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MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

  • Intel Z68
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 1066 / 1333 / 1600* / 2133*(OC)
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MSI’s Z68A-GD65 (G3) features PCI Express Gen 3 offering double bandwidth to maximize the performance of AMD CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU solutions. The MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) has two PCIe 3.0 X 16 slots, allowing for graphics cards to run in SLI or CrossFireX mode, but also has support for LucidLogix Virtu to take advantage of both the discrete graphics cards and the built-in visuals of the Sandy Bridge processors for video transcoding. Based on the latest Intel Z68 express chipset, which supports 2nd generation Intel Core i CPUs, MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) delivers unparalleled performance in both gaming and daily computing.

MSI Military Class II components provide top quality, extreme performance and ultimate stability. MSI OC Genie II can increase overall system performance in 1 second – all you need to do is to press the OC Genie button or enable OC Genie II function in BIOS menu. In addition, the super charger capability allows mobile consumers to charge their iPad, iPhone, or smartphone faster.

  • newegg World’s 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Mainboard Brand With ultra-high 32GB/s transfer bandwidth, PCI Express Gen 3 provides a 2X faster transfer rate than the previous generation, which delivers amazing capabilities for true next generation extreme gaming. (Note: To run the PCI Express 3.0 slots in Gen 3 speed, CPU supporting PCI Express 3.0 is required. If you install the Sandy Bridge CPU, the PCI Express 3.0 slots will run only at Gen2 speed.)
  • newegg Military Class II The perfect trinity of quality, stability and efficiency all exist at one mainboard to meet end user expectations. By utilizing Hi-c CAP with 8X Lifespan than solid Capacitor, super-permeable SFC (Super Ferrite Choke) and Solid CAP, the MSI Military Class II series products provide the long lifespan, unparalleled quality, extreme performance and ultimate efficiency.
  • newegg OC Genie II (Z68) Just press the OC Genie button or enable OC Genie II function in BIOS menu, the CPU, memory, iGPU and HDD performance will be highly improved. Whether users want to watch a high bit-rate HD movie or go online gaming, both can be enjoyed with image performance that is smoother and lag-free!
  • newegg ClickBIOS II MSI ClickBIOS II provides a consistent user interface both in the UEFI BIOS and in Windows, it provides the most convenient way for users to control system settings (overclocking, security and information) and supports touchscreen control.
  • newegg THX TruStudio PRO THX is a trade mark of a high-end audio/visual reproduction standard for movies,home theaters, computer speakers and other audio devices. THX Certified Audio products are designed to let users experience movies & videos as live show. The true sound effect can make high definition video more powerful.
  • newegg Multi-GPU Support with CrossFireX and SLI Flexible graphics capabilities supported for either CrossFireX or SLI deliver the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.

Learn more about the MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3)


Z68A-GD65 (G3)

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
LGA 1155
CPU Type
Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)


Intel Z68


Number of Memory Slots
Memory Standard
DDR3 1066 / 1333 / 1600* / 2133*(OC)
Maximum Memory Supported
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 3.0 x16
PCI Express x1
PCI Slots

Storage Devices

SATA 3Gb/s
SATA 6Gb/s
4 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA1~6 ports support RAID 0/1/5/10 mode by Intel Z68 (B3) PCH

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC892
Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111E
Max LAN Speed

Rear Panel Ports

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
Video Ports
D-Sub + DVI
1 x HDMI
USB 3.0
2 x USB 3.0
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
1 x Optical, 1 x Coaxial
Audio Ports
6 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
2 x USB 3.0 + 6 x USB 2.0
Other Connectors
ATX 24-Pin power connector
8-pin ATX 12V power connector
CPU x 1 / System x 4 FAN connectors
CD-in connector
Front panel audio connector
Front panel connector
1 x chasis intrusion connector
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x SPDIF-out connector
1 x TPM module connector
1 x DLED3 connector
1 x Voltage Check Point
1 x Power button
1 x Reset button
1 x OC Genie button

Physical Spec

Form Factor
12.0" x 9.6"
Power Pin
24 Pin


Military Class II components: Top quality & stability

OC Genie II: Auto OC to boost performance in 1 sec

ClickBIOS II: Easy-to-use UEFI BIOS interface

Super Charger: fast charge iPad/iPhone/smartphone

THX TruStudio PRO: deliver the fullest audio experience

Support USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

Customer Reviews of the MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3)

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  • Stan J.
  • 12/1/2013 4:17:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome board

Pros: booted first try,no problems for the 2+ years i have been using this board,click bios is awesome and accessable in windows.
i have tried alot of different manufacturers and msi has a permanent customer!!

Cons: none

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  • Daniel T.
  • 6/27/2012 6:40:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWonderful Board

Pros: Wonderful board. Lots of features and just overall easy to work with.

Cons: Had a slight issue, first board was DOA. Other then that got it replaced and has worked since.

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  • Robert P.
  • 5/10/2012 9:07:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs3 strikes Rule May Apply

Pros: Pros: The Motherboard is loaded many great features like PCIe 3.0, Fast charge USB (it actually works), Stable, Fast, Cool, 4 SATA 6.0's and I very nice BIOS interface

Cons: The first Mobo was DOA. The RMA process worked but now the second one has died also. Other cons, the second board was recertifed and sent in a box listing 3 yr warranty whereas my original board came with a 5 yr warranty. I hope the RMA goes well and that I get good mobo this time otherwise I may have to explore other options which would be unfortunate as the feature set for the board is really nice. Feature wise the only thing that could be better is if it had more fan headers to spport all the fans in my case.

Other Thoughts: Intel Core I5 2500K
Corsair Vengence 16 GB RAM
Corsair Hydro H60 Cooler
Thermaltake "Black Widow" 850w PSU
EVGA NVidia 570 HD
Samsung 470 SSD
Seagate Baracuda 1 TB drive
Samsung Blu Ray DVD drive

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  • Mr. S.
  • 5/1/2012 11:03:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MOBO

Pros: Ease of setup, quality of materials and workmanship, rock solid stable and dependable. The board is compatible with the Ivy Bridge Processor which makes my PC upgradeable for future performance.

Cons: None

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  • Christopher S.
  • 4/7/2012 12:59:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great mother board, easy to set up and love the bios. On board overclock feature is terrible though. The settings it gives you are not worth using.

Cons: Ram/CPU position, My CPU heatsink fan covers the far left slot so I can't use it. I have a CM hyper 212+ and probably going to get a different one just due to this issue.

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  • Mitchell B.
  • 2/28/2012 8:18:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWonderful

Pros: Works out of the box and easy to setup. USB 3.0 & SATA 6. Easy to OC and like the ECO option though I may never use at this time but maybe in future.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I have had Gigabyte in the past and has been great but decided with this for the value and performance. PCI-E 3.0 is not a deciding factor with my i7-2600k because that chip does not support it.

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  • Chris R.
  • 2/28/2012 4:47:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsmsi

Pros: had everything i wanted

Cons: none so far

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  • Kris B.
  • 2/23/2012 10:51:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works great and have had none of the power cycle problems that a few people have mentioned. Was able to easily overclock my 2500k to 4.5GHz in the bios.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This is my first MSI board. I have been using Gigabyte motherboards for all my past builds until now. They have all worked great in the past but I have noticed a lot of bad feedback on their current products. I decided on going with MSI this time due to their warranty and the great customer feedback on their products. I could not be happier and MSI will have a long time customer in me. Thanks MSI!

i5-2500k @ 4.5GHz
Corsair 850w Modular PSU
16gigs G.Skill Sniper L.V. RAM
EVGA GTX 560 ti
MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68
Windows 7 Home
Seagate Barracuda 500gig & 1TB

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  • John C.
  • 2/3/2012 9:32:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Board seems to be performing as advertised.

Cons: No cons so far with the board, only with MSI support. See below.

Other Thoughts: MSI does not have a phone number for their rebate center. I sent in all the information they requested to recieve my rebate. Their responce was that I did not send in an invoice. A little google research leads me to believe this may be common practice for MSI. I have not heard back from them on my "reapply" but if I do not recieve my rebate after twice sending them the information they asked for, I will be returning what seems to be a great product due to the company chosing to screw its customers. I would rate the board 5 eggs, but MSI's support would get a big fat zero from me right now, that brings my average to 3.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued MSI Customer,
“Please contact MSI customer service representative Tom at, or call Tom at 626-913-0828 ext 216 with your case details so we can check the rebate status. Thank you.”
Best Regards,
Customer Service Team
Rebate account

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  • Carlos S.
  • 1/18/2012 10:23:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Military Components a plus, well designed board. Will chime in later with fuller review as first mobo was DoA

Cons: DoA, RMA'd succesfully will write full review later. Top notch materials and motherboard so far. If it'd only work. so taking an egg off for that

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