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MSI Z68A-GD80 Review

ccokeman    -   May 10, 2011
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Specifications:

Socket
1155
CPU (Max Support)
Sandy Bridge
AM3 CPU Ready
N/A
FSB / Hyper Transport Bus
100MHz
Chipset
Intel Z68
DDR2 Memory
N/A
DDR3 Memory
DDR3 1066/1333/1600*/2133*(OC)
Memory Channel
Dual
DIMM Slots
4
Max Memory (GB)
32
PCI-Ex16
3
PCI-E Gen 2.0
Gen2 (1x16, 1x8)
PCE-Ex4
N/A
PCI-Ex1
2
PCI
2
IDE
N/A
SATAIII
3
SATAII
4
RAID
0/1/5/10
LAN
10/100/1000*1
TPM
1
USB 3.0 ports (Rear)
2
USB 2.0 ports (Rear)
4
Audio ports (Rear)
6+Coaxial/Optical SPDIF
Serial ports (Rear)
N/A
Parallel ports (Rear)
N/A
1394 ports (Rear)
1
eSATA
1
Display Port
N/A
VGA
N/A
HDMI
1
DVI
1x SL-DVI
VGA Share Memory (MB)
64
DirectX
NA
Form Factor
ATX
DrMOS
Y
APS
Y
Sideport Memory
N/A
SLI
Y
3-way SLI
N
Hybrid SLI
Y
CrossFire
Y
Hybrid CrossFire
Y
D-LED2
N/A
Green Power Genie
Y

 

Features:

  • Click BIOS:  Universal Extensible Firmware Interface,  User-friendly mouse-controlled BIOS menu,  Pre-OS Applications(HDD Backup, Game, Memory test),  15 languages support   
  • USB 3.0: Revolutionary SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 10x faster than USB 2.0   Up to 5Gbps bandwidth, boost data transfer rate between PC and USB device,
  • THX TruStudio PRO: A high-fidelity sound reproduction standard,  Accurately reproduce the fullest audio experience of movie, music and game soundtracks
  • Super Charger:  Charge iPad/iPhone/Smart phone,  Give maximal (1.5A) and appropriate current when devices detected,  Charge device under shutdown mode
  • SATA 6Gb/s:  Support next-generation SATAIII, up to 6Gbps bandwidth,  Double the data transfer rate of SATAII (3Gbps)
  • NVIDIA SLI:  Equip with 2 or more PCIe x16 slots, Nvidia SLI Ready., Delivers up to 2x the performance of a single GPU configuration SLI technology dramatically scales performance on today's hottest games
  • Loss-less Content:  The loss-less content protection technology with full-rate audio enjoyment from Blue-ray Disc, Support for 24-bit / 192kHz sample rate offers high quality digital decoders and speakers,  support 7.1 channels playback, plus 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo outputs
  • Live Update 5:  Live Update 5 is a single utility software that automatically checks BIOS, driver and utility updates and installs for you , which can save your time for searching and lower the risk while updating.
  • Instant OC:  Instant MB info monitor,  Intelligently auto set clock/voltage of CPU and memory,  Smart Mode: 4 instant OC modes
  • Winki 3:  User friendly & totally free applications, Power on to run applications in 25 seconds,  Multi-language interface support
  • DrMOS:  Excellent energy-saving capability and offers high-computing performance,  Provide superior energy-saving function and maintain an ultimate low temperature operation. Comes with three incredible features.
  • APS (Active Phase Switching):  APS is Active Phase Switching is complete function to Control Power Demand With Switcing Dynamically, it’s for CPU, Memory and Chipset PWM. Power under Variable Loading. Power Usage More Efficiency.
  • M-Flash: Faster and Flexible and instant,  If BIOS crash, it still can boot from USB Drive,  Update BIOS from USB Drive by M-Flash Fucntion
  • MSI Advanced Live Update Online: The MSI Live Update online is designed to automatically download and update the BIOS and driver when there’s a new version online. It helps reduce the risk of getting the wrong file and minimize the trouble of searching the files from MSI website.
  • CrossFireX Support:  Equip with 2 or more PCIe x16 slots, ATI CrossFire Ready.  The ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform.  Provides 2.7x faster performance than single graphic card solution.

 

 

All information courtesy of MSI @ http://us.msi.com/index.php?func=prodpage1&maincat_no=1




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