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Is there such as thing as too much system memory? In the context of the new MSI X79A-GD65 8D, that's the first question that leaps to mind.As an X79 motherboard compatible with the latest Intel Core i7 processors for the LGA2011 socket, it forms part of the highest performing PC platform on planet Earth. But you still have to wonder whether support for 128GB of DDR3 memory split over eight DIMM slots is really rational.Sure, for server PCs running multiple virtualised operating system and a whole hill of applications, that much memory is a boon. But for desktop PCs, even those running heavy duty content creations apps, eight to sixteen gig is usually plenty.In its fisticuffs with the Gigabyte X79-UD3 and Asus's P9X79 Pro, therefore, the MSI X79A-GD65 8D will need a few more tricks up its sleeve. Maybe that old MSI favourite, the OC Genie button, can make the difference. Intel's X79 platform plays host to the fastest CPUs currently available. So the MSI X79A-GD65 8D kicks out some monster benchmarks numbers when you drop in that Core i7 3960X processor.
Well the new Intel 2011 chips have finally been released and we are now starting to see some more motherboards coming out that are packed full of next generation feature sets, such as USB 3.0, Sata 6Gb/s, uEFI BIOS, and PCI-E 3.0. So have you been thinking about finally upgrading that aging system you are still trying to use to play games? Maybe you are big into video editing/rendering and use software on a daily basis that can make full usage of multiple CPU cores; well then the next generation of Intel processors may just be what you are looking for. If you have the coin to drop on one of the new chips, you need to start to look at the different boards that are out there that can unleash all of the power the 22nm cores can pack. Well one motherboard brand name that always jumps to mind when looking for a great feature set is MSI, I am very curious to see exactly what kind of features MSI has packed on their X79A-GD65 (8D) motherboard this go around. When you take a look at the front of the packaging for the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D), the first thing that grabs my attention is the large Military Class III logo that is printed on the right hand side of the package, this is going to let you know that MSI has put the top notch components on the motherboard to help give you the best quality board and improved stability over some of the other motherboards out on the market.
The MSI X79A-GD65(8D) is priced in-between the Intel DX79SI and ECS X79R-AX at $300 and for that price offers an interesting array of features. MSI has included all eight DIMM slots for a maximum memory configuration of 64GBs. Using the platform's quad-channel memory architecture, memory frequencies of 1866/1600/1333/1066MHz are supported, while 2400 and 2133MHz are possible through overclocking. Support for multi-GPU includes Nvidia 3-way SLI and AMD 4-way CrossfireX. There are a total of three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots and two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots. Two of the three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots feature the full x16 bandwidth, while the other is limited to x8. The PCIe 2.0 x16 slots are both physically wired for x8 bandwidth though MSI states that they are each limited to just x1 bandwidth. MSI has improved the board’s storage capabilities by expanding on the X79 chipset's two 6Gb/s SATA and four 3Gb/s SATA ports. The ASmedia ASM1061 controller provides two additional 6GB/s SATA ports which are color coded white. There are no eSATA ports on the X79A-GD65(8D), so users are limited to the eight ports on-board.
The X79 Chipset has launched, and now comes the feverish pace of getting a look at each model out there and what makes them special. Today we have the X79-GD65 (8D) from MSI. This board is the top of MSI's Intel-compatible lineup. It is capable of 3 way SLI, 8 DIMM population, and with its military class components, is sure to please even the most demanding user if going by specs alone. However, we do not go by specs alone; we also go by how well it walks the gauntlet of benchmarks we put it through. Follow along as we dig deeper into the top dog from the MSI stable and see what exactly we get for our money. In this review we will look at the features and differences that separate the X79A-GD65 (8D) from the competition and do the features and performance merit the present $299.99 price tag. MSI has a continuing trend that we have seen before. The military class III is a feature which is strictly component-based. These select components make up the board as a whole, and 'military class' means they meet the strictest performance requirements and some of the roughest durability conditions known to man.
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