling me it holds at the highest clock rate, which I can't imagine is very efficient. I have an i5-3570k, cooled by a Hyper 212 Evo. Speaking of which, the cooler DOES cover the memory slots a bit, but if you buy shorter sticks of memory it won't cause you many problems. I got some Kingston Hyper-X's that fit nicely.

The UEFI Bios is a pretty neat feature, too, and is my first time experiencing one. Very organized, sleek and informative. Plus, if you bork up an overclock and can't boot, there's a small switch near the edge of the board that allows you to switch to another, default, Bios. Saved me some trouble already (I'm not a smart man... =P).

The only negative, thus far, were the stickers they put directly on the board. Upon removal, the one above the CPU slot tore off the protective cover, and the one above the PCI-E 3.0 slot left residue I couldn't remove. Just kind've annoying, I guess. Not enough to knock off a star by any means.

If you buy this, you won't be disappointed.

UPDATE - Unfortunately I may have spoken too soon. I've already had to RMA the board once, because at some point the USB controller apparently shorted. I first noticed because the mouse stopped moving (I was web browsing, of all things. Facebook.) and the USB disconnect sound played. Then I smelled burning. After turning it off and checking things out, I didn't find any signs of damage on anything, so I turned it back on to find that only one of the USB ports, specifically one on the front of my case, worked.
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