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MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)/2800(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Shannon L.
  • 3/13/2015 1:45:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBuild your own Gamer PC

Pros: High quality design and delivery with great detail install instructions. Has a what I would call dummy button for those who want to Over Clock but not quite sure how. the OCR button will run some test and auto configure. I paired this board with the Intel I7 processor 4.0Ghz and it overclocked with no problems to 4.4Ghz and runs great. I also bumped the memory clock up to the 2400 speed that it supports, love that if I need the board will support fast memory chips sets. All software installs and drivers were on the CD and load up nice and easy with no issues. Always a plus to have the right drivers. My case has 4 fans, and board supports all 4 of them plus 2 CPU fans. :-) Nice and cool running.

Cons: Location of sata with my tower made the cable fit a bit tight but worked out fine. The only thing that took a little reading and clicking around in the BIOS was finding the RAID setting as I was install a SSD for the OS and three 2TB drives with RAID 5 for a 4TB data drive.

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  • Imran F.
  • 3/9/2015 11:49:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGood Board, Bad Customer Service

Pros: Worked. Good drivers and bios. 10 SATA ports fits my storage needs. Main reason I bought the board. Integrated graphics lets me expand my desktop out.

Cons: I was denied my rebate due to a snowstorm delaying the postmark. I spent a lunch break talking to a customer service rep he stated he would escalate the issue to a supervisor and I would get an email in 3 business days.

That was two weeks ago! Their customer service center hours are very short. If you look at MSI for their rebates beware.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with the rebate process.

Rebate must be completed through http://msi.4myrebate.com/.
Rebate is processed by a third party and you can contact them directly at 1-800-286-9146 and they will be more than happy to resolve this for you.



Thank you.

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

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  • Carl C.
  • 3/6/2015 11:12:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Lots of connections, SATA 6, USB 3, PCI E 3.0.

Great quality board.

Cons: BIOS Backup/Save feature is missing, or has been removed from latest BIOS.

Illegal shenanigans relating to rebate.

Other Thoughts: Advertised BIOS backup/save feature is missing, I contacted MSi support, and they claimed they REMOVED this advertised, and very needed feature, and worst of all they won't tell me why it's been removed.

I also received an email from the rebate department saying my copy of the invoice was "illegible".

Otherwise, it seems like very decent product, as all of my MSi products have been.

However MSi has let me down, and I won't be buying from them ever again.



This would be close to a 5 egg product, if MSi could get their act together.

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  • Alexander R.
  • 3/2/2015 6:14:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery attractive board

Pros: -Awesome sleek design that fits beautifully in any mid and large ATX case.
-Plenty of room around the CPU slot to put the larger CPU coolers on.
-Plenty of slots for expansions with necessary spacing between them.

Cons: -had to knock one of the eggs of for a bent USB3.0 pin. I was able to take a toothpick and carefully put it back but i feel like it may be an issue when I move the hardware to my new case coming. Hopefully it will just be a nice boy and stay put

- larger GPUs cover the awesome dragon heatsink on the MOBO, not bad enough to knock an egg off but i wish it was in a more visible place

Other Thoughts: This board is awesome. Came in and worked right off the bat. On that note i have to give it to newegg and any manufacturer I have bought from. I have NEVER received a DOA from newegg!

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/1/2015 9:45:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice Mobo, but....

Pros: Sturdy built mobo, nice design, was easy to get up and running.

Cons: For some reason, my PC will shut down and reboot on its own for no apparent reason., Nice Dragon logo is covered by most GPU designs. What's the point in this neat design if you can't see it?

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/21/2015 9:09:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIroned out the wrinkles

Pros: Board features are well laid-out, with the added bonus of looking good, if you care about that sort of thing in a motherboard and the red-and-black scheme coordinates with the rest of your build. The nice, fat passive coolers for the components around the CPU socket give assurance that things will stay cool, and the dual BIOS is a comfort to have in case things go horribly wrong while tinkering with settings. It seems like such a minor thing, but I really like motherboards like this that include the little header plug that saves you from fumbling with plugging in all of your front panel buttons and lights (power and reset switches, hard drive LED, etc.). The board-mounted power and reset buttons come in handy for troubleshooting with the system up on a workbench.

Cons: A minor irritation - I don't mind graphical, mouse-driven BIOS environments, but MSI's implementation on this board is a little bit cheesy for my taste and I have yet to find any option to dispense with the overdone graphics in favor of a no-nonsense 'advanced' display.

Other Thoughts: This is a followup to a review of the same board I posted back on January 24th, when I was in the midst of troubleshooting an SLI setup that refused to work. I have finally absolved the motherboard itself of playing any part in the trouble I was having - the problem turned out to be a computer case that shipped with motherboard standoffs that were a couple of millimeters too short, causing the cards to not seat properly. The case manufacturer shipped a set of longer standoffs free of charge, and once installed everything worked as expected. Kudos to both MSI for a robust motherboard and to NewEgg for handling the RMA.

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  • Corey T.
  • 2/11/2015 2:27:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Board

Pros: -More than enough USB Ports
-Excellent onboard sound
-Worked with my i7-4790k right out of the box
-Comes with an adapter to plug the case button connections in to (power, LED, etc). That really was nice as opposed to trying to connect them to the board one at a time!

Cons: The first one I got was defective, which adds to the list of folks who seem to have gotten at least one defective board. That cost it one egg...

Other Thoughts: There's several of the features I don't use since I don't overclock, but this board seems very solid now. I've had good luck with MSI in the past, and was very surprised to get a defective item from them. I'd probably buy this board again.

My System:
MSI Z97-GD65 Motherboard
i7-4790k
MSI Nvidia GTX970
16GB G-Skill PC12800 RAM
Samsung 850 EVO SSD
WD Black 2TB HDD
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Cooler Master HAF 922 (Case)
Windows 8.1 Pro

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  • Duy P.
  • 2/9/2015 10:27:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbest MB

Pros: so far it is the best Mb i had

Cons: so far none

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  • Shaun Y.
  • 2/5/2015 11:47:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Motherboard

Pros: Easy layout/ spacing
Power, reset & Oc buttons
Nice color scheme
Manual is easy to understand
No issues with my Intel i5 4590
Nice BIOS
Good Audio
Lots of sata ports

Cons: Maybe an extra fan header or 2. Other than that so far so good, in gaming use for a month and a day now.

Other Thoughts: I would purchase again.

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  • April P.
  • 2/4/2015 1:27:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Utilities are great, though a couple unneeded. Tested flawless and bm went perfect. And it is beautiful!

Cons: none so far.

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