MSI did a masterful job with the design of the Z87-GD65 Gaming motherboard. Its stock performance is top-notch with it remaining close to the other top boards performance-wise across the benchmarks run.


As of June 02, the MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming was available at for $189.99. The board was also available from other retailers such as for $189.99 with Prime shipping and for 189.99.


Before continuing with our final thoughts on this board, we would like to take this opportunity to give our friends at MSI a hearty “Thank You” for giving us the opportunity and pleasure of reviewing the Z87-GD65 Gaming motherboard. I had high expectations coming into this review after having such a good experience with the previous revision of the board, the Z77A-GD65 Gaming. I was not disappointed. Not only does the Z87-GD65 Gaming board live up to the reputation of its predecessor, but it raises the bench in quite a few ways. MSI pulled out all the stops with this board, making it the ultimate gamer's board. From its black and red coloration and dragon-themed chipset heat sink to its plethora of add-in features, this board screams performance. The layout is superb with MSI taking the time on some small things that can become troublesome. The CMOS battery placement was masterfully done with it remaining accessible except in the case of running dual or tri-card configuration. The mSATA device port and primary PCI-Express x1 slot placement are further evidence of this design mastery.


  • Stock performance
  • CMOS battery placement – accessible under most conditions
  • Board layout and design
  • Killer NIC
  • Accessible PCI-Express x1 slot with all PCI-Express x16 slots filled
  • UEFI BIOS design and usability
  • Motherboard manual information


  • CMOS battery and reset jumper location blocked it board used in multi-GPU configuration

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