Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) LGA2011 Motherboard Review

MSI is known for high quality motherboards, many of which are targeted toward the enthusiast and gamer. It is one of these products we are looking at today in the form of the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D). A mid-range offering in the LGA2011 motherboard market. Sandy Bridge E processor and 8 DIMM slots for your exploitation!

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Gaming Benchmarks

As always, these benchmarks in no way represent real-world gameplay. They are all run at very low resolutions to try our best to remove the video card as a bottleneck. I will not hesitate to say that anyone spouting these types of framerate measurements as a true measuring tool in today’s climate is not servicing your needs or telling you the real truth.

The gaming tests below have been put together to focus on the processor power exhibited by each system. All the tests below consist of custom time demos built with stressing the CPU in mind. So much specialized coding comes into the programming now days we suggest that looking at gaming performance by using real-world gameplay is the only sure way to know what you are going to get with a specific game. Our CPUs & Real-World Gameplay Scaling would be a great place to start.

Graphs are labeled as follows: Motherboard - CPU Clock - FSB Clock - Memory Clock

Lost Planet

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In the Lost Planet test, the Gigabyte jumps ahead of the X79A-GD65 if only a little.

Lost Planet 2

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The two once again match each other exactly.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat

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In this test the X79A-GD65 gains a bit of ground over the other systems tested.

Final Fantasy XIV

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Then loses some to the Gigabyte board while maintaining a lead over the others.