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MSI Motherboard Z68A-GD65 (G3) Advice
retiredfromlife
post Mar 10 2012, 10:12 PM
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I was thinking of updating to an Z68 board as mine is only a dual core PC, socket 775.
The MSI Motherboard Z68A-GD65 (G3) looks to have great features on the board for the price and I like the auto overclocking on the board.
Reviews seem to be a mixed bag though. Some say it is rock solid and stable, but the forums seem to be full of people who have major BIOS problems and problems updating the BIOS, and temperature problems.

Has anyone had experience with this board or similar MSI boards? For what you get it seems very cheap.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/Z68A-GD65-G3/1.html

I have spent most of the day going through the forums and are not not sure. This is the first time I have done much research on a board so I do not know if it is typical to find a lot of negative reviews. Most review sites give it good review. Most bad reviews have come from users reporting problems with builds, which I suppose would be correct.

Do MSI have problems with their new BIOS?

Any advice on this board would be appreciated, especially and purchase recomendations.

Regards MarkL



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p0is0n
post Mar 10 2012, 11:19 PM
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I have the simillar GD80 and haven't had any issues, its actually been very good. I assume the BIOS would be the same or very similar so I think you will be fine. People just seem to like bashing MSI motherboards, maybe there were some issues with previous revisions.. i only got mine a few months ago.

No complaints though, and overclocks very well/stable. See my sig for 24/7 rig.

Edit: the same board has 5 yrs warranty outside aus, 3 yrs here. so it can't be too bad.

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insertfunnyname
post Mar 11 2012, 07:18 AM
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Its looks like a decent motherboard. Other boards that you should look at for a similar price are: Asrock Extreme4 Gen3 ($169), ASUS P8Z68-V Gen3 ($199) and Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 (not PCI.e 3 though - $155).
I've never owned a MSI motherboard so I can't really say much about their quality, but they seem pretty decent.

Also don't bother looking at owners club forums and stuff, no matter what motherboard you look at no matter how good it is there will always be people saying its shit and it sucks just because they got a bad board.

I own a ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Gen3 which is similar to the plain V version (only has a couple more SATA ports and other things) and I've found it to be great so far. I had a couple problems when I first started but I've managed to fix them all and its been very good so far. So maybe have a look at the ASUS mobo.
Then there is the Asrock Extreme4 board which looks very good for the price however apparently the board has a bit of a buggy BIOS.


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retiredfromlife
post Mar 11 2012, 07:38 PM
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I must admit the GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 looks good as well. The underside around the CPU socket looks a lot cleaner than the MSI model. Fitting a cooler would be a lot easier.

Regards MarkL
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p0is0n
post Mar 11 2012, 09:31 PM
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I wouldn't base a motherboard purchase on how easy to install a cooler it is. They are all 99% the same in this regard. And your probably only ever going to do it a couple of times at most.


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osama_bin_athlon
post Mar 13 2012, 09:36 AM
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I've been thru a few boards, Asrock Z68 Pro3 Gen3, Asus P6P67-Pro, Gigabyte P67A-UD3P-B3, and finally the Asrock Z68 Ext4 Gen3 - all except the Asrock boards had wonky BIOS's
in fact, I was so impressed by my experience playing with the Asrock Z68 Pro3 Gen3, that I eventually settled on the Z68-Ext4-Gen3 that I now have.
I'm rather impressed with this board - it performs well, hasn't shown to have any quirks, looks great, and is very reasonably priced for a pretty high-end board - I like it better than the Ext7.....I was originally after one of the Fatal1ty boards, but MSY had just run out of them (they had at least 6 of 'em a few days before!) but, in retrospect, I'm more than happy with my 2nd choice.
MSI boards certainly look the part - I was seriously considering them - I think you'll find problems reported regarding virtually every motherboard on the market - faulty stuff can slip thru quality control, end users can do stupid things - shit happens.
I'd give MSI a go - they were in fact on my short list.


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tunksy
post Mar 14 2012, 11:29 AM
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msi have always had the most stable boards, and iv used all the brands.

MSI made a huge effort to get a better image in the eyes of overclokers since the P55 GD80 and have continued on with that trend with the P67/Z68 boards. overclocking had in the past always been MSI's downfall over other board vendors.

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post Mar 15 2012, 12:37 AM
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QUOTE (tunksy @ Mar 14 2012, 09:29 AM) *
msi have always had the most stable boards, and iv used all the brands.

MSI made a huge effort to get a better image in the eyes of overclokers since the P55 GD80 and have continued on with that trend with the P67/Z68 boards. overclocking had in the past always been MSI's downfall over other board vendors.


that reminds me, if your a noob it has OC genie, press a button before you boot up, and it will give you ~4.2ghz off the bat.


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retiredfromlife
post Mar 20 2012, 05:18 PM
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QUOTE (p0is0n @ Mar 15 2012, 12:37 AM) *
QUOTE (tunksy @ Mar 14 2012, 09:29 AM) *
msi have always had the most stable boards, and iv used all the brands.

MSI made a huge effort to get a better image in the eyes of overclokers since the P55 GD80 and have continued on with that trend with the P67/Z68 boards. overclocking had in the past always been MSI's downfall over other board vendors.


that reminds me, if your a noob it has OC genie, press a button before you boot up, and it will give you ~4.2ghz off the bat.



That's the reason I purchased the MSI board, the OC button. I have never overclocked before so this will be a good start.

I got the last one they had at PC Case Gear. Seems like these boards are no longer available, luckily I got in when I did. Got it for $209.00 which I think was not too bad a price.

There is not much news about new 1155 boards at the moment. Are they going obsolete or just waiting for a new chipset for Ivy Bridge?

Regards MarkL
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