MSI Z77A-GD65 Motherboard


The MSI Z77A-GD65 (a.k.a. MS-7751 Ver 2.1) is a mid-range socket LGA1155 motherboard targeted to the forthcoming “Ivy Bridge” processors (third-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors) and also supporting the current “Sandy Bridge” models (second-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors). Let’s see what the MSI Z77A-GD65 will have to offer.

The Intel Z77 will be an upgraded version of the Z68 chipset with the same basic features (Intel Smart Response Technology and Virtu video switching technology), plus native support to four USB 3.0 ports. It will also include the addition of two new technologies: Smart Connect (allowing the computer to receive emails and refresh webpages while it is in sleep mode) and Rapid Start (faster boot times).

In addition, the MSI Z77A-GD65 supports the Virtu Universal MVP, which allows you to combine the performance of the integrated graphics processor available in the CPU with the performance of any video card installed. This is similar to what occurs with the Hybrid SLI and ATI Hybrid Graphics technologies, with the notable difference of not being limited to GPUs from a specific manufacturer.

MSI has launched five different motherboard models based on the Intel Z77 chipset. In the table below, we compare their main specifications.

Specification Z77A-GD65 Z77A-GD55 Z77A-GD45 Z77MA-G45 Z77A-G43
Form Factor ATX ATX ATX microATX ATX
Memory Sockets 4 4 4 4 4
PCI Express x16 3 (x16/x0/x0 or x8/x8/x0 or x8/x4/x4) 3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4) 3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4) 2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8) 2 (x16/x4)
PCI Express x1 4 4 4 2 1
Standard PCI 0 0 0 0 3
CrossFireX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SLI Yes Yes No No No
SATA-300 4 4 4 4 4
SATA-600 4 2 2 2 2
eSATA-300 0 0 0 0 0
eSATA-600 0 0 0 0 0
USB 2.0 10 10 10 12 10
USB 3.0 4 4 4 4 4
FireWire 1 0 0 0 0
Gigabit Ethernet 1 1 1 1 1
VGA 1 1 1 1 1
DVI 1 1 1 1 1
HDMI 1 1 1 1 1
DisplayPort 0 0 0 0 0
Audio ALC898 ALC892 ALC892 ALC892 ALC892
Voltage Regulator 8+2+1+1 NA NA NA NA
Price USD 170 USD 170 NA USD 125 USD 120

Figure 1 shows you the MSI Z77A-GD65 motherboard.

MSI Z77A-GD65 motherboardFigure 1: MSI Z77A-GD65 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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