MSI Showcases Z77 Motherboards at CES 2012, Includes Z77A-GD80 and Z77A-GD65 with Intel Thunderbolt Technology

Jan 10, 2012

MSI has displayed two of its upcoming motherboards based on Intel's Z77 chipset at the CES 2012 event. These include the High End Z77A-GD80 and Mid-End Z77A-GD65 motherboards which would feature the LGA1155 socket (Intel Z77 Chipset) to allow support for Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge Processors launching in April 2012.

The MSI Z77A-GD80 uses a 14-Phase VRM to power the CPU which is provided juice through an 8 Pin Connector. The board features MSI's Military Class Components which include DrMOSII, High C- Caps and Super Ferrite Chokes to allow for huge overclocks. Four DIMM slots allow for Dual Channel DDR3 32GB Memory Support with frequencies upto 2667Mhz+ (O.C).

Expansion slots include three PCI-e x16 3.0 slots supporting CrossfireX and SLI Multi GPU support, 4 PCI-e x1 3.0 slots. Storage includes 4 Sata 6Gbps and 4 Sata 3Gbps ports while I/O connectors include 4-USB 3.0, HDMI, SPDIF, PS/2, VGA, Firewire, BIOS Reset switch, 7.1 Audio Jack powered by THX TruStudio Port and Intel Thunderbolt Port.

The Z77A-GD65 is pretty much the same board only with a weaker power phase featuring 9-Power Phases, Other specs remain the same. Both boards are in development stage, We'll see better heatsink designs in the final retail  models in the upcoming months.