|MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA1155 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Sunday, 08 April 2012|
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MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA1155 Motherboard Review
Manufacturer: Micro-Star International (MSI)
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by MSI.
It's getting hard to keep track of all the Intel chipsets out there, and Intel adds another 10 new chipsets to accompany Ivy Bridge: HM77, UM77, HM76, and HM75 comprise the mobile chipset line, while the Z77, Z75, H77, Q77, Q75, and B75 fill out the desktop line. As you might expect from the model number, the MSI Z77A-GD65 uses the Z77 chipset. While the main reason for the existence of the Z77 Express is the forthcoming "3rd Generation Intel Core Processor" (whose name we are prohibited from mentioning in this article), existing Z68 motherboards will also support this new CPU family with a simple BIOS update, which many manufacturers have already made available.
Since there are some very nice Z68 motherboards out there, and they'll run your spiffy new "3rd Generation Intel Core Processor", what does the Z77 chipset have that the Z68 doesn't? Let's take a look in the next section.