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MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) Performance Review, Multiple Overclock Options

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Military Class MSI has become a mainstay feature for a long time in the ranks of its motherboard. The use of the term military itself refers to the use of grade components that define the tough durability. Military class has become an important technology that is intended for overclockers motherboard heavyweight. This time the class military technology has reached the third generation with a more formidable resistance.

MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) motherboard itself is one of the high-end MSI level with the support Sandy Bridge-E processors. 8D Series confirms uses 8 memory DIMM slots that can be used up to quad-channel mode.

MSI also includes a third-generation PCI Express graphics slots on three, while the rest are still using the expansion slot generation 2. Three PCI Express slot can be used in SLI mode, and a 3-way CrossFireX. PCI Express 3.0 is claimed to have up to 3 times as much bandwidth and is compatible with the type of graphics card PCI 2.0 (backward compatibility).

To overclock easily, this product is equipped with OC Genie II feature. Featured in the form of instant buttons will improve the performance of the motherboard automatically simply by pressing only. In addition there are also two adjacent plus and minus buttons that will set the base clock manually. This function can be run as long as you do not enable OC Genie II.

Besides overclocking mode, you are also given the ease with feature ClickBIOS II. It will control the system with multiple configurations, including overclock via the BIOS and utilities in Windows.

MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) not only offers the latest support and robust performance for Sandy Bridge-E processors, but also convenience for those who want to overclock. For advanced users, there are also flexible menu options either via UEFI BIOS or within Windows via a utility.

Testing Results

Feature overclock diverse. Slot PCI Express graphics have been using a new Gen 3 support for CrossFireX and SLI are faster.

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Bapco SYSmark 2012 V1.0.0.54 (64 bit) 218
Sisoff Sandra Lite 2011 SP4c (Dhrystone ALU) 205.08 GIPS
Cinebench 11.5 10.22 pts
Video encoding 472 seconds
Audio encoding 77 seconds
PCMark7 Professional Edition v1.0.4 3424 PCMarks
3DMark11 Professional Edition V P3801
STALKER Call of Pripyat Bencmark V1.6.00 (avg) 96.29 fps


Processor Type Intel Core i7 series 38xx/39xxK/X
chipset Intel X79 Express
memory 8 DDR3-2400 (oc) / 2133 (oc) / 1800 (oc) / 1600/1333/1066 quad channel max. 64 GB
graphics card 3x PCI Express x 16 gen.3.0 (x16, x16, x8)
expansion slot 2x PCIe x1, 1x PCI
storage 2x SATA3, 4x SATA2/2xSATA3 (chipset X79/ASMedia)
RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10
sound chip Realtek ALC892 (8 channels)
network chip Realtek 8111E (gigabit)
PCB dimension ATX, 30.5 x 24.4 cm
I / O 1 x PS / 2 keyboard / mouse
1 x clear CMOS button
1 x Optical SPDIF Output
1 x Coaxial SPDIF Output
1 x FireWire
1 x LAN
8 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
1 x 6 in 1 audio
guarantee 3 years
Website www.msi.com
Price range* $ 360


Plus: There’s Military Class III components and PCI Express Gen3, there is a feature OC Genie II and ClickBIOS II.

Minus: No eSATA

Score Assessment
 - Performance: 3.9
 - Facilities: 4.25
 - Ease: 4
 - Price: 3.25
 - Total Score: 3.9

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