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MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

  • Intel Z77
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 2667(OC)/ 2400(OC)
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MILITARY CLASS III COMPONENT DESIGN

MSI motherboard maintains a commitment to product stability and reliability with Military Class III components. These include:

  • DrMOS II: next-generation DrMOS with integrated Double Thermal Protection to maximize the lifespan of components.
  • Hi-C CAP: Tantalum core capacitors with high thermal stability and ultra-low ESR.
  • Super Ferrite Choke (SFC): 10% higher power efficiency, 30% higher current output than traditional choke design.
  • Solid CAP: non-volatile capacitor design with over 10 years lifespan under full load.
All Military Class III components have passed MIL-STD-810G certification, making MSI's Military Class III components synonymous with premium quality and ultimate stability.

 


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OC GENIE II - ONE SECOND OVERCLOCK

OC Genie II provides an instant performance boost, optimizing CPU, memory, integrated graphics, and storage device performance when enabled.

Benefits of OC Genie include:

  • Overclock in one second*
  • Up to 36% boost in 3D gaming performance*
  • Simple and easy–-No need for complex BIOS setting and extra equipment

*Some features may vary according to the CPU and MB configuration.

 


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CLICKBIOS II - GRAPHICAL UEFI INTERFACE

MSI's ClickBIOS II provides an intuitive user interface within the UEFI BIOS and Windows, providing the most convenient way for users to control hardware settings and monitor system performance.

Benefits of ClickBIOS II include:

  • Graphical User Interface with mouse and touchscreen support
  • Full system control (including overclocking, security, and system information/monitoring)
  • Fast system boot times with M-Flash BIOS update utility, and more

 


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PCI EXPRESS GEN 3

With ultra-high 32GB/s transfer bandwidth, PCI Express Gen 3 provides a 2X faster transfer rate than the previous generation, this delivers amazing capabilities for true next generation extreme gaming.

Benefits:

  • 2X bandwidth
  • Increased efficiency and compatibility
  • Extreme performance for current and next gen PCI Express cards

 


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VIRTUMVP-GAMING RESPONSE & PERFORMANCE

Lucid Virtu MVP boosts gaming responsiveness and performance by intelligently reducing redundant rendering tasks in the flow between the CPU, GPU and the display. Virtu MVP allows for usage of both integrated and discrete graphics on the same platform.

Benefits:

  • Boosts responsiveness to the game at any frame rate
  • Improves gaming frame rates
  • Increases Vsync frame rates
  • Sharpens visual quality without tearing
  • Works seamlessly with hundreds of game stations

 


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VIRTUMVP-GAMING RESPONSE & PERFORMANCE

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 if it was a live show. The true sound effect can make high definition content more powerful.

Features:

  • A high-fidelity sound reproduction standard
  • Accurately reproduce the fullest audio experience of movie, music and game soundtracks

 

 


Learn more about the MSI Z77A-GD65

Model

Brand
MSI
Model
Z77A-GD65

Supported CPU

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

Chipsets

Chipset
Intel Z77

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4×240pin
Memory Standard
DDR3 2667*(OC)/ 2400*(OC)/ 2133*(OC)/ 1866*(OC)/1600/ 1333/ 1066
Maximum Memory Supported
32GB
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 3.0 x16
3 (16/8/4)
PCI Express x1
4

Storage Devices

SATA 3Gb/s
4
SATA 6Gb/s
4 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA RAID
SATA1~6 ports support RAID 0/1/5/10) by Intel Z77

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC898
Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Intel 82579V
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
Video Ports
D-Sub + DVI
HDMI
1 x HDMI
USB 3.0
2 x USB 3.0
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
S/PDIF Out
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
Onboard 1394
1 x 1394
Other Connectors
1 x Multi BIOS Switch
1 x TPM Module connector
1 x Front Panel connector
1 x Front Panel Audio connector
1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
1 x Voice Genie connector (optional)
1 x MultiConnect Panel connector (optional)
1 x V-Check Points Set
1 x Power button
1 x OC Genie button
1 x Reset button
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
CPU x 1 / System x 4 FAN connectors

Physical Spec

Form Factor
ATX
Dimensions
12.0" x 9.6"
Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
Military Class III 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

Supports ATI CrossFire Technology

Supports NVIDIA SLI Technology

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Paige G.
  • 2/25/2014 10:11:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well

Pros: I haven't had any issues with this MOBO, after about eight or nine months, we're still going strong.

Cons: None

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  • Gary S.
  • 1/29/2014 9:52:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest Board Ever

Pros: I received this board on time and even before I opened it I was impressed, It was not a lite board like some others I have ran across. After opening the package and looking at the documentation I was really happy the instructions where clear and precise I have built a few PC's in my time but was new to the newer equipment. I seen some bad reviews on here and it almost scared me away but I am glad I did other research and after a long search I decided on this . I had a REALLY easy built putting this into my Blackhawk case and am also happy with it. I do not overclock but do game and don't see a need. I run it about 8 to 12 hours a day and have had it 5 months now and have had NO problem . The BIOS is so much better then my old p4 and a lot better then some other PC's I see. I am going with MSI video card next It will not be EVGA because they kept returning a dead card to me 5 times over I have never had a problem with MSI . GREAT PRODUCT . Anyone building a pc my advice is simple make SURE!!! you do not let static get to your components I have seen so many so called TECHS fry their build doing it on carpet not using a wrist strap or anything. I ground myself out and do my build in my non carpeted kitchen. I seen some bad reviews and have told people about this board and 3 others have used it and have had no problems . More advice I only put in the drivers I hate that bloat ware and I don't use live update I put in windows then did bios update and drivers through their website witch also was nice and simple . I also LOVE the L.E.D. it shows CPU temp and their is also a row of status L.E.D's both can be turned off I do believe . Stable and fast and low power consumption . Thanks MSI!!!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Those having problems had a bad one or they did a bad job my experience is there will always be some bad products come out of a factory but when it comes to PC building it is usually due to excitement and not taking time to read and also like I said static electricity.

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  • Jonathan B.
  • 1/20/2014 11:14:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWay too problems

Pros: When it worked was stable enough, but that only lasted about a month.

Cons: After a month began to crash, would turn off computer and when I turned it on, would power up, and shut off repeatedly. Called tech support and they were actually pretty rude, the tech even went as far as telling me I didn't know what I was talking about and the board was fine. Updated the BIOS and even got a new video card (Also MSI) and it seemed to fix the problem. A month later the problems started again, called support and this new tech told me to switch put the video card again, because there was no way it was the board. So I did, paid shipping and everything, it didn't fix the problem. The overclocking button made things worse. Finally got a tech that actually did research and had me switch to the back up BIOS because the first one was bad, said keep the board it would be fine, he also said I need 1.65 volt ram to run the board not 1.5. this process took a couple of months. The board ran fine for about a year, then yesterday a message came up saying "Over clocking Failed resting to old configuration", didn't have it enabled...and the computer won't boot up now. This board for me at least is high maintenance and not worth the time. MSI customer service is a joke and I'm never buying from them again, even the video cad crash and I went to another maker. If you stay with them on mother board, do you research carefully, they used to be quality, but I guess that's in the past.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.
If you have gone through troubleshooting and confirmed the symptom, then please kindly visit the URL below to set up a RMA for warranty service.
http://service.msicomputer.com/msi_user/rma_form_new.aspx

Required Information:
1. Full name (first, and last)
2. Telephone #
3. Physical address (No PO box)
4. Email address
5. Serial number (located on the box, or underneath the motherboard, eg 601-xxxx-xxxBxxxxxxxxxx)
6. Please write clear details about symptoms you are having onto the Special Remark section.

Once your information and warranty are verified by the system then you will get a RMA# immediately.
You will receive a RMA email which indicates the turn-around time as well as ship-to address.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or special requests, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to call us or email us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.
Tech Support Line: 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time)
Tech Support Email: usreview@msi.com

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Brian T.
  • 12/29/2013 12:03:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It comes with a 3 year Manufacturer Warranty.

UEFI bios boots fast and is easily configurable from within windows using the bundled software.

Cons: Not very reliable. Mine failed after a few months. It was reporting a RAM error. The ram was tested in other motherboards and was found to be working fine. Also, other ram known to be working was inserted and it still reported the error. (Error code 55 if you're interested).

Only 1 connection for additional USB 3 ports.

Other Thoughts: I haven't tried the Overclocking genie yet. My components are good enough without it. Might try it sometime in the future.

I had the board replaced under warranty when it failed. The one customer support sent back was DOA. Had to pay shipping to have it replaced again. Luckily I had another computer to use during the month this one was unavailable.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.
If you have gone through troubleshooting and confirmed the symptom, then please kindly visit the URL below to set up a RMA for warranty service.
http://service.msicomputer.com/msi_user/rma_form_new.aspx

Required Information:
1. Full name (first, and last)
2. Telephone #
3. Physical address (No PO box)
4. Email address
5. Serial number (located on the box, or underneath the motherboard, eg 601-xxxx-xxxBxxxxxxxxxx)
6. Please write clear details about symptoms you are having onto the Special Remark section.

Once your information and warranty are verified by the system then you will get a RMA# immediately.
You will receive a RMA email which indicates the turn-around time as well as ship-to address.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or special requests, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to call us or email us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.
Tech Support Line: 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time)
Tech Support Email: usreview@msi.com

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Albert C.
  • 11/26/2013 7:04:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: I love this mobo. Nice price and fits all my needs. The mobo has a dual BIOs switch so you can switch between BIOs. It makes upgrading your BIOs real simple if need be and reverting even easier. The onboard overclock is cool also if that's you're thing.

Cons: None.

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  • Bryan L.
  • 11/25/2013 5:29:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MB, even better service from MSI

Pros: Everything you could possibly need in a mobo built with the best components. If you have a failure, MSI's RMA service is one of the best there is.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I own two of these, the older one developed a POST loop. RMA with MSI was very quick and painless. RMA experience was so good that I didn't even take any eggs off.

If you are debating between this and another board, get this just for MSI's service!

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  • Adrian A.
  • 11/20/2013 12:25:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

Pros: Stable when working, fast, loads of features, 3 year warranty!

Cons: This is a really serious board built for the hardcore. I consider myself an enthusiast but at the end of the day I’ll take stability and dependability over performance any day. So the giant MILITARY CLASS III mil certified nonsense staring at me from the box put my mind at ease. I knew that there may be times in life I may have 99 problems but this motherboard shouldn’t be one. Needless to say when I went to power it up one day and it got stuck on the debug code 55 powercycle of death. I sat there staring at the gold certificate that comes in every box, scratching my head asking myself why would they make it seem like this board will take a bullet for you but in reality it can’t even deal with the mild climate of southern California. Perhaps this wasn’t the battlefield they had in mind when they threw some arbitrary certification on it. Maybe it’s my fault for not working it hard enough, for not overclocking it and for running it at stock speeds. Maybe it got bored and decided to kill itself. Who knows? Begrudgingly I’ve purchased another because I needed this beast up and running ASAP instead of waiting around weeks to get it warrantied through the manufacturer. Short of MSI refunding the cost of the second board I would never recommend another MSI product to anyone nor shall I ever put a component they make in another build. It’s probably just my luck but I still feel I’ve been done wrong.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
0x55 is either a memory issue, or bent pins in the processor socket.
Please perform troubleshooting on these spots and verify the root cause.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Ryan A.
  • 11/10/2013 5:58:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWorked great until it didn't.

Pros: Overclocking was really easy with this board and it had more than enough sata and pci slots for me. The capacitors were spaced well enough that I did not have any problem using liquid cooling. The LED error reporting is also nice instead of the old way of listening for a certain beep pattern. Dual BIOS

Cons: Board failed after about a year of use. Bios 1 failed first with an error about an early northbridge initialization, rebooting every 3 or 4 seconds. The only way I could get the computer back in action was to switch to bios 2. I tried to clear the CMOS and, after the first bios failed, I flashed it with the latest bios. Then, a few months later, bios 2 failed in the exact same way and now I'm dead in the water.

Other Thoughts: I didn't want to mess with an RMA so I just bought an
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO instead.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.
If you have gone through troubleshooting and confirmed the symptom, then please kindly visit the URL below to set up a RMA for warranty service.
http://service.msicomputer.com/msi_user/rma_form_new.aspx

Required Information:
1. Full name (first, and last)
2. Telephone #
3. Physical address (No PO box)
4. Email address
5. Serial number (located on the box, or underneath the motherboard, eg 601-xxxx-xxxBxxxxxxxxxx)
6. Please write clear details about symptoms you are having onto the Special Remark section.

Once your information and warranty are verified by the system then you will get a RMA# immediately.
You will receive a RMA email which indicates the turn-around time as well as ship-to address.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or special requests, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to call us or email us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.
Tech Support Line: 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time)
Tech Support Email: usreview@msi.com

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • steven s.
  • 9/23/2013 8:36:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggscustomer service

Pros: I wrote a review, pointing out the mobo was damaged When it arrived in mail and they said it a user caused problem and no it wasn't damaged by mail carrior or me. I've built computers for years I know how to handle mobo's. When I removed plastic cover for CPU pins I had nocticed the mobo had bent pins, when ever you all or your machine placed plastic cover on my mobo it bent my pins. im now deducting 4 EGGS for poor customer service. The mother board it self is great mobo.

Cons: Poor customer service

Other Thoughts: Less damage to my mobo please.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
Bent pins is an user-induced damage but not courier's fault, see below for the proper installation procedures (shown in the user's manual as well).

Proper CPU installation procedures:
1. Open metal cage first by releasing lever without removing the plastic cover (Warning! Do not remove the plastic cap first).
2. Insert processor into the socket.
3. Close the metal cage and secure the lever, plastic cover will come off automatically.

In order to replace this motherboard, we will charge you a $45 to process a replacement.
Please feel free to get in touch with us to proceed with this OOW RMA request by calling our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Vincent E.
  • 9/23/2013 11:06:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat MoBo for $154.99

Pros: - This motherboard has the best BIOS I've seen so far
- High quality board layout for an affordable price
- Very easy to to install and the board is properly labeled

Cons: - I replaced my Micro-ATX with this board and one of the problem is that, my RAM is now touching the CPU fan. It didn't used to with my Micro-ATX.
- There is an extra standoff required for Micro-ATX (just below the first PCIe slot) that should be removed. If this is not removed, it shorts the board and causes many issues including setting up a Network. This standoff needs to be removed before installation since it may cause this board to fry.
- No warning about this shorting area on the board...I have to dig the information up.

Other Thoughts: - After figuring out the standoff issue, the board ran smoothly.
- This issue is well documented in the MSI website/forum...not sure why it's not included as a warning in the instruction booklet.

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