But let's now focus on the motherboard tested today, the MSI Z68A-GD80.
MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) Specifications
CPU (Max Support)
AM3 CPU Ready
FSB / Hyper Transport Bus
Intel® Z68 (B3)
Max Memory (GB)
Gen2 (1x16, 1x8, 1x1)
USB 3.0 ports (Rear)
USB 2.0 ports (Rear)
Audio ports (Rear)
Serial ports (Rear)
Parallel ports (Rear)
1394 ports (Rear)
VGA Max Share Memory (MB)
The focus of this motherboard is that it has a dark looking design whilst remaining competitive with pricing.
We dig the two tone (black/blue) design a lot, dark colored PCBs are the trend these days. What immediately catches the eye are the sheer looks and heatsinks sitting on top of the chipset. The board has lots of features including auto-overclocking, dual-BIOS, dual Gigabit NICs, voltage control points and just so much more.
We received the final retail sample and as such it comes packed with a quite decent product bundle. Among the gear inside the kit you'll find the following:
1 x Motherboard
1 x 2-Way SLI Bridge
1 x I/O Shield
1 x USB 3.0 Bracket (can be connected to the motherboard directly)
Voltage monitor cables for DMM
2 x SATA 6G cables
2x Molex to SATE power converters
That's it, keep in mind that MSI tried hard to keep this motherboard affordable. The extras you need to seek in the overall design and components usage, which is impressive all by itself when you peek at the motherboard for the first time.
MSI Z68A GD80 G3 PCIe Gen 3.0 motherboard review A little while ago we tested the MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) motherboard, a product with an absolutely gorgeous design. Merely weeks later another SKU based of this model has been released, the MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3). The G3 hints to something we have been hearing about for a while now, yes this is the debut of a PCI Express 3.0 compatible motherboard. A sincerely cool looking motherboard that is equipped with the latest gadgets, features and obviously that Z68 chipset.
MSI Z68A-GD80 motherboard review So, today a closer look at Z68 technology and of course we'll review a unit, the Z68 motherboard tested, reviewed and spanked comes from MSI. We'll test their Z68A-GD80 motherboard. A sincerely cool looking motherboard that is equipped with the latest gadgets, features and obviously that Z68 chipset. Have a peek at the motherboard, and then let's head onwards into the review.