P67 Motherboard Round-up: Asus, Fatal1ty, GB, MSI - HotHardware

P67 Motherboard Round-up: Asus, Fatal1ty, GB, MSI

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Micro Star International (MSI) manufactures a variety of computer components. Established in 1986, they originally focused on the motherboard and graphics card markets, but now produce a variety of notebooks, barebone systems,and wireless networking devices as well. Here we look at the P67A-GD80, an impressively designed board featuring MSI's distinctive black and blue color motif.


MSI P67A-GD80 Motherboard

 

 Model P67A-GD80
 Layout and Features

Processor
LGA-1156 i5 / i7 Processors

Memory
Four 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM DIMM sockets
Supports DDR3 2133 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz
Up to 32 GB max
   
Expansion Slots
3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
2 x PCIe x1 slot
2 x PCI slots
Form Factor
ATX 12 x 9.6 inches ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

LAN
Realtek 8111E

Audio
Realtek ALC892


Warranty
3 year limited

Price

$219

At $219, the GD80 is one of the more expensive P67 boards from MSI. Only the Big Bang Marshal costs more, at a whopping $399. Alternatively, the next model down is the GD65 which costs $179, a significant difference when talking about motherboards. And looking at the rest of MSI's line up, we counted seven models that priced significantly less than the GD80, with baseline models starting at $104.

The following lists a few of the standout features found on the MSI P67A-GD80:

   Military Class II - MSI products with this feature provide a longer lifespans and and better power efficiency. Hi-c CAP are more duable than basic solid capacitors. Super Ferrite Chokes operate at lower temperatures when compared to traditional chokes.
OC Genie II - This feature intelligently sets the clock and voltage of the CPU and memory in order to increase overall system performance. Just press the OC Genie button or enable it in the BIOS.
Click BIOS - The UEFI on-board offers a user friendly, mouse controlled menu system that replaces the legacy BIOS. It supports 15 languages too.

Accompanying the motherboard, MSI includes a nice bundle to aid in system assembly. The GD80 includes plenty of documentation for all its features, drivers disk, utilities disk, four SATA 3.0Gbs cables, SATA power adapters, USB expansion bracket, M-Connector kit, SLI and Crossfire bridges, voltage check cables, and an I/O shield.

 

The I/O panel consists of one PS/2 connector, four USB 2.0 ports, six USB 3.0 ports, a Firewire connection, two eSATA 3Gb/s ports, optical and coaxial S/PDIF out jacks, two RJ-45 LAN jacks, and 6 audio jacks. We love the abundance of connectivity options, especially the ten USB ports available.

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I enjoyed the round-up a lot, but isn't the Z68 chipset the way to go? What have these got over that newer, more fully featured, chipset?

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@fefzero I'm assuming it takes a long time to test these boards especially in a round up and not just a single board review. I agree, z68 is the way to go but I dont think it's been out long enough for them to pick and choose which boards are good enough to make a round up. I'm sure we will see a z68 round up soon.

This was a very good read, thanks Mathew. I still love the ASRock board, I wish it had been higher on your list; it actually got editors choice on legitreviews.com. Any board on this list would be an awesome choice.

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ASUS has impressed me with their recent AMD 900+ boards so I can't say I'm surprised it was one of their boards that took Editor's Choice. Thanks for the review and benchmarks.

I agree with you Drake the Fatal1ty does catch the eye and sports some good features while being in the middle of this price range.

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I guess I've been a huge fan ever since @realneil was talking about some of the features when it was first released. Check out the features video of it, the dual lan teaming, gaming mouse port, and overall look for the price had me sold from day one.

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgulNWDFhfc&feature=player_detailpage]

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ASUS has impressed me with their recent AMD 900+ boards so I can't say I'm surprised it was one of their boards that took Editor's Choice. Thanks for the review and benchmarks.

I agree with you Drake, the Fatal1ty catches the eye and sports some good features while being in the middle of this price range.

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Hum take more power and better performance or an overall one? :D

Thanks for the round up :)

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Great review. Can't wait for the Z68 chipset boards to have this kind of review. The nice thing is you can pretty much go with any one of these boards and have a wicked system. I love ASUS boards but have been pretty impressed with what ASrock is putting out though I did hear that ASUS owns them.

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Great review! I'm glad I got an ASUS myself.

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msi still impresses me, agreed - I can't wait for the z68 roundup.

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Another great review and I agree that ASRock board looks sweet.

Just wonder why they went with the ribbon cable as that technology is long in the tooth, and to impede airflow and obstruct such a beautiful board I don' t understand.

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