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MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) Motherboard

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Introduction

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