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MSI Z77A-GD65 Review: Military Class for Ivy Bridge

Conclusion

The MSI Z77A-GD65 is quite a decent performer, with benchmark figures close to the top and sometimes demostrating better CPU efficiencies than the other systems in our test suite.

However, we've found with a current price tag of US$176 (Newegg) / SGD$315 (Cybermind), it competes directly with ASUS's P8Z77-V (US$179 / SGD$289), Gigabyte's Z77X-UD5H (US$179) and ASRock's Z77 Extreme6 (US$174 / SGD$319), all of them have better bundles (e.g. Dual LAN, Wifi and mSATA) and more USB 3.0 ports to boot.

Don't get us wrong we feel that the Z77A-GD65 is a decent and stable motherboard. If there is a price revision downwards of say US$30 / SGD $50, the value proposition of the product will look much better in the face of aggressive competition offerings.

 

Pros Cons
  • Good PCB layout/design
  • Voltage Check points
  • Stripped down for overclocking (no extra host controllers, less CPU interrupts)
  • Right angle internal USB 3.0 connector
  • Military Class III components
  • Cluttered BIOS layout
  • Unattractive Price Tag
  • Realtek audio

Lennard Seah
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