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MSI Z77A-GD65 GAMING
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While it is a great looking board, I kind of wish they stuck with the black and blue color scheme.
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Looks much less garish than I thought it would be.

I'm sure that this is largely a marketing dry-run for their upcoming Z87 boards, so I have no doubt they'll make minor tweaks for them by June...
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The only thing I am not too keen on are the three display outputs in the rear. I could use a lot more USB so if it was just a HDMI output I would think that would be ideal. Mainly for the fact I see this as a gaming board, in meaning that there will be a dedicated GPU. Bit I can see this being a good board for a few different setups ( for me HTPC and File server ).
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Originally Posted by nbmjhk6 View Post

While it is a great looking board, I kind of wish they stuck with the black and blue color scheme.

Agreed.
   
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if the board performs as good as it looks, it might be a killer gaming board
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From the looks of it it's the normal GD65 with tweaks such as Killer NIC, Creative audio (software emulation?), and different looks. Too late for the game...
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Originally Posted by DeXel View Post

From the looks of it it's the normal GD65 with tweaks such as Killer NIC, Creative audio (software emulation?), and different looks. Too late for the game...

I think it's a live practice run for their real target, which is Z87's launch.
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Originally Posted by DeXel View Post

From the looks of it it's the normal GD65 with tweaks such as Killer NIC, Creative audio (software emulation?), and different looks. Too late for the game...

So true......
 
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Is this an E-ATX board or regular ATX?
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