MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) Review

Editor: Richard Weatherstone  Date: 14-11-11   4 Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Introduction

Product on Review: MSI X79A-GD65(8D)


Manufacturer: MSI
Street Price: £251 inc. VAT (Bundle deal available)

It’s been a long time coming but the successor to X58 is here. Welcome to X79, in particular our first review based on Intel’s LGA2011, the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D). If you are looking for information on Intel’s latest CPU (indeed their top of the range CPU) then we can also satisfy your need by visiting HERE where we explore the benefits and potential pitfalls of the new CPU, codenamed (but widely recognised) Sandybridge-E processor.

If you are here for a first look on the new motherboard from MSI or perhaps a preview then it’s perhaps you best go look elsewhere because we don’t do things in half measures here at Vortez. If however you want to know all there is to know about the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D), want an honest, unbiased appraisal of the ‘next big thing’ then put the kettle on, sit back and relax as we take a thorough an in-depth review of our first taste of the new flagship motherboard to be wheeled out of MSI’s laboratories.


The MSI MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) at first glance looks to be simply an evolution of their previous motherboards with the added appeal of Intel’s X79 features. Not that that’s a bad thing of course because MSI’s previous family of motherboards have been exceptional and have won many awards here at Vortez. This motherboard though is so much more than an evolution, it’s more a revolution!

SATA 6Gb/s ports, USB 3.0 ports along with 8 DIMMs supporting up to 128GB at 2400MHz should be enough to get your taste buds tingling but if not then how about PCiE 3.0 support? This of course is coupled with MSI’s usual plethora of features which themselves have received some significant updates including enhanced Military Class III components, UEFI BIOS configuration, Click BIOS II, OC Genie II, 3-way NVIDIA SLI and 4-way AMD Crossfire support.

About MSI
Since its founding in 1986, MSI has been demonstrating continued success in digital age. To achieve the best user experience, every component is essential. In the past 25 years, MSI always strives to provide digital products based on its core values –“Innovation” and “Style”. The results are products with superior performance, trusted reliability, excellent user experience and expressive style. MSI has won the world-renowned product design awards and nearly 8,000 award recognitions from 350 media in 50 countries worldwide. With the brand slogan of “Innovation with Style”, MSI will continue to pioneer in global market as a principal brand in digital era, as well as lead the world in innovation in the field of global fashion technology with the needs of consumers at its core.


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