MSI P67-GD65 motherboard review -
Once you peek at the block diagram for Intel's chipset, you will notice that it is offering quite a set of features. But motherboard manufacturers like to distinguish themselves, especially with performance products, you like to have something unique, or offer a better feature set opposed to the competition.
The ODM takes the chipset, and then designs a completely new infrastructure surrounding and supplementing that P67 based motherboard. But let's have a look and walk through the features.
Above the packaging, new design, inside it, a P67 motherboard model GD65which comes with a new CPU socket (LGA 1155), and thus new motherboard chipsets. MSI will launch an entire range of these motherboards and for the model shown today is making sure that graphics cards solutions work as there are a total of two PCI Express x16 slots, three PCI Express x1 slots, and two PCI slots on the motherboard.
For those wondering if you like to go multi-GPU with two cards, this is possible in a 8:8 PCIe lane configuration, that is enough for modern high end graphics cards. If you stick to one graphics card you'll get the full x16 PCIe lanes. Included in the bundle is:
- Driver CD
- User manual
- Quick installation guide
- SATA cables
- I/O shield
- 2-way SLI connector
- USB 3.0 bracket with two header
We'll talk about that a little more on the next pages of course. Bundling wise the motherboard comes with everything needed.
Powered by Intel's P67 chipset, the MSI P67-GD65 motherboard comes with two PCIe slots and has both NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire support, featuring what MSI now calls a Military Class II design that makes use of a six phase power SFC choke setup. Next to that MSI as well is making a move towards EFI, the all new graphics user interface that replaces the BIOS.