MSI P67A-GD65 Socket 1155 Motherboard
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 01-07-2011
Provided by: MSI

Intel officially pulled the curtain off their 2nd Generation Core Family of processors earlier this week in advance of CES. Codenamed Sandy Bridge, these new processors are an absolute beast in terms of sheer performance, overclockability (with a "K" series SKU) and how little power they need / heat they generate.

Perhaps the only gripe with Sandy Bridge is that it requires a new Socket 1155 motherboard. This of course is good news for motherboard manufacturers but not so much for the end user, especially if you just upgraded to a Core series last year built to use Socket 1156. There's no getting around it - if you want Sandy Bridge, you must get a new board.

That said, we have seen a handful of new 1155 boards previewed / launched over the past few days and many more will make an appearance at CES 2011. Today we will be taking a look at one of MSI's new 1155 solutions in the P67A-GD65.

The P67A-GD65 arrived in the white and blue retail box shown above. The holographic overlay seems to be a new trend on Socket 1155 boxes as we saw the same thing in our ECS board preview. The front and back of the box list multiple features and specifications, which we will take a closer look at on the next page.

Included in the retail box is the board itself, I/O shield, motherboard manual / software guide / driver & utility disc, dual USB 3.0 add-in card, 4-pin Molex to SATA power adapter, motherboard header adapters, four voltage checkpoint cables, two SATA 6Gb/s right-angle cables, two SATA 6Gb/s standard cables and a 2-way SLI connector.

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