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MSi X58A-GD65


$175.00 Released July, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:PCI-E slots are well laid-out, reducing the chance of CrossFire setups overheating. BIOS allows for multiple profiles. SATA ports face sideways, keeping cables out of the way of expansion cards.

The Cons:RAM is clocked to 1066 MHz by default, requiring BIOS tweaking to unlock 1333 MHz sticks. Each SATA controller shows its own info screen during boot up, making boots take longer. Included documentation is sparse and unhelpful, as is BIOS information.

The X58A-GD65 is a high-end motherboard manufactured by MSi. It is similar to another one of MSi's motherboards, the X-58 Pro-E. They share many features, including DrMOS technology (which saves power and lowers temperature), and APS technology (causes electricity to be used more efficiently).

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However, the X58A-GD65 has an advantage, as it uses military grade components. Military grade components not only run cooler and quieter, but also give a long lifespan and very stable components. It also features ATI CrossFireX technology, which allows a user to plug in up to two ATI graphics cards into the motherboard. By doing this, the motherboard can have up to 2.7x faster performance than if it was using a single graphics cards, providing a smooth, and detailed experience.

Features

  • DrMOS technology
  • APS technology
  • Military grade components
  • Long lifespan
  • ATI CrossFireX technology
  • USB 3.0 ports
  • MSI M-Flash technology
  • MSI Live Update
  • Easy OC switch
  • Live Update 4

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Pros
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    PCI-E slots are well laid-out, reducing the chance of CrossFire setups overheating.

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    BIOS allows for multiple profiles.

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    SATA ports face sideways, keeping cables out of the way of expansion cards.

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    Packaged with a sticker over the RAM slots specifying which slots to use when using only 3 RAM sticks.

Cons
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    RAM is clocked to 1066 MHz by default, requiring BIOS tweaking to unlock 1333 MHz sticks.

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    Each SATA controller shows its own info screen during boot up, making boots take longer.

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    Included documentation is sparse and unhelpful, as is BIOS information.

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