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MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 SATA3 DVI HDMI VGA DX11 USB3.0 Motherboard

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   Shipping Weight:   3.6 lbs
   Part #: Z77A-GD65
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Features    [ Edit | History ]
Quick Specs:
Package Contents
  • Z77A-GD65 Desktop Motherboard
  • User Guide
  • Backplate
  • Drivers and Utilities Disc
  • SATA Cable
Maximum Memory 32 GB
Limited Warranty 3 Year
Form Factor ATX
Processor Supported Core i5 Core i7 Core i3 Pentium Dual-core Celeron Dual-Core
RAID Levels 0 1 5 1+0
Total Processor Supported 1
Controller Type Serial ATA/300 Serial ATA/600
Processor Socket Socket H2 LGA-1155
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Country of Origin China
Memory Standard DDR3-2400/PC3-19200 (O.C.) DDR3-2133/PC3-17000 (O.C.) DDR3-1866/PC3-15000 DDR3-1600/PC3-12800 DDR3-1333/PC3-10600 DDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Width 12"
Depth 9.6"
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority RoHS WEEE
64-bit Processing Yes
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Chipset Model Z77 Express
Number of Memory Slots 4
Multi GPU Supported SLI CrossFireX
Audio Channels 7.1
Gigabit Ethernet Yes
Number of SATA Interfaces 8
Number of PCI Express x1 Slots 4
Onboard Video CPU Dependent Video
RAID Supported Yes
Number of Total Expansion Slots 7
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots 3
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports 1
Network (RJ-45) Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 6
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
PS/2 Port Yes
Number of PS/2 Ports 1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports 4
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports 3
Number of Onboard USB 3.0 Ports 1
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports 1
Onboard S/PDIF Header Yes
PCI Express Standard PCI Express 3.0 PCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots 7
Memory Form Factor DIMM

Specifications    [ Edit | History ]
     Audio Channels: 7.1
     Sound Controller Manufacturer: Realtek
     Sound Controller Model: ALC898
     Buttons & Keys: CMOS Clear
OC Genie
General Information  
     Brand Name: MSI
     Manufacturer: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd
     Manufacturer Part Number: Z77A-GD65
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Product Model: Z77A-GD65
     Product Name: Z77A-GD65 Desktop Motherboard
     Product Type: Desktop Motherboard
I/O Controller  
     Controller Type: Serial ATA/300
Serial ATA/600
     RAID Levels: 0
     RAID Supported: Yes
I/O Expansions  
     Number of PCI Express x1 Slots: 4
     Number of PCI Express x16 Slots: 3
     Number of Total Expansion Slots: 7
     PCI Express Standard: PCI Express 3.0
PCI Express 2.0
     Total Number of PCI Express Slots: 7
     Audio Line In: Yes
     Audio Line Out: Yes
     DVI: Yes
     HDMI: Yes
     Microphone Port: Yes
     Network (RJ-45): Yes
     Number of DVI Outputs: 1
     Number of HDMI Outputs: 1
     Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports: 1
     Number of PS/2 Ports: 1
     Number of S/PDIF Out Ports: 2
     Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 4
     Number of USB 3.0 Ports: 2
     PS/2 Port: Yes
     S/PDIF: Yes
     Total Number of USB Ports: 6
     VGA: Yes
     Maximum Memory: 32 GB
     Memory Form Factor: DIMM
     Memory Standard: DDR3-2400/PC3-19200 (O.C.)
DDR3-2133/PC3-17000 (O.C.)
     Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM
     Number of Memory Slots: 4
     Certifications & Standards:
  • FCC
  • CE
  • ErP Ready

     Country of Origin: China
     Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: RoHS
     Green Compliant: Yes
     Package Contents:
  • Z77A-GD65 Desktop Motherboard
  • User Guide
  • Backplate
  • Drivers and Utilities Disc
  • SATA Cable

Network & Communication  
     Gigabit Ethernet: Yes
Onboard Interfaces  
     Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK 400 Ports: 1
     Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports: 3
     Number of Onboard USB 3.0 Ports: 1
     Number of SATA Interfaces: 8
     Onboard Audio Header: Yes
     Onboard LEDs Header: Yes
     Onboard S/PDIF Header: Yes
     Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports: 1
     Total Number of Onboard USB Ports: 4
Physical Characteristics  
     Depth: 9.6" (245 mm)
     Form Factor: ATX
     Width: 12" (305 mm)
Power Description  
     Power Supply Supported: EPS12V
Processor & Chipset  
     64-bit Processing: Yes
     Chipset Manufacturer: Intel
     Chipset Model: Z77 Express
     Multi GPU Supported: SLI
     Processor Socket: Socket H2 LGA-1155
     Processor Supported: Core i5
Core i7
Core i3
Pentium Dual-core
Celeron Dual-Core
     Total Processor Supported: 1
     Onboard Video: CPU Dependent Video
     Limited Warranty: 3 Year

MSI Z77A-GD65 Customer Reviews

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Experience: 10 Months
Every feature you could want. Great UEFI "BIOS". Tons of expansion slots. USB3. SATA3.
Can be difficult to flash the firmware.
This is by far the best motherboard I have ever owned (my seventeenth). I LOVE the UEFI interface and the one-button overclocking function is to die for. I popped a 3570K in here and within seconds, I am at 4.2GHz with absolutely no mucking about with voltage and RAM timings, etc.

I have owned boards by every imaginable manufacturer. This board outdoes them all.

Experience: 8 Months
Great motherboard for the price. Got it in a bundle with an i5 3570K, and overclocked to 4 GHz without problem. Could easily push further but that was a good number for me (Hyper 212 Plus cooler)

Experience: 3 Days
 Verified Owner
a solid board , documentation is great, the board is well labelled
the 8 pin ATX socket for the 12VDC is waaaay up by the overclock Genie. My 600W PSU didn't reach, so i had to mod the cables/connectors
OC is easy, setup was easy, although the NIC card didn't install with Window7, i had to use the DVD (which took a while to load) and grab the Intel NIC Drivers. That took a while to figure out, but this board is worth the 159 i paid.

Experience: 2 Months
Solid Blue & Black theme, Angled connectors,1 button/click overclock,lucid virtue mvp, Super charger [charges even while sleeping]
No Esata port, Raid config at bootup, No VCORE offset control, Green backlit on oc genie-reset-post readout, orange LED on ethernet port
This was the only board that looked decent enough for a blue & black theme (this & the g45). The asus boards thou more feature packed, just had a weak theme over all. Aesthetics is a major deciding factor for some individuals

Experience: 1 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Superb build quality, full set of features, great price.
The manual is too short and light on specs and technical details. It will get most people started though.
Build: Amazing, everything is solid in place, solder points are clean and regular. The board has great caps and voltage is very stable even at high overclocks. I believe this board will either make your overclock work and stable or live at stock speeds for a very very long time.
Features: Great set of features for overclockers and regular users alike, I especially like the LED boot up indicator for troubleshooting overclocks, the LEDs for power phases are very useful too and the voltage meter sockets were very useful to me.
Bios: Very easy to use with the mouse, will not blind you after prolonged use as it uses colors that are easy on the eyes! The options are well organised and browsing through the menus is easy and quick.
CON: The manual comes in many different languages meaning they had to cut on technical specs that I would expect to see in a manual. I count this as a con because as a board so well suited for overclockers you'd expect the manual to go beyond the basic setup steps of how to snap RAM in place. You'll have to download the full version online and even it is lacking on the technical end.
Comes with the MSI brand name, including their amazing support.

Experience: 2 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Excellent quality board for the price
Half of the SATA ports are SATA 2
Bought this with the intent of doing HDMI capture and Gaming. Has no issue with either. Disappointing that half of the SATA ports are SATA 2 but glad to see the PCI slots were dropped completely from this board.

For Firewire users you will need to purchase a Firewire bracket (does not come with one).

Experience: 3 Months
 Verified Owner
-Lots of features at a great price
-OC Genie II
-Multiple PCIE slots for multi-gpu configurations
-Nice colour scheme
-Documentation and details on specifications are lacking
-Not enough USB 3.0 ports and too many that are 2.0
-Rebate processing is a long wait
This was an awesome buy at $125 during Boxing Day and after a $30 rebate, which I only received this week.

After determining what specs were important to me(Z77 chipset, high quality and lots of power phases, second PCIE slot running at X8, and not X4, with two GPUs), there were a few that met these requirements from MSI, ASUS, GIGABYTE, ASROCK. The determining factor was the price at the time, as well as the nice colour scheme for the components.

It took extensive reading of reviews to get more detailed information on the specs, as the information on their website is rather sparse and not detailed enough for someone making their choice based on particular specification requirements.

Given the stark performance difference between USB 3.0 and 2.0, it would have been nice to have more of the former than the latter.

The OC Genie II is a quick and easy way for increased performance for those not interested in the subtleties of OCing an Ivy Bridge processor.

Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
Great deal with i5-3570K combo
have not tested yet. Still waiting for other parts
The specs are great for the price.

Experience: 41 Days
Large heatsinks, power efficient, good OC capabilities
RAM slots bit too close to CPU socket.
Great motherboard, bought it during the holidays sale. Set up was quick and easy.

The large heat sinks help with heat dissipation, the board never gets really hot. Very good for overclocking.

The RAM slots are a bit close to the CPU socket so if you have a large after market CPU cooler, be wary as the cooler might be touching your RAM sticks heat spreader.

Great board overall, no regrets in buying.

Experience: 20 Days
Looks good
Can turn off the bright blue LED's
one button press to overclock
The oc Genie only standard overclocks my i5-3750k to 4.2ghz...would prefer a little higher considering my cooling solution and case cooling
Good Mobo, sturdy and seems well build, would like it if more boards would put at least one of the old style pci slots, as this one only has the newer pci-e, but a lot of us have older cards that are still good like the older version of the asus xonar st sound card

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Comment: It is good to see an Intel NIC on this $180 MSRP motherboard. There are plenty of headers to go around
Posted by: Martin_G @02/20/13
Posted by: Top1105 @07/26/12
Comment: The MSI Z77A-GD65 motherboard came through our testing and usage as being near perfect. There are very few issues we had with the board and those are minimal at best.
Posted by: Skiid @05/16/12
Comment: The MSI Z77A-GD65 motherboard came through our testing and usage as being near perfect.
Posted by: Babaghan @05/16/12
Comment: Great value board and worthy upgrade if you're still holding on to a P67 board. You don't need an Ivy Bridge CPU to get benefits.
Posted by: FirewireX @05/02/12
Comment: Sleek and refined aesthetics. Premium components (Military Class III). High-end feature-set. Overclocking is easy and yields great results.
Posted by: Babaghan @04/24/12
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