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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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360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: MSI P67A-GD765

360-Degree Motherboard Gallery:

Here's a quick spin around the board. Expansion options include two PCI Express x16 2.0 slots for videocards, three PCI Express x1 and two PCI slots. A single videocard will run in x16 mode while two-way nVidia SLI or ATI CrossfireX configurations will split the bandwidth equally and run both videocards in x8/x8 mode.

Spacing between the two videocard PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots is good. Dual-slot videocards only block one PCIEx1 slot. If you opt for SLI or CrossFireX, that will cost you a PCI slot as well.

Along the bottom of the MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard you'll find the following headers: audio, USB 3.0, 1394, USB 2.0, TPM module connect, COM port header. One USB 3.0 bracket is included with the board. There's a good amount of connectivity on the motherboard, but I wouldn't say MSI couldn't add a few more USB headers or USB 3.0 ports.

The red USB 2.0 header supports the MSI "Super Charger" USB charging feature while the computer is in an off state.

In this corner of the MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard we physical Power and Reset buttons next to MSI's proprietory OC Genie button. OC Genie is basically a one touch overclocking switch. Near the front panel IO header and clear CMOS jumper are four 3Gb/s SATA II ports (black) and two 6Gb/s SATA III jacks (white) from the Intel P67 chipset. RAID 0/1/5/10 can be configured across any of these ports. A Marvell controller adds a further two 6Gb/s SATA III ports (also in white).

The Intel P67 Express chipset runs pretty cool since it's basically a glorified Intel ICH10R chipset - MSI can get away with a simple low profile extruded aluminum heatsink here.


Passive heatsink for Intel P67 Chipset and four SATA II / four SATA III ports.

MSI's P67A-GD65 motherboard supports DDR3-1066/1333/1600/1866/2133 memory in a dual channel configuration. The largest memory density for 64-bit operating systems is 32GB, for Windows 32-bit you're capped at 4GB max.

MSI provide enthusiasts with voltage check points just off the the side of the DDR3 DIMM slots. Small jumpers are inserted to facilitate measuring with a multimeter the following: CPU, CPU_VTT, CPU_SA, DDR, PCH voltages.

Like all Intel P67 platforms, the MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard accommodates 32nm Intel socket LGA1155 2nd Generation 'Sandy Bridge' Core i3/i5/i7 2xxx-series processors and is not backwards compatible with socket LGA1156 Lynnfield chips.

That's not all, there's more on the next page....

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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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