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MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Extreme OC High Performance Triple CFX/ SLI  Intel Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It has been able to handle everything I throw at it. I am currently running it with an i7-4770k and 8 gb of Corsair RAM. First of all, the design is awesome and fits my build to a T. The dragon heatsinks are so cool, at first, I didn't know the top and left heatsinks were dragon shaped, but they are! A very pleasant surprise! One thing that stands out is the onboard audio, this is just amazing. The amp powers any headset I want to use, even audiophile level. The multi-BIOS is also among my favorite features, next to the power, reset, and OC Genie buttons. The OC Genie comes with some bad though, but I'll explain that later. The debug LEDs are also quite nice to have for both an external test build and internal use. Finally, the USB 3.0 ports are very nice and give it that level of new tech that is quite necessary, if only I had devices that support USB 3.0!

Cons: The BIOS indicator LED. It's either blue and (I THINK) green depending on which BIOS you have enabled, and doesn't fit with my build, but this is nowhere near knocking off an egg. The only other con is the OC Genie, while I was excited to see how it handled my i7, it gave me and unstable OC, and resulted in a couple bluescreens during testing. This was disappointing, but it could just as easily be my processor itself, and not the OC Genie system, again, not even close to worth an egg off.

Other Thoughts: I am nowhere near disappointed in this motherboard. I am loving it's design and every other feature of it. I highly recommend this, however, I do know there is a new Z97 version out that could beat it.


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Display Name: Jaden O.

Date Joined: 06/20/13

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  • First Review: 06/05/14
  • Last Review: 06/05/14
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