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MSI Z77A-GD65 Motherboard (Intel Core i3/i5/i7/Pentium/Celeron, Intel Z77, ATX, RAID, Gigabit LAN, Socket LGA1155)

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Amazon Price: £140.99 (as of February 1, 2015 5:54 am - Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

MSI Z77AGD65 Motherboard Core i3i5i7PentiumCeleron Socket LGA1155 Intel Z77 ATX RAID Gigabit LAN MSIZ77AGD65 Components Motherboards

Technical Details

  • Military Class III components for top quality and stability
  • Easy to use ClickBIOS II UEFI BIOS interface
  • Support for USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s

Customer Reviews

My new toy to tinker with.

 12 Jun. 2012
By jethro
Most of the time, you will never see a motherboard as they sit in a closed case. I have built a few pc's and this is the first time I have even thought about how a motherboard looks. This one looks good, the blue really stands out. I have this motherboard in a case that lets you hide all the cables behind the motherboard panel and I really like the way this looks in my case.

Looks again come into play when you go into the bios. My first pc was a 486 dx2 66, and the bios in that looked just like the bios in my E8400 dual core pc's bios. This bios lets you use a mouse and is easy to use, with a box at the side showing you what the option does. It is the nicest bios I have ever used. You can even change the bios settings in Windows and load profiles into the Bios that you can find on the web. The IO panel has a clear CMOS button next to the optical output, I have had to use it a couple of times now to get past dodgy overclock settings.

Overclocking is easy, I had my ivybridge i5 3570k running at 4ghz on the stock cooler before the heat caused me to dial it down and then I remembered about undervolting. I have now set the clock multiplier to 40x, and increased the bus speed to 100.7Mhz. Temperatures are slightly below the auto settings at 3.4Ghz as I under volted the CPU vcore, it was at 1.162v and is now at 1.075v running at 4.03Ghz. This means my CPU is now cooler and faster than the standard settings (3.4Ghz), and passes IntelBurnTest at very high settings over 10 runs. I will run Prime95 overnight to check it is a stable overclock. For my CPU, it refuses to go higher than 4Ghz at low voltages.

I am awaiting a new cooler, super saver delivery from Amazon, and once I have it fitted I will overclock even more, but 4Ghz from a stock cooler in a case designed for silence is something to be happy with.

You can run 3 graphics cards on this motherboard.

I have my SSD plugged into a 6Gbs sata port, and the motherboard comes with a sticker showing which ports to use for this. This is down to the way sata 3 is setup by the Z77 chipset.

The one thing I choose this motherboard for was the S/PDIF coaxial port on the back panel. I almost got a Gigabyte Z77 UD3 board, but that didn't have one of these ports. S/PDIF outputs stereo sound into my home theater system, leaving the headphone socket free to plug into my monitor. I am intent on plugging the HDMI output from the motherboard into my home theater system, which will give me surround sound, but that means moving a whole lot of kit to get past my child proofed setup....

This board comes with USB 3, given away by the blue USB sockets, and a usb 2 super charging internal socket. When I get another media reader, the super charging socket will get used heavily to charge my smartphone and G700 Logitech battery draining gaming mouse.

I have no issues with the socket lay out, internal and external, every thing went in with out any trouble but the one thing I have found is that the motherboard only supports 4 case fans, unless you start to wire them together or power them off the PSU directly. One other thing is the battery for the motherboard sits under the primary graphics card, which meant I had to take the card out to attempt to reset my bios. The bus speed was set to 105Mhz which meant Windows wouldn't load, and I couldn't reset the bus down before it crashed again, so I disconnected the mains, took the battery out and waiting for 30 seconds. Boot back into the Bios and it was still set to bus crash speed, so I will look further into bios resetting, and feel strange as my method has worked on many PC's that I have pushed over their limits.

This motherboard is licensed by Lucid for Virtua MVP, which is supposed to improve graphical speed/quality/power usage. Metro 2033 will not load with this set to on and it made Deus Ex Human revolution jerky, so I would not expect great things from it and is the only thing about this motherboard I am disappointed with. I am debating plugging my monitor into the motherboard's HDMI plug so when 3d isn't needed, my SLI graphics cards will be powered down, saving my wiggly amp bill.

This is just my view on this motherboard, I like it, and if you want to overclock and run sli graphics cards, I don't think you can go wrong. If you don't want to, get a cheaper board.

Does the job really well

 4 Mar. 2014
By Mr. M. L. Robinson
This board has served me very well so far. The components it uses are top quality and you get a sense of it just by looking at the thing. It has Gen 3 PCI-E which means I can take full advantage of my GTX 770.

I have had no issues with it, ever.

Would recommend!

Great.

 5 Dec. 2013
By John
I bought this as a replacement for my broken returned board "Asus". theres nothin wrong with Asus, i just got a bad one. there was none in stock, so i got this. I havent had any troble at all. drivers bios etc, all update using Live5 software.

MSI Z77A-GD65

 9 Sept. 2013
By David
This board looks very good. Full marks for presentation. I had no issues firing it up, the temperatures are very stable and its got more than enough clocking facilities for my needs. The onboard graphics work well. It will keep me going until I save up the pennies for a decent graphics card

The only thing I could not find in the book was why there was a flashing blue LED at the JFP1 pins. It turns out that its the HDD activity light

Everything else seems well described. I do like the BIOS LED error checking, especially as it defaults to the temperature when it has no errors

Excellent!

 10 May 2013
By Grace Porter
I bought this to replace an asus which arrived dead. It works brilliantly! I was able to know exactly what stage of booting and setup the mobo was at because of the led screen showing the POST codes! So useful.

The only flaw is that there are no PCI slots. Only PCI-e. So be careful that your components all go into PCI-e slots. (GPU, network card)

Very sturdy design too, the asus felt flimsy and I was constantly worried I would break it. No such concerns here. This is also a well sized motherboard so everything is easily accessible without having to squish bits together.

Can't recommend it enough. Go for the more expensive one. Saves time and effort in the long run!

Excellent Motherboard

 2 April 2013
By D. Walker
I originally purchased a Gigabyte motherboard because they get very good reviews but I returned it after it kept going into a reboot cycle. I then Purchased the MSI Z77A-GD65 and I am very pleased with it. The build quality is excellent and the design of the motherboard looks superb. Installed all the other hardware, Windows 7 and drivers. Everything installed fine with no driver issues. I have overclocked my 2500K to 5.0GHz and the motherboard is very stable.

Warranty !!!

 26 Dec. 2012
By Kris
Where is infomation about warranty ? Should be 3 years but I afraid that is only 1 year warranty :((

Great for 3rd Gen i7 processor

 31 Jan. 2015
By Brad
Great for 3rd Gen i7 processor, 3770K. Great for gamers and had no trouble! Love how the Sata Ports are angled how they are. Good for cable management



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