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MSI P67A-GD65 Intel P67 Motherboard Review

MSI P67A-GD65 Intel P67 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard brings forth a lot for computer enthusiasts to get excited about, not the least of which are dual PCI Express x16 videocard slots, (4) USB 3.0 ports, (6) SATA 6GB/s ports and specialized tools for seasoned overclockers. For example, if you're one to break out a digital multimeter while overclocking there are handy voltage read points next to the boards' DDR3 memory slots.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Nov 07 2011   Max Page  
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Marketing MSI Features with Acronyms

The MSI P67A-GD65 B3 motherboard has more acronyms describing its unique qualities than any Intel P67 board PCSTATS has tested. You get Military Class, SFC Choke, Hi-C Cap, Solid Cap, Click BIOS, 1 second Overclocking, OC Genie II, Instant OC, DrMOS, uEFI, SuperCharger and WinkiIII. It's enough marketing spin to drive a motherboard reviewer up the wall!! Right?

So what exactly are ClickBIOS, Military Class II, OC Genie II or Control Center II? Let's run them down now, starting from the top.

CickBIOS II is MSI's name the replacement to the old keyboard-only BIOS format we've all used for many many years. The new, Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) can be thought of simply as a BIOS that works with a mouse. UEFI is an OS-firmware interface which is technically called a 'Boot Service'. Motherboards that adopt UEFI should be easier to configure and will be able to offer a broad range of thin-client troubleshooting applications. As long as manufacturers don't butcher the General User Interface (GUI) with incomprehensible dragons and cryptic icons it is a great tool for PC setup, overclocking and testing.

Military Class II is the designation for MSI's allegiance to certain mil-spec certified electrical components in the P67A-GD65's onboard Voltage Regulator Module (VRM ). The VRM is the part of the motherboard right next to the CPU socket. It is responsible for delivering clean, stable power to the LGA1155 processor regardless of heat or overclocking pressures.

The MSI approach with 'Military Class II' is to select compact solid state electrical parts that are mil-spec rated for this important circuitry. It does not mean the entire motherboard is mil-spec rated.... the warranty is only three years after all.


MSI's Tantalum Hi-C capacitors and Super Ferrite Chokes pictured next to the LGA1155 processor socket.

The components include Tantalum core conductive polymerized capacitors (Hi-c Cap), super ferrite RF choke's and solid-state low ESR conductive polymer capacitors throughout the rest of the platform. The Tantalum capacitors are likely the mil-spec rated electrical component in question. Tantalum caps last substantially longer than electrolytic or polymerized caps and are very compact and thermally stable.

Control Center II is the second in a long line of software tools that make it easier to monitor the parameters of a board like the MSI Computer P67A-GD65 from the comforts of Windows 7. With it you can load overclocking profiles, overclock manually, change voltages, set fan speeds and all that fun stuff.

Next up, an up close look at all the MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard has to offer.

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Contents of Article: MSI P67A-GD65
 Pg 1.  MSI P67A-GD65 Intel P67 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  OC Genie - One Button Overclocking
 Pg 3.  — Marketing MSI Features with Acronyms
 Pg 4.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: MSI P67A-GD765
 Pg 5.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery Continued
 Pg 6.  Intel P67 B3-Stepping Express Chipset
 Pg 7.  UEFI BIOS of the MSI P67A-GD65
 Pg 8.  Overclocking and Test System Specs
 Pg 9.  Sysmark 2007 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  SiSoft Sandra: CPU Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 11.  Sandra: Memory Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 12.  PCMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 13.  3DMark 11 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 14.  3DMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 15.  3DMark 06 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 16.  FEAR Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 17.  Conclusions and Total System Power Draw

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