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MSI Z68A-GD80 G3
"The Z68A-GD80 showed its prowess in several of our benchmarks, but the most impressive aspects of this board lies in its overclocking and power management capabilities. We were able to get a 4.789 GHz overclock using a Thermaltake Frio OCK cooler (two fans running at 2,000 RPMs), which is the highest overclock we have achieved with our i5-2500K processor."
"At first glance this mainboard doesn’t seem to differ from the previously tested MSI Z68A-GD80 (B3) except for the new standard support. However, this is not quite the case. The mainboard only look similar. Their features and functionality, as well as operation turned out completely different. Some of the innovations proved to be really great, some turned out more of a disappointment."
"Putting the screws to the MSI Z68A-GD80 G3 gave me almost identical overclocking results as the B3 revision did. No surprise there! The way to the promised land is through adjustments of the bclock, clock multiplier, vcore, and turbo boost settings. The CPU I am using needs the PLL overvoltage option enabled to reach a multiplier greater than 44 and really does not care to run over 47."
"The introduction of PCIe 3.0 has done almost what your normal new chipset would do when it comes to the motherboard market. We've seen companies start releasing a new flock of motherboards supporting PCIe 3.0. Unfortunately we're still yet to see anything really make use of it, but at least we're prepared for the next iteration of CPUs from Intel and GPUs from AMD who have hinted at PCIe 3.0, and hopefully NVIDIA too."
"They hit a home run and demonstrated that they want to be the premier motherboard vendor. From the overclocking enthusiast to the casual gamer, there really isn’t anything about this board that’s going to be a hassle. MSI’s UEFI BIOS is also very easy to navigate and offers great support for a USB mouse and keyboard."
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