MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) Motherboard Review

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7-Zip

Some might argue against using 7-zip’s compression and decompression benchmark as a ‘real world’ test. But if you try and think about it for a minute, the benchmark does show how fast the program will either compress or decompress, while negating the impact of disk transfers.

It is amazing how one can use charts to accentuate minor differences so that they appear as if the difference is like between day and night!

IO Tests: Storage

USB Tests

 

USB performance was compared between boards. Crystal Mark V3 was used in conjunction with a USB 3.0 compliant Kingston Data Traveler (Ultimate 16 GB)

 

SATA Performance


HD Tune was used to assess SATA performance.

Again differences, if any, are minor. All platforms perform the same.

Result Impressions

As I said before, motherboards these days are hard to distinguish by their ability to perform tasks that are CPU dependent. Gone are the days where one manufacturer could boast higher scores in one benchmark. All boards these days are dependent on CPU (with almost every important component besides the video card inside it, and even for almost all tasks even video encoding video core of SNB processors will do).

Conclusion

This is the 3rd MSI board WCCFTech has reviewed recently. In terms of design and functionality, like the other reviewed products, the GD65 cannot be put at fault. It uses components found only on the highest end boards from its main competitor, performs just like any other P67 board and over-clocks just like them as well. There are a few design quibbles, but then again nothing in this world is perfect. If you are in the market for a mid-range P67 board you can do far worse than the GD65 and often no better

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