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As PC Gaming is becoming more and more popular, MSI formed a gaming community named “Dragoon Army”. This division is composed of international gaming teams sponsored by MSI and is equipped with G-Series notebooks and as well as Gaming desktop hardware.   

The latest gaming equipment that MSI has to offer is the “Z77A-GD65 Gaming “motherboard. Now in black and red color theme and with the new MSI Dragon look, it is a new masterpiece tailored for gaming perfection.



Below are the highlights of the board:
• Killer E2200 Game Network – Is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Featuring Advanced Stream Detect, Killer E2200 automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge. With this exclusive, automatic traffic prioritization, games and real-time chat get priority over low-level system chatter, giving you the lowest latency for game data on the most controllable network hardware available.

•Gaming Device Port – Optimized for high polling rate (500 to 1000 Hz) which lower’s your mouse’s response time from 8 milliseconds to 1 millisecond. Additional gold plating on the ports enhances the durability drastically and ensures your PS/2 and USB ports are always working when you ship out to a LAN party.

•Sound Blaster Cinema – Get amazing surround sound with just stereo headphones.  The most important gaming sound effects are reproduced crystal clear allowing to focus on your game even during extremely long gaming sessions.

•Military Class III Components – High quality components ensuring your PC’s stability and efficiency under extreme gaming conditions.

•Optimized for Multi-Graphic Cards – Provides enough space for optimal airflow when using multi-graphic configuration (SLI, Tri-SLI & Crossfire). No worries about PC overheating.

•OC Genie II – Automatically overclocks your CPU and Memory for a faster and smoother gaming experience.

•Supports DDR3 3000 Memory for faster response


Let’s open up the package



Black interior and the bundles are all placed underneath the motherboard.




Specifically there are new bundles for this gaming kit. First one is the Door Label with the message “I’m Sorry Busy Gaming / I’m Not Here” and the Dragoon Army badge which I think is cool hehehe.
• User’s Guide
•Quick Installation Guide
•Reviewer’s Guide - Gives a good understanding how you can fully maximize the Killer E2200 Game Network and the Sound Blaster Cinema Audio Features.
• DVD Software Utility Disc
• 2x SATA 6GB/s Cables
• M-Connectors
• V-Check Points
• I/O Back plate




Here is the board. New heatsink design for the VRM and the most noticeable of all is the Southbridge heatsink with the Dragon design ~~ Wicked!! .


12 CPU Power Phase design.  Super Ferrite Choke and Hi-C Caps of Military Class III components around the CPU socket providing the best electric current capacity and at the same time power efficiency. Heatpipe design in VRM heatsinks for faster heat dissipation.




At the upper right area of the board are the Easy buttons which consists of OC Genie, Power and Reset. Then just below it is the V-Check points which provides exact and actual voltage readings of your Processor, Memory and Chipset and usually being use during overclocking.


8-Pin processor power connector which helps to gain higher overclocks instead of the usual 4pin. 4x DIMM slots with a max of 32GB and when paired up with a 22nm CPU it can handle speeds up to 3000MHz.



Clean layout for the bottom part of the board. 3x Gen3 PCIE VC Slots capable of running video cards at bandwidth speed of 16x/8x/4x.



Carved Dragon!!! Such masterpiece  . Below is the Debug LED indicator which helps isolating problems during system boot up and also serves as temperature indicator of the processor during system operation.

Left to Right: 2x SATA 6GB/s  Asmedia Controller, 4x SATA 3GB/s Intel, 2x SATA 6GB/s Intel and Intel USB 3.0 header.


Just want to take photo of the labels hehehe 



Well I hope MSI included a Bluetooth and Wifi Connectivity for the board like what they did with the MSI Z77 MPower.

• 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
• 1 x Clear CMOS button
• 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF-out port
• x Optical S/PDIF-out port
• 4 x USB 2.0 ports
• 2 x USB 3.0 ports
• 1 x RJ45 LAN jack
• 1 x 6 in 1 audio jack
• 1 x HDMI®
• 1 x DVI-D
• 1 x VGA


Moving on, I will be showing you screenshots of Click Bios II, Control Center in Windows, Sound Blaster Cinema, Killer E2200 and the UEFI Bios.



These are the two windows you will be using to configure your Killer Network. You can assign network priorities with certain softwares. So if you are an online gamer. Ofcourse you will prioritize your games to lower the latency and smoothen out your gameplay.




Now we look into the control panel of the Sound Blaster Cinema.  This is an improved version of the previous THX Audio software. You can adjust the bass from here, make audio surround, crystallize the audio to make the sound more clearer and many more…



Control Center configurations and tabs are all the same but the color is changed to black and red and ofcourse the addition of the Dragon logo. Same goes for the Click Bios II Gaming version.
   


 
The response of the BIOS is much faster. Tabs are all the same though.


Another set of UEFI screenshots.

That’s it for now and will be updating this with benchmarks ;) stay tuned….
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Re: MSI's Latest Dragoon Equipment Z77A-GD65 Gaming!!!
« Reply #1 on: 10-April-13, 15:54:28 »

Now available in the U.S.A. market;

  >> Z77A-GD65 Gaming <<
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Re: MSI's Latest Dragoon Equipment Z77A-GD65 Gaming!!!
« Reply #2 on: 18-April-13, 15:02:39 »

Nice Black & Red Theme colour :)
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