MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Motherboard Detailed

/ 3 years ago


Haswell for desktops is just around the corner and all the main motherboard vendors are gearing up with their next generation of motherboards for the launch. The latest motherboard we have pictures of is the MSI Z87 GD65 Gaming Series motherboard. MSI’s Gaming series of motherboards is relatively new but like its predecessor, the Z77-GD65 Gaming, the Z87-GD65 Gaming uses the red and black colour scheme with the dragon design.


The Z87 PCH allows for native USB 3.0 and SATA III connectivity with six SATA III ports and six USB 3.0 ports included.


Around the socket area MSI have opted for Super Ferrite Chokes (SFCs), solid state capacitors and a 12 phase VRM.


Expansion capabilities include three PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots (probably 16X/8X/8X electrical), three PCI-E 3.0 X1 slots and an mSATA slot. The MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming supports SLI and CrossFire Multi-GPU set ups.


Buttons included are the OC Genie 4, Power On/Off, Reset, Go2BIOS, Multi-BIOS and a Debug LED and are mainly placed at the bottom of the motherboard while the clear CMOS button is on the rear I/O. The rear I/O also includes 7.1 channel audio (powered by the Sound Blaster Core motherboard “Audio Boost” chip), six USB 3.0 ports, single LAN ( powered by Killer E2200), VGA, DVI, HDMI, optical audio (SPDIF, Toslink, etc) and PS/2 mouse/keyboard combo port.


MSI is also preparing the Z87 XPower and Z87 MPower MAX high-end motherboards for launch while there will obviously be a more extensive range of other “less prestigious” motherboards available at launch.

For the eagle eyed among you there are probably a million and one other features I haven’t fully picked up on so if you feel they are worth a mention please drop them in the comments below!

What are your thoughts on the MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Series motherboard?

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  • I’ll find out once I’ve put one through it’s paces.

    • just out of interest, what website/company do you review/test for?

      • I have absolutely no qualms telling you. It’s just that I don’t give anything personal away publicly.