When we place the motherboard in an angle we see the socket LGA1155. It supports both Ivy Bridge as well as Sandy Bridge processors. Alongside the GD65 MSI applied a new look to the motherboard with updated heatsinks. It certainly looks good.
To get you an idea how similar both the GD65 and GD80 are, above the GD80, and below the GD65:
And as comparison, this is the Z77A-GD65 - seek and thy shall find the tiny differences.
The board has one 8-pin power header for the processor located on just behind he rear IO panel.
Sitting a little lower You can find 10 LEDs to the lower corner. The topmost LED is the DrMos alarm while the other eight LEDs indicate the number of phases that the CPU is currently using.
MSI Z77A GD80 review We review the MSI Z77A GD80 motherboard. Albeit the GD80 shares 95% of the DNA of the GD65 it comes with one feature that some of you will be very interested in, a ThunderBolt controller. So
have a peek at what was just released, this is the MSI Z77A-GD80 motherboard. Onwards to the next page please.
MSI Z77A-GD65 motherboard review We review the MSI Z77A-GD65 motherboard. The MSI Z77A-GD65 is intended for Intel's 22nm Ivy Bridge processors on Socket LGA1155, and they tend to overclock rather well as we'll show you. Even on air cooling you can reach 5 GHz with a motherboard as used today. Have a peek at what was just released, this is the MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' motherboard.
MSI Z77A GD65 motherboard preview In this MSI Z77A GD65 motherboard preview we look at the hardware that will empower future Ivy bridge processors. Obviously we can't share any details, but have a look at the pretty pictures.