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MSI Z87-GD65
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Originally Posted by MSI Website 
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
MSI GAMING motherboards are designed to provide gamers with best-in-class features and technology. Backed by the imposing looks of MSI's Dragon, each motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to gaming perfection.

THE BEST GAMING WEAPONS AT HAND
• The highest frag and the lowest lag with Killer E2200 Game Networking
• Crystal clear sound with Audio Boost
• Top quality audio solution with Sound Blaster Cinema
• Superb graphics with VGA Boost
• Blazing fast booting with Super RAID
• Gaming Device Port
• Military Class 4 Components
• OC Genie 4 & Click BIOS 4
• Optimized for multiple graphics cards
• Supports DDR3-3000 memory for super fast loading

Specifications:
  • Intel® Z87 Express Chipset
  • Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
  • Supports DDR3-3000(OC) Memory
  • USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
  • Audio Boost: Reward Your Ears with True Quality
  • Killer Ethernet: Kill Your Lag
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • PCI Express Gen 3: World's 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
  • Multi-GPU: NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support
  • Sound Blaster Cinema: Realistic Surround Sound Experience
  • Gaming Device Port: Optimized with Triple Gold-plating for High Polling Rate Gaming Devices
  • Total Fan Control: Optimize All Fan Speed As You Wish
  • Lucid Virtu MVP 2.0: Uncompromised Game Response Performance
  • Super Charger: Quickly Charge your iPad/iPhone/smartphones even under S0/S1/S3/S4/S5 mode

Reviews:

MSI Official Help Threads



Editor's Notes:

I believe this is a very under rated motherboard. It has some very high specification and its price point very competitive in the market. This motherboard does still come with a mSata SSD slot. Which is something I am now seeing other manufactures steer away from. Using a mSata SSD for a OS boot drive , or to supplement a regular HDD as a cache drive can be quite beneficial.

This motherboards USB 3.0 ports are native to the Intel PCH. Which does limit it to a total of 6 USB 3.0. However other manufactures that tote around, "We have 8! or 10! USB 3.0 ports." Are using 3rd Party hubs to split the PCH lanes to achieve that. Which if you have a lot of devices plugged into those ports, degrades them back down to USB 2.0 speeds anyway. Also, if those hubs have any kind of failure. You can loose ALL your USB port functionality. Which you are then stuck to RMA.

Unfortunately this motherboard isn't very popular. I feel MSI's reputation really got tarnished with the rash of bad motherboards that were burning up with the AM3 sockets. Even some Intel's had issues. Which as you can see. Even though that was now years ago. Something like that can really hurt a company. Heck bad RMA issues pretty much tanked XFX years ago and they are still hurting. Now, its Asus having some issues with Customer Service and RMA. Even MSI still has some problems. Gigabyte is doing pretty good for itself. They do have very, very good motherboards. I still own and love my 990FXA-UD7 for my 1090t setup.

I my self originally had a Z87X-UD5H. Then, the 3rd party hubs failed and I had no USB ports except for two, off the only true Intel PCH from the front header port. Because of circumstances I was not able to directly exhange for another UD5H. So I picked up this GD65. From which I have been very impressed with it.


This thread is for other owners of this under rated motherboard. Post in here your thoughts on it. Any issues you may have so we can help each other. Accomplishments with it! Just to show it off!
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Let me join! I have had this board basically since they were released in Canada. I am still on BIOS version 1.10. I am wondering if I should perhaps update to version 1.90? I haven't had any problems with board at all and have been running my 4670K at 4.2GHz since I got it!
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Yup. Sounds good.
On the MSI official forums. They have the latest BIOS on there. Guess it usually takes a few weeks for approval before it hits the website downloads section.

Sent from my Moto X
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OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 7 Ult x64 Samsung 2494SW CM Storm Quickfire Reds Corsair HX750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
550D G700 XTrac Ripper XXL Onkyo TX-SR804 
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Bowers & Wilkins 686 BookShelfs 
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OCZ Vertex 3 Western Digital Caviar Black LG DVD Multi / Lightscribe H100 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 7 Ult x64 Samsung 2494SW CM Storm Quickfire Reds Corsair HX750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
550D G700 XTrac Ripper XXL Onkyo TX-SR804 
Audio
Bowers & Wilkins 686 BookShelfs 
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AMD 1090t 990FXA-UD7 MSI R7950 TF3 TBD 
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post #4 of 11
i regularly updated my bios and when updated to bios 1.9 it fix my BSOD problem with memory on (Kingston beast 2x4)2400mhz( before no matter what i had random BSOD with XMP profile on 2400MHZ after updating it i don't have anymore that problem)
post #5 of 11
I'm seriously considering one of these for an intel build.
post #6 of 11
Only 5 users? I'm considering buying this one... I can get it for $79.99 right now, which seems like a great deal... How is the VRM and OC on this board?
post #7 of 11
Well, looks like this thread didn't go very far....That's unfortunate, this is a good board.... mad.gif
post #8 of 11
This is a good board. It's stable, has good audio . It was an incredible bargain when they closed them out for 35.00
post #9 of 11
I bought mine early, and paid quite a bit more than $35.... sad-smiley-002.gif
post #10 of 11
Dumb question I hope you guys can answer.

While stress testing with x264 v2.06 with HWInfo open to monitor temps/volts, I see that my Bus Clock fluctuates from 100.00 to 102.x which makes my clock ratio raise to 48xxMhz.
I keep hearing to disable the function that controls Bus Clocks, but I don't adjust settings in the submenu in the bios.
EVEN if I set it to 100 it still fluctuates even while stress testing with XTU it goes up.

System Specs.
4790k 4.7Ghz
MSI z97 Gaming 7 latest Bios version on MSI's website
G Skill Ares 2x8GB 1600Mhz 9-9-9-24 XMP
Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming

I've looked for the settings to disable spread spectrum but there isn't anything in the bios to disable it, I also tried just using the num-pad "+/-" to see if locking it in would help, and nothing.

I've read about my question that it's a glitch or something in HWInfo and not to worry about it as well.

Does my clock speed actually go to 48xxMhz or is it just something I should worry about.
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Crucial MX100 256gb Seagate Barracuda 2tb Corsair H70 Windows 7 Pro 64bit 
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