|MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA1155 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Saturday, 07 April 2012|
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Motherboard Testing Methodology
Since the Z77 chipset is the successor to the Z68, I tested the MSI Z77A-GD65 motherboard against my favorite Z68 motherboard, the ASUS P8Z68V-Pro. I used an Intel Core i5-2500K processor in both motherboards, and both test setups used the same memory, hard drive, CPU cooler, and video card...the motherboard was the only thing that was different.
For the MSI Z77 motherboard, I tested the performance at stock CPU speeds, as well as the automatic overclock applied via MSI's "OC Genie II" and the best overclock I could achieve "by hand." Although the board supports Lucid Virtu MVP GPU virtualization, all benchmarks in this section were run with the AMD Radeon 6850 card, since using the Sandy Bridge integrated GPU takes some cache from the CPU cores as well as bandwidth from main memory.
Intel Z68 Express Test Platform
Intel Z77 Express Test Platform