Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts
Coming in at $179.99 at the time of writing, the MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming really comes in at a good price point considering the performance of the board and just the overall look. I think the big thing at the moment is how long will the Z77 platform be around for with the new Intel Haswell 8-series coming out in just weeks. Like any time a new platform comes out, though, it's not just going to simply replace it (Z77) overnight.
We should see some price adjustment in the CPU area, though, and this is going to make the currently platform attractive, as prices drop. Looking at the results today you can see that performance on the platform is very strong. Against the competition you can also see at times the MSI offering here today manages to sneak out ahead of the competition.
We do have to admit, it's a little weird that MSI would choose to release a new motherboard series at such a late stage of the current chipset. With that said, it also gives them a chance to push the new Gaming series name out there slightly ahead of the next generation Intel platform.
Putting everything together, though, we have got a really strong product here from MSI. Performance is strong and overclocking looks good. Coming in at 4.7GHz, this is a strong overclock and tends to be the limit of what our particular 3770k is capable of hitting.
If you don't want to jump on the next generation Intel platform and want to save some money, while still managing to get some great performance, the current Z77 platform is an extremely attractive option. Paired with a board like the MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming, you're going to find yourself with a well-priced system that not only performs well, but looks great and includes some quite nice features.