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#1 Bosco

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 04:16 PM

Tonight ccokeman takes a look at MSI's Z87-GD65 Gaming Motherboard.

 

Read his review here:

 

http://www.overclock...87_gd65_gaming/


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 04:24 PM

Based on the results here I can't wait to get my hands on the G45 version! That, and the red and black theme really speaks to me. :)

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 06:43 PM

When I get the cash together for a Haswell build, I think this MSI is going to be on the motherboard list. Very sharp looking board, nice price, good features, and seems to keep stuff cool.


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 02:04 AM

What color does the VR heat-sink have? Is it pink or red?

MSI have copied Asus ROG theme. :rofl:

 

On a more serious note, very good board. Would be a good choice as mid-high end overclocking build.


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:52 AM

Hey ccokeman, did I read the specs right....  No front panel USB 3.0 headers?

 

Does the newer MSI BIOS allow for overclocking voltage control via offset, or is it still just "auto" or "manual + LLC"?

 

Great review.  I thought that MSI hit a home running with the Z77 Gaming boards, and now they have some how managed to take that to the next level.  Good work MSI!


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 07:43 AM

Hey ccokeman, did I read the specs right....  No front panel USB 3.0 headers?

 

There is, just some reason it isn't listed by MSI.


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:54 AM

Sweet.  Guess if I had looked at the pictures closer I would have saw that  :)


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 04:33 PM

There is a USB 3.0 front panel header between the SATA ports and the 24 pin ATX power connection.

 

LLC is not really used with the Haswell Architecture.  You have adaptive vcore, offset mode and a static mode that works best when overclocked to ensure you do not get a vcore overshoot that will kill you on the thermals. Working on another board right now and I am still at 4.7Ghz with 1.35v static. 


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:39 AM

Sweet.  Thanks for all the education!


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:55 AM

Great review ccokeman! The motherboard is pretty sexy looking!


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:27 PM

Why yes... it is !


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:02 AM

Frank, is the I/O shield padded or just bare metal? I'm spoiled by the ASUS ROG mobo's quality but this looks like a really good deal if it's at the same level.