MSI’s Upcoming Z77 chipset based motherboard “Z77A-GD65” has been spotted over at IT Partners 2012 event in France. The board was previously seen at CES 2012 along with its bigger brother “Z77A-GD80” in engineering phase, New pictures show the final production model which would be available during the Intel Ivy Bridge platform launch in April 2012.
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The motherboard looks very similar to the MSI Z77A-GD55 featuring a 9 Power Phases with the Military Class III Components which include tougher VRM phases, High C- Caps and Super Ferrite Chokes for better efficiency and overclocking support. A total of four memory slots can support upto 32GB DDR3 memory in Dual Channel mode with frequencies upto 2667Mhz+ (O.C).
Expansion slots include 2 PCI-e 3.0 x16 (x16 N/C, x8/x8 when both slots are populated) and a PCI-e 2.0 x16 (x4 electrical) supporting CrossFireX and SLI Multi GPU functionality, Four PCIe x1 are also equipped. Storage includes 2 Sata 6Gbps and 4 Sata 3Gbps ports while I/O connectors include 4-USB 3.0 (A USB 3.0 Extended slot is located next to the SATA ports), HDMI, SPDIF, PS/2, VGA, Firewire, BIOS Reset switch, 7.1 Audio Jack. Overclocking friendly features include a Diagnostic LED, Multi BIOS, OC Genie and Power On/Off/Reset buttons along with voltage measurement points.