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"There's not a lot more to say about it all really. With our MSI X79A-GD65 in hand and our beloved new Intel i7 3960X, we can get into the performance of the new board fairly quickly. Before we do, though, we'll just throw up all the pictures of the board from our original preview if you didn't already look at that, or simply can't be bothered now. We'll also cover the few things we couldn't at launch including the PCIe layout and of course, the BIOS."
"The Asus board is the only one among the four to cut the cord on FireWire. That's somewhat disappointing in light of the fact that the P9X79 PRO is among the most expensive of the lot. At least the board features Realtek's latest ALC898 audio codec, which also appears on Gigabyte's X79-UD5."
"Third in line is the ECS X79R-AX, which despite its poor overclocking performance is still good enough at stock performance to go toe to toe with the more expensive motherboards tested while costing the least. It has some nice features like the 4-way SLI or CFX setup and the temperature indicator on the chipset heatsink. If money is an issue and you’re not planning to do any overclocking, the ECS X79R-AX is the best motherboard of the bunch."
"When I first cast eye on the MSI X79A-GD65(8D) I was impressed with the aesthetics. Sticking with the black and blue theme of previous generations of boards will no doubt serve MSI well as blue seems to be the new red which was all the rage with X58."
"MSI has released four motherboard models for the new socket 2011 platform, the X79A-GD45, the X79MA-GD45, the X79A-GD65, and the X79A-GD65 (8D), targeted to the most high-end processor Intel offers for desktops today, the Core i7 "Sandy Bridge-E" models. Let's take a look at the X79A-GD65 (8D), which comes with five PCI Express x16 slots."
"This is the all new X79 motherboard from MSi. This is their high-performance offering for this chipset and it should come with a whole host of features that will impressive the enthusiast community. MSi have a well-earned reputation for producing incredibly well performing products and offering them at a very competitive price."
"There is always a steep price with upgrading to the newest processors and motherboards, and this is where the X79A-GD65 (8D) may have difficulties against other competitively-priced offerings from Gigabyte and ASUS. Users with deep pockets won't blink an eye at dropping $300 on a motherboard, but combine that with purchasing quad-channel memory and an i7-3820 and the entire upgrade could cost close to $800 for only three components."
"When testing the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) we figured it would be a nice board, but didn't have strong hopes for it to run with the much higher priced overclocking-based boards. We were (pleasantly) surprised. The GD65 surpassed the best OC boards in a few cases, which is saying a lot for a board that is much lower cost than the others in the comparison."
"We are hoping you still have an appetite for more information, because we're looking at the MSI X79A-GD65 8D, which is the latest in a busy marketplace that we're examining, and we think it has some serious promise."
"It seems my 3960X is limited to just under 4.8Ghz and the X79A-GD65 was able to get me there without too much work. Just the same standard for the Sandy Bridge platform: bump the multiplier, tweak the bclock, set the volts, and go! Simple! If that little bit of work is just too much to tweak, there is MSI's fully functional OC Genie II One-touch overclocking tool."
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