MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) Motherboard


MSI has released four motherboard models for the new socket LGA2011 platform, the X79A-GD45, the X79MA-GD45, the X79A-GD65, and the X79A-GD65 (8D), targeted to the most high-end processor Intel offers for desktops today, the Core i7 “Sandy Bridge-E” models. Let’s take a look at the X79A-GD65 (8D), which comes with five PCI Express x16 slots.

To better understand the MSI socket LGA2011 motherboard line-up, we compiled the table below.

  X79A-GD45 X79MA-GD45 X79A-GD65 X79A-GD65 (8D)
Form Factor ATX microATX ATX ATX
Memory Sockets 4 4 4 8
PCI Express x16 3 (x16/x16/x8) 2 (x16/x16) 5 (x16/x16/x8/x1/x1) 5 (x16/x16/x8/x1/x1)
PCI Express x1 4 2 1 1
Standard PCI 0 0 0 0
SATA-300 4 4 4 4
SATA-600 2 2 4 4
eSATA-600 0 0 0 0
USB 2.0 10 10 12 12
USB 3.0 4 4 4 4
FireWire 2 0 2 2
Price USD 270 USD 230 NA USD 300

In Figure 1, you see the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) motherboard.

MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) motherboardFigure 1: MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) motherboard

Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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