Among nine motherboards based on chipset Intel Z77 available on prestigious catalog of the brand MSI, we test the Z77A-GD65, a top model dedicated to over clocking.
To accommodate the Intel socket Pavilion DV4 based on a very recent is the Ivy Bridge but the previous generation Sandy Bridge; MSI Z77A-GD65 has a full arsenal to beat the records of frequencies and benchmarks. The great strength of MSI is the choice of the components selected for this motherboard: they benefit from the technology "Military Class III" certified, no less, of the Department of Defense. And thanks to the latest chipset developed by Intel for the, the Z77 allows the MSI Z77A-GD65 support the latest PCI Express 3.0, USB 3.0 natively without the need for a dedicated controller, the Smart Response (SSD Caching ), Smart Connect (network cache) and Rapid Start (Standby Ultra fast recovery).also thought the players by integrating Z77A-GD65 LucidLogix Virtu technology for coupling multiple GPUs even if they come from different manufacturers and thus faster performance in games.
Then the features of the MSI Z77A-GD65 will they prove attractive in the assembly of a new platform based on the very recent IntelIvy Bridge? Owners of a previous generation processor with Sandy Bridge chipset as a Dell Inspiron 1525 have an interest in change? The Z77A-GD65 motherboard is one of the new models available in the last boarding MSI Z77 chipset. Therefore, it relies on a socket 1155 compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge generation and more recently theIvy Bridge. Focusing on ATX models the main differences on PCI. If they all support Crossfire technology (multi GPU AMD) and 32GB of RAM, only references "GD" support SLI (multi-GPU Nvidia) and active power phases. The G43 includes six USB 2.0 ports on the rear panel, an argument not really a priority. Our motherboard MSI Z77A-GD65 is primarily designed to deliver optimized performance and reliability thanks to its technology "Military Class III" enjoying a certification issued by the Department of Defense. While at first glance this distinction seems spruce, assets for selected electronic components are numerous and real. The power management controllers SFC earn 10% efficiency. Solid capacitors are each guaranteed ten years.
The Z77A-GD65 all dedicated to over clocking will also be accessible to beginners through the functionality OC Genie II. In a second with a button present on the motherboard, the processor will be clocked out and will provide a significant power gain. MSI Z77A includes in-GD65 BIOS UEFI called "Click BIOS II" whose peculiarity is to be accessible directly from the operating system.Its main advantages over conventional BIOS is support for 3TB hard drives and a graphic interface controllable with the mouse. His fans can count on THX Tru Studio Pro technology to enhance their audio system while "Super Charger" significantly accelerates the electrical charging of mobile devices via USB. Active phases APS (Active Phase Switching) are able to adapt to the needs of CPU power rather than delivering constant power. They realize a savings of consumption up to 28%.In addition to board two BIOS switchable via a switch on the card, the d630 Battery supports "M-Flash" greatly improving their management and above all it allows the backup key SUB including custom settings.
Finally, players and fans will surely 3D benchmarks interested Lucid Virtu technology to combine multiple graphics processors regardless of brand or even if they are integrated into the processor (IGP). It can combine multiple graphics cards and therefore obtain richer graphics and more fluid.
ATX form factor, the Z77A-GD65 exhibits a great look with its black PCB and a successful blend of black and blue colors perfectly balanced. Sinks of the power stages are large and further enhance the look of the whole. Of connectors is well thought out and should allow future upgrades without the need to disassemble everything.
On the right, there are four DIMM slots to accommodate modules of DDR3 RAM format. Below are arranged three physical PCI x16 and four PCI Express 1x. It is important to keep in mind that the third port is unusable if the processor is not generation Ivy Bridge. The Z77A-GD65 motherboard is generated at the socket to receive the most impressive cooler market. At the bottom of the card, the connectors for USB, Fire wire, audio and TPM (Trusted Platform Module) authorizing certain locking systems and other authentication mechanisms. On the SATA connectors, they are eight in number and have a provision bent. Six are managed by the Intel Z77 chipset and two of them are compatible SATA 6Gbps. the other four have a bandwidth of 3Gbps. This leaves two SATA 6Gbps controlled by a chip ASM1061 Asmedia. They are differentiated by color, but we would have appreciated they are physically identical to a better homogeneity of the whole.
On their side, an LED display using the diagnosis in case of problems during the initialization phase. It is certainly accurate but requires its indications refer to the manual if necessary. A switch allows you to switch from one to other BIOS in case you would like to compare different settings. Other indicator lights are also located on the Z77A-GD65. LED is a micro-level HP Pavilion DV5 connector of the PC case. It reflects the activity of the SATA ports. Above, other blue LEDs indicate power phases enabled. Without being too flashy, the Z77A-GD65 has means for indicating the operating status of practical and effective. Besides the main power connector, one discovers the voltage measurement points to monitor those of PCH, RAM, CPU, IGP and mountain biking. The USB 3.0 ports for remotely on the housing are also taken as the angle which optimizes SATA and improves the wiring.
Above, three buttons allow you to use the card outside the case. They respect power, the reset and OC Genie II famous for over clock the processor automatically. On third party controllers embedded sound is assigned to a chip Realtek ALC898 supports 7.1 systems. THX support is present and offers various sound effects.Z77A-GD65 finally is able to manage up to five fans. Three support PWM technology (4 pins allowing a variable speed according to the temperature). The other two require three contacts and thus operate at constant speed.
The rear panel provides full connectivity with a keyboard / mouse connector PS2, four USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, Ethernet, six audio, SPDIF, one RCA, one DVI, one VGA, one HDMI and finally to clear CMOS button restore the BIOS to default values.
The bundle is quite interesting due to its studs for voltmeter and a brochure of over clocking very accessible to beginners. The side of the more traditional elements, there are four layers SATA back panel, the cable connector housing, an SLI bridge, documentation, CD-ROM drivers and Military Class III certificate.
The DV6 Battery is the latest chipset developed by Intel only designed to support LGA 1155 processor. It is compatible with the Sandy Bridge processor families appeared for almost two years and that still today a huge success. And more recently succeeded Ivy Bridge processors enjoying some new even if they are very close to their descendants Sandy Bridge. IndeedIvyBridge22nm etched in supporting the latest PCI Express 3.0 to double the flow between the graphics card and processor.
Their TDP is also configurable by the user either to improve performance or to save in terms of energy consumption. The IGP (integrated graphics processor) is also gaining power on Ivy Bridge because now include HD4000 supports DirectX 11 much more powerful than the HD2000/3000 of Sandy Bridge. And the Intel Z77 Z68 succeeds 8x/8x/4x which now supports 8x/8x instead of ram and defaults to 1600MHz 1333MHz cons before. But mostly we finally noticed Intel integrates the management of USB 3.0.
We also discover new features such as Rapid Start Technology (output accelerated mode) and Smart Connect Technology (caching web content in case of inaccessibility).Rapid Storage Technology can always take advantage of RAID on the six SATA ports available though unfortunately only two are compatible with SATA 6Gbps. Modes 0, 1, 10 and 5 are available. Smart Response Technology speeds up the system for coupling a SSD to a traditional hard drive, the most commonly used applications to launch more quickly.
Processor Hyper PI has the advantage of using the full power of the CPU and therefore gives an excellent indication of the capabilities of the PC. More time is short and swift is the processor. Hyper PI provides a reliable indicator of performance since the CPU operates at maximum. We calculate on the basis of 1MB each thread and we retain the mean. As she reaches 18,242 seconds at rated speed, OC Genie II saves almost a second. And thanks to our manual over clocking 5GHz, we pass under the seventeen seconds 16.668s.PCMark 2011 summarizes well multimedia usage. Here too, thanks to the over clocking our Intel i7 2600K is able to achieve excellent pass score since 4751 points to 5531 points at its maximum frequency of 5GHz. OC Genie II already allows it to exceed 5121 points.
Then reached 597Mo/s in RAID 0 on six hard drives.RAID 5 more demanding in terms of computing resources reached an excellent 549Mo / s. Fans can therefore trust the Z77A-GD65 Intel Z77 chipset and to make a serious storage server.
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Z77 chipset included in the Smart Response Technology to combine the speed of SSD capabilities of a conventional hard drive.This gain speed faster so start the operating system but also the most commonly used applications. To benefit from the Smart Response Technology, it is necessary to have a SSD, a hard drive and BIOS, storage controller must be set to "RAID". Finally you need to install Microsoft Windows on the hard drive and mandatory through the application "Storage Technology Intel" is activated Smart Response Technology. By using Right Mark Audio Analyzer, we measure the dynamic range of the audio chip and the total harmonic distortion. The ALC898 allows exceed 90dB 90.9dB with a threshold current as a sound controller must achieve. On distortion, it should ideally be close to 0% and the signal is not altered. It must be less than 0.1% to be tolerable. With 0.13% in the case of the Latitude E6500 battery, it remains within acceptable values. Now for the frequency curves of ALC898.It indicates the capacity to restore the range of frequencies accurately without distorting the original signal. This curve must therefore be as straight as possible and wider. Here we note that from 5 KHz, the signal will be slightly amplified what practical effect will get a sound "sharper" without it being really annoying in the end. And without being audio equipment prestige, MSI Z77A-GD65 has audio equipment sufficient for most use and does not require the addition of another dedicated device.
Chipset Intel network achieves excellent rates both in reception with issuance 116.44Mo / s.
MSI offers the Z77A-GD65 technology from Lucid Logix Virtu MVP allowing increasing significantly the 3D performance in games. Through the application Virtu MVP, it becomes possible to combine the IGP processors additional graphics card. But another mode is offered, I-performance whose purpose is to save power consumption. The only drawback of this solution is the need to connect the monitor to the video output suitable. In economics, plug the monitor into a video output on the motherboard while in performance mode, it is the graphics card that connects. We use a prestigious 3DMark 2011 and AMD Radon HD6950 graphics card with a HD6970 BIOS. With Lucid Virtu technology, then we go to 1728 points 2396 points using the HD3000 IGP Intel i7 2600K CPU.Metro 2033 also gaining fluency with Lucid Virtue technology to couple our IGP graphic card processor. It goes high at 39FPS 33FPS detail. We can improve the graphical display of a game card a little old to new titles with the MSI Z77A-GD65. A feature particularly interesting and attractive.The UEFI BIOS Z77A-GD65 to be actually switchable dual BIOS with a switch on the PCB. Evolved through backup features on USB, it uses colors pleasing to the eye even if you wonder why the six menus arranged around the main window are also great.
It would have been interesting to optimize the display by minimizing the huge clickable buttons. In addition, if all options needed for a current BIOS are present, one can hardly say that it is convenient to use and ergonomic.
Six sections therefore invite Z77A-GD65 on:
You should know that to use Pavilion DV7 Alternate MSI, it is necessary first to make a removable storage media embedding system.
The Settings menu contains the basic options such as embedded devices but also the unique technologies of the Intel Z77 and Z77A-GD65 as LucidVirtu.The options are clear and legible and UEFI BIOS of the motherboard supports multi language. The help integrated supposed to explain the different options could be more complete and clear. Over clocking menu will push its processor in the last ditch because all parameters are present: ratio adjustment, PLL, tensions, BCLK and many others. RAM can also benefit from custom settings such as voltage, frequency or CAS.Each features specific processors are grouped in a second menu is for over lockers and most bitter. They allow intervention on parameters even more pointed on the power to the CPU.
The over clocking has become the workhorse of all motherboard manufacturers. The founders are no strangers to this orientation because the processors have no worries to run faster than the speed for which they are recommended.
MSI Z77A-GD65 integrates a mechanism for automatic over clocking to increase processor performance dramatically. A simple press on the button "OC Genie II" dedicated to the motherboard and a second, the CPU is over clocked. If simplicity is more than welcome to beginners who does not want to intervenes directly in the BIOS or via an application rather technical, it does not reach the last defenses of the processor. Z77A-GD65 because is "merely" to 4.2GHz while our Intel i7 2600K can easily operate at 5GHz.
To go further, MSI offers a suite "Control Center" to intervene on many parameters Z77A-GD65. This application aesthetically pleasing has many advantages because some features are exclusive to our knowledge. One can for example operate in the timing of the RAM without the need to reboot the machine. Control Center consists of two tabs: Over clocking and Green Power. The first allows you to work on all the parameters of the processor and the second offers a few options to save on the electricity bill. In addition to containing much valuable information on the state of the Z77A-GD65, CPU and memory, we can manage the above ratio of the processor's BCLK and voltages latter CPU IO, SA PLL and PCH.
Note also the opportunity to configure the voltage of each memory DIMM slot independently. The IGP also can benefit from a personalized voltage.
That you want to actively cool the components of the machine that it is due to over clocking or you prefer to opt for a PC as quiet as possible.
MSI Z77A-GD65 is able to manage up to five fans:
The first three are PWM. They therefore have four pins even if the fans with three contacts are compatible. Their advantage is to adjust the speed according to the temperature measured by the probes on the motherboard. Fan on the CPU, we found the concept interesting setting because it is simple and understandable for beginners. Simply specify a value that the CPU temperature should not exceed e6400 Battery and take care to operate the fan on. Alternatively, the fan can be set to a constant operating speed. Fans systems 1 and 2 are also thermo-regulated in automatic mode but no control is left to users. Otherwise they can also be set. We regret it is not possible to go further in the configuration because ultimately, these options seem basic face some competition. Indeed a platform dedicated to over clocking is to know the phases of intense activity but also periods of rest, the fan configuration in the ideal able to adapt to this type of use. Finally the System Fan 3 and 4 receive no adjustment. They are designed to run at maximum speed with a DC voltage of 12V.
More surprisingly, the automatic fan settings are only available in the BIOS of the Z77A-GD65.ControlCenterunder Windows can only indicate a constant speed fans with 50, 75 and 100%. And if the automatic mode is disabled for static mode, unable to return to first go through the box without BIOS. We met through a series of measures the behavior of the CPU fan in automatic mode to ensure its claims. The CPU fan is configured to meet a maximum threshold of 65 ° C.
Z77A-GD65 with MSI motherboard attractive signs on many points.Its strengths are many thanks to the chipset used, the Z77 Intel. Support native USB 3.0 is finally rendezvous and Smart Response Technology provides conclusive performance by combining HDD and SSD. The Intel Rapid Start Technology allows you to forget the extinction of the PC as once before, the alarm occurs in a fraction of a second. About the features specific to the MSI Z77A-GD65 will be appreciated especially its sleek layout with pleasant colors. Over lockers can measure different voltages directly at the source through measurement points arranged on the PCB?
The Dell Studio 1558 convince over clocking beginners as this tool can benefit from increased frequencies safely and quickly. By cons, if the UEFI BIOS is aesthetically successful, it could benefit from better ergonomics thought. And the configuration of the MSI Z77A-GD65serait more efficient because in the current state of affairs, we are tempted to quickly abandon the mouse. If a criticism could be made about the Z77A-GD65, it concerns the Control Center application provides access to features of the card directly from Windows. For example, the management of the five connectors dedicated to fans is skimpy. Or over lockers would have liked to have a precise control on them to get a little quiet in the resting phase.
However, the overall performance measured on the Z77A-GD65 remain high and have proven to be particularly convincing as less than one hundred sixty Euros, it remains a very attractive option if you have a tight budget and that it is not very demanding on the BIOS or applications.
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