Introduction and Technical Specifications

MSI melds their award winning Z77-based design with a Killer NIC…


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With the Z77A-GD65 Gaming motherboard, MSI takes is award-winning Intel Z77-based board design and melds it with a Killer – a Killer NIC that is. MSI integrated the Killer e2205 GigE NIC into the board's design for the ultimate solution for online gaming. The Killer NIC is well known in gaming circles for its superior hardware-based network traffic prioritization engine, making it a natural integration choice for a top-end gaming board. We put the MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming through our rigorous suite of tests to measures is performance and were not disappointed. At a retail price of $179, this board is a steal.

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In designing the Z77A-GD65 Gaming board, MSI provided a total of 12 digital power phases for the CPU. MSI packed this board full of features: SATA 2 and SATA 3 ports; a Killer e2205 GigE NIC; three PCI-Express x16 slots for up to tri-card support; and USB 2.0 and 3.0 port support.

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Technical Specifications (taken from the MSI website)


Supports 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1155 socket
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.


Intel® Z77 Chipset


Support four DDR3 DIMMs 1066/1333/1600*/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2667*/2800*/3000*(OC) DRAM (32GB Max)
– Supports Dual-Channel mode
* To support DDR3 2200*/2400*/2600*/2667*/2800*(OC), you must install an Intel 22nm CPU


3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
4 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots

On-Board SATA

SATAIII controller integrated in Intel® Z77 chipset
– Up to 6Gb/s transfer speed.
– Supports two SATA ports (SATA1~2) by Z77

SATAIII controller integrated in ASMedia® ASM 1061 chipset
– Up to 6Gb/s transfer speed.
– Supports two SATA ports (SATA7~8) by ASM 1061
(If you set external SATA 6Gb/s ports to AHCI mode, we highly recommend that you install Windows 7 or Windows 8.)

SATAII controller integrated in Intel® Z77 chipset
– Up to 3Gb/s transfer speed.
– Supports four SATA ports (SATA3~6)

– SATA1~6 ports support Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise (AHCI / RAID 0/1/5/10) by Intel Z77

USB 3.0

2 USB 3.0 rear I/O ports by Intel® Z77
1 USB 3.0 onboard connector by Intel® Z77


Chipset integrated by Realtek® ALC898
-Supports Sound Blaster Cinema


Supports one PCI Express LAN 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Killer® E2205 Gigabit*
*The Killer Network Manager is only available for Windows 7 and Windows 8 currently. The supported drivers for other operating systems would be available on the website if provided by vendor.


Supports ATI® CrossFire™ Technology
Supports NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
Supports Lucid® Virtu Universal MVP

Internal I/O Connectors

ATX 24-Pin power connector
8-pin ATX 12V power connector
CPU x 1 / System x 4 FAN connectors
3 x USB 2.0 connectors
1 x USB 3.0 connector
1 x IEEE 1394 connector
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 Debug LED panel
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

Back Panel I/O Ports

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
1 x Clear CMOS button
1 x Coaxial S/PDIF-out port
1 x Optical S/PDIF-out port
4 x USB 2.0 ports
2 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x RJ45 LAN jack
1 x 6 in 1 audio jack
1 x HDMI® port with max. resolution up to 1920×1200 @60Hz
1 x DVI-D port with max. resolution up to 1920×1200 @60Hz
1 x VGA port with max. resolution up to 2048×1536 @75Hz

MSI Reminds You…
HDMI, DVI-D & Graphics Card support dual-display function by any two output ports (HDMI+DVI, DVI+VGA or VGA+HDMI).


•The motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications.


30.5cm(L) x 24.5cm(W) ATX Form Factor


9 mounting holes


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