MSI Z68A-GD65 B3 Motherboard Review


Testing motherboards is not an easy task. No matter what types of test are done the CPU’s performance does come into play. Testing IO is basically only testing the ability of the PCH. Thus what separates motherboards these days is their ability to provide functionality you need (read over clocking potential, RAID, multi GPU setup etc). But as the saying goes; when in Rome do as Romans do; we’ll put up some numbers to prove that we did spend time testing the board to dissect the ‘quantum’ difference between it and its peers!

System Specifications

Motherboard MSI Z68A-GD65 


MSI P67A-C43

Asus P8P67

Asus Sabertooth P67

Processor Core i7 2600K
Video HIS 6950 2GB
Memory G.Skill Sniper 2X4GB (1600MHzl CL9; 1.25V)
Hard Disk Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB (Both systems)
Power Corsair HX 620
OS Windows 7 (Service Pack 1)

Test Suite

Synthetic Sandra 2011 

X 264 Benchmark (HD V3)


3D Mark 11 - Physics Test

Real World 7-Zip 

Far Cry 2

Crysis Warhead

I/O Performance SATA - HD Tunre 

USB - Crystal Mark 3


S67 Asus Sabertooth P67
P67 Asus P8P67
C43 MSI P67A-C43
GD 65 MSI P67A-GD65
Z68 MSI Z68A-GD65

All benchmark indices are rounded off to the nearest 0.



Sandra is a very competent stress testing and benchmarking suite.

The Z68 mirrors its P67 brother to the dot!

X264 HD V3 & Cinebench R11.5

This benchmark measures the encoding performance of the processor. It offers a standardized benchmark as the clip as well as the encoder used is uniform.

Cinebench is based on Maxon’s Cinema 4D. It is used to compare graphics as well as processor performance.

Again it is impossible to separate the Z68 and P67 –GD65 boards.

3D Mark 11 – Physics Test & Games

This is the latest incarnation of one of the oldest graphics benchmarking suites. The latest incarnation supports DirectX 11. It has a physics test that emulates physics on the processor.

More of the same, the two MSI boards at the top of the chart are impossible to tell apart.

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