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

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The MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) Review. 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 of 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.

Bapco SYSmark 2012 V1.0.0.54 (64 bit)218
Sisoft Sandra Lite 2011 SP4c (Dhrystone ALU)205.08 GIPS
Cinebench 11.510.22 pts
Video encoding472 seconds
Audio encoding77 seconds
PCMark7 Professional Edition v1.0.43424 PCMarks
3DMark11 Professional Edition V
STALKER Call of Pripyat Benchmark V1.6.00 (avg)96.29 fps
MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) Review: Table of Testing Results

Specification – MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) Review

msi x79a-gd65 (8d) review performance
MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) Review
Processor TypeIntel Core i7 series 38xx/39xxK/X
chipsetIntel X79 Express
memory8 DDR3-2400 (OC) / 2133 (OC) / 1800 (OC) / 1600/1333/1066 quad channel max. 64 GB
graphics card3x PCI Express x 16 gen.3.0 (x16, x16, x8)
expansion slot2x PCIe x1, 1x PCI
storage2x SATA3, 4x SATA2/2xSATA3 (chipset X79/ASMedia)
RAID0, 1, 5, and 10
sound chipRealtek ALC892 (8 channels)
network chipRealtek 8111E (gigabit)
PCB dimensionATX, 30.5 x 24.4 cm
I / O1 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
guarantee3 years
Price range*US $360
MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) Review: Table of Main Specifications



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  • There’s Military Class III components and PCI Express Gen3;
  • There is a feature OC Genie II and ClickBIOS II.


  • No eSATA.

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Score Assessment

Performance - 7.8
Facilities & Features - 8.5
Easiness - 8
Price - 6.5



Plus: There's Military Class III components and PCI Express Gen3; There is a feature OC Genie II and ClickBIOS II. Minus: No eSATA.

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