MSI Z68A GD80 G3 PCIe Gen 3.0 motherboard review -
When we flip the board around we stumble into the processor area. Very spacious, you should have no issues with most heatsinks. Other than that, fairly clean looks surround the LGA 1155 socket alright. The board comes with 12-phase power design.
We spot one 8-pin CPU power header; and close to the first blue colored PCIe x16 slot you'll notice a 6-pin PEG power header. MSI claims that it will feed the graphics card installed and helps out overclocking and tweaking graphics memory.
Components wise we only see quality really, solid capacitors, ferrite core chokes, quality components and nothing else. This is based on MSI's military class component selection which ensures stability -- but also reliability and extended lifespan.
There is 4 x DIMM support with a maximum of 32 GB and supports four unbuffered DIMM at 1.5 Volt DDR3 1066/1333/1600*/2133*(OC) DRAM, 32GB Max
- Supports 1GB/ 2GB/ 4GB/ 8GB DRAM size
- Supports Dual channel mode
Overall board design is just great. Everything is positioned really well. Zoomed in to the right we spot so-called V-Check Point, where you can check CPU, VTT, PCH and DRAM voltages with a Digital Multi Meter against what you configure or assign voltage wise on that segment of the motherboard.
Let's move onwards to the left side where we stumble into a bunch of SATA connectors, let's zoom in a little.
The motherboard features four black right-angle SATA II (3Gb/s) ports which are supplied by the chipset and they support AHCI and RAID 0/1/5/10. In addition to the regular SATA II ports, colored in white see two additional SATA 3 (6 GBit) ports, and then all the way to the left in white another SATA 6G connector which leads to one eSATA combo ports on the I/O panel.
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.